Defining The Lines Of The Modern Cafe Racer

bike2If you wonder why we went back so fast to designing motorcycles looking like motorcycles with for inspiration the lines of the 50′s & 60′s, the answer is evident. We all got tired, to not say fed up, with the overgrown, overworked, difficult to ride Choppers of the late 90′s beginning 00′s.

bike1Same with a lot of Sport Bikes that lost their pure racing/animal features and turned into cartoonish rockets with jet ski paint jobs. To help a motorcycle start-up called Mac Motorcycles, a U.K. Design Firm named “Carefully Considered” “re-birthed” the beautiful lines of the 60′s and specifically the stance of the legendary English Cafe Racers. They designed 8 single-cylinder engine prototypes, keeping with classic lines but bringing their own modern twist. Not to distract from the lines, paint jobs are limited to laser-etched detailing and one-color screen-printed graphics. Simplicity being the ultimate sophistication, I give these designers a A+ for a gorgeous motorcycle that instantaneously gives you the desire to jump on it and ride and ride (thank you Mike Greenwald).

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25 Responses to “Defining The Lines Of The Modern Cafe Racer”


  1. 1 Robert Andry Dec 1st, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    yes motorcycles looking like motorcycles!

  2. 2 just my opinion Dec 1st, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    That is a good looking bike but I think it would be even better with a V-Twin.

  3. 3 hoyt Dec 1st, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    HD could have something like this in dealerships by 2011 if they wanted (maybe earlier). It seems like it would take little investment.

  4. 4 Lyle Dec 1st, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Nice looking thumper. Most cafe racer’s aren’t V-twins although you could say this one has more of a street fighter look than cafe.

  5. 5 Boss Hawg Dec 1st, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Love it!

    Looks like something “Nobody” at Redneck Engineering would design.

    Boss Hawg

  6. 6 Sturgis Rider Dec 1st, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    So did I miss something here? Are these bikes currently in production or are these just glorified schematics? I would like more information on the bikes. Is there a site to visit?

  7. 7 John E Adams Dec 1st, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Sturgis Rider,

    They are at:

    http://www.mac-motorcycles.com/

    Cheers,

    John

  8. 8 Woody Dec 1st, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Wow, usually I’m wondering why so many OTHERS are making negative comments……….so now everyone seems to like this one and I think it’s just silly looking. Seriously, I can’t think of a single good thing to say about the bike other than liking some of the pieces. So much so I’d put a bunch of the pieces back in their boxes and back on the shelf ;)
    Guess all my teachers were right, I need help ;D

  9. 9 ian Dec 2nd, 2009 at 4:04 am

    Well they are looking better after the re-design (more retro?) than when you first posted info on this company back in on June 1st. I know they were planning on using the Buell Blast engine, which might not be a sensible long term plan.
    Thanks for the link John, I went to http://www.mac-motorcycles.co.uk – and found a nice old fashioned motorbike shop selling Kyomo’s in Tooting South London.

  10. 10 maroco Dec 2nd, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Good looking Bike, they must realy fun to ride in citys, good power to.
    Good luck for the Company.

  11. 11 Blue Dec 2nd, 2009 at 5:24 am

    I really like the designs, but I would like them even more if I’d seen any sign of a prototype bike rather than simply a number of CAD drawings with different cosmetics. The last I heard after the supply of Buell Blast engines suddenly ceased was that MAC had redesigned using a Yamaha XT660 engine. I would really like to see them succeed.

  12. 12 gustian Dec 2nd, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Seems to me a bit like they took the front of a Monstro or a Raptor and the back of a Moped.
    It has something from the motorcycles back in the sixties.

    But personaly, I don’t think café-racer-addicts would call this a café racer.
    I agree wlth Lyle and see it more as a streetfighter.

    Peace Gustian

  13. 13 Jared Dec 2nd, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Gorgeous bikes and there’s nothing quite like a perfect fusion of vintage and modernity. The frame looks like it was inspired by the Confederate Wraith. Excellent work and congrats to Mac Motorcycles.

  14. 14 David Dec 2nd, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    It just makes me wonder if Melanie would buy and ride(sorry : be caught dead) on one of these bikes?
    David

  15. 15 Conrad Nicklus Dec 3rd, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Love the red one

  16. 16 Lyle Dec 3rd, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I’d ride one. Hopefully alive and not dead.

  17. 17 Jim C Dec 3rd, 2009 at 9:06 am

    You should go to the web site and look at the other bikes they have on there. I am wondering if there are any actual bikes done or what? I am also wondering what the price points are on their collection of bikes?

  18. 18 Fluke Dec 3rd, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Nice CAD work, but since they seem to have never even built a prototype or started on one for any of their “product range”, have no production facilities or even any staff I am sure this is nothing more than vaporware.

  19. 19 Lyle Dec 3rd, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    if you read the article, you will find that these are designs for a start up company. Any MC company is going to need a design before production. Else, whatever is produced will look cobbled together. Lets hope they get some into production although I’m not in the market for anything new.

  20. 20 sickboy Dec 3rd, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    very nice. this design is the future- xcellent power to weight ratio, ez handling. probably easy t work on as well. good luck

  21. 21 Joe Skonecki Dec 3rd, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    hoyt
    “””HD could have something like this in dealerships by 2011 if they wanted (maybe earlier). It seems like it would take little investment.””””

    I and many cycle enthusiasts will never appreciate or respect a copy-cat company.
    Mac Motorcycles has a dream. I wish a big oversized company like HD does not challenge their dream.

    I wish Mac Motorcycles the best in their endeavor and hope they learn from the mistakes of others.
    I hope more small companies take more risks and give the world more variety instead of one company with the same designers turning out the same thing over and over………..

    God bless the inventor, the (original) designer, the risk taker, and the defenders of our freedom, and we will always be blessed in return.

  22. 22 Chief Waldo Dec 7th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Looks like a thumper copy of the Victory Core Concept…

  23. 23 Brad Feb 15th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Now if it had a Honda CB750 engine in it THAT would be a Cafe Racer.

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