Want To Build A Café Racer?

Cafe-RacerIt’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

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5 Responses to “Want To Build A Café Racer?”


  1. 1 Rodent Nov 26th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I’m going to buy the book as soon as I finish my current read, “how to do brain surgery in your safe time”.

  2. 2 Brett Wagner Nov 26th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Not funny Rodent. Get a rest during Thanksgiving.

  3. 3 Lyle Landstrom Nov 26th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Hey, you can’t blame Rodent for reading one of those “Self Help” books.
    Sorry Rodent, I couldn’t resist…
    LL

  4. 4 Terence Tory Nov 27th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Anything that stops people copying the so called “Café Racers” off of fashion websites is a good thing. Cafe racers are for going around corners fast,not for parking near corners to gawk and gaze at for hipster glimmer and glamor.It sounds like a good book to get.

  5. 5 bartsky Nov 27th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    I don’t agree that ‘café racers are the trendy thing’; rather I think café racers are just a small part of a much broader movement/return to more sensible, simpler, classic motorcycles. The interest in these bikes has been mushrooming in popularity over the last ten years and continues to grow. (the vast majority of motorcycle blogs do these bikes).
    Other subsets are ‘brat style’, ‘swing arm bobbers’ and simply a popular return in refurbishing, re-commissioning and/or lightly customized English, German and Japanese standard motorcycles. Classic organic styling vs insect transformer garish sea-doo moto gp styling….thank god.

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