Whilst much has been written about the café racer scene, both historically and otherwise, the trend for retro styling and bike shed builds continues to this day, with machines that command an unmistakeable presence and remain the embodiment of passion and innovation.

The days may have passed when metal, grease, oil, leathers and attitude bucked tradition and sprouted a revolution in machine masculinity, but those self same builders helped perfect linear lines from the 1950s and 60s that worked towards the genesis of a next generation café racer style.

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By the 1970s, the postwar disaffected may have become mainstream, respectable in suits and holding down 9-5 jobs and saving up for semis in suburbia, but those once stereotypical, leather-clad, anti-social iconoclasts had never buried the shared passion that called for mechanical acumen and social enterprise to the common good.

And many others found themselves drawn to the fold, heading up the nouveau avant-garde, acting as conduits for yet further experimentation and aesthetic innovation. Like their wheels, they were on a roll, and just like before, everyone in the biking world sat up and took notice.

Manufacturers were soon on the uptake, happy to blend retro styling with contemporary technology. Slowly but surely, the biking world became aware of a fresh, stark simplicity appearing from behind closed doors. Devoid of adornment. Darkly masculine. Clinical. But beautiful at the same time.

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