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Babes and Bikes - Colin checks out biker style in Melbourne

Ah Melbourne, such a great city to live in. The public transport is great, so you would you need to own an automobile? Generally, you wouldn't, unless of course you have something special to get you from A to B in style. For me this involves riding my motorbike, a true café racer.


The term café racer developed among British motorcycling enthusiasts enthusiasts of the early 1960s, specifically the Rocker (or ton-up boy) subculture. The term describes a style of motorcycle for quick rides from one cafe to another. Café  Racers were also common in Italy, France and other European countries. By the 1970's Japanese cafe racers stormed the scene but shortly after this the style became unpopular due to the rise of sports bikes. Also, cafe racers by the drive to personalise and highly modify meant the often became uncomfortable to ride in the pursuit of aesthetics.

What I love best about it is its modified world war one headlight.

Here are some other beauties I have spotted online.

What to wear? Vintage! Look at these googles, steam punk before steam punk was even a thing.

Personally, I love these vintage baby blues.
As for jackets, you can go with the classic leather jacket, traditional worn one size too small. However, I have my eyes on another type of jacket, the type that I believe most gentlemen motorcyclists would wear a Belstaff jacket. Belstaff, a British brand, founded in Longton, Staffordshire in 1924. They make many styles but the one I am particularly fond of is the military style waxed cotton with plaid lining. They come in both his and hers so you both can trend it like Beckham.

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