airhead cafe completed

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by alanforn, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. alanforn

    alanforn alanforn

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    Some time ago I acquired a 79 r100 in need of major help, a year and half later and I'm finally on the road. Thanks to members of this site for guidance and help with parts(Walking Bear). Some of the mods:
    Lucas headlight shell,idiot lights relocated to bezel
    Relocated all electrics to rear of bike under tailsection, ignition switch relocated by seat
    Eliminated stock tach/speedo-installed trailtech vapor
    Installed Woodcraft clip ons-welded upper triple clamp bar holes shut
    Modified Honda SL350 headlight ears(shortened)
    CafeRace.com rear section (modified)
    Leather seat (local upholster)
    Paint-House of Kolor Apple Red
    Norton Commando parts- mufflers(inlet swedged to fit), tag/signal holder(modified), seat hold down clamps(mounts on upper shock bolts)
    LED signals and brake light-JP Cycles
    Built battery box and airbox blank off, Ebay whisky flask belt buckle catch can
    Other little odds ends, a fun build. This is my first airhead, a blast to ride! If I can figure out how to add more pics I will show more detail.

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  2. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    Holy cow, that's nice.

    Very sanitary.
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  3. bongodave

    bongodave Intellectual

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    Put some knobbies on it!:lol3
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  4. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    I think it looks great! Very nice job. Don't think i've ever seen those (snowflake?) wheels on a cafe but they seem to fit the bike.
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  5. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    Other little odds ends, a fun build. This is my first airhead, a blast to ride! If I can figure out how to add more pics I will show more detail.[/quote]

    AMEN to the "figure out how to add more pics" part... show more! What did you do with the old rear brake... most airheads have that standard HUGE brake lever sticking below the exhaust and rising outside of it... your is NICE!:clap

    Post again, more pics!

    B Peckham
    Vero Beach FL

    (in process of tearing down and re-doing my /75 60/6.... thanks for the inspire...)
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  6. JustAL

    JustAL Armchair Adventurer

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    Clean lines. I love it
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  7. WnRn

    WnRn Left right out

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    The only thing I don't like is the battery. I know you need one. But could it have been housed where the airbox was??? other than this I think it is one sexy cafe.
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  8. Cordless

    Cordless Two Wheel Addict

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    Very Nice.

    Any idea of the weight of this bike. I am interested in how much weight you shaved off the stock bike.
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  9. Sparkdaddy

    Sparkdaddy aventurero

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    I like it. Tell us about the pipes. Why Norton? Seems like more work. Were they cheaper?
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  10. chappy

    chappy Porkchop Sandwiches

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    Or a gel battery laid on its side in the tail section
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  11. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Cool, nice work!
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  12. DucatiPete

    DucatiPete In denial

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    Fun build+fun result=Fun all round...

    NICE!
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  13. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    Good Job, Nice clean looking bike.

    Mike
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  14. alanforn

    alanforn alanforn

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    [ What did you do with the old rear brake... most airheads have that standard HUGE brake lever sticking below the exhaust and rising outside of it... your is NICE!:clap

    Post again, more pics!

    B Peckham
    Vero Beach FL

    (in process of tearing down and re-doing my /75 60/6.... thanks for the inspire...)[/QUOTE]


    I purchased the Tarozzi universal rearsets off Ebay, If my memory serves me, I modified the stock backing plate behind the footrest hanger to allow me to properly locate the angle of the new rearset. I then welded a new bracket to make the transition. I believe it worked out that I used the old shifter linkage on the brake side, final angle was adjusted with the linkage. I made a pattern of the footrest hangers out of 16 gauge metal and welded them to the backside of both hangers for additional strength, I don't know if this was needed but felt better about doing it. Full Disclosure- I'm confident that the rear brake does not work as well as it used to, I believe in the process of changing angles and the shorter level contributed to this. Having said that, I don't use it much with the exception of some trail braking.
    The Norton pipes were literally lifted off my Norton, currently in pieces but now with less. You can see in the picture that I needed to have them enlarged a bit as the O.D.s were the same. I was hesitant to buy new repros until I made sure they would work. If my memory serves me, repros can be had for about $100.00 apiece, probably switch over to new this winter as I am happy with them. A local muffler shop swedged the mufflers slightly to allow them to fit the header pipes They did this for me in a few minutes and didn't charge. I used the stock muffler mount locations using new mounts which I welded up. I set everything up on the bike, measured and looked about a hundred timed then welded the brackets. I welded shut the old passenger peg mount and installed the small Roundel.

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  15. alanforn

    alanforn alanforn

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    I went back and forth on the battery, downsizing, eliminating the starter and stashing either in its old home or under the tailsection. The tailsection was out of the question as I used all the available space to locate the electrics that used to reside in the headlight shell, I fabbed a weather resistant steel box to house all the stuff in.
    I decided I wanted to keep the starter, this bike has the 5 speed with kicker which I have read is somewhat weak. That left the previous airbox location. I mocked it in and looked at it, in my opinion everything looked a bit cramped. The rear section of the bike looked ultra naked making the bike appear a bit front heavy. Anyway, I decided to go with the smaller BMW mat? battery and build a new box. I used the stock lower tray and cut the rest off and welded the new box to it, this allowed me to utilize the rubber mounts and drains. Finished it up with a little "redneck engine turning" on the metal and shot it with clear coat. In the picture you can also see the blankoff plate made out of 16 gauge metal, the whisky flask belt buckle catch can and the abbreviated choke cables.

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  16. mjofmidco

    mjofmidco Mark Johnson

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    You did a great job! I believe that I was drooling over your bike at Bob's BMW the saturday of Memorial Day Weekend!

    I love the clean lines...
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  17. Mukluk25

    Mukluk25 Hitchhiking to Bingo

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    Excellent job!! It gives me great inspiration for this:

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    Thanks
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  18. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    Very clean! I like the flask catch can. Little details that are crafted from available but unrelated items really set a bike apart from the herd. This bike has lots of great details.
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  19. WnRn

    WnRn Left right out

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    After reading your reply your reply to me and having another look at the photo of the bike I you are right to have the battery there. It does add balance through the lines of the bike.
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  20. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    Thanks for the in-depth answers to questions about brakes and batteries... we-who-are-trying-to-build-something can appreciate the details and the answers.

    I am at the "oh, while I am here... I really should put in a new rear main seal...and I might as well seal the tranny-input... and........"

    And thanks again for the MORE PICS!

    Bob Peckham
    Vero Beach FL :rayof

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