Cafe racers [pics]

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

  1. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer Supporter

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    OK, somebody please explain the steering damper on the rear swing arm? :huh

    Marc
  2. Tim McKittrick

    Tim McKittrick Long timer

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    Given that there is some sort of air bladder spring holding up the rear of the bike I believe that the steering damper is the rear shock absorber. Just 'cause it looks purdy doesn't mean it's going to work.
  3. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    No kidding..
  4. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    I got to look at this bike at daytona a few years back
    It's pretty cool in person.
    it's got an airbag as for damping and the afor mentioned steering damper for rebound.

    The coolest bit is the rear brake it's mounted on the drive shaft.
  5. tenderfoot

    tenderfoot PRJ

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    Moto Guzzi Griso

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    A MG "with pipe" is IMO, THE best sounding bike on the road.
  6. Rad

    Rad Done riding

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    I went on a ride Sunday with my son-in-law, he has a nice SV, and we stopped to eat in Davenport; Ooooo, something red behind us at the cafe...

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    A better shot of the beast, it was even better look'n in person. :nod

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  7. AlKay191

    AlKay191 Been here awhile

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    "59" or "Cafe" logos.
    Does "cafe" officialy designate this bike as Cafe Racer?
    Does "59" make you a member?
    Here'in USA, shouldn't it be "Restaurant" or "Diner"?

    Poser.

    That irritates me as much as "live to ride, ride to live" logos on the bike that only sees 2k miles a year and spend Sat nights parked in front of local Hooters for the "Bike Night".

    there.....short rant over.
  8. Rad

    Rad Done riding

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    I take it you feel that your views on how a person should enjoy their motorcycle hobby is inherently superior to others? :huh
  9. AlKay191

    AlKay191 Been here awhile

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    Different, but not superior. I just don't like "posers" on any brand of a motorcycle. People that dress up the bike or themselfs in order to fit in. Or pretend to be something they are not.
    BTW, even though, I do few things differently on that Guzzi, I love the bike. I think the builder did a great job. Right up to the point where he put "Cafe" on the tank.
  10. tenderfoot

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  11. FloridaSteve

    FloridaSteve Long timer

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    Man... you worry too much. While I agree with your general sentiments it's really not worth getting worked up about. There will always be cultural "touchstones" that people identify with even though they have no idea about the history or meaning behind it. It's nothing new. They like it cause they think its cool or the think it makes them at least "look" cool. The "Che Guevera" T-shirts come to mind for instance. "Real" bikers know who they are and shouldn't sweat the samll stuff.

    Take a time out and go for a ride :D Peace...
  12. AlKay191

    AlKay191 Been here awhile

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    naw, I don't get worked up that easily. I'm actually amuzed it! :clap

    loud pipes save lives ! YEE- HAW
  13. eyedragaknee

    eyedragaknee McGuyver

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    Nice bike. Sorry I sold it.
  14. fully_geed

    fully_geed Listens to Tom Waits

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    oh man...why? for the $? or to have space to restore another ? why do we sell our bikes?
  15. eyedragaknee

    eyedragaknee McGuyver

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  16. eyedragaknee

    eyedragaknee McGuyver

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    If you want to see a couple more, click on the Buell (American) and the SV650 (Japanese) and there are cafe/streetfighter bikes. I think the modern street fighter bikes are kinda like the old cafe racers myself, although nothing looks as good as a hand hammered aluminum tank sitting over a twin :)
  17. Pete™

    Pete™ Published.

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    I think it was the ultimate F-you to Honda from Jesse. They wanted another VTX chopper type bike and he took their money and built a cafe racer. :lol3
  18. tenderfoot

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  19. tenderfoot

    tenderfoot PRJ

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    I don't know if this qualifies as a "Cafe Racer" but I love it. :clap

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  20. Roughidle

    Roughidle Slipping into darkness

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    Nice looking BOBBER. seriously.....I love it too.