How do you make a proper Cafe out of a Sportster? First thing is a set of tall shocks on the back to give it a little attitude. After that, a stubby tail, low bars and maybe some rearsets. We make a low buck, high performance shock just for this sort of hooliganism. http://www.progressivesuspension.com/hd/412series/index.html
Credit to Rockit Garage for the bike pics.Read More
Maybe. Maybe not. Café styled bikes (stubby tail, clubman/clip-on bars, etc) have been around for close to 50 years and the look has been applied to everything from the original Brit bikes to mid 70’s Honda 4’s and more recently Milwaukee iron. Each has its own flair and all maintaining the original café flavor (all puns intended). Are these things the next chopper/bobber/custom? Well, they do follow the “built, not bought” mantra of the aforementioned machines and like the bobber and choppers, are a renaissance of classic styling exercises. Hmmm… Is there nothing new? Are Café’s the skinny jeans of the motorcycle world? Will Clubmans show up in the Harley P&A catalog? Is this hipster blasphemy?
Short answer? Hell no to all of the above. If you’ll set the wayback machine for just about any year in the past 50, push away the layers of Easter egg colored Softails, 12 foot long “factory” customs and V8 powered trikes, you’ll undoubtedly notice a bunch of guys in their grungy garages cobbling together Café type machines. Less is more and chrome is taken off not bolted on. Go far enough back and you’ll see an abundance of two strokes, too. How cool is that? Café Racers a trend? History would say not really, but they certainly are enjoying a well deserved resurgence in popularity. Hipsters be damned, its guys like Herm at Dime City Cycles, Ryca Motors and countless hard working regional shops that are driving the style now. For whatever it’s worth, we think they’re doing one hell of a good job (and not just becuase they use our stuff!).
Inexpensive and fun to ride is once again the magic recipe for two wheeled happiness. That being said, take a look at Dime City’s latest vintage/modern Café eye candy. All show, no go? Hardly… It’s already been on the track a handful of times and been flogged by none other than the Bostrom brothers to prove its worth. If this is trendy, then pass the skinny jeans and fedora because we’re going riding.Read More
We love Cafe’s and love this show. Look for a piece on Dime City Cycles out of Floridy building a killer little CB and using our new 970 Series shocks!Read More
Did you know Progressive makes suspension for bikes all the way back to the 50? If you’re building a Vintage MX, Cafe or Classic Restoration, take a look at our Product Search tool http://www.progressivesuspension.com/productsearch.aspxRead More