What do you love most about cafe racers? Share your passion. We’d love to hear about your experiences or favorite bikes. My bike, the red Triumph Bonneville, is one of my favorites. I just love the look, and I get asked questions about her everywhere I go. I probably grew fond of them from old movies. 🙂
Outside a cooking school there was a very cool black Triumph cafe racer on the streets of New York City this week. What a great way to cut through the traffic.
Since there are so many different styles to choose from, picking the right seat for your bike can turn into quite an adventure. There are lots of vendors who cater to Café Racer community with lots of different options. There are places in UK that sell high quality seats for a very reasonable price, assuming you live in North America the only drawback is wait time to have the seat delivered to you. Although quite few of them a so quick makes you feel like it came from another state. There are also, lots of custom seat makers in North America to choose from. It all comes down to quality and how custom you want your seat to be. A universal seat will coat a lot less than the one tailored to a specific make and model. This is probably the most expensive item on the list. Some seats may cost upwards to $500 yet, you should be able to pick one up for under $200. Replacing stock banana seat with a thinner racing style seat will give your bike a cool custom look. Check out your local custom bike upholstery places to see if you can get a better deal that way. You can also replace the banana seat with a single bobber style seat and a pillion, those seats could be found online for around $50 with mounting hardware included. Here some some good ideas for a Cafe Racer seats: Brat Style Motorcycle Moto Custom Universal Seat – Black Cafe Racer Style Universal Custom Motorcycle Seat – Black TRIUMPH SOLO SEAT SMOOTH BLACK 9.5″ w/ 4″ FLAT BLACK SPRING BOBBER CHOPPER http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/271986665387?ul_noapp=true&chn=ps&lpid=82
Cafe Racer Style Shocks are an optional item to replace, as long as the stock shocks feel good they definitely look good enough for a Café Racer look. If however, the shocks are one of the items you want to replace, you can pick up a brand new pair of nice looking replacement shocks for under $100 bucks. This could be a nice item to replace if your budget allows for it. I will post some links to some good reasonable shock replacements options soon.
While the existing stock mirrors would be more than enough to fit into a classic Cafe Racer look, there are lots of other options that you may want to consider. Many different vendors offer wide variety of cool looking mirrors to suite your needs. Overall, you want to look for a smaller than stock option mirrors with shorter stems, this will give the bike a more speedy appearance. Consider getting a clip on mirrors, this will give you greater flexibility and wider range of styles. Plus this will reduce probability of cracking your perches if mirrors are over tightened. You can also look for a slick bar end replacement mirrors to finish up the modern Café Racer motorcycle style. As I mentioned earlier, there are handlebar kits for sale that come with bar-end mirrors along with grips so you don’t have to cut you existing grips. While some bar end mirrors may cost as much as $80 you can surly pick up a pair of nice quality ones for around $15. Check out these cool and cheap ways to update your cafe racer motorcycle style. Universal Round Bar End Convex Mirrors For Inceased Vision For 7/8″ Handle Bars Fits Most Harley Davidsons, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki Cruisers, Touring Bikes, Sport Bike, Cafe Racers, Electric Scooters side rear view mirrors motorcycle Black 7/8″ Ace Cafe Racer Clubman handlebar handle bar end mirrors Grips Universal Motorcycle Cruiser Scooter Moped ATV Mirrors Chrome + Bolt Adapters Fits Most Harley Davidsons, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki Cruisers, Touring Bikes, Sport Bike, Cafe Racers, Electric Scooters side rear view mirrors motorcycle – Free Adapters Bundle – 2 items: 7/8″ Handlebar Bar End Convex Side Mirrors + Hand Grips Throttle Black Kit Emgo Universal Clamp-On Mirror – Round, for 7/8in. Bars Either 20-43000 10MM 7/8" Universal Motorcycle Black Aluminum Handlebar Mirror Mount Clamp X2