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Author Topic: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer  (Read 37077 times)

Offline Karlloss

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1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« on: Dec 31, 2012, 16:40:35 »
Having bought a Canadian import Yamaha XV500 as a result of lookng at many threads on here and other site I'm now wondering what I have done. I have sourced a GSXR400 USD complete front end to fit.
As the XV500 wasn't offically imported into the UK it looks like I'm going to have fun sourcing parts, although a few bits are interchangable with the XV535.

Offline Karlloss

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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #1 on: Dec 31, 2012, 16:42:25 »
I've managed to get it to fire on the front cyclinder, although didn't run on it's own as such.

Offline Karlloss

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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #2 on: Dec 31, 2012, 16:46:35 »
I've been using Windows Paint which came with the lap top to draw up some basic frame ideas as the standard headstock is way too high, strange design!

Offline Karlloss

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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #3 on: Dec 31, 2012, 16:50:19 »
I put the GSXR front end up to the frame just to gauge the height of the headstock, definitely need to build a new frame as it's too awkward to modify the existing frame.

I've been using 'paint' again just to get a basic idea of what I'll need to do regarding making a new frame.

Offline CBPayne

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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #4 on: Dec 31, 2012, 17:06:02 »
Couldn't you just lower the front forks through the trees?  I would think the bike naturally lower using the gsxr frontend.
By the way where did you get your hands on the gsxr front, and how much?  Thanks   Also I've seen some people change the swing arm to lower the bike also.
Have a nice day.

Offline Karlloss

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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #5 on: Dec 31, 2012, 17:16:36 »
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Couldn't you just lower the front forks through the trees?  I would think the bike naturally lower using the gsxr frontend.
By the way where did you get your hands on the gsxr front, and how much?  Thanks   Also I've seen some people change the swing arm to lower the bike also

CB, I thought about lowering the forks, but the XV forks are about 7inches longer than any road bike I've seen, and I wanted a more modern looking front end. 

I managed to get the complete GSXR front end, including calipers and master cyclinder for £150 from Gumtree website. It was a good price as the discs on their own would sell for about £150.

Offline CBPayne

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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #6 on: Dec 31, 2012, 18:41:02 »
Thats about   230-240 in american dollars isnt it.  Wouldn't the the gsxr frontend lower the bike a lot.  This guy XVR on a viragotech used the gsxr swing arm on his virago.  I can't remeber what was all involve.  I'll this, this dudes bike has a lot of time and money in it.  He convert the bike to chain, man the list goes on, and on.  Yamaha could take lesson from this guy seriously.
Have a nice day.

Offline Karlloss

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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #7 on: Dec 31, 2012, 18:55:06 »

Yes about $230 ish depends on exchange rate.

Yeah I saw the build, a bloke from Canada who designs automotive parts amazing build, unfortunately mine will be a lot lower budget however I'm adamant that the finished result will be quality.

What I noticed is that parts and materials in the US seem to be a lot cheaper than the UK and more suppliers and machine shops by the looks of it.

Offline Karlloss

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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #8 on: Dec 31, 2012, 18:56:12 »
This pic shows the need for lowering the headstock, so no option than to build a new frame.

Offline CBPayne

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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #9 on: Dec 31, 2012, 18:56:52 »
Well, mine is deffently going to have that grarage built hotrod feel...What I really want.
Have a nice day.

Offline Barkingmadspeedshop

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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #10 on: Dec 31, 2012, 19:13:32 »
Do a single carb swap, check and re check your electrical, check the starter and have at it!
1981 SR250 cafe             1980 SR250
1971 CB100/200 Cafe      1983 XT550
1977 KZ200 Cafe             1978 CB125S       
1978 KZ200       
1978 KZ200 Hack             1990 CB125t
1977 XS650 bobber          1999 GSXR600
1978 XS650 bobber          2006 KTM450/525 SMR
1978 XS650
and a bunch of others....

Offline Karlloss

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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #11 on: Jan 01, 2013, 09:48:47 »
Yep I think the single carb is definitely the way forward, just need to figure out what carb and find out if there are any manifolds out there to covert to single carb, any ideas or advice will be gratefully received.

Offline notlob

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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #12 on: Jan 01, 2013, 10:55:21 »
I would imagine but maybe wrong, that the steering geometry on that bike is very relaxed and would benefit from lowering the front end. Lower the headstock onto the gsxr forks without it being on the main stand and checkout the trail.
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1980 Cb750: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43860.0
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Offline Karlloss

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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #13 on: Jan 01, 2013, 11:38:16 »
Indeed the sterring is lazy and Yamaha used offset triple clamps to compensate for the large amount of trail, I thinking a new frame was the order of the day, however I'll have a look at it as you suggest, I might be able to modify the headstock as the GSXR has much larger bearings than the XV.

Offline notlob

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Re: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer
« Reply #14 on: Jan 01, 2013, 14:44:52 »
speak with beachcomber he is doing something similar
“Every time I start thinking the world is all bad, then I start seeing people out there having a good time on motorcycles. It makes me take another look.” >> Steve McQueen

Look at it! God, your project is ... it's everywhere. Your garage looks like you've been committing war crimes against a robot.


Build Threads
1980 Cb750: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43860.0
1982 CB900: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=46733.0