best year and model for custom cafe

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by calmod, Feb 1, 2007.

  1. calmod

    calmod Adventurer

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    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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  2. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Not claiming any sagacity, but

    Maybe a late '70's R90S? If you have the lack of soul to chop one up.
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  3. RocketJ

    RocketJ Been here awhile

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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. :norton
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  4. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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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

    Squish
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  5. kz1

    kz1 Been here awhile

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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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  6. honcho

    honcho Barley Adventurer

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  7. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

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    /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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  8. High Hope

    High Hope World's Best Dog

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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? :evil
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  9. calmod

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    thanks for all the replies keep them coming:ear
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  10. honcho

    honcho Barley Adventurer

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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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  11. Schtum

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    Just for inspiration........:D

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  12. walkingbear

    walkingbear Long timer

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    what kind of tank is that?
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  13. Schtum

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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.
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  14. RocketJ

    RocketJ Been here awhile

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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
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  15. Schtum

    Schtum Free Genie

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    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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  16. Schtum

    Schtum Free Genie

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    Even more ironic that it was made in Dumfriesshire, only about 30 miles away from where I grew up.

    http://www.thetankshop.com/
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  17. storymitchell

    storymitchell Member of the proletariat

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    /5s make cool cafe bikes, but even cooler would be a Rennsport replica:

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  18. notarex

    notarex Can U taste the waste?

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    :bow :bow Oh man was that the one for sale with spares, I know i've seen that before...
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  19. storymitchell

    storymitchell Member of the proletariat

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    I don't know - I just found the pic while looking for pics of RS54s. I have a reasonably stock /6 that is staying that way, and I can't decide if I want to swap my /5 for dual sport thumper, or cafe it with an eye towards an RS54ish look.
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  20. RocketJ

    RocketJ Been here awhile

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    I think I would pay the price of a tank just to watch them work for a day.
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