2019 Holiday Gift Guide For Café Racer Fans

A rocking roundup of cool accessories that hit that retro style.

Is there a café racer connoisseur in your life? Check out our collection of ideas to warm their hearts, and pump up their style.
Is there a café racer connoisseur in your life? Check out our collection of ideas to warm their hearts, and pump up their style.Courtesy Pexels

There’s a certain style not only about café racer motorcycles, but to those who choose to ride them as well. There’s a level of streamlined sophistication to these beautiful bikes, and the sense of style associated with gearing up to ride one. Today’s aesthetic falls heavily on the styling of the ’60s and ’70s, and it shows with modern products that are geared toward riders who appreciate timeless vintage design.

Treat the café racer owner on your list this year by surprising them with a quality piece of gear while there’s still time on the clock in the crazy shopping season. We’ve done our best to give you a head start on the stuff your loved ones will dig this holiday season.

Roland Sands Café Racer Seat

Roland Sands Café Racer Seat
Roland Sands Café Racer SeatRevzilla

2014–’20 BMW R nineT owners will be able to take advantage of this beautiful café racer seat from Roland Sands Design. The lines of this perch are simple yet bold, and blend in well with the tank and frame rails of the R nineT—it looks as natural as the factory seat did, only better. The top-grain cowhide is plush and supple, and each seat is unique as the exact shade and finish of the leather is just a bit different with each one. Double-stitch ribbing on the seat area increase traction along with adding a timeless, vintage appearance that’ll make for a seat you’ll be rocking for years to come. This seat bolts right into place, features controlled density polyurethane foam, and has been proudly made right here in the USA.

Rev’It Lombard 2 Jeans

Rev’It Lombard 2 Jeans
Rev’It Lombard 2 JeansRev’It

Nothing beats the classic look and feel of your favorite pair of jeans. They may be great for strutting around town, but most aren’t very helpful once you hop onto a motorcycle. Understanding the importance of a solid pair of denim pants in a guy’s wardrobe, Rev’It released its original Lombard riding jeans and, more recently, the Lombard 2 update, making them even better than before. The Lombard 2 pants feature the same award-winning Cordura denim construction, and now boast SeeSmart protectors that not only exceed the CE Level 1 standard for impact protection, but have been designed to go virtually unnoticed when on the bike or off.

BMW Leather Edition Saddlebags

BMW Leather Edition Saddlebags
BMW Leather Edition SaddlebagsRevzilla

If you’re going to pack for a trip, you might as well pack in style. BMW’s leather side bags are just the way to do it since these babies have been designed with classic styling in mind. The bags feature retro canvas construction, a carry handle, and shoulder straps to make it easy to lug around when not secured to the bike via saddlebag brackets, which are sold separately. The left 9-liter bag and right 14-liter bag are both large enough to hold much more baggage than you’d most likely need for your next trip, and include waterproof roll bags in case you hit some rainfall.

78 Motor Co. Stingray Gloves

78 Motor Co. Stingray Gloves
78 Motor Co. Stingray Gloves78 Motor Co.

Man, these gloves are cool. Better yet, they’re comfortable. Only the softest, highest-quality aniline leather was used in their construction. The gloves also feature inner stitching that helps in keeping finger flexibility high with a reinforced thumb joint with triple stitching, as well as double stitching in all critical stress areas. 78 Motor Co. really knocked one out of the park with the fourth glove in its moto collection lineup—the Stingray. Get elegance, style, and a level of sophisticated ruggedness with one pair of gloves.

Ace Café Hammersmith Jacket

Ace Café Hammersmith Jacket
Ace Café Hammersmith JacketRevzilla

This jacket from Ace Café is rooted in old-school style. It has all the traditional features you want in a classic leather jacket, but with a couple of twists and turns thrown in to bump up the level of excitement. From the peacoat-styled button closure to the 15-degree pre-angled sleeves and internal pockets for optional armor, the Hammersmith guarantees you’ll be riding in comfort and style at all times.

Nexx XG100 Racer Billy B Helmet

Nexx XG100 Racer Billy B Helmet
Nexx XG100 Racer Billy B HelmetRevzilla

There’s much to be said about the look of a true vintage helmet to wear while riding, but with so many modernized versions of classic-styled lids on the market, you’ll be safer if you pull the trigger on a new one. The XG100 helmet from Nexx has all the styling cues of old-school helmets from the ’70s, but it’s what’s on the inside that proves its worth as a modern-day article of protection. The carbon composite shell is available in two sizes, and features a soft padded interior lined with anti-sweat and hypoallergenic fabric to keep this thing feeling as great as it looks.

Ton Up! A Century of Café Racer Speed and Style

Ton Up! A Century of Café Racer Speed and Style
Ton Up! A Century of Café Racer Speed and StyleAmazon

No true fanatic of the café racer world should be without this book from motorcycle historian Paul d’Orléans, who traces the history of the scene from the late 19th century to today, telling the story of the machines, the riders, the builders, the style, and the culture of the café racer world with cool historic and modern photos throughout. Ton Up! A Century of Café Racer Speed and Style shows that the ton-up culture is more popular than ever and recognized worldwide with a following of young and longtime riders alike.