Cafe Racer or Roadster - Harley Has New Accessories

Long known for its enthusiasm to help riders make a motorcycle 'their own', Harley-Davidson has released a line of accessories aimed at a celebrated period in biker history, cafe racers.

Many of the new and younger riders taking to the saddles of Harley-Davidsons are apparently drawn to the stripped down days of café racers and the motorcycle manufacturer is taking notice. Whether claiming the look is roadster or cafe racer, its minimalism to the max with Harley’s new Café Custom accessories.

Recalling bikers from 1960’s England who stripped motorcycles down to the bare essentials and put their machines to the test street-racing from coffee shop to coffee shop, the new line honors the classic ‘café racers’ and their stripped-down style that would become iconic. This includes low-slung handlebars, rear-set foot controls and a narrow profile all seen in the new Café Custom accessories available now for Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycles.

“The new Harley-Davidson Café Custom accessories dramatically alter the look of a Sportster, but they can also transform the riding experience,” said Harley-Davidson Senior Product Manager Rebecca Krueger. “The low bars, rear-sets and the seat position put the rider in an aggressive, athletic posture. When blitzing back roads or snaking through an urban jungle, riders feel connected to the motorcycle and the pavement because their weight is shifted lower and forward over the front wheel of the bike. Curbside, the look is unmistakably classic. These Café Custom parts provide the perfect foundation for a uniquely personalized Sportster.”

Designed to transform the style, attitude and performance of the Roadster and other Harley-Davidson Sportster models, the new Café Custom accessories leverage the popular retro-custom look influenced by vintage café racers and the current garage-built bike scene. Café Custom accessories, including a sleek tail section with solo seat, clip-on handlebars and rear-set foot controls, may be installed as a complete package or individually, and combined with additional Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories items to complete a personal custom vision.

“During testing we found the control and confidence a rider feels in the café riding position ignites an instant desire for more-potent Sportster performance,” said Krueger. “Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories can unleash the potential of a Café Custom Sportster with the no-compromise Screamin’ Eagle Stage IV Street Performance Kit and the new Screamin' Eagle Fully Adjustable Front Fork Kit and Screamin' Eagle Fully Adjustable Piggyback Shocks.”

Since not every Sportster owner has a fully-equipped garage – or the time and expertise required to scratch-build a custom motorcycle – Harley-Davidson Café Custom accessories have been designed to provide factory-quality fit and function with no cutting, welding or fab work required for installation.

“Harley-Davidson can help Sportster owners create a bike with total Café Custom style, attitude and performance,” notes Krueger.


Starting with the most pronounced indication of a cafe racer, the handlebars. Low, narrow Gloss Black Clip-On Handlebars from Harley enable the rider to “tuck in” over the tank in a classic, aggressive riding position to help to reduce wind resistance and improve control. Ideal for carving corners and splitting lanes (where allowable by law), these Clip-On bars mount on the fork tubes below the upper triple tree and narrow the overall width of the bike. Fully adjustable for reach and height, these individual 12.25-inch bars are engineered from solid aluminum for strength, and drilled and dimpled to accept bar-end mirrors and standard hand controls.

The bars are secured to the fork tubes with precision-machined clamps and aircraft-grade hardware. Each kit includes bars, fork clamps and all mounting hardware. These bars fit many 2014-later Sportster models, and individual vehicle applications may require separate purchase of an instrument mount and cables or brake lines.

Adding to the look of the handlebars, new Round Bar End Mirrors complete a cut-down Café bike look. The mirrors offer an improved field of view on a bike equipped with narrow bars, are adjustable for maximum rear visibility, and can be positioned above the bar or, in some configurations, below the bar. Right and left mirrors are sold separately and include hardware required to fit either 7/8-inch or 1-inch bars.

However, installation requires separate purchase of Diamond-Black Hand Grips. These mirrors fit stock or accessory handlebars on 1996-later Sportster models as well as many other Harley-Davidson motorcycle models.

Rear Set Foot Controls

The relationship between the seat, the handlebar and the foot controls has an enormous impact on the control and confidence felt when riding a motorcycle. The new Rear Set Foot Controls move the foot controls to the passenger foot peg location, transforming the Sportster riding position from a relaxed cruiser to an aggressive, curve-carving posture.

When combined with Clip-On or Sportster Clubman Handlebars the resulting hands-forward and feet-back profile drapes the rider over the bike for a feel that’s one with the machine. This complete Rear Set Control Kit includes all required components and hardware and retains the standard shift pattern. Unlike many after-market rear-set kits, this Harley-Davidson kit can be installed with the Original Equipment exhaust system. Installation requires removal of passenger footpegs and footpeg mounts and is for a solo rider application only. The kit reuses the Original Equipment rider footpegs and fits 2014-later Iron 883, SuperLow, Roadster, SuperLow 1200T, and Forty-Eight models

Custom Tail Section

The fast-back Café Custom Tail Section mirrors the look and feel of the iconic 1977-79 Harley-Davidson XLCR Café Racer model, and re-imagines the style for the modern era. This seat supports an aggressive, lay-down riding posture when combined with Clip-On or Sportster Clubman Handlebars and mid or rear set foot controls. An upturned tail and longer nose positions the solo rider closer to the tank for better weight balance, quicker steering and added front-end feedback. The bolt-on design wraps the fender struts, no frame modification is required, and the installation is reversible back to a stock seat. The complete kit features a sweeping composite tail section with a steel inner support, a deep solo seat with backstop pad, and all necessary installation hardware.

The kit fits 2007-later Iron 883, Roadster, Nightster, Seventy-Two and Forty-Eight models. Canada and other International models may require separate purchase of License Plate Bracket Kit.

These and other Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories are available at more than 750 authorized retail locations in the United States and online. Its highly recommended riders interested in any of the above accessories should speak with an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for fitment details before buying.

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