Yesterday, local bike dealer Saltire Motorcycles/AlbaCustoms had arranged a café racer show at their store. As I was at a loose end I decided to ride over and have a look. I’d been meaning to visit this particular store anyway since they’d moved to bigger premises a while ago.
The new store has a ‘regular’ shop selling much what you’d expect them to, and another area upstairs which caters to custom bikes. There’s a café, a tattoo artist, a proper barbers and an indoor arena where you can learn to ride a bike and then sit your motorcycle test.
It certainly sounded interesting, and I used to know the owner when he ran a small independent shop years ago which sold and serviced MZ four-strokes like my Skorpions.
As an added bonus, the sun came out and it was actually a pleasant day to go for a ride.
I went early enough that it wasn't too busy and I could near enough the bikes to take some pictures. Here are some of the bikes entered in the show.
Some were professionally built, but the overall winner was this home-built Honda CX 500 which, I reckon, better represented the spirit of the café racers of old.