Coasting to the end of our first season on Café Racer means it’s time for a look at how far we’ve come and what to expect down the road. The buzz about the show has been tremendous, with viewers and plenty of would-be viewers from around the world contacting us, asking whether the show will air in their area. Well, be patient, contact the folks at HD Theater and eventually, the roar of megaphones and tuned engines just may turn up on your TV!
If you’re digging this site from overseas, chances are Café Racer will start turning up on your cable or satellite provider in the near future, and we’re all hyped to share what we’ve seen, experienced, learned and ridden with folks form remote parts of the globe. It’s amazing how far-flung the café racing cult is, with e-mails and letters pouring in from as far a field as Indonesia, Mumbai and even Colombia in recent weeks. Quick note- if you build and ride café racers in the frozen arctic, please do not invite us by for a visit- it’s been one cold enough winter for us already!
We’ve enjoyed checking out the legendary sites and rockin’ events that help keep café racers from becoming some staid, dusty old museum piece. Mods and Rockers rides and custom café shows may not be as mainstream as say, NASCAR night at your local burger joint, but the scene is growing. Please let us know of any choice happenings in your neck of the woods so we can keep current on what’s happening out there in the realm of greasy hair, fast bikes and roots rock.
And if you’re looking to have a custom café bike built for yourself or just want to better understand how these incredible machines are designed, built and- most importantly – ridden, contact one of the show’s talented builders. Many of the builders have bene toiling away in relative obscurity for years, perfecting a custom genre that’s managed to combine traditionalism, race-inspired performance and post-modern aesthetics and technology all at the same time. That ain’t easy, folks. And due to the generosity of these shops, teams and hard-working individuals who eagerly shared their time, their work spaces and their precious, hard-earned trade secrets, there’d be no Café Racer TV and no future for the kind of motorbikes we love.
Hang tight because we’ll be back soon with more of the stuff that gets your throttle hand twistin’ and the wind back in your face. Just as we expected, it has been one hell of a ride.
– Mike Seate