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Offline Connito

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Re: Cafe racer
« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2011, 12:44:16 pm »
One of the best bikes to make a cafe racer out of is Honda CB400 four SOHC or the even harder to find CB350 four SOHC. Many people, including myself go with the CB750 SOHC. It will be fun, whatever you choose though.

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Re: Cafe racer
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2011, 11:32:05 am »
I have a CB400F cafe'd out, and it is about the most fun you can have with your clothes on.  You would think a bike that will only do 80 would suck, but that is not the case.  It is impossible not to ride at its limits.  I have been cordially invited never to ride it on base ever again.  ???
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Re: Cafe racer
« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2011, 12:20:42 pm »
The suzuki s40 makes a good looking cafe, and they're cheap, to boot!

http://thekneeslider.com/archives/2010/05/19/ryca-cs-1-suzuki-s40-cafe-conversion/

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Re: Cafe racer
« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2011, 01:16:43 pm »
My first bike was a '78 Yamaha DT175.  Fun but slow 70 MPH was top end.

Mine was a '74 or '75 DT125. Man I loved that thing! Till my bro wrecked it.
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Re: Cafe racer
« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2011, 01:38:35 pm »
I have a CB400F cafe'd out, and it is about the most fun you can have with your clothes on.  You would think a bike that will only do 80 would suck, but that is not the case.  It is impossible not to ride at its limits.  I have been cordially invited never to ride it on base ever again.  ???

Pictures please.....
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Re: Cafe racer
« Reply #20 on: May 20, 2011, 08:47:41 pm »
A 400F only able to do 80? It must be sick! My 350F would do the ton and change indicated and the speedy meter wasn't that far off.
If you can find one a 400 Bandit wuld make a great cafe bike.
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Re: Cafe racer
« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2011, 01:23:05 am »
Awaz,

A 'Cafe racer' is a pretty open catagory.....  And when you say 'build' - what you really mean is "Stuff $20 bill into a small brass cannon and fire until finished".....

That said - if you're looking for something from the 70's that's NOT European (the 850cc moto Guzzi's make good cafe racers), take a look at hte following:

Yamaha:

XS 650 - the early standards are excellent platforms, pre...'76? After that they went with a 'custom' which meant smaller rear wheel, tiny gas tank.  The earlier ones with larger hoops look better.

RD Series - yes they're 2 stroke, but they look the part and parts are still around. The RD400 would be my choice, but hte 350's are goo too. There's way cool body work available form AirTech.

SV 600. Great 4S single. A natural.

Kawasaki:

KZ400 - looks almost exactly like the Yamaha above. Same gig - pre 76/77 for the same reasons. Parts aren't as readily available for the 400's as the yamies tho.

KZ 650 Four - these were bargain bikes sold alongside the famous Z900's/Z1000'a and look almost identical to them.

H2 750 - Yes, a 3 cyl 2 stroke. Three motocross engines tied together. I called mine Cerberus (the 3 headed hound of hades). These are now made almost exclusively of unobtainium, but  I recommend it over the more collectable 500 as many of the initial chassis issues of the 500 were solved with the 750 - and good thing too. 

Honda:

Those already mentioned and two others:

CB 750/550 SOHC -  the SOHC 750 had a great racing history and still runs in vintage events. There are many parts avail and lots of good looking body work for a transformation - BUT, it's become very collectable (and to think I used to buy 'em in the shop for $3-400 back in the mid 80's).   A good substitue for a personal toy is the smaller 550 cousin. It already looks classi - a set of clubmans, rear sets and a faring and walla - you're in business.

Of course, you WILL SAVE YOURSELF a huge wad of $$ and buttpain if you just ride your skateboard down to the Triumph dealer and buy a clubman outright. :chugbeer:
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Re: Cafe racer
« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2011, 07:12:50 am »
Heres a good one to make a cafe. Many were and are 2-strokes.  Offers being taken

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Re: Cafe racer
« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2011, 07:43:39 am »
Nice!
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Re: Cafe racer
« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2011, 08:31:50 am »
The suzuki s40 makes a good looking cafe, and they're cheap, to boot!

http://thekneeslider.com/archives/2010/05/19/ryca-cs-1-suzuki-s40-cafe-conversion/


That is pure motorcycle porn right there!!!!  OMG!  :P

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Re: Cafe racer
« Reply #25 on: May 23, 2011, 08:49:15 am »
To the OP - I told you my mom has a CT-175 .....
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Re: Cafe racer
« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2011, 02:37:05 pm »
That is pure motorcycle porn right there!!!!  OMG!  :P

Aint it though? Just sexy. I mean, for less than what you'd think, and not alot of elbow grease, you can build a brand new, cafe-racing thumper! I wish I had the scratch, man... I'd be on that like white on rice...

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Re: Cafe racer
« Reply #27 on: May 26, 2011, 09:08:26 am »


Clubman bars, napoleon bar end mirrors, billet mounts everywhere, rebuilt but stock engine, pod filters, ontario pipe, cafe seat, hacked frame, remote reservoir shocks.  Future plans include 520 conversion, emulators up front, and dyno tuning.

She will do more than 80, I just don't like how she strains when she's up there.
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Re: Cafe racer
« Reply #28 on: May 26, 2011, 09:17:37 am »
Thanks! - Looking veeery good! Drooling over it!
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Re: Cafe racer
« Reply #29 on: May 26, 2011, 10:20:47 am »
Wow, that looks pretty cool.  That thing would look really sweet as a matte black rat bike!  Use some bedliner paint on it!
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