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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by crazydrummerdude, Jul 27, 2007.
Clip ons + uncomfortable (but stylish) seat = Café racer!
You could go either way, but I would lean toward Cafe bike, because of the clip-on's. Streetfighters usually have dirt bike bars.
What is the best bike to turn into a cafe racer? The biggest factor in my bike choice would be the availability of parts to complete the look. I can't afford custom tanks and seats, and would preferably like a bike for which there is a common, tried and true "formula" to turn it into a cafe racer. I know, that's not custom, but it's just a project to get me through the winter.
A '75-'79 Triumph Bonneville T140.
There are MANY bikes that make good Cafe Racers. from vintage to modern . and the term is vague . that said I have had both old and new BIG bore bikes all the way down to 50cc .
Depends what you want out of it .
Here is my 69 Trident 750 triple Cafe Rat Racer
I shifts on the "wrong side" , vibrates , doesn't stop , but puts a HUGE grin on my face when riding.
Just helped a coworker build a Ryca ... a "kit " if you would build around a Suzuki Savage . you can personalize it as you want . but all the work (other than assembly is done) gotta tell you is is FUN ... starts right up, smooth, parts available
That said I dont know if there is a "Best"
I finally found the ultimate Cafe Racer! I want one so bad. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/umxSFGTQrF0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
For as mean as that Ace 4-cyl race bike sounds, even now, can you just imagine the effect of that sound, if it was the first engine you heard way back in the early 20s or 30S?
I bet many a gear-head was created the first time that sound pommeled their ears. Works for me even now.
Very cool, only issue is that style Pipe drags really easily!
You're going to run out of tire way before those pipes are on the blacktop.
and you're gonna run into armor all before you run out of tire.
GBen, just got done breifly scanning all your posts, you sure are a pleasant fella, a regular ray of sunshine.
Nice project. Did you post finish pics? Sorry just checked the date on the original post.
Slowly but surely...
How about a little fun!