5 Modern Cafe Racers for Under 15K

Fell in love with the café racer style? Awesome isn’t it? Played with the idea of building one for yourself? Why not buy one? With a modern café racer you’ll have a modern (and safe) bike in the style of the old days.

And you don’t have to build anything! Just put some money on the table and ride your way to freedom. We’ve listed the Top 5 Modern Cafe Racers for Under 15K


1: Triumph ThruxtonCafeRacer1 


The most expensive machine in this list, but for sure one of the most desirable ones. You don’t have to go for the R version which is shown on the image;  there’s also a “normal” version with a traditional front fork, standard rear shocks and regular brakes. The R model is stuffed with top notch parts from Öhlins, Showa and Brembo, but the engine is the same: a liquid-cooled 1200cc parallel twin with lots of torque!

2: Moto Guzzi V7 RacerCafeRacer2

By far the most beautiful machines in this list and also pretty affordable. The classic air-cooled 744cc V-twin with shaft drive will make you smile every time you pull the throttle. 48hp maybe sound like a little bit underpowered, but the bike is very light and the engine has lots of torque. And it’s FUN! Expect a lot of compliments and neck-twist’s while riding this Italian beauty

3: BMW R nineT RacerCafeRacer3 

The answer from Bavaria and worlds biggest motorcycle producer: the BMW R nineT Racer. Based on the R nineT but a little bit tuned down on parts but upgraded on the design with a beautiful half-faring. And that boxer powerhouse with a shaft drivewill give you some serious modern power. Everything seems to be right, expect the cast wheels; we love those laced wheels on the stock R nineT…

4: Kawasaki Z900RSCafeRacer4

Every motorcycle brand is aiming for a sharein the retro scene, so it was a matter of time for Kawasaki to create a successor of the W800. In 2017 they’ve introduced the Z900RS, inspired by the legendary Z1. The 948cc four in-line delivers a smooth powerband with 111hp. Some top notch specs like: adjustable suspension, traction control, ride-by-wire. And those laced wheels! Beautiful!

5: Ducati Scrambler Café RacerCafeRacer5

The Ducati Scrambler is one of the retro bikes most of us know and it comes in a lot of different trims. In 2017 they’ve added a specific café racer trim. In addition to the standard Scrambler (Full Throttle), the bike has some dedicated cafe racer features like: clip on handlebars, short seat and removable cowl, black adonized mufflers, bar end mirrors, 17″gold cast wheels with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires, a radial brake pump and stiffer suspension.

Author Bio

My name is Mitch and I am Head Content Manager at Bike Brewers Café Racers. Our site is all about custom motorcycles with a focus on cafe racers, scramblers, brat style & classic custom bikes. Our main goal is to give a view on the great world around custom bikes and their builders (we call them “Brewers” ;)) and inspire to make your own (at a certain day) or just enjoy watching bikes, Our Main goal is to feed all of our users with awesome designs, great stories and handy how-to’s to get inspired for your own project ;).




One Comment

  1. February 18, 2018

    Love the cafe racer look. I’m currently riding a 2013 Thruxton, and the comments I receive when I’m our riding are insane. Some folks can’t believe it’s a 2013 model.

    Great breakdown of the modern cafe racers. I’m digging the Scrambler Cafe Racer by Ducati!


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