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Author Topic: cafe bikes and cruves?  (Read 1465 times)

Offline steve

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Re: cafe bikes and cruves?
« Reply #15 on: Nov 23, 2012, 15:30:33 »
Handles very nicely :) 

Tim, you need to move that muffler rearward, and upward.  At the relatively modest lean angle shown in the photo, the muffler should not be dragging on the ground.   It's a safety issue: if you were to lean a few more degrees, you would start to lose rear tire contact.

Offline Flugtechnik

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Re: cafe bikes and cruves?
« Reply #16 on: Nov 23, 2012, 18:26:19 »
I really need to buy this pic.

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Offline john83

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Re: cafe bikes and cruves?
« Reply #17 on: Nov 23, 2012, 20:18:13 »
I really need to buy this pic.

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That is a pretty good picture.

Offline Steve F

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Re: cafe bikes and cruves?
« Reply #18 on: Nov 24, 2012, 05:00:58 »
Love the corners and the CX works pretty well in them, I dont have any great pics of the tighter stuff and this one is an older one, it's since got new rear shocks, rebuilt forks and clipons, corners even better now :)





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Offline neckyzips

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Re: cafe bikes and cruves?
« Reply #19 on: Nov 24, 2012, 12:20:55 »
great! photos!
operational procedure #1: HIT IT!

Offline Drewski

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Re: cafe bikes and cruves?
« Reply #20 on: Nov 24, 2012, 17:28:00 »
Me on the "Mongrel" last summer at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport), just north east of Toronto.

Not a great cornering pic, but...







I really hate that I have to say, "last summer".  :P  Winter is way too long.  :'(

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Offline miob

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Re: cafe bikes and cruves?
« Reply #21 on: Nov 26, 2012, 14:48:38 »
Anyone can twist the throttle in a straight line, it's the corners that make riding fun. For me it depends a bit on the bike. I have a bike that I turned into a allroiad bike, cornering on roads is not that important. I have one bike that is meant to cruise, I did nothing to improve cornering on that bike either, and I have one 'real' cafe racer. I did a lot to improve the handling and you can really feel it.

Don't have that many cornering photos though.


Offline neckyzips

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Re: cafe bikes and cruves?
« Reply #22 on: Nov 26, 2012, 17:55:33 »
any better handling and your going to need pucks on those valve covers!

what did you do to your cafe to make it handle better?
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Offline miob

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Re: cafe bikes and cruves?
« Reply #23 on: Nov 26, 2012, 18:23:18 »
any better handling and your going to need pucks on those valve covers!

what did you do to your cafe to make it handle better?

They do hit the ground every once in a while...

I upgraded the suspension, raised the rear a bit for a sharper handling and in the photo the bike still had frame braces. The braces made a big difference (stiffer frame), but I had to bin those because they didn't fit with the new tank :(

(the old tank was glass fiber and dissolving with the modern fuels, still thinking about saving money for an aluminum tank)

Edit: and making the whole bike much, much lighter helped a lot too.

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Re: cafe bikes and cruves?
« Reply #24 on: Nov 26, 2012, 23:28:31 »
Me on the "Mongrel" last summer at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport), just north east of Toronto.

Not a great cornering pic, but...







I really hate that I have to say, "last summer".  :P  Winter is way too long.  :'(


drewski your clothes match your bike like a harley rider  ;)