Top 10 Café Racers of 2022

Best Cafe Racers 2022

We’re following up our list of the Top 10 Custom Motorcycles of 2022 with the most popular café racers we featured this past year — based on traffic and social engagement.

Your visits, likes, and engagement served as votes, so these bikes were selected according to their popularity among our readership. This is the most objective ranking we could achieve.

Some of these were darlings of social media, accruing thousands of likes on Facebook and Instagram, while others had “long legs,” continuing to garner search traffic month after month. Some are classic, while others stretch the “café racer” label to its very limit. Some are showstoppers, while others boast performance numbers that would stagger the Ton-Up Boys of the 1950s. Two include wood in their bodywork, one is electric, and one boasts forced induction.

Without further ado, here are our Top 10 Cafe Racers of 2022, presented in alphabetical order by builder.

• AMS Garage: “Narasimha” Zero SR

Fast, Shiny, Silent: “Narasimha” Zero SR Café Racer

• Atelier MCNC: “La Macchina” Moto Guzzi 850 T3

La Macchina: Moto Guzzi 850 T3 Café Racer

• Black Cycles: “Soffiato” Ducati 916 Turbo

Italian for Blown: Turbo Ducati 916 “Soffiato”

• Mike Common: Honda CBX1000

Uncommon X: Honda CBX1000 Custom

• Cool Kid Customs: “Black Forest” Honda CB750F

Black Forest: 1980 Honda CB750F Bol d’Or

• Jerem Motorcycles: “Super Sport Tribute” Ducati 848

Super Sport Tribute: Ducati 848 Café Racer

• Kris Biker Customs: Honda CB750

From Warsaw with Love: Honda CB750 Café Racer

• Mile Zero Racers: “Clubsport” Honda CB750

The ClubSport: 1975 Honda CB750F Café Racer

• Tex Motorbike: Ducati Monster S2R

Sport Classic: Ducati Monster S2R

• Tumulte: “RC30” Triumph Speed Triple

Tumulte Bike: Triumph Speed Triple “RC30”

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