cafe racer

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by LckyTylr, Apr 8, 2009.


  1. okay everyone......this has been a dream of mine for quite some time. I want to make myself a cafe racer......okay wait a minute.....not an all out cafe racer, but a look alike. it's going to be more like a rat pack cafe racer. I wanna stay really cheap. I'm really only going to change out the bars, chop off the blinkers, fabricate a cool looking tail/driver seat and strip her all down, clean her up and paint it something cool. what do you guys think? more trouble than it's worth?

    I'm going to look at this today. for the price, can't really go wrong.....as long as it runs, which supposedly it does.

    http://boise.craigslist.org/mcy/1111727582.html this is what she would look like if there were a pic.

    http://www.dakotaspeed.com/Motorcycle/Szuki/Images/suzuki-gs450-81.jpg

    also, any other ideas on easy stuff i could do to it to make it cooler or better in any way. i really think it would neat if a few of us did this together. we could make up rules....ie.....bike has to be less than $750 buying price and that we can't spend more than a certain amount to get a finished product. what say you?
     

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  2. We all have a different idea of heaven. Making your motorcycle just as you want it to be for you and only you, is common to most of us. The "cost/worth it" is a personal decision that only you can make. Everyone has a different vision. As a fan of the vintage Cafe' bikes, I fully support your efforts. If it was a $25,000 Harley Davidson powered scooter, I might not be so enthusiastic. ::)

    http://www.scootster.com/ :dunno: :rofl:
     

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  3. yeah, i also found this. i'm not planning on doing any long trips on this, and it's really only for commuting because I doubt it would be incredibly wonderful on the handling side of things. this is another one I'm looking at, really small, but REALLY clean. New bars, a different seat......she's ready to rock.

    the only problem, the headlight doesn't work. i can't imagine that it's very complicated.....but I have NEVER messed with electronics of any sort. do you think this would be an easy fix or a nightmare awaiting?

    http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218&ad=6091056&cat=144&lpid=4
     
  4. I saw a sweet old Triumph bike that was all cafe racered out the other day. I though it looked pretty cool. It wasnt something that I would want but none the less it looked cool and well done IMO.
     
  5. Repeat after me: ALL OLD MOTORCYCLES ARE BASKET CASES THAT REQUIRE HOURS/WEEKS/MONTHS/YEARS OF LABOR. SOMETIMES IT TAKES THAT LONG JUST TO FIND SPARE PARTS. EVEN IF YOU NEVER RIDE IT, YOU WILL BE REPLACING PARTS AS LONG AS YOU OWN IT.

    PERIOD.


    You are either in love with the idea of owning an old bike and thus grit your teeth to keep it maintained, or you don't, and you motor about happily on your easy to keep KTM. It's that simple. I've done the restoration/build up projects and can tell with no uncertainty that they take more time, money, and elbow grease then you first expect. While I loved the finished result, personally, I would rather ride then hangout in the garage all day. But that's just me.
     
  6. Garage time is a given but it is something to do on cold rainy days. In the end it is your bike and who cares what others think. For me, I appricaite any custom machine all the way from OCC wanabe choppers, to some of the pavement customed stunt bikes and the old cafe bikes. Do it, enjoy it, ride it.
     
  7. I want to cafe out a bike someday, but right now I don't have the finances to make it happen (garage is getting full, too). If you've got the money and time (and lord knows, winter is nothing but time), I'd definately go for it, just make it your own, ya know? Then I'll have someone to hit up to go to coffee shops once I get mine, too :)
     

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