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Author Topic: 1983 XV500 Cafe Racer  (Read 38914 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 »
Quote
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.