Here's what I came up with from Google: "A café racer can also be a true-grit sport bike rider who rides hard and fast on the street. As defined by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: "A thoroughbred Cafe Racer will ride all night through a fog storm in freeway traffic to put himself into what somebody told him was the ugliest and tightest decreasing-radius turn since Genghis Khan invented the corkscrew. Cafe Racing is mainly a matter of taste. It is an atavistic mentality, a peculiar mix of low style, high speed, pure dumbness, and overweening commitment to the Cafe Life and all its dangerous pleasures... I am a Cafe Racer myself, on some days - and it is one of my finest addictions." (Excerpt from "Song of the Sausage Creature")" Just from my limited pov, real cafe's seem to be locked in a period - 1960's to the early 80's, because of the limitations of stock bikes and the increases in street performance through modification. These days, you really can't ride even a stock bike at its limits on the street without quickly injuring yourself. But I agree, it's a matter of taste. Anyway, it's a hot chick on a guzzi.