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Café Racer Bikes: What are they?

I am sure you all would agree that the name Café Racer bikes is popular all corners of the two-wheeler community.

But, do you know what they are and why are they called so?

Well, we shall learn all about Café Racer bikes, their manufacturers, etc., in the article below. Keep scrolling!


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The term Café Racer dated back to the early 1960s and originated among the British motorbikes enthusiasts. According to Wallace Wyss, a renowned name, a Café Racer is a person who is, in general, an Isle of Men road-racer owning a racy motorbike but would park his machine by the sides of his tables at any local café. Modern Café Racers are not something new. Ever since the genre came into existence, there has been constant enthusiasm from the motorbike community in this regard.

What is a Café Racer Bike?

In essence, a Café Racer Bike is a lightweight motorbike with fair enough power such that the machine can reach its top speed in very little time and is ideal for quick short-distance rides. Acceleration and handling become the main concern for these bikes over comfort. One can say that they are a type of customized motorbikes.

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Some apparent features of these categories of bikes are low-mounted handlebars, elongated fuel tanks, seat cowlings, which are very prominent by the way, and the indented knee-grips on the fuel tanks. Other than that, they do pack a punch when it comes to power, speed, and handling.

There are at least 26 different types of Café Racer motorbikes from some of the best motorbike manufacturers worldwide.

In this article, however, we are going to look at three of the best Café Racer bikes in 2019, their manufacturers, motorbike specifications, motorbike accessories, etc.

Kawasaki Z900RS: The Kawasaki Z900RS is inspired by the 70’s “superbikes” although this Café Racer is miles from giving you the old feeling. It is indeed one of the best Café Racer bikes in the worldwide motorbike community.

Manufacturer: Kawasaki;

Origin Country: Japan;

Price: INR 17.19 Lakh;


Engine: 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled;

Displacement: 948 cc;

Bore X Stroke: 73.4 x 56.0mm;

Compensation Ratio: 10:8.1;

Transmission: 6-speed, return shift;

Curb Weight: 217.3 kg;

Fuel Capacity: 17.03 ltr.

Triumph Thruxton R: A very simplistic Café Racer bike with smooth power delivery and handling is what we always expect from the Triumph Café Racers, and the Thruxton R does not disappoint in any way. It is undoutedly one of the best in this category.

Manufacturer: Triumph;

Origin Country: Switzerland;

Price: INR 13.34 Lakh;


Engine: Liquid-cooled, 8 valves, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel-twin;

Displacement: 1200 cc;

Bore X Stroke: 97.6 X 80 mm;

Compensation Ratio: 11:1;

Transmission: 6-speed;

Curb Weight: 203 kg;

Fuel Capacity: 14.5 ltr.

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650: You have to talk about this motorbike giant whenever you are on this subject, and the Continental GT 650 is a Café Racer to reckon with. It is one of the lightest Café Racers with a perfect blend of the retro style and its feel.

Manufacturer: Royal Enfield;

Origin Country: UK;

Price: INR 3.05 Lakh;


Engine: 4-stroke, air-oil cooled, single overhead cam;

Displacement: 648 cc parallel-twin;

Bore X Stroke: 78 X 67.8 mm;

Compensation Ratio: 9.5:1;

Transmission: 6-speed;

Curb Weight: 198 kg (no fuel);

Fuel Capacity: 12.5 ltr.

Well, these are just three types of Café Racer motorbikes from three different manufacturers. There are many more you can choose from:

  • Ducati Scrambler;
  • BMW R Nine T Scrambler;
  • BMW R Nine T Racer;
  • Royal Enfield Interceptor 650;
  • Triumph Street Twin;
  • Norton Dominator;
  • Moto Guzzi V9 and many more.

Now, when talking about two-wheeler, it is vital to ensure to buy a good machine. It can help you maintain your motorbike well with less cost. Also, you should always keep your two-wheeler insurance up-to-date.

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