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The Cafe Racer Phenomenon : Those Were the Days... - Alastair Walker

The Cafe Racer Phenomenon

Those Were the Days...

Paperback Published: 15th May 2014
ISBN: 9781845842642
Number Of Pages: 96

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The Cafe Racer captures the very essence of motorcycling, with its stripped-to-the-bone styling and a timeless blend of cat-quick chassis, matched to a barn-storming engine. From its roots in the '59 Club, home-brewed specials and the creation of the Triton by Dave Degens, the Cafe Racer became the must-have Rockers' motorbike. It then became the template for a new generation of fast road riders in the 1970s, with the rise of Dunstall, Rickman, Seeley and many more bespoke bike builders. The factories jumped on the bandwagon. Machines like the Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk I, Ducati 900SS and the MV Agusta 750S all captured the spirit of the Cafe Racer. Then the slick, super fast, Japanese sport bikes of the 80s came along, and looked set to consign the Cafe Racer special to the history books. But a revival had to happen. The Ace Cafe London re-opened, bike builders as diverse as Wakan, Fred Krugger, Nick Gale and Roland Sands all began to create lean, back-to-basics motorcycles, but with their own unique twist on Cafe Racer heritage. From the Buell 1125 CR to the Guzzi V7 Sport, mainstream modern bikes have also re-discovered their street racing soul. Packed with previously unseen photos, machine profiles, interviews, and personal anecdotes from the glory days of Cafe Racer culture, this book takes a look at the enduring cult of the Cafe Racer, in all its ton-up glory.

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"If you're a biker of the '60s. cafe racer or not, you'll lap this book up. With plenty of photos and anecdotes galore, if you're simply interested in what makes motorcycling special, you'll like it too!" - Motorcycle Rider"Photographs there are in plenty, the b/w pics of the sixties are to me especially interesting ..." - NacelleFor anyone who lived through the motorcycle culture of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, or even those who didn't, the book is packed with info and images related to cafe racers and the Rockers who loved them. With a stack of black & white photos liberally scattered through its 96 pages, the tome traces the origin of the cafe racer and the rebellious spirit that went with it, going on to detail the uptake of the style by manufacturers themselves." - Motorcycle Trader

Foreword by Dave Degens, Mark Wilsmore 1 The Rockers' Ride - look back at early days, the cafe scene in London and UK, rock n roll, quiffs etc. First Cafe Racer bikes built by amateurs and Dave Degens, then Dunstall, Seeley, Kirby et al. 2 Putting on the style - How the cafe racer developed and grew through the 60s, the links with race-proven Brit bikes, chassis builders tweaks to basic concept, the improved suspension, braking of late 60s/early 70s. The arrival of Japanese engines en masse early 70s, huge shake-up of Cafe Racer cottage industry in the UK. 3 Factory Rides and Bolt-On Goodies. The craze catches on in the 70s, factory bikes like Ducati 750/900 SS, Guzzi Le Mans define the styling of the era, Bimota, Moto Martin, Harris and others push the envelope in design and performance, whilst others start selling 'bolt-on' kits for 250-1000cc production bikes. 4 The Specialists - In-depth look at some of the most influential chassis fabricators of the Cafe Racer phenomenon; Dave Degens/Dresda, Norman Hyde, Harris, Rickman, Bimota, Fritz Egli. 5 The Revival - Brief look at the Cafe Racer fading in 80s and 90s, then revived by factory models like Triumph's Speed Triple 900, Honda GB500TT, Voxan, plus Ace Cafe revived late 90s, custom builders like Mecatwin, Numero Tre begin to inspire enthusiasts around the world. 6. Cafe Racer Directory - a listing of specialist Cafe Racer bike builders, parts suppliers, clubs, insurers etc. plus websites, magazines dedicated to the cult. Good advertiser potential here.

ISBN: 9781845842642
ISBN-10: 1845842642
Series: Those Were the Days...
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 15th May 2014
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 19.0  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.32

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