Italy and the United States, philosophies a world apart in their approach to the motorcycle. Especially when it comes to transforming one into something unique. The profound sense of this difference has as its ingredients the stories, habits, tics and idiosyncrasies of 20 of the world most famous tuners and preparers. Authors Fabio Cormio and Jeffrey Zani have chosen them from both sides of the Atlantic for their often surprising human affairs and for the results achieved in the ultra-special universe of - the “special”. From their meetings emerge genuine portraits, sometimes surreal, of people who have put the Cafe Racers before anything else. Stories of devouring passion, like that of New Yorker Kenny Cummings, who says, “I think about speed all day. If I have to walk from the kitchen to the lounge, I look for the ideal trajectories”. Twenty stories in a meeting/clash between the multi-faceted American and Italian philosophies are compared here. The first, a result of a rediscovered biker and hipster culture, the other living on the slipstream of a long tradition, but at the same time contaminated by fashion – and sometimes by business. Each chapter is introduced by one of the authors’ anecdotes of the background touched on during the interview and, for each personality, there is a selection of indispensible pictures to be able to put a face to the protagonist.