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Italian Café Racers

By Uli Cloesen
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24.8x24.8cm • 128 pages • 321 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845847-49-4

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• The first all-out Italian Café Racer book
• From Aermacchi to Paton – they’re all here
• A window into Italian motorcycle history
• All bikes powered by Italian motorcycle engines
• Covers models from horizontal-singles to inline-sixes
• Includes examples of historic Italian brands
• Examples from spend a little to spend a lot
• A celebration of all things Italian
• Of interest to Italian bike fans and lovers of Café Racers alike
• Café’d Italian bikes are way cool, and it shows


A celebration of the spectacular café racers from around the globe created by individuals, and all based on Italian motorcycles.


There have been plenty of books published about Italian motorcycles, and a few covering the café racer genre, but none has covered the evolution of the Italian sportsbike into the Italian café racer – until now.
Coming from a nation with a great motorcycle racing heritage, Italian motorcycles have, unsurprisingly, always had a sporting flair. This book lifts the lid on the growing trend of custom Italian café conversions, illustrated in detail with stunning images of select sporting, racing, and caféd Italian motorcycles.
Italian Café Racers celebrates stunning Italian bikes from all over the globe. From the old to the modern, from horizontal-singles to inline sixes, this book reveals these stylish machines in all their innovative glory. Whether you’re a entusiasta, a follower of the café racer culture, or simply appreciate beautiful bikes, this book is guaranteed to interest and inspire … see the ‘caféd’ side of Italian bikes.

Independent Reviews

Filled with dozens of full color images of amazing rare bikes and engaging stories about Europe’s emerging custom bike scene, this baby will keep you dreaming about constructing your own Ducati, Moto Guzzi or Gilera special.
Cafe Racer Magazine (USA)

Like all the others in the series it is an interesting look outside mainstream motorcycling and covers machines not found in conventional books on Italian motorcycles. It is book that is both for the café racer enthusiast and those who appreciate engineering skill and workmanship as well as finding favour with all motorcyclists.
Ian Kerr

Mission accomplished! In the introduction to Italian Café Racers, author Uli Cloesen says, "If this book creates at least some excitement about Italian Café Racers [sic], then its aim has been achieved." For a Petrolista it would be difficult indeed, looking over the images, not to feel anything ...

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Covers 1919 to the present day, with selected models from the following marques presented, ranging from 50cc – 2000cc displacements: Aermacchi-HD, American Eagle, Benelli, Dall Oglio, Ducati, Frera, Garelli, Gilera, Idroflex, Italjet, Itom, Laverda, Lambretta, MM, Motobi, Moto Guzzi, Moto Morini, Moto Rumi, Moto Villa, Motom, MV Agusta, Nembo, Parilla, Paton.


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