Cafe racing is a style of riding that originated in Italy and France, where riders would take old, stripped-down motorcycles and modify them for speed. The cafe racer became popular in the U.S. in the 1960s and ’70s.
Cafe racers are known for their stripped down look and feel, which includes high handlebars, foot pegs or foot boards, exposed engine and exhaust pipes, small fuel tanks and minimal bodywork.
The bikes are also lightweight, so they’re easy to maneuver through traffic. Many cafe racers are made with performance in mind, meaning they’re designed to go fast but don’t necessarily provide the same comfort as other motorcycles.
Last modified: November 10, 2022