Discussion in 'OT Driven' started by M.A. Malone Esq., Apr 20, 2009.
My main concern: having to fix it all the time.
depends on what you get? some or them are pretty reliable once u get them in shape
I don't even know where to start as far as which to look for. I just know I like the style.
Doesn't Ducati make a modern cafe' racer? I know some of the more exotic manufacturers make modern cafe racers.
Ducati Sports Classic 1000
beautiful bike, but from I've read from riders, it's a torture rack to ride... short rides only...
and with the optional front faring
i saw one of these parked at this restaurant, it was beyond sexy, n my next bike ended up being a naked
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
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?)
i wouidn't get a "tinker" bike as a first bike...
That's what I was afraid of.
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
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.
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?
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?
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..
and just to get your creative juices going...
hmmm, what can be done on a CB750?
screw those brand new factory retro cafe pieces of shit.
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.
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.
You're getting me all giddy....
BTW, that black one: so bomb.
EDIT: what bike is that?
That's a Honda GL1000 or GL1100
The base bike for GoldWings.
I've got a cb500, cafe'd/bobbed, it's a blast, more work and repairs than a new bike though
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:
The ass end doesn't look like that any more....