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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing (15 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845845293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845845292
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One can already guess by the muscular BMW R 100 RS on the cover that this present volume contains some unusual conversions. And in fact "BMW Cafe Racers" provides a highly interesting insight into the colourful world of Cafe customizing." www.gespann-news.de "... any BMW lover will want this book. When I reviewed BMW Customs, I wasn't sure what to make of it. But now that I've seen 3 volumes out of the 4-pack, I get it. You'll definitely want all four ... You're in for a treat!" www.webbikeworld.com "New BMW book of brilliance. If you still think of BMWs as somewhat stuffy conveyances for bearded researchers, BMW Cafe Racers, a new title from Veloce publishing, might make you change your outlook on them..." Classic World

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Ulrich Cloesen has been involved in motorcycles since 1975. His passion began with a Maico MD50 road bike, and over the years he has owned several BMWs, Yamahas, a Kawasaki, and a Royal Enfield. He is most at home with BMW flat twins, on which he toured around Europe and New Zealand. The art of turning BMWs into custom bikes always intrigued him. Uli lives in New Zealand and plans to continue writing on automotive subjects.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david read on 13 Sept. 2013
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Good photos but not enough technical information - really just a collection of café racers with a few comments. As a café racer builder I wanted more tips and advice
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There are quite a few BMW gems presented in this book, to give the reader a comprehensive picture of Cafe BMW's. Also, stunning classic racers are also covered (It has a very interesting coverage of the Michel BMW's in it, of which I didn't know much before). In summary, a beautiful book with super photography and a great hommage to BMW.
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By DAVID WHITE on 17 Nov. 2013
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great book full of some well built machines- bought as inspiration for a project anda very good read highly recommended
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By Tuco Ramirez on 5 Dec. 2014
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Great!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very nice quality collector's book 8 May 2013
By William Costello - Published on Amazon.com
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Just received my copy in hardcover, which I don't see being offered currently. (I pre-ordered mine)
I work as a color prepress specialist in print, and I would be proud of this book if I had prepared it myself. All the imagery, the layout, design, and the writing are all top notch. The photography was shot by various people from all over the world so it varies in quality a little, but overall I'd say this photography is as good as you'll get from this type of book where many of the bikes are shot by local photographers or the owners themselves. There are many bikes I have never seen before even though I am active in the BMW café scene, and the book goes beyond the typical BMW café racers covering BMW race bikes, bikes from the past, and also modern concepts and street fighter-type BMWs. It was nice to see some of the bikes built by people who are now friends of mine. At least, the type of friends that you've never met in person but you speak to often over the internet. There are a few top quality airhead cafés from the USA that are even better examples than some which were chosen to be in the book, but that must simply be because the writer Uli Cloesen lives on the other side of the world from the USA so he would not be as familiar with the USA cafés as I am. He still managed to find specimens from the USA anyway as well as from Japan, Germany, England, Netherlands, and other countries.
Anyway, if you are on the fence about buying this book, I'd say get it. If you are a fan of BMW café racers, this book is a must. Well worth the money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Nice coffee table book. 7 July 2013
By Dewey Greear - Published on Amazon.com
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Many nice pictures of some beautiful BMWs. Short on technical writing but full of great ideas on building your own Beemer cafe.
Few interesting machines 11 Jan. 2014
By J G Koekemoer - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunately this book was already outdated by the time of publication - such is the fast moving world of custom machines. There are a few interesting machines but most of them are very similar. A quick internet search will come up with much more varied designs.
Non traditional BMWs 24 Mar. 2014
By William D. Wasson - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked the high quality pictures and the fact that it showed the older style (50's) all the way thru to the present day boxer engine. A good eclectic mix of periods.
Good Resource and photos 17 Aug. 2013
By Dewey Patten - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of ideas for anyone that might want to build a BMW cafe racer. I hope my next BMW project is a cafe bike.
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