Custom bikes are hip. The big brands have jumped on top and the second-hand prices of old engines are skyrocketing. Even seasoned GS riders buy a custom bike for fun, purely for the look and feel of such an “old bug”.
It often is an old animal that gets a new life as a custom. Of course, he has to be addressed for that to be able to call it a “custom”. Teeth on top of each other; the subframe is ground off like this. A new walk on the back, have the saddle upholstered and a lower handlebar! There you go, your custom café racer, brat, scrambler, tracker, bobber or chopper is ready. Well, how should you call it? Today we dive into the prejudices of these engines and we push customs into boxes.
Custom café racer
Café racers sprang up in England in the 1960s. Standard engines were made lighter by removing parts. Low clip-on or an m-handlebars were supposed to give the Norton, Triumph or BSA an even lower look.
Today’s most iconic part of this bike, a rounded racing butt, adorned the butt and the Café Racer was born. These engines were used to race from the cafe to a crossroads and back in a short time. This had to be done within the time of one song from the jukebox! If you also got “The Ton” (100mph), then you were completely a hero.
Thought of by many people as one of the newer types of bikes, but this style also goes way back. This time, history moves to the other side of the ocean. In the 1960s, the scramblers were in the United States, what enduro bikes are today. Dirt bikes with a license plate and lighting. Usable on the road, but also for unpaved use. Higher on its legs, the exhaust along the side so it’s not damaged by branches, tree stumps and boulders, and a high wide handlebar for perfect control over the bike. If you want to learn a new style and techniques about driving enroll in NYS defensive driving course online for faster transactions.