The Cafe Racer Phenomenon

The Cafe Racer Phenomenon
Format: Paperback / softback, 96 Pages
ISBN: 9781845842642
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The Cafe Racer is one of the most enduring styles of motorcycle ever created, capturing the rebellious spirit of the 50s. From original Triton-building Rockers to modern-day Sunday riders on Thruxton 900s, there are thousands of enthusiasts across the world who aspire to own a road burner with old school class.  This is a look back at the glory days of the Cafe Racer, from Friday night dices on the North Circular, through the street specials craze of the Seventies, to the modern day revival.   This book includes interviews with some of the old school regulars at the Ace Cafe, and an in-depth look at the great British bike builders like Norman Hyde, Steve and Lester Harris, the Rickman brothers and Paul Dunstal, Featuring a huge, global Cafe Racer directory – listing specialist builders, spares suppliers, websites etc – alongside a unique mix of personal memories, unseen photos, iconic machines and chassis builders in profile, this book is a must for any ton-up rider.

The author

Riding motorcycles from 1975, Alastair Walker has tested classic Vincents and 190mph Suzuki Hayabusas. He has toured New Zealand, Oregon, California and most of Europe by motorcycle and followed the Paris-Dakar rally as a journalist in 2001. His favourite motorcycle in 30 years of biking was his Honda 400/4 as "it was the first bike I ever did the magic ton on and got my knee down whilst riding. Fabulous '70s classic." With more than 2,500 features published on motorcycles, cars and scooters worldwide, Alastair has written for the Manchester Evening News, Bike, T.W.O. Classic Bike Guide, MSL, Classic Mechanics, NZ Motorcycle Trader, Dealernews USA, and edited online magazine from 2000 to 2007. His books include Scooterama and The Cafe Racer Phenomenon.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 96 Pages
ISBN: 9781845842642
Illustrations: 100 color ill
Size: 8 in x 7.5 in x 0.325 in / 203.2 mm x 190.5 mm x 8.255 mm

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