A Café Racer is a lightweight, powerful motorcycle optimized for speed and handling rather than comfort – and for quick rides over short distances.
With bodywork and control layout, café racers are noted for their visual minimalism, featuring low-mounted handlebars, prominent seat cowling and elongated fuel tank – and frequently knee-grips indented in the fuel tank. The term originated among British motorcycle enthusiasts of the early 1960s in London, where the bikes were used for short, quick rides between popular cafés. In addition to light weight, a tuned engine and minimalist bodywork, the café racer typically features distinctive ergonomics. Low, dropped bars and narrow handlebars enabled the rider to “tuck in”, reducing wind resistance and improving control.
- Good for weekend riding
- Low seat height
- Forward leaning riding position with low-range handlebars
- Engine sizes can range from 250cc to 1000cc
- Ideal for intermediate/advanced riders