Cafe racers [pics]

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

  1. Honda Scoot

    Honda Scoot My First Gold Chain

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    When asked about the tires he told me he liked the look. They have "Firestone" molded in the sidewalls and were a horrible PITA to mount and balance. The front fender was raised an inch for clearance while retaining a stock look.

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  2. MitchB

    MitchB Adventurer

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    No NO NO..! Not the Titans! Don't mention them on this thread. At least not until I buy mine for my Cafe Project.... :evil

    You're going to drive my purchase cost up...

    :freaky

    M

  3. killfile

    killfile 49/50

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    I'm sure I'll get a ton of haters slamming my bike, but this is what she has looked like since '97. Currently putting on a GT750 front end and building rearsets (finally). I tried to take the clipons off before riding the bike on a 800 mile or so ride, but the wife said "You can't take those bars off, ride it like it is, ya pansy!"

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    Let me know if you get one and need anything.

    I've had a bunch of Honda 450s, and I enjoyed them, but the Honda 350 and the Titan are the bikes I could never part with...
  4. Cowboy Don

    Cowboy Don n00b

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    Why would we hate?! That thing is perfect.
  5. Honda Scoot

    Honda Scoot My First Gold Chain

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    Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Most folks farkle - Some step up to create what they want.
    Both are good as the project gains personal value and increases the longevity of the cherished item.
  6. vernon dent

    vernon dent Been here awhile

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  7. R85/8

    R85/8 Been here awhile

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    Obviously you never followed one in the rain. Your visor would get splattered with 2-stroke residue, turn opaque, and wiping it made it worse - that's if you were still capable of breathing.

    But that's not why we hated them, it was because a properly tuned one was very hard to get past. :)

    Great bikes!
  8. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo's my dog

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    I finally got my 160 Monza Jr on the road last year, just in time for the vintage festival at Barber. The details are covered in my build thread. I still don't think a 160cc bike can make much of a cafe racer, but I think it has a certain attitude anyway. And if it inspires just one person to do more to their CBwhatever "cafe" project than ditch the fenders, hack the back of the frame off, and paint it flat black, then maybe it's done some good...

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    Now I need to get back to work on it's big brother...
  9. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

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    That seat is genius. Very nice rebuild.
  10. jbcaddy

    jbcaddy Long timer

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    that is verry sweet :clap I like it!
  11. CDNbiker

    CDNbiker Lost in Space

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    I like that seat too. I've been trying to figure out what to do with the seat on my 66 YL1 rebuild. I think I now have the answer.
  12. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo's my dog

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    Thanks for the comments. I have to laugh about the seat though. It is the one thing on the bike I did and then thought "holy crap, I really screwed the pooch on that..." If my toy fund had been healthier when I got it back from the upholstery guy, it would have been torn down and redone before it ever got used. The good news is it's surprisingly comfortable.

    It looks better on the completed bike than I thought it would, but if I had it to do over again I wouldn't have made the bump so massive. The trim strip helped but I still think the seat kind of overwhelms the bike.
  13. Moss

    Moss Adventurer

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    That sure is a cool bike Arkwright2007, Well done indeed.
    I also have a 2007 GS., And I have recently acquired an R75/6, needs a bit of tidying-up, can't wait to get it sorted.
  14. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    I think it looks fine. Yes, maybe it's a little bigger than visually "optimal", but to my eye, that just gives it a little extra character. It's no where near being obtrusive or unappealing. Nice job.

    - Mark
  15. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Yeah, I know... it doesn't "qualify"... But I would like some suggestions on the tank. Its obviously way to tall, so I am going to knock an inch of the top and almost two off the bottom, shown in the last pic.

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    The seat will be cut way down and a bump put on the back. Planning on trying to make the first one out of cold rolled, but I would like to make one out of aluminum eventually with radiused edges. Got a sheet of al. to mess around with but that'll probably come much later. It's ugly. :huh
  16. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Smoother, slimmer, more organic. Lots of little italian bikes with and without laydown motors had beautiful tanks.
    You could also google 50cc-125cc Yamaha racers to keep it in the family.

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  17. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    way over yonder in the minor key
  18. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Sorry, I don't (can't... :cry) do round... Working on making a set of radius fingers for my brake though to at least get a few curves in it.
  19. knary

    knary sunshine and puppies

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    modify an available tank unless you're going for the industrial urban thing
  20. Doug Matson

    Doug Matson Long timer

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    Saw this at a memorial service today, think its been in here before but it is beautiful especially in person!
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