Los Muertos Motorcycles

Los Muertos Motorcyles. Put simply, it’s a meeting place for people who are into bikes, real bikes. Not those girly things you see on the road but rather the kind of beauty that you can stare at in a creepy way without it being inappropriate. The joint is steeped in Café Racer culture. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, here’s a little background info…

  • The term refers to a style of motorcycle that was and is used for fast rides from one “transport café” or coffee bar to another.
  • The term was originally coined as an insult towards riders who were seen as playing at being road racers but merely parked outside cafés.
  • The café racer is a motorcycle that has been modified for speed and handling rather than comfort.
  • The bodywork and control layout of a café racer typically mimicked the style of a contemporary Grand Prix roadracer, featuring an elongated fuel tank, often with dents to allow the rider’s knees to grip the tank (Goodness gracious!), low slung racing handlebars, and a single, rearwardly mounted, humped seat.

This place also happens to have a kickass coffee offering. But what else would we expect from Brad Armitage and his cronie Craig Wessels? The café side of things is Nathi’s baby and it should be said that he pulls one helluva shot. There are goodies from Jason’s and Lady Cupcake.

And ladies, before you write this place off as a ‘Gentleman’s Club’ type vibe you should know that there appears to be a common ‘aesthetically pleasing’ thread among the operators of the machinery that may induce the same sort of staring mentioned above…

42 Dorp Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
+27 21 835 4321
Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm
Saturday 8am – 12pm






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Written by Cindy Taylor

Cindy is the editor in chief and photographer for I Love Coffee.


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3 Responses to “Los Muertos Motorcycles”

  1. Richard June 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Los Muertos Motorcycles looks like a great place for a coffee – even if you aren’t into motorcycles yourself. It’s got a really nice look to it. Just a shame they’re all the way in Cape Town – could they open one in the UK too? That would be awesome.

  2. Daniel June 20, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Are those cafe racer for sale?


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