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Café Racers: Speed, Style and Ton-up Culture
A highly visual survey of 1960s British sub-culture inspired motorcycle designs
by Graham Hiemstra
on 18 July 2014
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Spawned from a 1960s sub-culture of street-racing British rock'n'rollers, the café racer has become a highly admired genre of motorcycle design. Hallmarked by highly modified UK and Italian bikes stripped down to run races on open roads between actual cafés, the handsome, often low-cc, bikes are as popular now as ever—though the original sub-culture itself only "existed" for a decade at most. Paying homage to these stunning works of creativity and engineering is "Café Racers: Speed, Style and Ton-Up Culture," a new book with text by motorcycle enthusiast and culture expert Paul d'Orléans and images by celebrated motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter.

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Following the movement in motorcycle design from then to now in chronological order, the hardcover book features 224 pages of impressive high-gloss imagery, documenting some of the most notable examples of café racer culture from across the decades. Visit Amazon where the visually stunning book sells for $35.

Images by Graham Hiemstra

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