About BMW Cafe Racer
At the height of the cafe racer culture in the 1970s, BMW built a number of cafe racer variants of its standard motorcycles but they only possess the looks and not the heart of cafe racers. Ironically, if you want a real BMW cafe racer, you have to build it yourself. A cafe racer is a standard bike with the soul of a racing bike. Making it requires modifying a standard motorcycle in order to improve its top speed and handling. It does not have to be a track star but it must be zippy enough to make it fun riding around the city. To build your custom BMW cafe racer, you need a powerful motorcycle engine and the lean, mean frame of a vintage BMW motorcycle like the R100S bikes from the 1970s and 1980s. A pair of low and narrow handlebars is another signature feature of a cafe racer. Along with a stretched humped rearward cafe racer seat, these handlebars allow the rider to assume the right posture for racing. Fortunately, you can find everything you need to build your custom bike among the large inventory of cafe racer parts on eBay.