BMW Cafe Racers - post a pic?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Nick Makwell, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. cafebmw

    cafebmw Adventurer

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    Yes. Most of it has been done at Motoworks Chicago. I've done most of the work myself at the shop. It's good to have friends with a shop. They do a great job.

    Cheers
  2. Grider Pirate

    Grider Pirate Long timer

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    IMO this is the best explaination of what IS and what ISN'T a cafe racer I've yet seen. Also IMO, if you're building something that looks like a cafe racer these days, you're doing so for styling or nostalgia, not as a purpose built machine for blasting canyons, etc. If you wanted to do that, you'd just buy something new. The worst of today's sportbikes are faster and better handling than the best of what we could do 30 or 40 years ago.

  3. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Long timer

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    I've witnessed some rather stodgy looking bikes totally thrash "sport" bikes.
    It's not the bike, it's the rider.
    Run what ya brung.

    Me- I'm not half as fast as I used to think I was.
    But I still have a thing for aluminium tanks. Guess I'm a poser...

    I have to wonder why anyone would care?
  4. Grider Pirate

    Grider Pirate Long timer

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    That's true. If I was GIVEN the best handling, fastest bike ever produced, my 73 year old friend in CA would still dust me off on his ancient Norton. BTW, I missed one very important reason to build a Cafe Racer, and I apologize. The one and only reason I would build one (and may, one day) is to BUILD one. The build is the fun, for me, since I'm an abysmal rider:cry
  5. Hawk Medicine

    Hawk Medicine Coyote's Brother

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    It's kinds like what one of my Va riding buddies said to me when I was complaining about a crew of Harley riding Yuppies, who wouldnt speak to us...

    "Just remember Ken, every one of those guys is a better friend of yours, out here on the road, than a dude in a car is ever going to be."

    Build you a bike and ride it!
  6. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    This is certainly a funny discussion. It's interesting how some get really heated up about what a cafe bike is. As I see it, it's a very broad category for the racey retro/classic street bike - mostly models from the 50s, 60s and maybe some 70s. It's a particular look, and when I make one, it's going to look good to me and maybe somebody else. But I don't care if everyone else hates it. Or says it's not cafe, it's "-----------" instead.

    What else are you going to call it?

    And besides - don't you have anything more important to get upset about? :lol3 It's a bike fer crissakes!

    Anything sporty is A OK with me.
  7. themarkster

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    I just bought a pair of those exhaust today in southern california. They are EMGO shorties.

    I don't know if they are called shorties but that is what I call them.
  8. relayda

    relayda Been here awhile

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    Yeah, it's nice to just build one...just a poser or to see if you can actually make it perform better. :clap

    ...although I can't imagine an ancient bike dusting a new sportbike. Try turning into a corner to scrub speed on an old Norton...I'm sure you will experience the limitations of the featherbed frame.:eek1
  9. dmack

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  10. KaiWE

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  11. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    Yeah, this is sorta funny discussion.... I mean, who does care? We ride for fun, I enjoy riding a bike that I have worked on and take a lot of personal pride in that...I enjoy getting out, but will certainly never impress anyone with my riding skills. :knary

    I am a poseur, with a capital pee, no doubt, for doing this to a a 60/6 (yes a SIXTY!) but it is a hoot to ride, especially since my regular bike is a 50/2. So yeah, I feel like a kid, look like an idiot, but.........so what! :wink:

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    To me, this is a bike I would have loved back when I was young and foolish (and a 600 was a Big Bike!), but now I am no longer young, yet sometimes still foolish, and it has been just a real gas, and that's what matters to me. That, and coming home in one piece........:lol3
  12. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    It ain't the bike - it's the rider. I watched a 62 yo guy embarass several sportbike riders with a vintage Norton a few years back at the Moroso road course. Unfortunately the engine started going south before he could whup up on some more riders.
  13. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    I'll gladly admit that I'm a poser when it comes to cafebikes
    I love the way the look. The function image is just plain cool.
  14. knary

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    When the fuck did it become bad for something to look good?

    Geez. Get a grip.
  15. relayda

    relayda Been here awhile

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    ...I very much agree with you ...but to an extent.

    All those sportbike riders the 62 yo wupped were probably all "TOTAL" dumb asses. Scared, unable to pick a line and too stupid to know the limitiations of thier bikes. Sure then it does not matter. ...I agree...never give an inbred child a loaded firearm...he might shoot his Uncle Daddy.

    ..what if Valentino Rossi raced Jorge Lorenzo and Lorenzo rode his GP bike and Rossi had the old Norton or a let's say a 2008 R1 ....who would you bet you money on? In my eyes Rossi the current MotoGP champion is the best GP motorcycle rider EVER, but in this race I'd have to bet on the MotoGP Rookie.
  16. pommie john

    pommie john Long timer

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    I was at the Moto GP at Phillip Island a couple of weeks ago.
    There were some national level support races, one for superbikes, one for historic bikes ( up to 1980) and at least 7 of the historic bikes posted qualifying times that would have put them on the superbike grid!
  17. relayda

    relayda Been here awhile

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    ...yes I too have witnessed some amazing riding by others on old machines. ...but I'm still amazed that people think that technology plays an insignificant factor...the advances in rubber alone should be enough to convince most people.
  18. Wirespokes

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    No ifs, ands, or buts... This says it all. If the newer technology makes a significant difference, it would show in the lap times.

    That's not to say the newer technology isn't a good thing, the question is 'just how much of a difference does it really make?'
  19. streetfighter2

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    I ride a ducati monster S2R 2005 and an airhead R80ST 1983, switching back and forth, every other days - albeit, comparatively speaking, not apple to apple... I must say, technologies play a very small factor(for my application, which is commuting, and street riding)...definitely not big enough for me to stop riding my R80ST. As the matter fact, my wife prefer to ride on the back of my airhead over the duck, due to the comfort factor...I love them both, depend on my mood...one day is the blond, next day is the brunette....only if I can figure out how to ride both of them at the same time...:wink:
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    "I love them both, depend on my mood...one day is the blond, next day is the brunette....only if I can figure out how to ride both of them at the same time...:wink:"

    We are still talking about bikes?

    Bulldust