The words "Cafe Racer" go hand in hand with customising back to the 50s and 60s, where we took standard bikes and stripped them down to bare essentials and make them our own. If you consider a R9t as a Cafe Racer as most do, you will want to personalise it too.
Each to there own.
If you know anything about the Café Racer scene back then, you'll know that the it was comprised mainly of young Men, a lot of them recently demobbed, living on the breadline buying ex service bikes, and old shitters, and turning them into racing bikes by begging, borrowing, and yes stealing whatever they could.
For us to spend upwards of 12 grand on state of the art BMW's that those guys would never had a hope of being able to afford, and describing them as Café Racers just like theirs, I think is frankly insulting to their memory.
That's why I can never see the 9T as a Café Racer in the true sense, because it isn't and a lot of people who know the scene and lived it back then, would laugh at the audacity.
My bike is a retro sports bike, designed to replicate sportsters of the 70's.
It has nothing to do with what was around 20 years before.
Perhaps that's why BMW don't actually use the words Café Racer together in any of their advertising literature.