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What makes this model rise above other distinguished motoring specimens? Agility, sleekness and fidelity to performance. Their comprehensiveness to riders; cut-rate price tags and stately power-to-weight ratio bolsters their exceptionality. Not to mention that they reek of retro hues and boast an avant-garde overtone, and it’s no surprise.
Cafe Racers at a Glance
The Bullit Spirit 125 pays homage to the classic British designs of the cafe racer. This limited-edition motorcycle is part of the 150 units forged by the esteemed British brand and is the symphony of craftsmanship, modern technology and high performance that creates an extraordinary riding experience. The Spirit 125 features upside forks, electronic fuel injection, an impressive combined braking system and is available in three arresting designs.
1. Bullit Spirit 125
While taking the leaf from the cafe racer culture of the ‘60s, the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 is a whole new level of modern motoring. Its design is iconic; with its striking figure, aggressiveness and a tucked-in riding position, all features of the traditional cafe racer, but better. Coupled with its finely tuned suspension for the optimum blend of comfort & feel, the GT 650 guarantees a dynamic ride, through the suburban and city streets.
2. Royal Enfield Continental GT 650
The AJS Cadwell Clubman 125 is the pride of the Heritage range from the motoring brand. The Clubman encapsulates the ‘50s and ‘60s era of the classic and speedy cafe racers. Its scintillating gearbox, gentle power delivery and responsive brakes offer a surreal riding experience. Consider though, if you live in a place where this racer will be required to spend a heck of a time at max speed on roads, you won’t get the most out of its performance. It’s the back roads, towns and cities where you’ll find its full potential.
3. AJS Cadwell Clubman 125
Cleveland continues to pump out motoring masterpieces and the Misfit 2 is a testament to this. While the Misfit Gen 1 is the embodiment of the ‘60s motorcycle culture of the 250cc GP bikes, the Misfit Gen 2 honours the past and couples it with newfangled features. Boasting top-grade chassis dynamics, deft handling and a sleek exterior a la Harley Davidson at a cut-rate price tag, you’d be bonkers for not mulling about owning this cafe racer. The Misfit is interestingly a sporty motorcycle that’s primed for the city, highways and backend streets.
4. Cleveland CycleWerks Misfit 2
No one pays attention to detail more than FB Mondial. Their HPS125 strikes the eye of flanking drivers and pedestrians. Their detailed study of the seat position now enables the rider to drive a classic motorcycle and enjoy the safety and reliability granted by its technology; which cinches the best driving experience on the highway, on small roads and city journeys. The design of HPS 125 is the premium mix of the iconic  F.B Mondial models and the novel technology of its 125cc liquid-cooled engine.
5. FB Mondial HPS125
Honda’s CB300R is light, aggressive and an economical stroke of genius that’s a cut above its contemporaries. The motoring wonder is the mishmash of features that enable riders to experience the ultimate cruise for smooth and rough roads. This small street race bike borrows plenty of cues from the CB1000R. It has classic styling with plenty of modern touches. In addition, it’s around 60-percent thinner than the outgoing one, giving it more engine rpm, speed and a higher fuel level.
6. Honda CB300R
Kawasaki needs no introduction. The motoring manufacturing behemoth’s W800 Cafe is only a tribute to its tradition. While riffing on the style of the ’60s W1 model, riders will immediately gravitate towards the cafe racer’s novel design and promising performance. Its lightly sprung assist-type clutch offers smooth engagement and fueling is spot-on. Coupled with its crank inertia that makes starting off on an upslope a cinch. The hallmarks of this beast are its throaty exhaust note and nimble handling.
7. Kawasaki W800 Cafe
The Vitpilen 401 is the premium cafe racer of the sub-500cc world. It’s the Swedish manufacturer’s golden boy that possesses futuristic design elements, aggressiveness and a more ergonomic character. With its 373cc single-cylinder engine and 17-inch wheels, you can tackle any urban and rustic road. The roadster is accessible to a variety of riders and its lightweight construction means the power-to-weight ratio is that of a Harley. While its design oozes European motoring flavour, it’s a stand out from rest.
8. Husqvarna Vitpilen 401
To say that the XSR700 is one of Yamaha’s greatest production feats, would be an overstatement. But when you suss out its timeless style and specifications, it’s hard not to hyperbolise. The XSR features a compact 2-cylinder engine that provides a unique power character with its outstanding torque and throttle response. Its compact, sporty design has a sport-oriented geometry to achieve deft handling with its minimalist weight and ergonomics.
9. Yamaha XSR700
Triumph has left no stone unturned to make the heads turn with their bikes. The Street Twin is a distinguished racer boasting a parallel-twin four-stroke engine and is a modern classic best-seller with premium style and detailing. It has minor aesthetic overhauls and major engine revamps than its previous designs. The engine is now more aggressive and quicker in its acceleration and gives a smooth performance thanks to its Twin 900cc Bonneville engine.
