THE NEW-OLD CAFƑ RACERS
CAFƑ RACER SPECIAL It’s not just the major manufacturers doing something new and wonderful with classic British designs. Here are four of the best home-built examples in the country Continued over
Something new is happening with old bikes.
No, we’re not talking about the trend for grabbing a CB750 then slinging on a set of clip-ons and a brown seat. This is about owners with decades of experience re-imagining how yesterday’s bikes could be – and using today’s products and knowledge to make it happen. The four machines you see here might look as if they were built years ago. In fact they take full advantage of what the modern world has to offer. And that makes them immeasurably better than the clanky old Brits they’re based on.
In the 1970s and 80s tools cost a fortune, no-one owned a hydraulic ramp, bolt-on stuff was scarce and the main information source was folklore. Today anyone can put together an awesome workshop, call on an army of brilliant engineers and fabricators, and use the Internet to root out £50 remote reservoir shocks, or a set of brake lights for a milk float that just happen to suit a hand-beaten tail unit.
Britain has become a special-builder’s paradise. The only thing you need is imagination, determination, skill – and the willingness to spend a few quid. Like the guys who built these.