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Old 02-01-2007, 08:48 PM   #1
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best year and model for custom cafe

Hello all advriders. I am new to this list, not new to motocycles. I ride mostly offroad but want to build a light cafe based on an airhead. Which model and year range will work best as a starting point. I had an 81 R100RS a few years back and had issues with the seating position. I had a Ducati after that that did not give me problems. I talked to a guy who said I should go post 1981. What help can the wise sages on this board give me??? I want to have a sweet running cafe suitable for day rides Los Angeles area. thanks much john
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:17 PM   #2
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Maybe a late '70's R90S? If you have the lack of soul to chop one up.
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Old 02-01-2007, 10:09 PM   #3
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Unless you have a particular vintage or look in mind, start with the newest, best condition airhead you can find. Avoid versions like the R90S as there is no real performance advantage if you intend to make modifications anyway.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:08 AM   #4
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If yet looking for BMW's I think it's post 86 that has better (read unleaded) heads.

The R80 in the mid 80s was a good bike but it was saddled with non caferacer wheels that were these ugly cast bits

In silverlake echo park sopas there is quite the caferacer scene
As check out SCNOC look it up from there you will find plenty of good ideas

If your go 70's jap bikes (honda's are the easiest to find parts for) they run a little cheaper then BM's

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Old 02-02-2007, 02:52 AM   #5
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I agree with RocketJ. Find the bike in the best condition you can. It will save you a lot of headaches later on. You might enjoy the Rockerboxer site: www.rockerboxer.com . Good luck.
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Old 02-02-2007, 05:44 AM   #6
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if you're wanting spoke wheels on your bike you might consider one of the older ones that already have them... if you want real cafe style you're looking at a dual shock model too. one of the nicer cafe's i've seen was hogrider's 77 r100/7.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...highlight=cafe
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Old 02-02-2007, 06:13 AM   #7
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if you're wanting spoke wheels on your bike you might consider one of the older ones that already have them... if you want real cafe style you're looking at a dual shock model too. one of the nicer cafe's i've seen was hogrider's 77 r100/7.

www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=183239&highlight=cafe


/5 or /6 has more of a retro look, IMO. Spoke wheels, dual shocks etc. /5 models have the guages built in the headlight bucket, which cleans up the handlebar area.

Personal choice really ! Remember the theme behind original cafe' racers was to get rid of all unused parts, and build with parts you can find or make.
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Old 02-02-2007, 08:28 AM   #8
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I revisited the link with the pix. Nice, nice bikes, especially now that I too am in the process of building a bike. My newly acquired 90/6 was fate, a good omen not to be ignored, in that it was a mile and half away and a rider, cheap! I've rationalized the Lester mags as bell-bottom 70s-period farkle (wish they were chrome spokes...)

Anyway, it seems that doing your own thing is the motto here, and it is a blast. Twin shocks, solo seat, S bar with Napoleons and it should look sweet! Someday maybe a 2-into-one?
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Old 02-03-2007, 08:45 AM   #9
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thanks

thanks for all the replies keep them coming
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Old 02-03-2007, 12:31 PM   #10
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this rear seat pan can be bought on ebay for maybe $150? you can get it and the front fender in a set IIRC for about $230.
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Old 02-03-2007, 12:37 PM   #11
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Just for inspiration........
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Old 02-03-2007, 01:13 PM   #12
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nice cafe

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Just for inspiration........

what kind of tank is that?
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Old 02-03-2007, 01:24 PM   #13
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what kind of tank is that?
I don't know. You could try asking the guys at San Jose BMW. It's their bike. It was on their display at the 2005 Moto GP at Laguna Seca.
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Old 02-03-2007, 02:59 PM   #14
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I don't know. You could try asking the guys at San Jose BMW. It's their bike. It was on their display at the 2005 Moto GP at Laguna Seca.
The tank was made by The Tank Shop in scotland.
It is not San Jose's.
More at http://www.teamincomplete.com/Boxer/boxerhome.html
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Old 02-03-2007, 03:02 PM   #15
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The tank was made by The Tank Shop in scotland.
It is not San Jose's.
More at http://www.teamincomplete.com/Boxer/boxerhome.html
I stand corrected. There's a nice irony then that the tank was made here in Scotland. However, the bike was indeed on display on the San Jose BMW stand at the '05 Laguna Seca Moto GP.

{Edit...}It seems like the bike was actually on display at the BMW Pavilion at Turn 5. Funny how 18 months and being back home on the other side of the Atlantic dulls the mind....{/Edit...}

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