Cologne bike show: Meet the cafe racers

If the present trend amongst bike customisers towards cafe racers is slowing, no-one’s told the motorcycle manufacturers, who have unleashed a blitz of sporty-looking neo-retro models at the recent Intermot show in Cologne, Germany.

Leading the charge towards bikes that not only look good when parked up outside a cafe, but are highly enjoyable to ride to it, were BMW, Honda, and Triumph, which added a 900cc version to complement the 1200cc Thruxton models.

The unveiling of these bikes lent a custom bike show ambience to the show, and contrasted with the debut of several high-tech sportsbikes from Ducati, Honda, and Suzuki.

Changes for Honda CB1100RS include upswept exhausts, new graphics and stronger suspension.


BMW Motorrad knows that while its venerable 1170cc air-cooled boxer twin engine can meet the new Euro 4 emission rules that will be enforced next year, it may fail to meet the far more challenging Euro 5 standards due in 2020.