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The results are in…

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a poll in a think entitled “What Makes A Cafe Racer A Cafe Racer?” Aside from the tongue-twister nature of the title, I was hoping to find out what everyone who reads the blog thinks is the key element of the cafe racer style. So, without further a do, here are the results…

Of the Grand Total of 17 votes, Seat and Clubman Bars tied with 6 votes each! That’s 35% each if you’re interested. Next we had Clip-Ons at 4 votes (24%), with fairing getting a single vote at 6%. I know, I know, the sample size is small, but if you combine Clubman Bars with Clip-Ons, you get 10 out of 17 votes for some form of handlebar. It appears that we have a winner of sorts. Now if only I can figure out how to get more people voting in the polls…


Seat 35% (6 votes)
Clip-Ons 24% (4 votes)
Clubman Bars 35% (6 votes)
Spoked Wheels 0% (0 votes)
Rear-Sets 0% (0 votes)
Fairing 6% (1 votes)
Exhaust 0% (0 votes)
Vintage-Look Tires 0% (0 votes)
Leather Rocker Jacket 0% (0 votes)
Specific Engine Configuration 0% (0 votes)
Other: 0% (0 votes)

What makes a cafe racer a cafe racer?

Often times, when writing about one particular cafe racer or another, I end up complaining about some missing piece. It might be a bike that is done except for rear-sets, or maybe the bars haven’t been swapped out for clip-ons or clubmans, or maybe my friend Paul complains in a comment about the JC Whitney mufflers gracing some otherwise nicely-built cafe racer.

But what it really comes down to, is that each of us thinks about cafe racers in a slightly different way. We all pick different bikes to build, and we each pick a different set of componentry to graft on to it. The net result is a cafe racer.

To try to get to the root of this issue, I made the little poll below to try and figure out what everyone who reads this blog thinks are the most important things that make a cafe racer a cafe racer. I set the poll so you can only choose one thing, so pick what you think is most important when building a cafe racer. Have fun, and let me know what you think…