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Author Topic: Which bike for Cafe Racer Build?  (Read 670 times)

Re: Which bike for Cafe Racer Build?
« Reply #10 on: Oct 03, 2017, 19:30:35 »
I know what you mean... I truly never would have guessed it would take this long... I thought eighteen months top! It took that long to get the tube for the frame bent and welded for the triple tree... I am ancier by the minute at this point

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Offline yozzer74

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Re: Which bike for Cafe Racer Build?
« Reply #11 on: Oct 03, 2017, 19:56:56 »
What about a early triumph from the 90s 3 cyclider  .900 sprint don't know if they did them over in the states .?? But they do make nice cafe racers

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Re: Which bike for Cafe Racer Build?
« Reply #12 on: Oct 03, 2017, 20:00:28 »
Pics of 900 sprint done

Offline cdirk

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Re: Which bike for Cafe Racer Build?
« Reply #13 on: Oct 04, 2017, 10:52:33 »
That Sprint looks nice...probably rare..here in the states. I did some research last night and got some further direction...1982 Suzuki GSXR 1100E really grabbed my attention, and the bikes from Honda and Yamaha that competed with this bike during that time period. Vance & Hines makes pipes for them still, they are all 90HP or more and already have lines that seem like they would make a good platform for a cafe racer.

Yamaha FJ1100, Honda magna V65, Honda VF1000R or 900R, Honda CB1100.

Check out this video of the Suzuki 1100E....simply awesome...




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Re: Which bike for Cafe Racer Build?
« Reply #14 on: Oct 04, 2017, 13:18:00 »
That Triumph is sexy Yozzer

Offline cdirk

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Re: Which bike for Cafe Racer Build?
« Reply #15 on: Oct 06, 2017, 10:05:32 »
After much thought i decided to just do a cafe racer build on my Sportster 1200. I figure why mess with finding a used bike that has alot of unknowns. I know my bike well so I am just going use it and build it. Burly stilletto shocks rear, springs in front, remove fender and cut the struts in rear put in tail loop for seat support (already have a mustang cafe style seat on it), RSD Gauge relocator, turn drag bars down or get some clubman bars, mid controls, chrome spoke wheels in front and rear.

One dilemma. With no rear fender what are people using for DOT approved brake lights? Where mounted and where do you put your signal lights?

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Re: Which bike for Cafe Racer Build?
« Reply #16 on: Oct 06, 2017, 10:09:32 »
I recessed a LED strip with turn signals into the hoop.



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Re: Which bike for Cafe Racer Build?
« Reply #17 on: Oct 06, 2017, 13:15:36 »
I saw that option...wonder if that would pass inspection....

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Re: Which bike for Cafe Racer Build?
« Reply #18 on: Oct 06, 2017, 13:24:01 »
It is not a DOT approved light. We don’t have any inspections here in Ohio. I needed to get the title put into my name, it was from out of state and needed to get the vin inspected. but I forgot about that until after I had it torn down. I took the bare frame to the title office and they didn’t blink. That is the on,y time anyone at the state will need to look over the bike.