So tell me about cafe racers...

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  1. M.A. Malone Esq.

    M.A. Malone Esq. OT Supporter

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    My main concern: having to fix it all the time. :dunno:
     
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    depends on what you get? some or them are pretty reliable once u get them in shape
     
  3. M.A. Malone Esq.

    M.A. Malone Esq. OT Supporter

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    I don't even know where to start as far as which to look for. I just know I like the style. :dunno:
     
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    Doesn't Ducati make a modern cafe' racer? I know some of the more exotic manufacturers make modern cafe racers.
     
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    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    Ducati Sports Classic 1000
    beautiful bike, but from I've read from riders, it's a torture rack to ride... short rides only...

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    and with the optional front faring
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    i saw one of these parked at this restaurant, it was beyond sexy, n my next bike ended up being a naked :naughty:

    but yea alot of caferacers are made out of honda cb 550/750s check these out, of course u'd probably have to do most of the work yourself, but it'd make a nice project. Also i dont know about where you are but in LA theres a bunch of shops that specialize in caferacer parts, service for old bikes etc, would seem like a good place to start, and maybe ask a few questions
     
  7. M.A. Malone Esq.

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    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention:

    This will be my first bike (I currently ride a Ruckus scooter)
    I have minimal mechanical knowledge, but I partially want to get this bike to tinker with it (would this be way over my head?)
     
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    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    i wouidn't get a "tinker" bike as a first bike...
     
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    That's what I was afraid of. :sad2:
     
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    u should probably get a newer bike to begin with, and then get a cafe race type once your at least confortable working on your own bike
     
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    Cafe Racers are old standards that people have gutted and converted.

    They are basically the Rat Rods of the motorcycle community.

    Buying a factory new "cafe racer" takes away 3/4 of what a cafe racer is. That retro Ducati is an abomination to what cafe racers are.


    Sorry, if you want a sportbike, BUY a sportbike.
    If you want a cafe racer, then buy an old used standard like a 1970 Honda CB400 or 750, pull it into the garage and start hacking and slashing away and BUILD it.
     
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    So.... I'm putting more thought into getting a cafe racer (early 80s CB750 probably). Who going to try to talk me out of it? I mean, if I could ride it home, how much work could it possibly take to get it running well and be reliable?

    gogogo!
     
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    depends on the condition? my friend has one that's a deathtrap but its ride able
     
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    definition of a death trap?
     
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    hehe, once you start, the sky's the limit!!

    I'm a big guy though so anything smaller than a 1000 is like a minibike to me.

    This is what I'd end up building..
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    and just to get your creative juices going...

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    hmmm, what can be done on a CB750?
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    screw those brand new factory retro cafe pieces of shit.
     
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    I have an old KZ1000 Police bike crammed into a back corner under a ton of shit that I was thinking about fucking with.

    Found this sweeeeeet kz1000 cafe pic that I'd want to duplicate.
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    so yea, you can buy that brand new Ducati for 12-14k, or pick up an old CB750 or KZ1000 for less than a grand, put about 500 into it and have a blast




    as for "fixing it" all the time that's not necessarily true but if you have to do repairs, it's simple stuff. no computers, no fuel injection.
     
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  17. M.A. Malone Esq.

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    You're getting me all giddy.... :)
     
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    BTW, that black one: so bomb.

    EDIT: what bike is that?
     
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    first one?
    That's a Honda GL1000 or GL1100
    The base bike for GoldWings.
     
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    I've got a cb500, cafe'd/bobbed, it's a blast, more work and repairs than a new bike though
     
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    Carpy is a fucking retard loser. Stay away from his trend trash.

    I'd definitely go with a good ol' CB750. Spend around $2k to get one that's in decent shape. Here's my '76:

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    The ass end doesn't look like that any more....
     

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