Motorcycle manufacturers are riding a wave of swinging 60s nostalgia with new models seeking to capture revived interest in the classic looks of the period - with demand helped by fashionista-in-chief David Beckham.
Royal Enfield, an Indian-owned manufacturer of British heritage, is the latest to try its luck with a new bike inspired by the “cafe racers” seen around London in the late 1950s and 60s.
These single-seater two-wheelers were some of the quickest of their day, modified and driven at the highest speeds possible by their young male riders dressed in the “rocker” fashion of the era.
After a trip in search of the mythical “ton” - 100 miles per hour (160km/h) - they would retire to the Ace Cafe in northwest London for cups of tea, making it a famous meeting point for bikers to this day.
Enfield chief executive Siddhartha Lal said at a launch event for the bike in India in November: “We believe cafe racing was around in the most beautiful and the best time of motorcycling.