Market Finds: Cafe Racers For Sale Now

Cafe Racers For Sale Now

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
November 26, 2014

If you enjoyed yesterday’s Vespa film, but prefer something a bit more powerful, you should check out these stylish bikes. Influenced by the grand prix cycles of the sixties, a subculture of motorcycle enthusiasts developed what would become known as the café racer. Similar to the hot rodders’ practices, these owners turned their common bikes into custom rides that were faster and handled better. Manufacturers noticed and sold their own variations. The minimalist style has reemerged today with more powerful powerplants but the true café racer experience is unmatched on a modern bike. Here are five of the best café racers for sale on eBay, right now.

The car: 1969 BMW R60/2

Price: $12,000 (BiN)

Location: Owosso, Michigan, USA

Seller’s Info: Click here

The 600cc shaft-drive R60 was designed as a rugged work-horse but was commonly transformed into a café racer. Despite the R60’s weight disadvantage the handling was surprisingly nimble. This unmolested R60/2 is listed with only 10,186 miles. The seller claims it starts on the first kick.

The car: 1978 Honda CB 550

Price: $5,300 (BiN)

Location: Tulsa, California, USA

Seller’s Info: Click here

This list wouldn’t be complete without one (or two) Honda CBs. The affordable price tag, mass production, and availability of aftermarket parts catapulted the CB into middle of the scene. The four-cylinder CB 550 needed few modifications to be a bona fide café racer. This tastefully modified Honda has new tires, shocks and a custom seat.

The car: 1975 Suzuki GT 380

Price: $1,900 (starting bid)

Location: Lake Worth, Florida, USA

Seller’s Info: Click here

The Suzuki GT 380 is a screaming, air cooled two-stroke. Although not the fastest bike, it was smooth and had a reputation for reliability. In addition to the usual racer styling modifications, stiffening the suspension was a must for the 380. These bikes are plentiful and sold at or below their original sticker price making them a great entry level bike to transform. This GT is a café racer blank canvas. It’s equipped with a front disc brake and includes a new battery.

The car: 1969 Triumph Bonneville

Price: $11,300 (Current bid)

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Seller’s Info: Click here

Triumph fueled the flame with bikes like the Trident and Bonneville. The Bonneville was a popular café racer because of the 650cc engine capable of speeds in excess of 100 mph, a desired watermark. This Bonneville was restored to its original glory ten years ago and has only been ridden 212 miles since.

The car: 1974 Honda CB 750

Price: $6,000 (BiN)

Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Seller’s Info: Click here

Seeking to compete in the American market, Honda built the legendary CB 750. This bike came with excellent power, handling, and fade-free braking which set the standard for other manufacturers for decades. This bike only has 12,345 miles and has already been transformed into a modest café racer.

If you know of a great, stylish car for sale and would like us to feature it, please let us know!

Petrolicious makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information contained in the car’s original listing, nor will it be held responsible for any errors in said information. If you’re interested in any of these cars, do your homework and research extensively before you buy.

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Guys don’t be so mean 🙂 Cafe racers getting bigger very fast and you’ll have to get use to this huge trend. I think they look gorgeous, elegance of vintage and minimalism of 21st century. Peace! 🙂
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The Revs Institute
The Revs Institute

Love the look and style. Great throw back piece.

Huynh Tam
Huynh Tam

i love cafe racer . 1974 Honda CB 750 w88 is my wish as bong88

Phil Auldridge
Phil Auldridge

Hmm… Cafe Racer… I know, I know, it’s all the fashion rage right now.. remove the infinitely-more-controllable “western” style handlebars in favor of minimal leverage clip-ons (contrary to some notions, you DO steer a motorcycle via pressure on the handlebars); strip off all “unnecessary” components, such as fenders and turn signals; slap on an uncomfortable flat seat with 3/4″ thick upholstery; move the pegs back to a position only a yoga contortionist would find comfortable; and you have… not a race bike at all, but a poseur ‘cafe racer’. Oh, and for the final compliment, don’t forget the fake racing… Read more »



Its a shame to see all these CB/KZ be destroyed from their stock look into these half ass cafe racers. Hopefully ill be able to keep my cb500 fairly stock. Like a good friend once told me, “OEM is best”. Any photos of that CBX?