I was a Submarine Machinist Mate in the Navy and went to college to be a painter/sculptor. I love design and mechanical things, so when I found out about Cafe Racers it was a great way to combine the two. I collect pictures on the web of other builds and sometimes it does look like builders just slap on some aftermarket parts, a seat hump, clip-ons and call it done.

has a great post on BikeEXIF.com and gives some really great guidelines for planning your build. He breaks it down to nine basic design terms.

  • Foundation
  • Cut-Off Point
  • Height Limit
  • Bone Line
  • Visual Weight
  • The Swoop
  • Primary Angles
  • Secondary Angles
  • Fork Distance

Read his full article here and get out your design tools and let’s start building.


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