TON-UP CAFE

Established in 2010 to honor the British invasion in the 60’s and 70’s, of culture, music and motorcycles to the United States.  Keeping this lifestyle alive we offer Vintage British Motorcycles and parts for sale, Cafe Bikes built, and restoration services.

By Definition:

Ton up :  To Accelerate your vehicle to over 100mph or to break the 100 miles per hour barrier, preferably on a motorcycle.

"I was doing ton on the way over here"  "John did the ton-up on the way over. "were you going ton-up on the motorway?"


A café (pronounced /ˈkæfeɪ/ or /kæˈfeɪ/), also spelled cafe, may in the United States mean an informal restaurant, offering a range of hot meals and made-to-order sandwiches, while in most other countries it refers to an establishment which focuses on serving coffee, like an American coffee house.

In most European countries, such as Austria, France, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Portugal, etc., the term café implies primarily serving coffee, typically accompanied by a slice of cake/tart/pie, a "danish pastry", a bun, or similar sweet pastry. Many (or most) cafés also serve light meals such as sandwiches. European cafés often have tables on the pavement as well as indoors. Some cafés also serve alcoholic beverages, particularly in Southern European countries.

A Café racer, originally pronounced "caff" (as in Kaff) racer, is a type of motorcycle as well as a type of motorcyclist. Both meanings have their roots in the 1960s British counterculture group the Rockers or the Ton Up Club, although they were also common in Italy, amongst Italian motorcycle manufacturers and other European countries,  when bikers often frequented transport cafes, using them as starting and finishing points for road races. A cafe racer is a motorcycle that has been modified for speed and good handling rather than for comfort.


The term cafe racers is now also used to describe motorcycle riders who prefer vintage British, Italian or Japanese motorbikes from the 1950s to late 1970s. These individuals don't resemble the rockers of earlier decades, and they dress in a more modern and comfortable style; with only a hint of likeness to the rocker style. These cafe racers have taken elements of American greaser, British rocker and modern motorcycle rider styles to create a look of their own.

Rockers in the 2000s tend to ride classic British motorcycles such as a  Norton, Triumph, or Triton hybrid of the two. Other popular motorcycle brands include BSA, Royal Enfield , AJS and Matchless from the 1960s. Classically styled European cafe racers are now also seen, sometimes using Moto Guzzi, Ducati or classic Japanese engines with British-made frames, such as those made by Rickman.

Rockers, leather boys or ton-up boys, a biker subculture that originated in the United Kingdom during the 1950s. It was mainly centered around British cafe racer motorcycles and rock and roll music.

Mod (from modernist) is a subculture that originated in London, England in the late 1950s and peaked in the early-to-mid 1960s.  From the mid-to-late 1960s onwards, the mass media often used the term mod in a wider sense to describe anything that was believed to be popular, fashionable or modern.


Elements of the mod subculture include: fashion; pop music, including African American soul, Jamaican ska, and British beat music and R&B; and Italian motor scooters. 

Vintage British Motorcycles & Parts

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