I'm sure you are wondering, what the heck are you doing? A moped cafe? Yes, a moped cafe.
Cloudrider and I have been scheming for about a month now to convert a Yamaha QT50 into a cafe racer.
This is what we've got to start with. Cloudrider's got it running very nicely. He rejetted it and took the battery out of the system for now. It will have to go back in for the lights to work though.
This tank is from a CL175. It's got a few bumps but it's in good shape. It should work well for this build.
These are the forks we found for the build. The frame mods we've got planned should make this work just fine.
We got started on the build this afternoon. We got the frame torn down and cleaned up the engine a bit. The modifications we have planned are to stretch the downtube 4 or 5 inches right around where it says YAMAHA, extend the tube at the back up to the subframe, add a top tube, build a subframe, and relocate the shock mount. We figured out that the headtube is a bit too long for the forks so we will have to cut it down and reseat the top cup.
Here's a very rough sketch of what it might turn out like.
We chopped the frame at the back to start the modifications but the tubing we got to extend it is too large a diameter so we ordered what we need and will have to wait for the material to come in.
Hopefully we get to work on it more soon. Busy weeks coming up, but it was good to get a start on it.