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    Thread: Cafe Racer Appreciation Thread!!!

    1. 04-27-2007 09:34 PM #106
      Some very nice bikes you guys. Wish there were more Cafe people around my neck of the woods.

      Question....or opinion...... finally got the funds to get a new chain and sprockets. Gonna get an EK 530 MVXZ Quadra-X Ring Chain. What color would look good on my Interstate Battery green bike? Its close to being Kawasaki green and Im sort of leaning towards the green EK. Would it be too much? Should I go for another color? Black? Gold? I know its my bike....but if it were yours?



      Modified by Zekes89Jetta at 9:38 PM 4-27-2007


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      04-27-2007 09:45 PM #107
      bare metal, paint is too heavy

    3. 04-27-2007 09:47 PM #108
      Good point

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      04-27-2007 11:36 PM #109
      Gold.....

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      04-28-2007 03:18 AM #110
      Mmmmm...gooooooooollllldd....
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      04-28-2007 08:23 AM #111
      here's my latest acquisition


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      05-01-2007 07:34 PM #112
      I've been on the 'tex for years and never ventured in the Motorcycle forum until now, thanks to my renewed interest in riding.

      Anyhow, very happy to find this thread. Here's a carppy pic of my Ducati 450/CB 450 hybrid cafe project as it stood a month ago. It's currently being slightly torn down to be cleaned up made road-worthy for this summer.

      I'll post better pics once it's on the road.


    8. 05-02-2007 11:47 AM #113
      ^ Your bike looks great and I love the wheels on you GTI.^

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      05-02-2007 12:44 PM #114
      Any chance we can start up a resource list for Cafe racer stuff on the internet?
      I'm having trouble finding decent web sites!
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      05-02-2007 04:38 PM #115
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      05-02-2007 06:25 PM #116
      Quote, originally posted by valvesprung »
      Here's a couple of good forums, there you will find all the good stuff...

      http://www.dotheton.com
      http://www.caferacer.net
      http://www.cb750cafe.com
      http://www.benjiescaferacer.com
      http://speedmotoco.com/shop/

      enjoy


      Awewsome! Thanks


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      05-02-2007 11:45 PM #117
      This thread never dies! I've been wanting a Bonneville Black for a while now, but haven't been able to find one near where I live... and I keep coming back here and seeing this thread! Maybe there's a message in that, hey?

      Time for some new research... I'm thinking maybe starting out with the 1970s Honda CB500 and see where that takes me.

      Chances are I'll be back. And thanks for those links! They're inspirational!


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      05-03-2007 12:12 AM #118
      I do what I can as a forum junkie
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    14. 05-13-2007 09:40 AM #119
      Quote, originally posted by valvesprung »
      Here's a couple of good forums, there you will find all the good stuff...

      http://www.dotheton.com
      http://www.caferacer.net
      http://www.cb750cafe.com
      http://www.benjiescaferacer.com
      http://speedmotoco.com/shop/

      enjoy

      Dont forget http://www.sohc4.us/forums/index.php

      Its a good info source for the Honda SOHC4 CBs...up to 78 models.

      Heres one for the DOHCs 79 and later.

      http://www.cb900c.net/


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      05-24-2007 10:51 AM #120
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      05-25-2007 05:47 PM #121
      this bike

      now looks like this


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      05-27-2007 12:48 PM #122
      Quote, originally posted by jamiiiiiiiiii t reverb »

      That's freaking awesome. Changing the seat does wonders for the appearance of the bike. Here's mine:

      I left it badgeless in an attempt to make people think it's an old Moto Guzzi . I actually do ride with a guy who has a newer Guzzi, which adds to the intentional confusion.


      Modified by Viss1 at 5:50 PM 5-27-2007


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      05-27-2007 11:59 PM #123
      Except that the guzzis run properly, and the CX's usually don't. lol
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    19. 05-29-2007 05:36 PM #124
      touche

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      05-30-2007 09:34 AM #125
      Quote, originally posted by irishmpls_2 »
      Except that the guzzis run properly, and the CX's usually don't. lol

      Actually a lot of people would say the reverse is true... thousands of London messengers can't be wrong!

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      05-30-2007 11:29 AM #126
      Quote, originally posted by Viss1 »

      Actually a lot of people would say the reverse is true... thousands of London messengers can't be wrong!

