Gallery: Cafe racer group test
With more bikes being unveiled each year, it looks like the café racer and retro craze is here to stay, and with bikes as attractive as these it is easy to see why. At a time when sportsbikes are getting ever harder to exploit on the road, a 2017 café racer potentially combines the best of modern dynamics with great looks.
- MV Agusta RVS unveiled
- Ghost bike caught on video near Paris
- All new Yamaha YZ450F that can be tuned with your phone
- Bike of the day: BMW F800R
- Ride Sunday worldwide charity event launches this July
All four bikes here are new for 2017 and each of them is a stunner. But which is the best to ride and which can transcend its stretched-out riding position to become a machine with which you can build a relationship? We spent a day on our favourite roads to find out.
Yamaha XSR900 Abarth, £9999
113bhp ● 195kg
Limited-edition café racer boasts cool styling, loads of carbon and an amazing engine. Just 695 are to be produced.
BMW R nineT Racer S, £11,360
108bhp ● 220kg
Race-rep retro has a fine chassis and styling based on the 1970s R90S. The S has heated grips, LED indicators and spoked wheels.
Triumph Street Cup, £8800
54bhp ● 200kg
The sporty version of the Street Twin roadster has ace bars, sharper geometry, plus styling cues from the original café racers.
Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer, £9395
73bhp ● 188kg
A Scrambler with lower, stiffer suspension, clip-ons and better brakes, it combines substance with the bike’s popular style.