They were also common in Italy, Germany, and other European countries. In Italy, the term refers to the specific motorcycles that were and are used for short, sharp speed trips from one coffee bar to another.
The Ace Cafe is an old transport café in London, England. It originally opened sometime in 1938 and was designed to accommodate the commercial traffic travelling on the then new North Circular Road, around London. It became popular with Rockers in the 1950's & 60's and it was a local haunt for the motorcycle petrol heads, the "Rockers". Today it has been refurbished and Rockers and general motorcyclists come from all over the world to gather at the Ace to drink coffee, talk bikes, and see bands etc, as well as to attend the runs, and shows that are frequent there. Check their website at ace-cafe-london.com/ and the 2007 reunion kevindean.zenfolio.com/
Learn more about Café Racers on their magazine caferacermag.com and documentary cafesocietyfilm.com , some cool designs of Krugger at krugger.net and great photos by Michael Lichter at lichterphoto.com