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Old 05-29-2005, 02:12 PM   #1
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Just a quick question. Are cafe racers welcome on this board?

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Old 05-29-2005, 02:17 PM   #2
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hell yes they are...
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Old 05-29-2005, 02:22 PM   #3
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A pal of mine just moved to Reno with my old 500Twin that he turned CAFE. I traded him for his 500/4. I am torn between CAFE style or just stripping it down?
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Old 05-29-2005, 03:56 PM   #4
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Cool...dig this. One of my favorites.
http://public.fotki.com/40Tudor/combat/

This guy has some neat stuff, too.
http://www.benjiescaferacer.com/morbikes.html


...and there's always...
http://www.ace-cafe-london.com/php/f2_4.php

...damn...first the HAMB and now this...
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Old 05-29-2005, 04:04 PM   #5
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Cool...dig this. One of my favorites.
http://public.fotki.com/40Tudor/combat/

This guy has some neat stuff, too.
http://www.benjiescaferacer.com/morbikes.html


...and there's always...
http://www.ace-cafe-london.com/php/f2_4.php

...damn...first the HAMB and now this...
good to see a place for cafe racers on this side of the pond. thanks again Ryan
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Old 05-29-2005, 06:34 PM   #6
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Cool...dig this. One of my favorites.
http://public.fotki.com/40Tudor/combat/

This guy has some neat stuff, too.
http://www.benjiescaferacer.com/morbikes.html


...and there's always...
http://www.ace-cafe-london.com/php/f2_4.php

...damn...first the HAMB and now this...
Thanks! That second site had some cool shit as did the first, is that your stuff on fotki?

To me, chopping up my Honda into another jap bobber seems like the easy way out. I think that is better left to a Trump or BSA. I can see hammering out a cool fairing and doing up a cafe style bike however. Been buying the British cycle mags for years. I like how they use em for utilitarian purposes not just as a fashion accessory!

Plus, my new house is 20 miles out. Getting the bike on the road would be a good way to make a cheaper commute.
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Old 05-29-2005, 07:53 PM   #7
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Thanks! That second site had some cool shit as did the first, is that your stuff on fotki?

To me, chopping up my Honda into another jap bobber seems like the easy way out. I think that is better left to a Trump or BSA. I can see hammering out a cool fairing and doing up a cafe style bike however. Been buying the British cycle mags for years. I like how they use em for utilitarian purposes not just as a fashion accessory!

Plus, my new house is 20 miles out. Getting the bike on the road would be a good way to make a cheaper commute.
Yep, those are my pictures on fotki. I've shown the touring once or twice on the hamb. I am at the moment bikeless, since I keep wasting money on old cars, but would like to do an XS or CB cafe racer.

Are you familiar with the Honda GB500 (factory built cafe bike)?

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A pal of mine just moved to Reno with my old 500Twin that he turned CAFE. I traded him for his 500/4. I am torn between CAFE style or just stripping it down?
I am riding a 550/4 at present Cafe style, Twin contis, tea strainers, a Duke fairing, a custom seat, 18 inch front and rear rims of the manini type, drum breaks front and rear, A super sweet paint job From VON STEHN a real joy to ride, do what feels right with the bike and ride the fucker hard, its a honda [Quote=DR ITCHIE]
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Do Ya'll know where the term "Cafe Racer" came from...?
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Do Ya'll know where the term "Cafe Racer" came from...?
I'll take a stab at it, from what I can recall "cafe racer" started in the UK in the 60's? , kids (punks) would hang out at local clubs (cafe's) and race from one cafe to another point and back before a song finished playing on the juke box. in order to get a speed advantage they would chop the bikes to cut down weight and make mods to decrease drag
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I'll take a stab at it, from what I can recall "cafe racer" started in the UK in the 60's? , kids (punks) would hang out at local clubs (cafe's) and race from one cafe to another point and back before a song finished playing on the juke box. in order to get a speed advantage they would chop the bikes to cut down weight and make mods to decrease drag

So they have "cafe racers" and we have "bar hoppers".... I'll take one of each thank you!


Nex, whats that other bike?
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Old 05-29-2005, 07:52 PM   #12
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Cafe racers rock. I had an 04 thruxton. It hauled ass but wasn't very comfortable. RPM cycle here in dallas has some preety bad ass stuff tucked away in the back. Its not on the show room but if you ask keith he will usually let you look in the back. They have some cool triumph and norton cafe bikes in the back. Maybe a triton too
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Old 05-31-2005, 12:14 AM   #13
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i was wodnering if we could get a cafe racer post going,,, i know some of you guys own em, or have owned em. lets see pics,
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Old 05-31-2005, 12:50 AM   #14
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Cafe bikes huh?

....well, why not?

Here's what I have for inspiration. None of these are mine and I stole these from the HAMB......
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nice,,, anymore?
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nice,,, anymore?
Been through all the picture links in this thread?
http://www.jockeyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=49

There's hundreds of pics at Ace Cafe.

Yeah, go ahead and say it. I'm too lazy to put actual pictures here.

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Old 05-31-2005, 11:21 AM   #17
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Been through all the picture links in this thread?
http://www.jockeyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=49

There's hundreds of pics at Ace Cafe.

Yeah, go ahead and say it. I'm too lazy to put actual pictures here.

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Here's a ton

http://www.caferace.com/cafepix.html
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Old 05-31-2005, 02:16 PM   #18
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i was wodnering if we could get a cafe racer post going,,, i know some of you guys own em, or have owned em. lets see pics,
Mines in pieces, but here's a pic of my flat tracker.



By the way anyone interested, I'm making a buck up to do Dresden style cafe tanks, hopefully this winter. I'm sick of seeing 700 for a gas tank. Probably be Stainless instead of alloy, as alloy dents to easy, too.
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Mines in pieces, but here's a pic of my flat tracker.



By the way anyone interested, I'm making a buck up to do Dresden style cafe tanks, hopefully this winter. I'm sick of seeing 700 for a gas tank. Probably be Stainless instead of alloy, as alloy dents to easy, too.
i'm interested!
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Old 05-31-2005, 08:24 PM   #20
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I've wanted to build this for years, but I can't find anybody crazy enough to do it. I read back in the early '90s in Classic Bike magazine there was a guy in europe who was repoping Manx singles. Kind of like S&S does with H-D engines. Magnesium parts and all. They did a feature on a brand new repro manx (frame too) and it was beautiful.

I know it'll piss a lot of guys off, but I'd build mine with a 200x17 front and a 240x18 rear. Grimeca drum brakes and all!

(Back when I did this drawing I was a huge fan of "Tank Girl". Sorry Jamie, I know she was a Vespa chic.)
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