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The Cafe Racer Phenomenon (Those Were the Days Series) [Paperback]

Alastair Walker
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Dave Degens, Mark Wilsmore 1 The Rockers' Ride - look back at early days, the cafe scene in London and UK, rock n roll, quiffs etc. First Cafe Racer bikes built by amateurs and Dave Degens, then Dunstall, Seeley, Kirby et al. 2 Putting on the style - How the cafe racer developed and grew through the 60s, the links with race-proven Brit bikes, chassis builders tweaks to basic concept, the improved suspension, braking of late 60s/early 70s. The arrival of Japanese engines en masse early 70s, huge shake-up of Cafe Racer cottage industry in the UK. 3 Factory Rides and Bolt-On Goodies. The craze catches on in the 70s, factory bikes like Ducati 750/900 SS, Guzzi Le Mans define the styling of the era, Bimota, Moto Martin, Harris and others push the envelope in design and performance, whilst others start selling 'bolt-on' kits for 250-1000cc production bikes. 4 The Specialists - In-depth look at some of the most influential chassis fabricators of the Cafe Racer phenomenon; Dave Degens/Dresda, Norman Hyde, Harris, Rickman, Bimota, Fritz Egli. 5 The Revival - Brief look at the Cafe Racer fading in 80s and 90s, then revived by factory models like Triumph's Speed Triple 900, Honda GB500TT, Voxan, plus Ace Cafe revived late 90s, custom builders like Mecatwin, Numero Tre begin to inspire enthusiasts around the world. 6. Cafe Racer Directory - a listing of specialist Cafe Racer bike builders, parts suppliers, clubs, insurers etc. plus websites, magazines dedicated to the cult. Good advertiser potential here.

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