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Top 5 iconic bikes to build a Cafe Racer

One of the biggest headaches for getting your own Cafe Racer is deciding which bike model to start with. Have you decided yet? If the answer is no, keep reading.

If you’ve done your homework, you’ll know there are some manufacturers with an exceptional reputation. For example, Honda, BMW, Kawasaki, Triumph, and Harley-Davidson. However, keep a few things in mind when deciding which one to go for: how much you are willing to spend, personal taste, and the design you want to impose on your Café Racer. Another essential thing, as we’ve mentioned before, is to check the condition of the bike. The better the condition, the less money you’ll spend on reparations, replacements, and man-hours.

Without further ado, here are some of the top models for building Café Racers

  1. BMW R nineT. This model is highly popular because it combines modern and classic elements. For example, its stunning bi-coloured aluminium tank. In fact, all BMW R models are great for building Café Racers. Check out the work we did on a BMW R45 to get an idea of the incredible difference after the tune-up.
    Why is BMW R nineT such a good model for building Café Racers? It’s because of its great customisation potential. Thanks to its design and a huge accessories catalogue, this bike is easily adaptable and therefore considerably cheaper to customise. Also, since it’s a modular bike, it’s possible to modify many elements. Having said that, it’s also true that this is a pricey BMW model.
  2. Harley-Davidson Sportster 883. This is one of the most sought-after Harley-Davidson bikes as it’s quite different to the Big Twin model. To please Café Racer enthusiasts, it carries a compact engine, making it light but powerful. Its twin-engine allows for an uncomplicated gas tank, creating very clean lines. On top of this, this Harley Davidson’s engine can be made more potent and attractive. Finally, being such a popular model, there exist many specialised shops where it’s easy to find spare parts.
    Initially this bike may not look like a Café Racer, but by changing 4 things you’ll get a gorgeous bike. Consider spending some money on changing a few elements of the frame and increasing the diameter of the tyres/wheel rims, as the result is spectacular.
  3. Honda CB1100. Honda is the quintessential maker when talking about Café Racers, as its vintage models evoke the spirit of the ‘70s. Why choose a Honda CB1100? Because its factory retro design makes customisation much easier. For instance, your Café Racer will look fantastic if you keep its classic instrument panel and metallic fender. Its 70’s styling allows for an old-school bike without much transformation. However, once again, the main problem is its high price. If you’re looking for something similar but more affordable, a Honda CB750 is your best choice.
  4. Kawasaki W800. If you’re looking for an authentic Café Racer at minimum cost, look no further. What’s interesting is that there is a ready-to-ride Kawasaki W800 Café Style in the market, but it’s only sold in Japan. However, some parts are commercialised in Spain so you can still add a Café Style vibe to your Kawasaki W800. This model is ideal for an affordable and undemanding custom job, but it’ll take some time to get it just right. Of course, by trusting in a reliable motorbike custom shop, you’ll build a spectacular Café Racer and start your project on the right foot.
  5. Triumph Bonneville T100. As a general rule, any Café Racer that’s got a Triumph as a base engine is a good choice. What sets a Bonneville apart from other Triumph models is that you can easily give a 2014 bike a 20-year-ago styling. This is the iconic old-school bike.

If you’ve read this article with an idea on models and prices, you’ve probably rolled your eyes – and if you didn’t, after doing some research, you probably will. We’re talking about grand motorbikes, therefore, quite costly. You’d save a lot of money on customisation, but you’d need to pay good money for the bike.

At Bolt Motor Company, motorbike custom shop specialising in Café Racer in Valencia, we think different. We strive to make the best out of every budget to ensure the finest tune-up for the best price. Our 20 years of experience in motorbike customisation have taught us where to invest and on what key elements to guarantee you the Café Racer of your dreams.

For more information, contact us at info@boltracer.com

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