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Air-cooled twin, steel tube frame, unlimited possibilities 200 32.73%
Love the old Brit-bikes, but want something different 106 17.35%
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I liked Cafe bikes when I was just a young pup, and I still like them many years later... I bought the XLCR new in 1978.

Beautiful bike. As a BMW rider at the time, the XLCR was the first Harley that really caught my eye. Regret now that I didn't purchase one like you did.
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I liked Cafe bikes when I was just a young pup, and I still like them many years later... I bought the XLCR new in 1978.

My son and I were able to get a 77 XLCR over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's a basket case roller but I have about 90% of the bike... Hoping to have if on the road by next October.


















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It's the name of a Harley racer built for Daytona BoT. The best looking Harley ever made - BAR NONE!
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It's the name of a Harley racer built for Daytona BoT. The best looking Harley ever made - BAR NONE!



lucifer's hammer is awesome




this is almost an updated version of it. and i like it better. would like it ALOT more if they made the fairing into an under belly and a 1/4 fairing.


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We seem to have made the CAFE RACER a style, not a performance machine.

The reason for a cafe racer was to do the racing popular when the name was coined, not to style a bike a certain way. If I was going do a CAFE RACER with a sportster I would buy a 48, strip of every thing I could, stage 4 the beast and go for it. screw the style, make it perform and pull off anything that weighs more than an ounce and does not hold it together.
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I too love cafe racers, and my British motorcycles as well, so I made my 1200 sportster into a brit-cafe.
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We seem to have made the CAFE RACER a style, not a performance machine.

The reason for a cafe racer was to do the racing popular when the name was coined, not to style a bike a certain way. If I was going do a CAFE RACER with a sportster I would buy a 48, strip of every thing I could, stage 4 the beast and go for it. screw the style, make it perform and pull off anything that weighs more than an ounce and does not hold it together.

well seeing as we are almost 60 years removed from the origins of the cafe racers it is a style now.



it was a style, even back then, started by the ton-up boys who took bikes and stripped them down to zip from one pub to the next emulating the styling ques from the grand prix racers from the 60s.

these bikes weren't about all-out performance. a lot of those bikes weren't 'built' they were tuned. better exhaust, better carbs, etc, all in an attempt to get the bike to do 100mph. hybrids became popular as well, take a more powerful engine drop it into a lighter frame and do the basic tune up work and you already are off to a good start.
but they were also about stripping the bike down to a minimal visual appearance and emulating the control layout and bodywork of the 60's grand prix bikes. which included rearsets, clip-on bars, suspension work and grand prix inspired body work, usually a tail cowl or grand prix style tank.



cafe racers were started by a group subculture and the style of bike that subculture produced became what we call cafe racers. it was always a style. a style that drew heavy inspiration from rockabilly leather jacket wearing motorcycle enthusiast youths who hung out at british pubs and cafes and the grand prix racing bikes they were trying to emulate.



wikipedia even has this to say about the term 'cafe racer'

"In 1973, American freelance writer Wallace Wyss, contributing to Popular Mechanics magazine, wrote that the term café racer was originally used derogatorily in Europe to describe a "motorcyclist who played at being an Isle of Man road racer" and was, in fact, "someone who owned a racy machine but merely parked it near his table at the local outdoor cafe."


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"someone who owned a racy machine but merely parked it near his table at the local outdoor cafe."
Whereas a Harley riders is "someone who owns a noisy Bobber but merely parks it near his table at the local bar."

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this is almost an updated version of it. and i like it better. would like it ALOT more if they made the fairing into an under belly and a 1/4 fairing.


According to my tastes... this is the most beautiful Sporty i have ever seen...
If only they would start to sell thing like that in EU... they would sell them by the thousand...

personally... i would sell mine... and then i'd buy her...
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