Cafe racers [pics]

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

  1. CoyoteCowboy

    CoyoteCowboy Easily Distracted

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    Awesome! A real Kenny Dreer bike! :bow Kinda funny, Googled "Norton ss880 Commando Sport Scrambler", and the first bike it found was this one. Belongs to former Cycle World editor Dave Edwards. Cool bike :norton
  2. Snooz

    Snooz Adventurer

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    1977 KZ 650. A beast I've had for over 20 years. Over the last few years I've been messing with it from it's stock form.
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  3. Pugsley/Hobbfather

    Pugsley/Hobbfather Been here awhile

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    I likes 'em!:rofl
  4. Motowalt

    Motowalt UNSTOPPABLE!

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    I did a total frame-off restoration and brought this girl back to life after she sat unloved for more than 28 years...

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  5. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    ^ Wow,nicely done!
  6. VietHorse

    VietHorse Long timer

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    Dude, that's really nice GL cafe. Awesome color and build. Thanks for share!

    I was planning to convert a GL into cafe as I love the bloody humble engine block.
    However, I ended up with a CX650. The project is still on going....
  7. mtiberio

    mtiberio Adventurer

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    needs more cylinders, like this one:
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  8. Les_Garten

    Les_Garten Been here awhile

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    How did you get the case restored so well? It looked pretty oxidized in the first pic.

    First rate job on a really nice platform. I did a '78 back in the day that was a basket case, but not really the same as yours IMO as far as looks are concerned.
  9. Motowalt

    Motowalt UNSTOPPABLE!

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    Thanks!
    I pulled the motor from the frame, sanded, primed, painted and clear coated it...and polished the intake runners, carb tops and a few other bits...
    There's no other way to remove the 30 year old gas staining and oxidation...

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  10. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo's my dog

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    I'm not familiar with Goldwings but on some bikes there are other ways.

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    No sanding, priming, or painting involved. Carb cleaner and stainless steel brushes are your friend, as are hot tanks and aluminum wheel cleaner. And time.

    Nice work on the 'wing by the way!

    **Full disclosure, I just remembered that when I sent the roundcase cylinders out to be bored they came back painted. But the 160 cylinder is the result of scotchbrite pads, a lathe, and some time.
  11. Motowalt

    Motowalt UNSTOPPABLE!

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    Wow!
    That is some amazing work with Scotch brite pads!
    Congrats!
  12. Pugsley/Hobbfather

    Pugsley/Hobbfather Been here awhile

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    And TIME!
  13. skorpioskorpio

    skorpioskorpio Been here awhile

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    0000 steelwool dipped in aluminum polishing paste also does wonders.
  14. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    I bought this XLCR while leaving in France in -79...was ugly painted blue, came from LA...redid it completly, moved to to SF in -89 with it... Moved back to Paris in -92.... back to SF in 2000. More cargo freight mileage than running!! I did not really like it: when it was not a valve guide seizing, it was 1st gear jumping out... My wife loved to ride it, it was "her" bike! Finnaly sold it...to buy a Royal Enfield Interceptot II (sold now... just bought a R80G/S (getting old or what!!)).

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  15. Chickenstrip

    Chickenstrip Been here awhile

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    I'll add my compliments to the list - beautiful machine.

    I'm wondering what's supporting the pipe out past the pegs - is it just suspended from the attachment point?



  16. Les_Garten

    Les_Garten Been here awhile

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    Just needs two things IMHO...

    1) License Plate/Brake Light Surgical Excision

    2) Color Keyed S Fairing
  17. alister102

    alister102 Been here awhile

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    Is that a custom bracket for the front? what year are the forks? nice to have good brakes up there...
  18. Thumpermeister

    Thumpermeister roost maker

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    Sharing some Bull...

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  19. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    I bet it sounds pretty nice with the Dunstall(?) mufflers on it. Nice work, not too overdone, and totally usable as a daily runner.
  20. Running Bear

    Running Bear Been here awhile

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    I'd like to add to the list of complements on your build.
    I wouldn't have seen the potential, in the before, but you've make a silk purse from a sows ear.

    Would like to see more photos, or a build thread if you've got one.