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Italian Cafe Racers

By Ulrich Cloesen

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Format: Hardcover, 123 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 14 August 2014
There have been plenty of books published about Italian motorcycles, and a few covering the cafe racer genre, but none has covered the evolution of the Italian sportsbike into the Italian cafe racer - until now. Coming from a nation with a great motorcycle racing heritage, Italian motorcycles have, unsurprisingly, always had a sporting flair. This book lifts the lid on the growing trend of custom Italian cafe conversions, illustrated in detail with stunning images of select sporting, racing, and cafed Italian motorcycles. Italian Cafe Racers celebrates stunning Italian bikes from all over the globe. From the old to the modern, from horizontal-singles to inline sixes, this book reveals these stylish machines in all their innovative glory. Whether you're a entusiasta, a follower of the cafe racer culture, or simply appreciate beautiful bikes, this book is guaranteed to interest and inspire - see the 'cafed' side of Italian bikes.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - History revealed - La storia ha rivelato (note to editor: contains bikes from 50-125cc) Chapter 2 - The quarter liters - I quarti di litro (note to editor: contains bikes from 125-250cc) Chapter 3 - From horizontal singles to v twins - Da monocilindrico orizzontale a un motori bicilindrici a vee (note to editor: contains bikes from 250-350cc) Chapter 4 - The five hundreds - I cinquecento (note to editor: contains bikes from 350-500cc) Chapter 5 - Up to bigger stuff - Fino a motocicli di piu grande cilindrata (note to editor: contains bikes from 500-1200cc) Chapter 6 - The upside down - Capovolto o a testa in giu (note to editor: contains a 1200cc+ bike) Chapter 7 - Electric light orchestra - Motocicli elettrici (note to editor: contains diesel/electric bike concepts)

About the Author

Uli Cloesen has been involved with motorcycles since 1975. His riding career started with a Maico MD50 road bike and grew into owning several BMWs, Yamahas, a Kawasaki and a Royal Enfield. Through his years of motorcycle ownership the art of turning standard motorcycles into custom bikes always intrigued him. Uli lives in New Zealand and continues to write new motorcycle books.


Like all the others in the series it is an interesting look outside mainstream motorcycling and covers machines not found in conventional books on Italian motorcycles. It is book that is both for the cafe racer enthusiast and those who appreciate engineering skill and workmanship as well as finding favour with all motorcyclists. Ian Kerr - Freelance Mission accomplished! In the introduction to Italian Cafe Racers, author Uli Cloesen says, "If this book creates at least some excitement about Italian Cafe Racers [sic], then its aim has been achieved." For a Petrolista it would be difficult indeed, looking over the images, not to feel anything ... Petrolicious Filled with dozens of full color images of amazing rare bikes and engaging stories about Europe's emerging custom bike scene, this baby will keep you dreaming about constructing your own Ducati, Moto Guzzi or Gilera special Cafe Racer Magazine (USA)

EAN: 9781845847494
ISBN: 1845847490
Publisher: Veloce Publishing
Dimensions: 25.4 x 25.4 x 1.52 centimetres (0.91 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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