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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-11-2001, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
 
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Cafe Bike?

Doing my personally perscribed patriotic part in the never ending fight against ignorance (not to be at all confused with just asking a dumb question)...

... what's the difference between a sport bike and a cafe racer?
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The term 'cafe racer' came from the Brits.
When the british bikes were the best in the world (just because there were no others ) the trend was to tune them, get rid of unecessary stuff to make them lighter, add really low clip ons, and gather at famous cafes to meet other cafe racers.
Of course the menu included some racing in the streets with loud exhausts and no rules

Here is a pic to show what I mean, it's a Guzzi made into cafe racer look.

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Thanks, Aris. For some reason, I had it in my mind that the term was synonymous with faired bikes, rather than naked bikes. Is this incorrect?
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The term 'cafe racer' came from the Brits.
When the british bikes were the best in the world (just because there were no others
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HEY, I resemble that remark !!
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I always thought cafe racers were the naked bikes, Bandits, SV's, etc. Shows you how little I know. LOL!
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I don't think the half-faired bikes like the SVs and the Bandits are truly considered Cafe bikes, though the naked versions are. The lines are blurred now because quite a few people put mini windscreens etc. on their cafe racers.
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I don't know, too confusing for me, what are the bandits and SVs then?
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I don't know, too confusing for me, what are the bandits and SVs then?
SLOW!!!

JK had to do it though!
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Suzuki lists them as "Sport Touring" along with the Katanas. I've also heard them listed as Standards, though I always thought that term applied to liter bikes.

I dunno. I just call my SVs a sportbike, and nobody has argued with me yet.
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Thanks, Aris. For some reason, I had it in my mind that the term was synonymous with faired bikes, rather than naked bikes. Is this incorrect?
Cafe Racer style required originally that the bike had no fairing, but small flyscreens or even fairings were added as the bikes got faster.
This doesn't mean that the 'naked' bikes are cafe racers!

Have in mind that when the 'cafe racers' ruled the streets, ALL bikes were what we call today 'naked' or 'standard'.

The Bandits, ZR7, ZRX, Hornets etc are not 'cafe racers' in my opinion.
Today a cafe racer can only be made by customizing a naked bike.

In the old days in England they made bikes from bits, and the most popular cafe racers were the 'Tritons'. Tritons were bikes with Triumph engines and Norton 'featherbed' frames. Like that they got the best of each brand!
Accordingly a bike with Triumph engine in BSA frame was a 'Tribsa'.



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