A brief history of the cafe racer motorcycle and the evolution into EVA Cycles


Originating in London during the 1960s the cafe racer is a sport motorcycle, often customized and modified for speed and handling. The original use of the cafe racer motorcycle was for short distances, often between bars or cafes. Early adopters include young men, “Ton-Up Boys” a youth subculture. For the men, the motorcycles represented speed, status and rebellion, rather than mere inability to afford a car.


Visually, the cafe racer is minimal, and has low-mounted clip-on or “Ace” handlebars, and rear-set footrests. Later, in the mid 1970s owners equipped the motorycles with clubman bars. Bigger items such as chain enclosures, and fenders were left out all together, making the bike lighter and increased handling. These modifications enabled the rider to “tuck in”, reducing wind resistance and improving control. Owners often experimented with different engines and frame combinations.


Through the 1970s and 1980s British and Japanese manufactures continued to produce, modify, and distribute the cafe racer style motorcycle.

Evolution Into EVA Cycles:

EVA Cycles aims to combine historical design elements with modern electronic technologies. The Rocket E1 features low-mounted straight handlebars and rear-set footrests similar to that of the original cafe racer motorcycles. Modern features include a wing shaped body which houses the battery, a motor in the rear wheel, and a bluetooth speaker. Use cases remain the same, short commutes to work, restaurants, or errands. The modernized version of the cafe racer, the Rocket E1 is sure to turn heads. 

EVA Cycles was originally based in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Now, to keep up with national and international demand EVA has moved to the port city, Wilmington, North Carolina. EVA Cycles is a product line of US Green Products. US Green Products plans to produce more electric transportation vehicles in the future. 

Cafe Racer style motorcycle - stock photo
Cafe Racer style motorcycle - stock photo
Two men ride Rocket E1 Electric Motorcycles near the Cape Fear Bridge in Wilmington, North Carolina