Cafe Racers – A motorcycle once synonymous with youth counterculture of the 1950s and 1960s, (namely ‘Rockers’) have seen a resurgence in the first two decades of the 21st century. With an assertive stance, lean, though, sometimes muscular silhouette, this stripped-back street racer has attracted new riders and experienced riders back into the saddle. Amateur enthusiasts of the ’50s and ’60s once stripped back their street bikes and transformed them into cafe racers, to emulate factory racers. Nowadays, factories look towards ‘New Wave’ custom culture, with which the custom built cafe racer is now more commonly associated, for inspiration to design retro motorcycles. The shed/yard-built culture lives on and has transformed the motorcycle industry in recent years. Many of those bike builders have gone professional and are fabricating bikes with finishes that rival global motorcycle manufacturers. And, they create these bikes to your specification. It’s easier than ever to commission your dream custom café racer. Here we’ve listed some of the finest custom motorcycle workshops and bike builders, who specialise in building custom Café Racers.
In the idyllic English countryside, on a farm just north of London, you'll find an extraordinary custom workshop; Lions Den Motorcycles. Maybe it's the unusual location or