Anyone built up or bought a cafe racer?
It’s been a few years since I worked on a motorbike and with a trend towards cafe racers I quite fancy buying something and converting it to a cafe racer styled machine. Anyone done anything similar? Ideally I’d use a British machine as a base but not opposed to something like a CB350.Posted 4 years agoBoba FattMember
This has been one of my recent favourites
Posted 4 years agofailedengineerMember
Although I’m a Triumph fan and currently have a Bonneville (which I’m slowly customising), I love those BMW boxer customs. If I had the brass, I’d try to get hold of an old R60 or R75 and turn it into a café racer (but with higher bars, more of a flat tracker stylee).Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
A few of my mates are endlessly doing them but they’re all Infinite Projects- just like the kitcar the old boy down the road’s “building” that only moves when he moves house. I think they’ve all realised that if they ever finish them, they’ll probably be crap, so it’s better to have a project and a dream than to have a reality.
Still, phwoarPosted 4 years ago
Bit of originality would be lovely – so many Bonny/Boxer/SR’s out there that things are getting very formulaic now.
Yes, I know we’ve had 60 years of chopped V-Twins, but this new wave of identikit retro-bobbers shows signs of stagnating a bit already.
Lots of the really striking stuff out now is making use of previously forgotten and ignored motors – CX’s, XS twins, Yam 750/850 triples etc. Loads more around if you think about it.
A Jawa 350 would make a good retro Caff Racer – very clean design, bit odd.
I’d love to see a Hesketh lowrider, such a great looking engine.
Maybe a nice, traditional old-school Ducati 600 engined chop.
Really, really upset the purists and swan neck a Katana 😀
Some lovely stuff out there:
Posted 4 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
Oh lord…. 🙂
Show’s the right attitude!
Apart from the slightly, er, folded riding position shows just what you could do with a litre of Vodka, half a day, a Jawa and a welding torch.
Ground clearance? Nah.
Oooooh, another one:
Talking of ‘unusual’ engines for a chop:Posted 4 years ago
I’ve got a XBR500 at the back of the garage that has been altered a bit. Runnign a NX650 engine and single seat race unit, CIBIE headlamp, CBR600 brakes, wheels and front forks.Posted 4 years ago
I really need to sort out the clutch, exhaust, carb, brakes…as itsd not moved for 7 years!fervouredimageMember
Some great examples. Initially I was very much in favour of a British based build but actually looking at some Japanese machines that have been ‘cafe’d’ I think it has some potential. That cb550 looks great, maybe something along those lines. My wife also wants one so was thinking a cb200 cafe conversion would be a good option. Not powerful machines obviously but very light and definitely lend themselves to the cafe racer look.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Ooh, that’s a bit too Battle Of The Planets for my taste! But if we’re allowed SVs mine looked alright with the plastic off. Tail too big though. Don’t think liquid cooled really works for a cafe racer, too modern but thematically it works- light, fun, noisy and impervious to crash damage
Motomorphic made a stunner, I can’t find any reallygood pics of it now though 🙁
Posted 4 years agorighogSubscriber
I owned this bike for a good few years.
With the intention to build something like this
But the truth was I was too in love with mountain bikes, and I needed the space, I sold the bike to an 82 year old, hope I am still buying bikes at that age.
One day I will build a cafe racer but probably in my 60’s by then, really like the look of Guzzis and MZ’s time will tell.Posted 4 years ago
Anyone like the flat tracker style? Spotted this in this months classic bike guide, sooo sweetPosted 4 years ago
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