      If there's one group of people who can be wrong about a lot of things, it's Londoners.

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    22. 06-05-2007 10:30 PM #127
      I will throw in my 2 cents to bump this thread.

      I love the cafe racer look.

      Here are some I will be using for inspiration




      I pick up my KZ400 tomorrow and I have decided to go the cafe racer style with it.
      It will sort of be a combination of cafe racer, Bonneville racer and street fighter.
      I have to shave some weight and add some power so I can try to keep up with a friends CBR 600RR.
      I don't expect to re-engineer the whole bike to try and out handle him in the twisties but I at least want to make him cry a little in a straight line.

      Does anyone have any info on any tuned KZ400s or some pics of some custom ones.
      I want about 100 HP which could be tricky since I am starting with 36.
      I think a turbo and EFI is in order.

      Build thread coming soon...


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      06-06-2007 01:43 PM #128
      Look back a page and you'll see mine.

      Mine will be going in in the next couple of weeks to get tuned. I'm rocking pod filters and soon I'll have a pair of universal shory muffs on dual head pies. The tech I spoke with sadi that switching to a single Mikuni carb really help squeeze some power out of them, both by loosing all of the vacuum crap and eliminating the need to syncronize (which is tough to keep set on these I'm told) Good luck and I'll let yu know how she purrs after the tune.

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      06-09-2007 03:37 PM #129

      Bring it back to the Top Bump!!!!

    25. 06-10-2007 08:45 PM #130
      Looking good Carlos.


      The strip of checkers is now off of the seat pod. Didnt like the look and it wouldnt stick to the curve good.





      Modified by Zekes89Jetta at 8:49 PM 6-10-2007


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      06-11-2007 09:09 AM #131
      I've always loved cafe racers. Something about the lightweight simplicity
      of the bikes just looks right.

      This is my Yamaha SRX600:

      (sorry for the crappy picture)


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      06-12-2007 01:17 PM #132
      Quote, originally posted by valvesprung »
      Look back a page and you'll see mine.

      Mine will be going in in the next couple of weeks to get tuned. I'm rocking pod filters and soon I'll have a pair of universal shory muffs on dual head pies. The tech I spoke with sadi that switching to a single Mikuni carb really help squeeze some power out of them, both by loosing all of the vacuum crap and eliminating the need to syncronize (which is tough to keep set on these I'm told) Good luck and I'll let yu know how she purrs after the tune.

      Nice KZ! I have a 440 that I'd like to cafe. Also, what Mikuni single will you be using? Should also work on my 440...


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      06-12-2007 01:23 PM #133
      I don't remember which he meant, but I'll have it in there very soon and I'll let you know. I should be rocking some Avon Road Riders in the next week or so.
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      06-12-2007 10:05 PM #134
      Quote, originally posted by valvesprung »
      I don't remember which he meant, but I'll have it in there very soon and I'll let you know. I should be rocking some Avon Road Riders in the next week or so.

      Cool!


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      06-13-2007 10:49 AM #135
      Don't know if this really qualifies, but here is my '79 KZ1000, just got it running halfway decent. Ideas?

      I'd like to go with a solo seat, either Corbin Gunfighter or custom. Maybe change the color.

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    31. 06-15-2007 12:13 AM #136
      This is pretty cool: japanese-market Yamaha RZ50 "cafe scooter"


    32. 06-18-2007 05:16 AM #137
      awsome thread!

    33. 06-18-2007 08:06 AM #138

      im building one out of my cx500. the thread can be viewed here: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=3250457


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      06-28-2007 07:30 PM #139
      Quote, originally posted by valvesprung »
      I don't remember which he meant, but I'll have it in there very soon and I'll let you know. I should be rocking some Avon Road Riders in the next week or so.

      I spoke with him as I dropped off the bike last Saturday, he said a single (2-1) Mikuni round bore 32mm should do the trick. I might try this come winter time. My bike will be up and running in 2 weeks. It has some pretty good sediment and laquering in the bowls (I guess 7k miles on a '77 means it's done some sitting )

      they say she fires first kick and screams like a banshee (the animal... )

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      06-30-2007 11:02 PM #140

      http://www.caferace.com


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