Cafe Racers - Speed, Style and Ton-Up CultureOther
Cafe Racers traces the sporting custom motorcycle from its postwar origins into the modern era, where the style is rapidly making a comeback. See some of the tastiest, best shot Cafe racers around and the stories behind them.
"A photographic chronology of some of the fastest, most stylish, and most individualized bikes in motorcycling history. Originally used as a slur against riders who used hopped-up motorcycles to travel from one transport café to another, café racerdescribes 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"."
Hardback, 222 pages, Motorbooks