England’s 59 Club: birth of Cafe Racer culture…

A 59 Club member wrenches on his bike...

A 59 Club member wrenches on his bike...

Started as a church service for teens in [you guessed it!] 1959, the ‘59 Club‘ quickly became a place where youths could congregate, and in 1962, focus on their favorite mode of transportation, the Cafe Racer

Recently found this great video, made back when adults were desperately trying to understand what all the fuss was about.   The guys and gals knew exactly what the fuss was about – pure power, derived from the machines they could afford (England motorcycle manufacturing was in it’s heyday), and their own ingenuity in modifying them.

Soon this club would plant the seeds of a culture that is stronger now than ever, that of the Cafe Racer.  With the resurgence of cafe racers in America and abroad, these bikes have become the ‘next big thing’ for those looking to the past for inspiration, but with an eye for making a bike all their own.

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