Archive for the ‘bars’ Tag
No matter how many times I rant and rave about bikes missing some key cafe racer feature, I always manage to find these bikes again and again. Here we have a 1971 BMW R60 that’s been cafe’d out… almost. Everything is there except the bars. I know, I know, the bars are more comfortable than clip-ons or clubmans. But they just don’t work with the rear-sets. And having your feet behind you doesn’t work so well if your hands are up high.
However, if you want a BMW cafe racer, this is a perfect bike for you to finish up by selecting your perfect set of bars or clip-ons that fit you perfectly. The price is relatively low at $1,800 with 2 days left and a fair number of bidders. I expect it will close higher, but not sure how much. It’s a clean bike with most of the cafe mods done already…
I’m not going to write a lot about this bike. I’ve got a cut-and-paste from the listing of some of the things done to this bike, and there are a few more pics in the listing if you want to check them out. Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!!!
There are 4 days left in the auction, and the price is currently at $3,950. The seller seems honest, and has good feedback. This is a sweet looking bike that should really be a runner, too.
From the listing…
The engine has been completely rebuilt. It has an 850 big bore kit in it with a real nice street cam in it. The head have new valves, guides, springs, & keepers. The lower half has been rebuilt with new heavy duty chains & all new factory bearings & seals. The bike runs great & pulls really hard for an old girl !!!
The tank is a new fiberglass Dunstall style & has been coated with KBS tank coating for years of use with todays fuel additives. The tail is fiberglass & is completely rubber mounted! (no cracking or un-wanted vibration on this bike.)
The wheels are 18” alum high shouldered laced with stainless spokes & Mich tires.
The forks are completely rebuilt with new Progressive springs, new seals & oil.
The exhaust sounds great, it is a perfect blend of low rpm quiet with high rpm scream.
The bike has been professionally painted using only the highest quality materials. The pics do not do justice to the clarity of this paint job.
I neglected to post this bike over the last couple of days, and there are only 4 hours left in the auction, but anyways…
This CB160 has been nicely modified to within an inch of its life from a cosmetic standpoint. I especially like the ultra-shorty seat, which is definitely a bit different from the norm. Overall, with the clubman bars, seat, modified front brake, and paint, it is a very beautiful bike. I’m not a huge fan of the windscreen or number plates, but either could be kept or removed depending on the buyer’s personal preference.
Given the price ($7K+ Buy-It-Now, $3,200 current bid but reserve not met), you might expect the mechanicals to be fully modded or upgraded. But by far, most of the parts on this bike are stock Honda pieces. The forks come from the CL160 Scrambler, and that is about the most modified part. The motor was somewhat taken apart, but mostly to check for wear and tear. I will give the seller full kudos for honesty with regards to the detailed description of this motorcycle and all of the things that have been done to it.
Props to the owner/seller of this bike for building a beautiful classic motorcycle. Is it a full-on cafe racer? No. Is it beautiful? Yes, and I already stated my opinion.
This brings me to another point. Lately I have received a bit of criticism for having opinions about what makes a cafe racer a cafe racer. Does it have clip-ons or clubmans? Is there a cafe seat on the bike? Are there rear-sets or the standard dangly bits hanging off the side of the bike? To reiterate what I have already written, my blog is opinion only. I comment on what I see and read when I find cafe racers. Do I like them all? No. Do I say what I honestly believe? Yes. All I know is that I love cafe racers and will continue to find them and write about them…
Which brings me to this bike. Is it a cafe racer? Well, the seller says so. It is certainly a classic British bike, but it is missing some of the key aesthetic features that create the cafe look. It has high-ish bars, and standard footpegs. And it has white wall tires. That’s something I’ve never seen on a cafe bike. All that being said, it is a beautiful bike that either you could keep as is and enjoy, or you could stick some lower bars on it and “cafe” it. Whatever you think, this is a nicely put-together bike.
And now for something completely different. With its first appearance now occurring on the “I Love Cafe Racers!!!” blog, let me introduce the somewhat funky GS1100E cafe racer. This is a really neat bike that takes a more modern big-bore zook and inserts a couple of cafe-type styling cues with very interesting results.
First up, the spoked wheels. I think they look very cool and unique. There are no sizes listed in the seller’s description, but from the fourth photo down, it looks like a 3″ x 18″ rim. I’m going to hazard a guess that the front is probably a 2.15″ rim in either a 19″ or 18″ diameter. Check out the photos to make your own guess.