10. Triumph Street Twin
Husqvarna’s Vitpilen 701 is everything a gear head desires in a cafe racer and more. Powered by a modern 693 liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine, it’s the latest design in electronic technology and bolsters a myriad of specs that instantiate its fidelity to high performance. Reduced to an authentic mix of classic thinking and modern design, the lightweight and narrow bodywork are shaped into the Vitpilen 701’s progressive design and intelligently allows for effortless movement while riding.
11. Husqvarna Vitpilen 701
Marking half a century since its debut racer, Moto Guzzi gives you the V7 III Racer Le. The third generation cafe racer has been sharpened up to increase desirability and riding efficacy. The V7 is a standout of the product range and embodies the Italian company’s ethos. The racer is the result of Moto Guzzi’s modern passion and craftsmanship. With its 744cc twin-cylinder, it’s a considerably different and more enjoyable bike to ride; giving riders more oomph when accelerating.
12. Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer Le
Does Kawasaki ever stop? The Z900RS is smooth, attractive and ready to burst into life when put into gear. It’s the sort of build that will tease the bloke who persistently whines about how the brand’s bikes design have fizzled out. The RS cafe screams street style before you start the engine. Admirers will be entranced by the racer’s designs. The shape of the seat is built for comfort, the overall aesthetic oozes a ’70s vibe and the brushed satin finish on the frame are drool-worthy.
13. Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe
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Looking for a cafe racer with a sporty visage but that’s fit for any road? Look no further. The Scrambler Cafe Racer is the sportiest and most aggressive of the family from an ergonomics perspective. The gold on the wheels isn’t overpowering, it’s a light shade that is matched by a pinstripe, like the detail on the tank sides. Its dark leather seat is elegantly crafted with the cowl featuring the same deep paint as the tank.
14. Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer
The CB1000R is an alpha performer: it’s dark, lightweight, enticing and potent. With a motor that just dips below 1000cc, a maximised torque and unrivalled top speed, Honda has churned out another benchmark cafe racer. Described as the best open-class naked streetfighter the brand has cranked out, its cutting-edge Neo-Sports Café styling and a high-revving four-cylinder engine are specially tuned for midrange and top-end power.
15. Honda CB1000R
A total of 300 motorcycles across the trio of Foggy models were manufactured, and the Spitfire is the most brilliant thus far. Akin to a beefed-up dirt bike, the Spitfire echoes early biking life off-road. It weighs 142kg and produces 65hp and comes in deep red, golden frame body with black wheels. Its black Flat Track racing rubber wheels provide grip and agility to match the purposeful looks and boasts a carbon fibre bodywork with a myriad of elite performance specs.
16. CCM Foggy Edition Spitfire
The Triumph Thruxton RS remixes the original cafe racer design flavour and the iconic style while pushing the envelope of performance. This baby is 6kg lighter than its previous sister, has more character and is perfect for riders who love the sporting purity and performance of a cafe racer. Flaunting a punchy engine, a top-notch chassis and an iconic aura, the Triumph Thruxton RS is one of the most coveted cafe racers on the road. It’s the essential vehicle for exploring a city; and that by dint of its size and deft.
17. Triumph Thruxton RS
Roll out your red carpet for the first-ever retro-styled electric motorcycle. The Energica Eva EsseEsse9 is perfect for casual riding without the demanding hyper-performance of a regular cafe racer; it’s also ideal for two-up riding and it’s the preferred choice for long-distance electric wanderers. The bike has three charging options which means the longest range of any electric motorcycle: 420 km/ 261 miles of city range, 246 km/ 153 miles of combined city and highway range, and 198 km/ 123 miles of extra-urban riding.
18. Energica Eva EsseEsse9
Superveloce 800 is the symphony of trailblazing designs and the classics of its rich racing heritage. It reveals the most modern technology, concentrated in its 173 kg, as well as leading electronics to satisfy the most demanding riders and has an essential function that’s committed to staging shows. It’s petite but promises a heck of a performance on any road.
19. MV Agusta Superveloce 800
Tarform has emphatically taken the leaf out of… well… nature when manufacturing the Luna Racer. The cafe racer comprises eco-friendly elements: flax fibres, upcycled aluminium and decomposable leather. And regarding its performance; it’s the perfect blend of the stance of a scrambler and the acceleration of a sportbike. The simplicity of the electric powertrain facilitates have just over 20 parts operating simultaneously when riding, compared to over 1000 in non-economy efficient vehicles.
20. Tarform Luna Racer
The Norton Dominator was forged by the Norton and is part of a string of cafe racers that are most illustrious in design and specifications. The Dominator is a statement of the brand’s unparalleled handling capability, power and speed. This bike is part of the category of classic and the first model of the Norton dominator street generation that’s designed for the road as well as for off-road adventures.
21. Norton Dominator
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