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The Cafe Racer Phenomenon (Those Were the Days Series) Paperback – 30 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (30 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845842642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845842642
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 0.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A welcome book on the cafe racer scene ... a quick, but enjoyable look at some 'fab' bikes and good times." Bike Rider"If you were there at the time it is a must-have addition to the library, and if you were not, it may make you wish you were!" inter-bike.co.uk"

"If you're a biker of the '60s. cafe racer or not, you'll lap this book up. With plenty of photos and anecdotes galore, if you're simply interested in what makes motorcycling special, you'll like it too!" Motorcycle Rider "Photographs there are in plenty, the b/w pics of the sixties are to me especially interesting " Nacelle For anyone who lived through the motorcycle culture of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, or even those who didn't, the book is packed with info and images related to cafe racers and the Rockers who loved them. With a stack of black & white photos liberally scattered through its 96 pages, the tome traces the origin of the cafe racer and the rebellious spirit that went with it, going on to detail the uptake of the style by manufacturers themselves." Motorcycle Trader "

About the Author

Alastair Walker has been riding motorcycles for over 30 years and writing about them for two decades. Starting off on a BSA like his father and grandfather before him, Alastair owned several Japanese bikes before becoming a freelance motorbike journalist in the late 1980s. Since then he has tested hundreds of bikes, modern and classic, from a humble Honda CG125 to a 5.7-litre, V8 powered, Boss Hoss cruiser. Alistair has edited motorcycle publications such as Biker, Motorcycle Sport & Leisure, and the ACU's Bike Talk, as well as contributed to Motor Cycle News, Bike, T.W.O. Classic Mechanics, Classic Bike Guide, Used Bike Guide, Moto 73, Cycle World, and Dealernews USA. He currently writes for Carole Nash's web magazine insidebikes, and the Manchester Evening News. This is his second book.


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The best thing about this book is that it does remind me of the spirit of those biking days and it provides some great links to the current bikes being produced...I might just follow up on one of the new Nortons....
However I should just say that its not entirely accurate, on page 44 Celia Powell is Celia Cullen - I know because I am that rider...Also the exhaust is a Yoshimura not an Alpha - took me a day to put it on - and the bars are from a Laverda Jota- they are not Ace Bars.
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As someone who has ridden since the early sixties this book brings back great memories whilst recording the history of the cafe racer style bike right up to the modern day. Certainly one for the enthusiast
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A very basic publication but it brings back some great memories along with some facts that I never new before. Worth the price although I'm not crazy about the format of the book - It does not look tidy on the bookshelf.
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Good pictures and a good history ,from the beginning up to modern day café racers not just british bikes
Well worth buying
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