Archive for the ‘custom’ Tag
Beautiful. Nothing much else to say. I might have missed some minor detail that’s out of place and someone will point it out. Don’t care. Here’s some specs and more pictures below. There’s more pics and the seller’s writeup if you are interested in learning more or trying to buy the bike. The auction’s at $8,200 with 2 days left and 17 bidders (reserve HAS been met)…
The engine features the work of noted tuner Leo Goff including a balanced lower end, 10.1 pistons, Norris SS cam, and gas flowed head resulting in a very fast and smooth 750 Norton motor.
Steering Damper (Manx type)
Multi Rate Valve Springs (S&W)
Special Camshaft (Norris SS hotter than 2S Combat cam)
Paired Monobloc 1 1/8″ Carbs
Competition Manual Advance Magneto
5 Gal Racing Tank
The tach and speedo were restored by Nisongers.
The magneto was rebuilt by Doug Wood.
The only flaw is some acid stains on the left silencer from a vented battery (since replaced with a sealed unit).
The bike is very strong and smooth and is ready to ride.
I haven’t posted too many Buells in the blog, but with the assumed passing of Buell I felt like this beautiful street fighter certainly deserves to represent. And if we are lucky, Harley will find someone to sell the brand to, much like GM did with Hummer and SAAB.
I don’t really have much to say about the bike as the pictures speak for themselves. It is obvious that a lot of work went into creating this masterful example of the street fighter genre. My favorite thing about this bike is the paint, as the flat black paint with orange highlighting is a really nice execution of the traditional Harley colors while maintaining a distinct persona. The Forcewinder intake is cool looking, but isn’t the highest flowing of the aftermarket intakes for the Sportster/Buell motor.
There are exactly 2 days left in the auction, and the price is currently $1,925 with 2 bidders. Reserve hasn’t been met, so bidding will need to go higher before this bike sells. This is a beautiful bike that should make the buyer very, very happy…
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.
Here’s a beautiful bike (nice job! to the builder). It’s a 1968 Honda CB350 twin that has been crafted into quite the well-done cafe racer. And check out that seat! I admit to never having seen one like that before with the narrow front to match the frame rails, and then the wider back section. I would guess that with a rider on it, the shape becomes perfect. Overall, a nearly flawless buildup that doesn’t appear to be a trailer queen.
On to business. The seller’s feedback appears to be good, and the price is at $2,000 with 5 days left. Given that there are 4 bidders already, I would guess that this bike will go up in price before the auction closes. Buy-It-Now, which is set at $3,250, will disappear if the price gets close, so if you think that’s a valid price (I do), you might want to consider that option. Good luck to everyone who’s interested in this bike!
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…
Here’s a nice later model CB750 that has been converted into a cafe racer. While I know that the later DOHC models are not as sought after by those of us who love cafe racers, there are some very positive points to converting a bike like this, especially if you want a great ride-able bike. First off, you’ve potentially got about 10 more horsepower stock depending on whose dyno numbers you look at. This is a nice benefit, particularly because the bikes we’re talking about have the word “racer” in the name. Second, the larger forks should be good for a bit stiffer front-end (37mm vs. 35mm). Thirdly, dual discs as stock.
Yes, the later bikes got about 15 pounds heavier. But word from a friend of mine is that the bikes didn’t carry that weight particularly badly. In fact, his comment was that the later bikes actually handled much better than the earlier SOHC bikes.
This bike (currently being auctioned on eBay) has been somewhat lightly converted with the addition of clubman bars and a seat. The tank and foot controls are stock, but some nice custom work has been done with the paint and side covers. It also looks like the brake rotors have been drilled, but the pictures aren’t particularly detailed, so don’t hold me to that one. Current price is $2,500 with zero bidders and a little over one day left. And if you are really jonesing for this bike, the seller has a Buy-It-Now price of $4,500.
Here’s a really nice cafe racer that doesn’t have your standard black paint job. Ignoring the paint for a moment, the conversion of this bike to a cafe racer has been done with great care and all the correct bits are there. It’s got clip-ons, rearsets, a nice cafe seat, proper spoked wheels, and a nice 2-into-1 megaphone exhaust. All the proper bits have been powder or ceramic coated, and the engine has been gone through. All in all, one of the nicer cafe builds I’ve posted in a while.
As for the paint, that’s up to you. I really like it! I think it makes the bike stand out visually, and it certainly passes the 10 foot test (and probably the 1 foot test, as well). The great thing about this bike is that the builder didn’t choose either form or function. This bike has it all with the correct parts and a nice paint job.
It is currently up for auction on eBay with 35 hours left. The price is an unusually low $710 right now with 9 bids spread across 6 bidders. Reserve hasn’t been met, but I would expect this bike to close for a lot more than this given the amount of time left in the auction and the fine quality of the build.
Those of you who read the blog regularly might remember my recent post about the billions and billions of Honda motorcycles that seem to end up on the site. Yes, I am a whiner, it’s true. And then comes along this… I’ll call it a cafe racer. While maybe not a cafe racer in the classic sense of the word, this 1977 Kawasaki KZ750 definitely has many cafe styling cues. Maybe it is more of a Euro street fighter with clip-ons. Regardless, the seller has done some cool stuff to a bike that doesn’t see much love from the cafe crowd.
Here’s a list of the things the owner has done to the bike (I deleted many, many exclamation marks when I cut-and-pasted the list):
Dyna electronic ignition
Accel Super Coils and Plug Wires
Vance & Hines 4-1Exhaust
Fresh top end
Ness Batwing Mirrors
Italian Custom clip on handlebars
Rearset foot controls
New Tires Front and rear 16”
Drag Specialties tach (CR – check out where the builder put it!)
Custom wiring harness
Almost all powder coated, not painted
I have to give the guy credit. This is a unique bike with which the builder has followed a unique vision. I’ll leave you with this quote from the eBay listing: “This bike is fast and very eye catching. I guarantee no one else will have a bike like this one.” Huzzah, I say!!!
Every once in a while a bike like this comes up on eBay, and I always feel lucky to be able to post something like this. What a beautiful motorcycle!
Even though words can’t do justice to a bike like this, the seller has written about a thousand word essay about this bike in his eBay listing. Additionally, he is throwing in http://www.cb350f.com (the url) to the winner. That way you can have a trophy site to go with your trophy bike if you are the winner of this nicely built machine.