There have been plenty of books published about Italian motorcycles, and a few covering the café racer genre, but none has covered the evolution of the Italian sportsbike into the Italian café racer – until now. Coming from a nation with a great motorcycle racing heritage, Italian motorcycles have, unsurprisingly, always had a sporting flair. This book lifts the lid on the growing trend of custom Italian café conversions, illustrated in detail with stunning images of select sporting, racing, and caféd Italian motorcycles. Italian Café Racers celebrates stunning Italian bikes from all over the globe. From the old to the modern, from horizontal-singles to inline sixes, this book reveals these stylish machines in all their innovative glory. Whether you're a entusiasta, a follower of the café racer culture, or simply appreciate beautiful bikes, this book is guaranteed to interest and inspire â € ¦ see the ‘caféd' side of Italian bikes.
Uli Cloesen is the author of seven books on motorcycles, with topics ranging from custom bikes to cafe racers and sidecars. He also contributes articles to New Zealand and German bike magazines. His interest in British motorcycles stems from ownership of a Hinckley Triumph Bonneville and an Indian-built Royal Enfield Bullet. Uli was born and raised in Germany and lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
"Like all the others in the series it is an interesting look outside mainstream motorcycling and covers machines not found in conventional books on Italian motorcycles. It is book that is both for the café racer enthusiast and those who appreciate engineering skill and workmanship as well as finding favour with all motorcyclists." - Ian Kerr - Freelance
"Mission accomplished! In the introduction to Italian Cafe Racers, author Uli Cloesen says, "If this book creates at least some excitement about Italian Cafe Racers [sic], then its aim has been achieved." For a Petrolista it would be difficult indeed, looking over the images, not to feel anything ..." - Petrolicious
"Filled with dozens of full color images of amazing rare bikes and engaging stories about Europe's emerging custom bike scene, this baby will keep you dreaming about constructing your own Ducati, Moto Guzzi or Gilera special. - Cafe Racer Magazine