Re: "Doing it Right" or "How to Build a Functional Café Racer"
I just spent a ton of money porting, boring and polishing crap from the 70's and now you're telling me thats wrong?? i must go pick on someone with a non runner now..Psycrow said:I will admit strait up I have not read the entire thread YET but I felt it was important to comment on some of the things the OP stated even though it was 2012 he made many great points and responses have added may more and I whole heartedly support the positive tone his post took however I have a big issue with one of his main points. I seriously think the definition of "Cafe Racer" needs to evolve somewhat.. cafes racers of their day were brittish twins modern in their own time and cut and modified to remove the unnecessary and mod the essential for maximum performance. If we apply that to today it would be doing the same to a late model GSXR.. if your going to extend the term beyond its origins an include 70's and 80's UJMs then you can't apply other rules to the term either. What am I going on about? The attitude that if you don't over bore and port and polish your doing it wrong... I am getting so sick of this attitude and it's what keeps me from certain other boards with Cafe in the name....I strongly agree with function over form and the importance of making a bike mechanically sound before dumping money into esthetics HOWEVER.
Even with mechanical knowledge sorceing performance parts for these older UJMs are getting difficult. I see no requirement for someone posting a build thread focused on estitics while also addressing mechanical issues. I think it's okay to take an old ugly bike from the past and keep it on the road and current with trends of the time and not chase some idea of performance that will never be achieved by the standards set by today's bikes. If someone takes a runner and tunes it up replaces worn parts and rotting rubber then starts making it look trendy where is the problem? Please do not look down on these people or call them less because they can't afford or have the desire to chase HP... can't it simply be a cafe because of the style the bike is aspiring to?
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