It’s never a bad idea to start reading advice from those in the know. Written by well-known motorcycle and automotive author Doug Mitchel, How to Build a Café Racer starts with a history lesson.
While those bikes were originally built in the UK for racing from café to café, the rage for Café Racers spread all over Europe, then in the US. They reappear again as the new trendy style for many builders and riders.
Converting a stock motorcycle to a Café Racer requires more than a fairing and a few decals. The book starts with chapters on planning and choosing an appropriate bike, followed by chapters that detail the modifications that will likely be embraced by anyone converting a stocker to a rocker. From shocks and tires to engine modifications, Doug’s book lays out each type of modification and how it’s best carried through.
The center of the book holds a gallery of finished bikes. These are not just Triumphs or Nortons, but nearly many other brands from Japan, Italy, the UK, and Germany. The final chapters include two, start-to-finish Café builds. This is the chance for the reader to see how professional shops take a stock Triumph or Ducati and convert it into a fast, sexy, and functional Café Racer.
Doug Mitchel started his career as a professional journalist over 20 years ago. Today he is listed as author of over 20 books, all illustrated with his own very high quality photographs. Doug is also a regular contributor to a variety of magazines, The 8.5 x 11” softcover (ISBN: 978-1-935828-73-0) features 144 pages packed with 300 color photos. Order at Amazon Want To Build A Cafe Racer or at CarTech at 1-800-551-4754