Handsome bikes, called café racers, are attractive to first-time buyers, but overtime, it's the importance of functionality that matters.

I ride a motorcycle, and, it's true, I'm also gearhead … and a mechanical engineer. So it is no surprise that when my friends go shopping for a new motorbike, I'm typically the first place they come for advice. One of the conversations that happens frequently is that someone will ask me for a café-racer or sport bike recommendation. As their friend, I'm torn between helping them fulfill their motorcycle fantasy, or telling them the cold hard truth: sexy bikes are hard to live with—really hard to live with. But why? Well, if we take a closer look, we will notice that all the things that make a café racer or sport bike look cool aren’t there for aesthetic reasons. Each of them is actually a functional design element born from racing, and racing is focused on performance, not on little things like creature comfort, rideability, and ease of use (all things a first time rider will definitely need to get into riding).

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