Harley Davidson XLCR – The American Café Racer

Harley Davidson XLCR

The Harley Davidson XLCR was the first and only attempt by the company at a café racer style motorcycle. Perhaps ‘café racer’ isn’t the style you think of when considering Harley Davidson motorcycles unless perhaps, you are discussing custom bikes.  Typically born out of Brits stripping down their Triumph’s, Norton’s etc. the ‘café racer’ vibe … Read more

Do Café Racers Hurt Your Back?

For twenty-five years, I’ve physically suffered with back problems after having a spectacular crash on my ZXR. (Actually, it wasn’t that spectacular, but did leave me suffering from a number of health problems since, including having my pelvis shored up with metalwork).  Summer is rolling round, and I keep on promising myself a new bike. … Read more

Which Cafe Racer Is Best For A Beginner?

why are cafe racers so popular? Because of productions motorcycles like this

Jon from North Wales asked if there is a production Cafe Racer available that’s suitable for a beginner. He’s always loved Cafe Racers and now he has his A2 licence, is keen to own one. Which is the best Cafe Racer for a beginner? The Triumph Street Cup is the best production Cafe Racer for … Read more

Which Is The Best Cafe Racer For Big Guys?

Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe

By their nature Cafe Racers don’t lend themselves well to big guys. They can can make you feel cramped at the best of times and if you’re over 6 ft then it can become uncomfortable very quickly. Here I look at the options for those bigger guys who have their heart set on a Cafe … Read more

How Much Does It Cost To Build a Cafe Racer?

How much to build a cafe racer?

Thinking of building a Cafe Racer? Unless you have deep pockets you will have been trying to work out how much your project would actually cost, I know I have. So, I’ve spoken to a few cafe racer riders and done some research to try and nail down an actual price. How much does it … Read more

Cafe Racer History

Over the years, we’ve seen many different movements within the motorcycle industry. Trends have come and gone but there have been few movements as influential and powerful as the cafe racer. These motorcycles first started appearing in 50’s England – though the culture soon thrived all over the world too. What’s striking about the cafe racer … Read more