Books: Italian Cafe Racers


There have been plenty of books published about Italian motorcycles, and a few covering the café racer genre, but none has covered the evolution of the Italian sportsbike into the Italian café 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 café conversions, illustrated in detail with stunning images of select sporting, racing, and caféd Italian motorcycles.

Italian Café 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 café racer culture, or simply appreciate beautiful bikes, this book is guaranteed to interest and inspire … see the ‘caféd’ side of Italian bikes.

Italian Café Racers by Uli Cloesen

ISBN: 9781845847494UPC: 6-36847-04749-8AVAILABLE NOW!UK £25, US $39.95, CAN £43.95


The first all-out Italian Café Racer bookFrom Aermacchi to Paton – they’re all hereA window into Italian motorcycle historyAll bikes powered by Italian motorcycle enginesCovers models from horizontal-singles to inline-sixesIncludes examples of historic Italian brandsExamples from spend a little to spend a lotA celebration of all things ItalianOf interest to Italian bike fans and lovers of Café Racers alikeCafé’d Italian bikes are way cool, and it showsABOUT 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.

Place of birth: Stuttgart, Germany • Hometown: Wadestown • Nearest city: Wellington


V4749 • Hardback • 24.8x24.8cm • £25 • 128 pages • 321 colour pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845847-49-4 • UPC: 6-36847-04749-8


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