CAFE RACER SCRAMBLER BRAT … WHICH ONE TO PICK?
Are you tired of watching other people’s bikes on the internet and would you like a car for you? That old bike abandoned inside your garage suddenly tickles you something? If an answer is “yes” you are officially ready to start the adventure with special motorbikes. The big step seems done, but now that you see clarity focusing the lens … you need to go back into the think tank to reflect: what kind of special would you like? cafe racer scrambler brat? This article is intended as a suggestion to help you in your choice by underlining the positive and negative aspects of the three types.
The decision of the style of our special is fundamental for the research of the model from which to start.
There are style experiments that deny me in full but in most cases, choosing the ideal basis for our project is vital for its success. A further aspect to take into consideration is the frequency with which you will use the bike.
Surfing the internet are experiments to say the least grotesque, projects left in half and mix of types mixed haphazardly, without a logical thread. Before starting to build a special or, if you are close to buying, before you can view the announcements of the specials on sale it is mandatory to decide which line to undertake, aware of the fact that many subsequent decisions will depend on our initial choice.
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CAFE RACER SCRAMBLER BRAT STYLE
THE CAFE RACER STYLE
Clip-on are fascinating. Always. Even just seeing them mounted on a motorcycle, makes you experience the taste of speed and you can already perceive the pleasure of performance. If your desire is addressed to a cafe racer, you have already put in advance the corsaiola position, the back pain, the wind breeze, the speed and the need to stop every hour. The cafe racers are as beautiful as they are uncomfortable. A small pact is required with the devil, your pains will not cover half of your enjoyment at the end of the day. The cafe racers are wild like the owner who guides them.
The seventies of the Rockers and the raids on the streets of London, the leather jacket and the black boots, the freedom to break the patterns are the setting for the birth of the cafe racer myth. The illegal TT style road races, the rivalry with the Moods and the goal to stand out are the distinctive traits of this movement.
The term Café racer was born in the United Kingdom, during the first half of the sixties, to indicate in a derogatory way the motorcycles that the young rocker showed off, parking in front of the public places they frequented and characterized by the external presence of their motorcycles.
THE SCRAMBLER STYLE
If instead it is the scrambler that makes your hearts beat you are faced with a wide range of possible uses. Translated into simple words “you will use the bike more, in every situation”. Driving comfort is a more important aspect than cafe-racers. The high position of the handlebar is already a huge step in terms of driveability and frequency of use. The tessellated wheels can be travel companions on all tracks and in all conditions. They do not fear the asphalt wet as the cafe racer and are good companions for a light enduro in the mountain roads. They do not even disregard city traffic. Give them a non-extreme environment and they will adapt to you always in an acceptable way.
The Scrambler, in the motorcycle field, indicates a type of motor vehicle with mainly road characteristics, to which slight modifications have been made to make it suitable for tackling dirt tracks or short off-road sections of negligible difficulty.
The term “scrambler” derives from the English verb “to scramble” which means to mix.
So they were called, in some areas of the province of the United States in the late fifties, road motorcycles which were applied to handlebars, tires and off-road ratios, in order to easily drive along the long dirt roads that connected the “ranches” to public roads.
THE BRAT STYLE ( BratStyle )
The strange story of the brat style is lost in the meanders of Tokyo. It was in fact a name of a store to give life to this style of personalization that has become famous in the world. The brat style was born in the east and it is with the little Japanese that gives the best of itself. The basics of the yamaha xs650, SR400 up to the most present honda four of the seventies. We break a lance for the triumph if we try to rummage in Europe.
Low and flat saddle, two-seater or single-seater, no half-handlebars, big road tires, small headlight and mudguards reduced to a minimum. In terms of comfort it is a mix between the scrambler and the cafe racer. The handlebars help comfort but in some cases the low saddle affects heavily in long-range driving. In the trade shows, I saw some examples of breathtaking brat. It is a charming, minimalist style that never goes out of fashion.
CAFE RACER SCRAMBLER BRAT ….. DID YOU FIND YOUR FAVOURITE STYLE?
Once you have chosen the style to follow, you will finally be ready to scan the second hand market, looking for your perfect base. Once you are certain of the type of bike we want to make (or buy) immediately, your searches will be more targeted and less distracted. Many bikes, even those complete with fairings, allow you to glimpse the possible starting lines on which to base your project. My advice is to go to a gathering or an exhibition fair, to see what the professionals of the sector are doing. As photography and web searches help, walking around the bike will completely clear your ideas. Always remember that the main rule in the choice is always of the heart …. cafe racer scrambler brat … does not change the result. You will still feel the sensation of owning a special bike that is unique in the world.