I’ve made lots of comments about U.S. builders stuck in the chopper world, so I thought it might be a good idea to check up on some links recommended by a couple of readers. (Thanks Doug and Jesse) I’m glad I did.
American Cafe Racers is the creation of Mike Cook, who has a wide ranging and extensive background with the likes of Dan Gurney’s All American Racers, Cosworth Racing in the U.K. and a couple of years with Jesse James’ West Coast Choppers. He’s been involved in IMSA racing, CART racing and lots of motorcycle projects like Jesse James’ VTX Cafe Racer. He started his own Supermanx project and formed American Cafe Racers in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to bring it to market.
The Supermanx is inspired by the old Norton Manx but Mike had to deviate from that start so he could fit the big Harley V twin inside. Then he added up to date suspension components and his own transmission. This bike looks the part of the old cafe racer and he’ll build it in various states of tune depending on the prospective owner’s wishes. I’ll be interested in seeing some road tests but no matter what, I love the looks of this bike and hope his company has great success. The more support this type of bike gets, the more likely we’ll see other individuals jumping in with their own ideas and that’s good for everyone.