Rev Up For Cafe Racers

Well known motorcycle journalist Mike Seate is about to release in September a new book called “Cafe Racer: The Motorcycle”. The book is about making you live again the days of black leather, Brylcreem and fast British bikes. It chronicles the spirited ton-up era when low handlebars, Nortons and rock and roll ruled the roads. Part one of a multi-title series to be released by Parker House Publishing of Stillwater, MN, “Cafe Racer: The Motorcycle” includes interviews with cafe racer builders past and present, rockers from England’s fabled transport cafes and over 180 contemporary and historical photos of these uniquely inspiring motorcycles and the people who ride them. In addition “Cafe Society,” a one-hour high-definition documentary produced by Mike Seate and Chet Burks Productions for Speed Channel will be broadcast later this year. It will be followed by a feature-length DVD release (don’t you love this “so British” picture?)

9 Responses to “Rev Up For Cafe Racers”

  1. 1 Nicker May 2nd, 2008 at 1:48 am

    Another Rocker DVD…….. WOW!
    If it’s half as good as Scott & Zack’s “Brittown” DVD, it’ll be awesome.
    Got mine last week. Loved it!

    The Rocker scene is the history of contemporary modified motorcycles.
    Hell, before that most OEM motorcycles were just about limited production, hand built units,
    which often had to be modified by their owners just to be serviceable.
    The Rocker scene was abut modification for modification’s sake.

    Nostalgia recognizing period machinery.
    Some sadness remembering friends who’ve passed away.
    Overall, lots-a good memories of simple machinery and a simpler time.
    The cool part is that people are still into that stuff………. 🙂

    Brittown is a look into biker history without the Hollywood BS.
    Great fun for a true enthusiast.
    Hope Cafe Racer is the same.


  2. 2 A 1 CYCLES May 2nd, 2008 at 8:35 am

    it looks like an inline four? hope its in a rickman frame..i just assumed it would focus on singles and lightweight twins.

  3. 3 Ken Glenn (Rat Judge) May 2nd, 2008 at 9:53 am

    I just read your blog about the cafe racer book and video by Mike Seate. As you know all I build are Cafe Racer style bikes, and have for 30 years. I am one of the founding members of the Midwest Cafe Racers Association in 1974. Can you give me any contact info on Mr. Seate? Is he the same Mike Seate that writes for Iron Works Magazine?
    By the way the photo is of “Carpy” Carpenter in Cal. on one of his CB750 Hondas.
    Ken Glenn

  4. 4 burnout May 2nd, 2008 at 11:00 am

    knees up high and hands down low! I LOVE IT!!! peace

  5. 5 gustian May 2nd, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Makes my heart feel good.

    I rode a RICKMAN – HONDA 750 FII, back in the late seventies. It was riding like on rails.

    RE Nicker:
    “good memories of simpel machinery and a simpeler life…”

    Yeah…….hmmmmmm, where are those years.
    As you say Nicker, it’s a good thing to see that people are still into this kind of motorcycles.

    I Thought we became kind of ‘last of the mohicans in bikerworld’, but there is still hope.

    I love it ! ! ! !

  6. 6 Rodent May 2nd, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Yeah, I rode a Dunstall Norton rear sets clip ons back in the early 70’s…the original Brits before japs

  7. 7 Nicker May 2nd, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Stop it… already…!

    You guys are making me cry……


  8. 8 Marilyn Stemp May 5th, 2008 at 8:59 am

    To Ken Glenn:

    Yes, that’s the same Mike Seate. I’ll pass on your info to him.

  9. 9 Chopperdave May 7th, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Another book by Mike Seate FULL of errors and misleading info…

    like his other ones…

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