I guess a dumb question, but what defines a "cafe" racer...where does the term come from?
I've got this one...I have been watching the "Cafe Racer", series on HD Theatre(Discovery).
The term originated in England in the 60s, when young "Rockers" as they were called, stripped down Triumphs, Nortons, BSAs, and raced from one cafe to the next. The feat of the time was to break the "ton", 100mph and live to tell the story. A group of rivals, known as the "mods" often clashed with the rockers, and it was newspaper fodder for the British of the time.
The Triumph Thruxton is an excellent example of the style of the modified
Cafe Racer. The W800 is very similar in look and specs. The black and gold paint scheme
looks very Norton-ish. The fad is enjoying a resurgence in the States, and clubs are
springing up on the coasts and other major metro areas. I believe the name
of the original cafe of fame in Britain was the Ace Cafe, a notorious Rocker hangout.
If you happen to have HD theater, they are auctioning off the Martin cafe racer as I write this, it's for charity from the tv series.http://dhd.discovery.com/tv-schedule...129637.39327.1