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Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Adventure Motorcycles, Bistro Racer, Motorcycling Tips |

More or less, a bistro racer is a cruiser that has been altered to race from a bistro to some other foreordained spot. The most renowned bistro (proclaimed caff) was the Ace Café in London.

Legend has it that bike riders would race from the bistro, subsequent to selecting a certain record on the duke box, and return before the record wrapped up. This accomplishment regularly required accomplishing ‘the ton’ or 100 mph.

Classic-Scene-1For the most part, it’s acknowledged that the Cafe Racer development began in the UK in the sixties with the “Ton-Up Boys” and British counterculture bikers. They adjusted their British and Italian bicycles to make them speedier and sleeker, with “clubman” bars, single seat transformations and deceived out engines that strived to move the bistro (or caff) racers to the enchantment ton. (The enchantment being one hundred miles 60 minutes!).


After World War II numerous in Europe and the UK searched out modest transport as their harmed economies recouped from that contention. Bikes were the best wager for some and littler bicycles were simple on the wallet. As these riders became more established, and their budgetary fortunes climbed, the thought of owning a bicycle turned out to be more a decision than a need and the magnificence days of the British cruiser industry were going full speed ahead.

In England amid the 60s, moderate cruisers that could accomplish the ton, were few and far between. For the normal specialist and bike proprietor, the main choice of getting the craved execution was to tune the bicycle with different hustling choices. Promptly accessible tuning parts made the errand simpler. Riders would include more parts as their financial plans permitted. As riders included more parts, a standard look started to emerge – the bistro racer look.

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For some riders, having the bistro racer look was sufficient. Be that as it may, when the business sector for tuning parts truly started to take off in the mid-’60s, the rundown of accessible and attractive parts developed. Other than motor tuning parts, various organizations started to deliver substitution seats and tanks.

These substitutions looked like the flow inclines in cruiser hustling: seats with mounds, and fiberglass tanks with spaces to clear clasp ons and the rider’s knees. More lavish aluminum adaptations were additionally accessible.


To include even more a dashing look, bistro racer proprietors started to fit a little handlebar mounted fairing (as seen on the Manx Norton racers). Full fairings were disregarded as these would conceal the wonderfully cleaned aluminum motor cases and cleared back chrome channels.

Albeit numerous riders fitted distinctive back stuns to enhance the treatment of their machines, the vital turning point of bistro racer improvement came when a Triumph Bonneville motor was fitted to a Norton featherbed undercarriage. Lovingly called the Tri-ton, this half and a half set new guidelines. By consolidating the best of the British motors and the best case, an urban legend was made.

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