Originally used as a slur against riders who raced hopped-up motorcycles from one transport cafe' to another, cafe racer describes a bike genre that first became popular in the early 1960s with the British rocker subculture. The rebellious rock-and-roll counterculture is what inspired these fast, personalized, and distinctive bikes, with their owners often racing down public roads in excess of a "ton" (a ton was British slang for 100 MPH.) thus, the riders of these machines became known as "Ton-up boys".
This hardcover book has over 200 photographs by top motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter as well as historic photos from back in the day. Text by motorcycle culture expert Paul d'Orleans. The book travels through the different eras of these nimble, lean,light and head-turing machines. both "Mods" and "Rockers" will dig this book!