Café Racer: Stainless Steel with Natural Vintage Genuine Leather Strap
A little history: The term developed among British motorcycle enthusiasts of the early 1960s, where the bikes were used for short, quick rides between cafés – in other words, drinking establishments. Motorcycle style are lightweight, lightly powered and optimized for speed and handling rather than comfort – and for quick rides over short distances.
With bodywork and control layout recalling early 1960’s Grand Prix road racing motorcycles, café racers are noted for their visual minimalism, featuring low-mounted handlebars, prominent seat cowling and elongated fuel tank – and frequently knee-grips indented in the fuel tank.
During the 70’s the term café racer was originally used derogatorily in Europe to describe a “motorcyclist who played at being an Isle of Man road racer” and was, in fact, “someone who owned a racy machine but merely parked it near his table at the local outdoor café
In 2014, journalist Ben Stewart described the café racer as a “look made popular when European stripped down their small-displacement bikes to zip from one café hangout to another… making Café Racer become a real life style now."