Cafe racers [pics]

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by crazydrummerdude, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. zDollar Bill

    zDollar Bill Eat, Sleep, Ride, Repeat

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    I do but I don't think it is a Cafe Racer.
  2. zDollar Bill

    zDollar Bill Eat, Sleep, Ride, Repeat

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    Maybe it is a Cafe Racer, it has a number plate.
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  3. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer

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    It's a STREET TRACKER! :clap

    Not a cafe' but nicely done.
    Post it on the Flat track & street tracker thread
  4. zDollar Bill

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    I really love the set-up of the Sport1000S, the gas tank, seat and seat cover. Trying to make my CX650 looks like that
  7. zDollar Bill

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    [sarcasm]

    Flat black? Check.
    Clubmans? Check
    No front fender? Check.

    Yep, it's a cafe racer. :deal

    You're probably just confused because it's not a CB350 with the frame cut off at the shock mounts, and there are no checkerboard or "59" graphics on it.[/sarcasm]

    Seriously though I've got no issues with it being called a cafe racer, it's more "cafe" than half the stuff I see labeled that way. The term is pretty meaningless at this point anyway. Just like "bobber", "restored", "NOS", "original", etc...
  10. TheBakemon

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    I've drooled at pictures of this bike before. I have big plans to make an xv similar to it.

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  11. Rob Farmer

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    Since when did a lack of front mudguard and flat black make a cafe racer? I'm clearly not up with the times.

    To be honest I'm not being serious. The whole cafe genre has been hijacked which is fine as it's always good to see evolution but some of these bikes are a mess and are little more than a mish mash of ill fitting parts.
  12. plugeye

    plugeye unforgiven

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    you forgot the goofy seat or humped back fender.
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    R85/8 Been here awhile

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    I used to ride cafe racers back in the '60s. To us a cafe racer was a bike with low bars, ie straight (like Vincents), drop (eg Ace bars), or clip ons. Some attempt at rearsets to complete the picture. Fancy seats, tanks and other cosmetics were not as important as getting a megaphone or Goldie exhausts on it. Usually there would have been an attempt at some sort of tuning - usually inept, but if it was loud, then it must be fast. :) Performance, then looks.

    But the term was usually slightly derisory.

    A lot of the bikes being shown here would not have been regarded as cafe racers - although we would have given our eyeteeth for them because there's a pretty high standard. :)
  14. radguzzi

    radguzzi The Journey is the Reward

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    Pssst, those are stock items there bub...
  15. zDollar Bill

    zDollar Bill Eat, Sleep, Ride, Repeat

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    Good eye there.
    Next time I buy a 1965 BSA that has a title and runs for $2000.00,
    I should make sure it has all the original parts or correct Cafe parts on it.
    The Brits have buyers over here buying up as many of their bikes as they can. They fill up shipping containers and send them home.
    Just thought I would grab one before they're gone.
    And I did like the looks of it.
  16. Honda Scoot

    Honda Scoot Time To Ride

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    My brother used a scrap pile of two CB450s to assemble this bike. He finished the project in October just four days before a bike show at Barber Motorsport's Vintage Days 2012 in Alabama.

    He won "Best Modified Stock" in the Cafe Racer Bike Show. :clap Great Job!

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  17. Rob Farmer

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    Damn right we have. cars as well. You guys are clearly not looking after them well enough so we're taking them home.

    The Germans are doing it in the UK with Airheads.
  18. Rob Farmer

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    Apart from the headlight brackets I like that. Nice photographs too.

  19. markjenn

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    Extremely nice CB450. These (and Suzuki Titans) seem to make beautiful cafe bikes with just the right proportions.

    - Mark
  20. Anders288

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    I like the CB450 but don't get the tire choice.