Originally Posted by Rob Farmer
...The whole cafe genre has been hijacked which is fine as it's always good to see evolution but some of these bikes are a mess and are little more than a mish mash of ill fitting parts.
I used to ride cafe racers back in the '60s. To us a cafe racer was a bike with low bars, ie straight (like Vincents), drop (eg Ace bars), or clip ons. Some attempt at rearsets to complete the picture. Fancy seats, tanks and other cosmetics were not as important as getting a megaphone or Goldie exhausts on it. Usually there would have been an attempt at some sort of tuning - usually inept, but if it was loud, then it must be fast. :) Performance, then looks.
But the term was usually slightly derisory.
A lot of the bikes being shown here would not have been regarded as cafe racers - although we would have given our eyeteeth for them because there's a pretty high standard. :)