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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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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, 07:52 PM   #7
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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 05-29-2005, 07:53 PM   #8
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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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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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No I am not, please tell me about the GB500!?
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No I am not, please tell me about the GB500!?
Single cylinder 500 sold in the US around '90. Cafe styling, XR engine.

One could call it a big marketing failure due to the timing of it's release. I think the late '80s were all about sportbikes and the very beginning of the HD surge. Nobody cared about retro, so they didn't sell well.

Seems like I had a good web resource, but can't turn it up at the moment. So...

pictures
http://images.google.com/images?q=ho...r=&sa=N&tab=wi

specs
http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/hon...ubman_1992.php

detailed faq
http://www.thumperpage.com/articles/gb-500faq.html

I see them occasionally at the local bike night. Nothing like the Commando in my fotki pics, but definitely headed that direction.

...or how 'bout the Dream?
http://powersports.honda.com/motorcy...ModelId=CB50R4

Saw one at the local dealer - it's perfect, but looks like it's 3/4 scale.

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...or how 'bout the Dream?
http://powersports.honda.com/motorcy...ModelId=CB50R4

Saw one at the local dealer - it's perfect, but looks like it's 3/4 scale.
The worlds most expensive modern 50cc bike! Sure has the look, wonder if they (honda) will come out with a Honda 250 six retro bike?that would be cool! Gregg
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I thought it would be rad to take the engineless cb I know about and put a cr500 engine in it. It would probably outrun anything to 80
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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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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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Thanks for the link, love cafe racers.
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Thanks for the link, love cafe racers.
Guzzi's are my favorites. I had a '75 850T. Here's a wild supercharged on from germany. hopefully the link will translate.

http://translate.google.com/translat...l%3Den%26lr%3D
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Old 05-31-2005, 01:07 PM   #20
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I just sold out and bought an 05 Triumph Thruxton that Im tweaking out. THis cat bought it, put 500 miles on it, and had to get rid of it because he blew the motor in one of his race bikes. So I got the deal of the century... couldnt turn it down.

the othe factor was that it's gonna be my commuter bike - my shop is 50 miles from my apartment, so I dont have anywhere to keep a bike here in Boston. I feel more comfortable leaving an 05 on the street than I do my 67 triumph...

Plus, it's a fun ass bike to ride!
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