Renowned motorcycle expert Walker profiles the exciting range of nostalgic '60s cafe racers superbike specials in this easy-to-use reference. Includes chapters on Goldie, Triton, Dunstall, Rockers, Homebrew, Cottage Industry, and Foreigners.
DIVA photographic chronology of some of the fastest, most stylish, and most individualized bikes in motorcycling history./divDIV /divDIVOriginally used as a slur against riders who used hopped-up motorcycles to travel from one transport café to another, “café racer” describes a bike genre that first became popular in 1960s British rocker subculture—although the motorcycles were also common in Italy, France, and other European countries. The rebellious rock-and-roll counterculture is what first inspired these fast, personalized, and distinctive bikes, with their owners often racing down public roads in excess of 100 miles per hour (“ton up,” in British slang), leading to their public branding as “ton-up boys.” Café Racers traces café racer motorcycles from their origins in the mid-twentieth century all the way into modern times, where the style has made a recent comeback in North America and Europe alike, through the museum-quality portraiture of top motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter and the text of motorcycle culture expert Paul d’Orléans. Chronologically illustrated with fascinating historical photography, the book travels through the numerous ever-morphing and unique eras of these nimble, lean, light, and head-turning machines. Café Racers visually celebrates a motorcycle riding culture as complex as the vast array of bikes within it./div
For the first half of the 20th century Great Britain led the world in motorcycle design and production, exporting its products to countries in every section of the globe. However, as the second half of the century began in 1960 this once great industry commenced what was to be a terminal decline. During the 1960s and '70s Britain still manufactured a wide range of machines, but a combination of poor management, lack of investment, foreign competition (notably from Japan), and the arrival of the small, affordable car transpired to effectively sound the death knell of the British motorcycle by the end of the 1970s.
This is the first book to solely concentrate on the British-powered café racer motorcycle. Renewed interest in custom British café conversions is illustrated with stunning images of select sporting, racing, and ‘café’d’ British motorcycles. From single-cylinder to four-cylinder variants – see the ‘café’d’ side of British bikes!
The Café Racer is one of the most enduring styles of motorcycle ever created, encapsulating the rebellious spirit of the 50s. Featuring a huge, global Café Racer directory alongside a unique mix of personal memories, previously unseen photos, iconic machines and chassis builders in profile, this book is a must for any 'ton-up' rider.
Ton Up! A Century of Café Racer Speed and Style focuses on the story of the ton-up boys and their café racers. But it's much more than just that. Illustrated with historic and modern photos and featuring a text by one of the world’s motorcycle historians, it's really the story of motorcycle speed and style evolved from the early 1900s right through today. Cafe racers are most associated with the young, rebellious rock-and-rollers of 1960s Britain. These riders created the quintessential café racers—fast motorcycles customized to resemble the racing bikes of the period. They were called “café racers” because their riders raced on public roads, from one café to the next. The goal was to do “the ton” (exceed 100 miles per hour) on these runs, which led to their designation as “ton-up boys.” Today, ton-up culture is more popular than ever and recognized worldwide with a following of young and long-time riders alike.With Ton Up!, enjoy a scenic ride through the history of this vibrant scene.
Café Racer has two meanings because it can denote a type of a motorcycle, or a person who rides on the bike, the motorcyclist. The two meanings date back to the 1960s in the Rockers group, which was a British Counterculture organization. It can also be referred to as the Ton up Club. The group was predominantly established in Britain but it was common too in Germany, Italy and some other European nations. The Rockers were a defiant group of young counterculture men, who were hungry for speed, and hence they had to derive a way to customize motorbikes to fit the speed they wanted. The distinctive bikes were meant to travel from one transport café to another on the arterial motorways that interlinked British cities and towns. The motive of redesigning a standard motorbike to fit the specifications of a Café Racer was to attain a speed of 11 miles per hour, which was referred to as 'the ton'. The rockers would take challenges of 'record-racing', where a rider would ride from a café to a predetermined place and back to the same café before a song could place to the end on the jukebox. A racer could for example race from Ace Café that is situated on The North Circular Road - NW London to the then Hanger Lane junction (the nowadays-famous Hanger Lane Gyratory System) and back to the Ace Café.
Author: N. Kumar
Release Date: 2016-05-18
Cafe Racer has two implications since it can indicate a sort of a cruiser, or a man who rides on the bicycle, the motorcyclist. The two implications go back to the 1960s in the Rockers bunch, which was an English Counterculture association. It can likewise be alluded to as the Ton up Club. The gathering was dominatingly settled in England however it was basic too in Germany, Italy and some other European countries. The Rockers were a rebellious gathering of youthful counterculture men, who were eager for velocity, and thus they needed to infer an approach to tweak motorbikes to fit the rate they needed. The particular bicycles were intended to go starting with one transport Cafe then onto the next on the blood vessel motorways that interlinked English urban areas and towns. The thought process of upgrading a standard motorbike to fit the determinations of a Cafe Racer was to achieve a velocity of 11 miles for each hour, which was alluded to as 'the ton'. The rockers would take difficulties of 'record-dashing', where a rider would ride from a Cafe to a foreordained place and back to the same Cafe before a melody could place to the end on the jukebox. A racer could for instance race from Pro Cafe that is arranged on The North Roundabout Street - NW London to the then Holder Path intersection (the these days well known Holder Path Gyratory Framework) and back to the Expert Cafe. A portion of the celebrated tunes were under two minutes in length and subsequently the racers had the test of navigating the 3 miles back and forth trip at top velocity to beat the time. The rockers were partial to rockabilly melodies, whose pictures are implanted in rockabilly culture to date. Owning a Cafe racer these days is fun since it can take you puts both truly and socially. Exemplary bicycles proprietors structure clubs that sort out get-away, races and appears. You can appreciate a visit ride with the clubs you join and you will never be shy of fun.
Peggy Maley: ‘What are you rebelling against, Johnny?’ Johnny Strabler (played by Marlon Brando) ‘Whaddaya got?’ From the 1953 outlaw biker film, The Wild One The phenomenon of outlaw biker gangs has its origins in the United States in the years immediately following the end of World War II, when many young men purchased motorcycles – usually Harley-Davidsons – and took to the open road. They formed clubs and developed their own code of practice based on the celebration of freedom, nonconformity and, in particular, loyalty to the group and its members. These clubs came to be known as ‘outlaws’ because they were not authorized by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).