1978 Honda XL250 Cafe Racer Build

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by john479, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. john479

    john479 Been here awhile

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    OK, so here goes...

    I've rebuilt a few dirt bikes recently and aquired a 78 XL250 a few months ago. The intention was to restore it but since I got into motorbikes a few years ago I've always liked cafe racers and always wanted to build a bike. I was sitting thinking about this the other night and as a result I've decided to turn my XL into a cafe racer... possibly.

    Anyone got any opinions of this? Reason I ask is because it's slightly different to the classic cafe bones since the bike is different to the early 70's Hondas used for cafe's, ie. shock angle, frame, fork angle etc. Would this be a massive challenge to get this done especially since this is my first build? One thing that I'm thinking about is when I lace in an 18" rim to the front and drop the forks a bit, the frame is going to be at an angle along with the engine.

    Here's how it is currently.

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    Also, I'd love to build something like this. This it perfection... well in my opinion :D

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    </td></tr></tbody></table>Built by Pipeburn (http://www.pipeburn.com/home/2012/1/15/1973-honda-xl-285.html)

    John
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  2. jbcaddy

    jbcaddy Long timer

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    I wouldn't call your vision of perfection a cafe, but if it is what you want, then go for it. I thought it was a bit more trouble for you folks in Merry Old to get things road legal. I'd make sure that I could get tags on it before doing the work.
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  3. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    Thats more flat tracker - nothing like a cafe racer :wink:

    Still, purty little bike
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  4. john479

    john479 Been here awhile

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    OK OK, so it's not a cafe but I like it :lol3
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  5. pommie john

    pommie john Long timer

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    Great plan. I had a bundle of fun building mine. It seems to be the sort of thing you're planning

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  6. john479

    john479 Been here awhile

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    Hell yeah. I remember your thread. I like your build, definitely something along those lines.
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