Originally posted by Joss
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'.