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the best cafe racer motorcycles

About Our Selections

These selections considered ease of use, rideability, price, and how effective each motorcycle was achieving the stated goal of its class. We are confident that any of these bikes will be superb options for most riders.

To further define what we are meaning by "Cafe Racers" we have set our sights on bikes that have the correct general sihlouette, that of a long tank, low bars, raised and somewhat rearward pegs, and and a classic/neo-retro look to them. These bikes do not necessarily have to have clip-on bars, as many cafe racers had touring bars that had their fork stem raisers removed.

2023 Norton Commando 961 CR

A classic name with the spirit of a cafe racer in every line

2023 MV Agusta Superveloce 800

When the Italians take the idea of a cafe racer and make it achingly beautiful

2023 Triumph Thruxton RS

The quintessential neo-retro cafe racer

2023 BMW R nineT Pure

A surprisingly fun "little" cafe racer from the Germans

2023 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe

Everything about it screams cafe racer, even though it's amazingly comfortable and easy to ride

2023 Yamaha XSR 700

While it may not be a true cafe racer, you can definitely see the influence and inspiration in its shape

2023 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650

The company that has a claim to releasing the first factory cafe racer hasn't changed its styling in nearly 60 years

2023 Honda CB1000R

Probably the biggest stretch on this list, but the silhouette is definitely there!

2023 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR

Maybe the best looking bike that Triumph makes, hands down, and it's a cafe racer to boot