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British Café Racers

British Café Racers

By Uli Cloesen
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•Hardback •24.8x24.8cm • 128 pages • 250 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845848-96-5

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• Café’d Brit bikes are way cool, and it shows
• The first, all-out British café racer book, and a celebration of all things British
• Provides a ‘caféd’ window into British motorcycle history
• Fills a gap in motorcycle literature
• A gem for British bike fans, as well as to the lover of café racers
• All bikes powered by British motorcycle engines
• From an author involved with motorcycles for 40 years
• Covers models from singles to four cylinder variants – and from spend a little to spend a lot!
• From AJS to Weslake… it’s all in this book
• Presents the eye candy of historic British brands


British Café Racers – Do the Ton!

This is the first book to solely concentrate on the British-powered café racer motorcycle. Renewed interest in custom British café conversions is illustrated with stunning images of select sporting, racing, and ‘café’d’ British motorcycles. From single-cylinder to four-cylinder variants – see the ‘café’d’ side of British bikes!


Plenty of books have been published about British bikes and their glorious motorcycling racing heritage, but until now none has solely focused on the rich variety of British café racers. a genre created in 1950s Britain by the 'ton-up boys'.
Style, speed and passion combine for an eclectic journey into the world of the British café racer. Uli Cloesen's latest book – the first dedicated to the British café racer scene – is a celebration of all things fast from Britain, a definitive overview of the caféd British motorcycle, from single-cylinder to four-cylinder variants, and going well beyond the parallel Triton twin.
Featuring a truly stunning variety of British motorcycle engine based café racers, from the UK and beyond, and complemented by owners’ stories and technical descriptions, this book presents the eye candy of the British café racer world … come and see the caféd side of Britain!

Independent Reviews

Uli Cloesen’s beautifully-illustrated book reminds us of just how far things have moved on ... this book should be on the Christmas list for everyone with a passion for hand-crafted beauty and fine engineering.
Old Bike Mart

In his fast-paced seven chapters, Cloesen takes the reader through a stunning alphabet soup of some of the best café racers built around British brands in the world. I say alphabet because he literally organized the narrative and book’s excellent 250 color images alphabetically, from AJS and BSA to Velocette and Weslake. It makes searching the book for your favorite marque easy so it makes sense.
If you’re thinking about a café racer of your own, are already into café racers or just enjoy the lean, purposeful lines of the bikes, Cloesen’s book will be one you’ll go back to again and again.

British Café Racers is a real winner!

What makes this book more than another historical review is the fact that this style is enjoying such a renaissance with advocates like the Bike Shed, reflecting the resurgence of interest in the assertive style of the bikes that put the bad boy into British biking long before Elvis went glam rock or the Beatles sang ‘yeah yeah yeah!’
The Road

For the past few days we've been dipping into and out of British Café Racers, a new hardback publication by Veloce, and evidently part of an ongoing series.
It's that kind of book; the type you pick up and browse for five or ten minutes, then go and mow the lawn or something, think about what you've read, and later return for another fix.
The book arrived a week or so ago, and we've not read it cover to cover. But we can tell you that it's an eclectic mix of both the traditional café racer and modern interpretations of these cultish bikes, and it's therefore a worthy insight into the scope of the café racer scene.

Additional Information

Café racers are all the rage again, so the theme of this book is right up there with current treds. There are fantastic British engine derived café racers out there, old and new, which appeal to British bike fans, as well as to the custom scene in general. It also shows that the variety of customised Brit bikes out there goes well beyond the proverbial Triton twin.

This book is the first all-out British café racers book, and covers the whole range of café’d British marques.

Many images of rarely seen café racer motorcycles, combined in one publication.


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