If you’re anything like me, you enjoy bringing your own café racer to life. I remember building the first one with my granddad from the backyard out of an old Yamaha bike. You don’t really want to know how that turned out. The results were hilarious. Even we were puzzled by how much damage and mediocrity we had done to the original bike. Who knew that you could further damage an already damaged bike? Anyway, it proved to be a great learning experience for me. I can say the results have always been better than that each time I got out to make my hands dirty.
Now to today’s lesson. Which are the parts that really define the café racer. The parts which without, you would not have a café racer. Yes, we know the speed and we know the general appeal of the bike. But, which parts are a must have if your bike is to stand and count as a café racer?
First and foremost, you should know that these parts might differ depending on the type of bike that you decide to build your café racer from. Nevertheless, in most cases, some of the parts that you will definitely need to work on to get closer to that café racer look include:
In most bikes, you will notice the handlebars are always different. The case applies to sports bikes, dirt bikes and even the Harley Davidsons. If you’re building your café racer from scratch, one of the most important café racer parts that you can’t manage to screw up is the handlebars.
A café racer is a bike that has been optimized for speed and the handlebars that are used need to provide you with proper handling, control and most of all, comfort. You need something that does not take too much effort for you to take over.
In most cases, you can use clip-ons as the handle bars. Alternatively there are the clubmans that are much easier to use or you can also opt for the ace bar. These are the most common and realistic options that you have when building your café racer.
The next most iconic café racer part is the seat. As much as there are plenty of designs out there, you can’t manage to get this one wrong. It has to be right by all means. The aim of the sear is to give the racer a low inclination towheads the handle bars. It helps to reduce drag and stream line the racer for better speeds. There are plenty of seats that you can opt for but you have to make sure that you corner the basic design and features. A good starting point would be the Manx Norton café racer seat.
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Lastly, you have the tires. In this case, they are designed for high speed. However, you also have to consider the difference in balance caused by the change in handlebars and seat and adjust accordingly. Keep note that it is equally essential for you to make sure the tire fits.
Depending on the type of bike you’re dealing with, there are other café racer parts that you might need to change to make the bike lighter but in most instances, if not for performance, this can be for the sake of preference so they are not that essential.