While it doesn’t have clip-ons or clubman bars, it does have drag bars which get this bike most of the way there in terms of looks (and I would guess handling/bike-feel). Performance wise, there have been a few things done to this bike that should make it scream (listed below). Currently there are zero bidders and the starting price is shown as $2,650. If no one bids soon (there are 3 days left in the auction), I suspect the seller will lower the starting price to generate interest.
Vance & Hines welded/trued crank
Mikuni 33mm smoothbore carbs
V&H high flow oil pump
Kerker FULL exhaust
APE clutch basket
V&H timing chain
K&N filter pods
Lockhart oil cooler with braided SS lines and Russell fittings
low miles on Pirelli Sport Demon tires & o-ring chain
recent fork seals
Here’s a beautiful cafe racer that is the real deal. This full on Triton build is at auction on eBay with a current price of $6K with about 3 days left. I expect this bike to close much higher than the current price. According to the seller, it is a ground up rebuild with almost all new parts. It is missing the battery tray, so factor that in if you want this bike. Overall, a very beautiful motorcycle.
Here’s a nice home-brewed cafe racer up for auction on eBay that includes some nice upgrades. The best upgrade as far as I’m concerned is the 605cc big-bore kit. While this isn’t the shiniest, prettiest cafe racer on the road, chances are it will surprise just about any trailer queen it finds on the road. Some of the other mods done to this bike are hyrbridized tank and guages from a couple of different period correct Honda twins, bobbed front and rear fenders, and an electronic ignition.
While bidding is low on this bike right now (about $450), reserve hasn’t been met and the Buy-It-Now is $3K, so I would suspect that the reserve is pretty close to the BIN price. Because of the not-so-perfect aesthetics, it may or may not hit reserve. But with a little bit of cosmetic work, this bike could be a screamer and an eye-catching Sunday morning ride.
I know that I just posted another T100 that has gone through a cafe conversion, but I found this one and I really, really like it. While the lack of clubman bars or clip-ons is somewhat disconcerting, I buy the seller/builder’s explanation that these Norman Hyde M-bars are just plain more comfortable. And given the decent spec of the rest of the kit on the bike, I think we can forgive him that. And the overall look of the bike is just smokin’!
Some of the cool stuff on the bike includes the upgraded front and rear suspension, the horsepower upgrades (carbs and pipes specifically), and the overall low key cosmetic changes (seat, bars, and rear-sets). You can check out the listing for more details.
Currently, the auction is around $3,500 with just under 6 days left. This is an extremely well built bike with some top quality kit that will make the winner of the auction very happy. I think I will have to post a follow up after the close of the auction to see where it ends up…
I like street fighters. To me, these are the modern cafe racer. I know they aren’t as popular here in the states as they are in Europe, but that was true with cafe racers as well. So why did I post this slightly ratty street fighter? I think this quote from the Robert Rodriguez movie “Planet Terror” explains why:
“I’ve seen me a lot of weird shit in my day, but I ain’t never seen a one-legged stripper. I seen me a stripper with one breast. And I seen me a stripper with twelve toes. I’ve even seen me a stripper with no brains at all, but I ain’t never seen a one-legged stripper. And I’ve been to Morocco.”
I’ve seen fur covered bikes. I’ve seen carpet covered bikes. I’ve seen astroturf covered bikes. But I ain’t never seen a alligator-hide covered bike. And I’ve been to Sturgis.
Sorry for the break from the blog, but I was busy. What can I say?
Up for auction right now on eBay is this really clean, pretty-but-not-truly-restored, Le Mans 850. It has almost 40K miles on it, but the odometer reads only 14K. The suspension is upgraded, and the engine has some upgraded electronics, so it should be a great ride once the carbs are gone through. Cosmetically, I like the bike overall, but I’m not a fan of Corbin seats (looks or sitting on them). The seller admits the bikes current issues and shortcomings in the listing, so if you are interested, click through and check them out.
There are 4 days left in the auction, with one bidder and the price currently at $5K. This seems like a decent bike that could use a good home, but the price seems like it might be a bit on the high side.
(From the seller’s listing)
- Body work repainted to original design pattern
- Stainless fasteners
- Stainless braided brake lines thru out
- Dyna III electronic ignition and dyna coils
- 38mm Marzocchi strada front end, make the bike very stable at high speed
- NOS Marzocchi rear shocks (wow!)
- Agostini rear sets
- Corbin seat is very comfortable on long rides
- BUB exhaust system
- ‘Square’ type front brake reservoir and lever makes it stop like a modern bike