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Author Topic: Saying Hi from Australia as I start my first cafe racer build  (Read 929 times)

Offline gt alex

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Hi, I'm not a young fella but I've been round coustom vehicles all my life. So I was keen to do a cafe racer build some thing I havn't done before. My bike of choice honda cb750, was out of my budget, although I was looking and had a plan, but as it happened I was doing a job at a work shop and I was offered a Suzuki sv650 for $500. Being a bit modern (2002) I intialy didn't accept but then it got me thinking and I draw up a new plan more to my budget. The bikes now Home and a great starting point. This will be a budget build but that will not limit the mods it just means more creativity and work for me.
I have spoken to a local engineer who can compliance my mods for road use. I've ony had vintage bikes before and they were exempt engineer approvals so this part is new to me.

The plan is to have to bike as low as possible while still good on twisties, classic cafe racer layout hump set, inline with flat bottomed tank( may be extended I see what is looks like once the seat is in possy) and small headlight. rearsets a must and droopping clipons above the tripple, mounted on the fork tubes once pushed through.(I have to think of my back)

The engineer has said to bike should be registered standard and the modified to save some problems. Aparrently I should have to much trouble as long as I keep 2/3 of original suspension travel and 100mm ground clearance. keep noise under 94dba @ 5000rpm and use complianced lighting (e marked).
 
After 2week of tinkering and lots of cleaning it's nearly ready for its standard road worthy.
The camera on my phone is stuffed but I will post some pics soon.
Although I have a plan I am keen to get as much advise as I can to acheive something special once its all done

Offline Sderbyshire

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Re: Saying Hi from Australia as I start my first cafe racer build
« Reply #1 on: Jul 29, 2018, 14:49:26 »
Sounds fun, the sv650 is agood base for mods.

Will be interested to see how youw plans evolve!

Offline MiniatureNinja

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Re: Saying Hi from Australia as I start my first cafe racer build
« Reply #2 on: Jul 29, 2018, 18:34:43 »
ˇplɹoʍ ǝɥʇ ɟo ǝpıs ɹǝɥʇo ǝɥʇ ɯoɹɟ ollǝɥ

would love to see what an sv650 looks like cafe'd out
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Offline Brodie

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Re: Saying Hi from Australia as I start my first cafe racer build
« Reply #3 on: Jul 29, 2018, 19:02:41 »
Welcome mate. Sounds like you must be in NSW or VIC with the engineer approvals.

Start a build thread so we can follow along.
I'm not sure, but don't ask Brodie.

Way to many build and half done projects to list here.
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Offline spotty

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Re: Saying Hi from Australia as I start my first cafe racer build
« Reply #4 on: Jul 30, 2018, 00:20:22 »
hiya from melbourne
short fast loud, three things punk rock and vmaxs have in common

south of the border, down melbourne way

Offline CrabsAndCylinders

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Re: Saying Hi from Australia as I start my first cafe racer build
« Reply #5 on: Jul 30, 2018, 01:34:43 »
ˇplɹoʍ ǝɥʇ ɟo ǝpıs ɹǝɥʇo ǝɥʇ ɯoɹɟ ollǝɥ

would love to see what an sv650 looks like cafe'd out

What he said.
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Offline stroker crazy

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Re: Saying Hi from Australia as I start my first cafe racer build
« Reply #6 on: Jul 30, 2018, 01:45:28 »
G'day from Sydney.

Crazy
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Offline Sapphireminer

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Re: Saying Hi from Australia as I start my first cafe racer build
« Reply #7 on: Jul 30, 2018, 03:00:07 »
Welcome from central Queensland keep us posted how its going.
Dave

Offline The Jimbonaut

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Re: Saying Hi from Australia as I start my first cafe racer build
« Reply #8 on: Aug 01, 2018, 13:38:42 »
Welcome from Montreal mate
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Offline gt alex

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Re: Saying Hi from Australia as I start my first cafe racer build
« Reply #9 on: Sep 14, 2018, 06:11:32 »
A quick up date. the bikes ready for road worthy inspection and i have most of the bits for the cafe racer transformation. the only mod donee so far is the back has been dropped 1 1/2 inches and the forks pushed through 1 1/8 inch. And i have been testing mufflers and db killers pictures will follow