Café Racing | Fashion Police

By Annette Carrion, Photography by Brian Catterson

The café racer scene is booming, and no one wants to show up at their local Ace Café looking like a poser. Retro gear completes the look, and dressing the part is easier than working on those finicky old bikes. Good-looking, well-preserved vintage gear is not necessarily cheaper than new retro-styled stuff, and it’s definitely not as protective.

Some riders will happily pay big bucks for authentically tattered jackets bearing a vintage label. But old leather jackets often deteriorate; discoloring and drying out due to sun and wind exposure, making them less likely to hold up in a crash. New retro-styled gear oftens incorporate protective armor that the old stuff lacks. That puts it miles ahead in safety while not sacrificing style.

The open-face metal-flake helmet is certainly de rigeur, but nix the antique-store buy and go modern and DOT-approved. Your skull doesn’t know from vintage. Save the old stuff for your office shelf!

Next on your list is a sturdy pair of boots, preferably in brown or black. You want your kicks to say, “I look old, but won’t fall apart if I go down.” Again, look for something that has new-school protection to complement the old-school look. To seal the deal, throw on some leather gauntlet gloves, a pair of goggles or aviators and, if you’re really feeling like a hipster, your tightest skinny jeans. We promise not to judge you. After all, that’s what your buddies at the local Ace Café are for…

Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!

*Please enter your username

*Please enter your password

*Please enter your comments
Comments:
Not Registered?Signup Here
(1024 character limit)
Motorcyclist
  • Motorcyclist Online