Archive for July 31st, 2008|Daily archive page

Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer Seat

Sorry for the sh!tty picture (it appears to be of a prototype). But the seat appears cool. I am getting more serious about finding a seat for my Sportster, as I am finding more and more examples of these types of cafe racer seats for sale. I think it might be time to try one out…

Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer Seat

A Book For You…

Here’s a book for you. Cafe Racers of the 1960s by Mick Walker. Maybe it can help you find inspiration for your project. Who knows…

I just ordered it. If I like it, maybe I’ll give it a review…

Cafe Racers of the 1960s
Amazon Cafe Racer Book

Ducati Mk III Cafe Project (in Australia)

I like this bike! I’m drooling right now and making a mess on the keyboard. 😀

I really have no interest in new Ducatis (not that I would turn down a 1098), but old ones really float my boat. I remember watching them when I used to race AHRMA, and thinking that I could make the leap to vintage racing on one of these or an older Diana. Or maybe a Metralla, but that is another story.

I do have to say that the bike is in Australia, which makes it a bit more challenging for a US buyer like myself. But the bike seems to be all there. And if the receipts for work are all in order, it is probably a great bike for the right person.

1970 Ducati Mk III 250cc

Back On The Bike (or The Return of the Death Rattle)

I commuted yesterday and today. On my bike. It’s been like two months since the last time I rode it any further than just across town. I had been worrying about the “death rattle” noise that has been emanating from the lower left side of the motor. I changed the oil on Monday night, then rode around town hoping that the noise had gone away with the fresh synthetic in the oil tank. The noise seemed less as I revved the hell out of it away from the stoplights.

Then I rode it to work. Oh boy. At steady states of cruise, the noise is back. With a vengeance, I might add. At around 65-70 mph, it sounds awful. At 75 mph, the noise lessens, and then at 80 mph it disappears, but then the bike sounds pained as it wheezes its way down the highway.

My next step is to change the transmission oil and check the primary drive chain. I hope it is something simple, as I really don’t have the time or money for a full tear-down and rebuild.

But even with the engine noise issue, I love being back on the bike. Regardless of the problem, I’m not going to stop riding it (unless it blows up). Way better than being trapped in a cage! 🙂

Cafe Racer Seat for Honda CB750

For your perusal, oh ye lovers of cafe racers (and CB750’s)…

One bolt on motorcycle seat in the cafe style for 1969-1976 Honda CB750’s. Made by Giuliari in Italy. Appears to be in great condition. This seems like a no-brainer add-on for anyone who wants to start their cafe conversion…

Honda CB750 Cafe Racer Seat - Bike Pic
Cafe Racer Seat Honda CB750

Clean and Well-Built H-D XLCR

Ahhh. A nice XLCR from Harley-Davidson with many good mods to the motor from the current owner. Maybe my bike will end up being a spiritual successor to the XLCR, but probably never as nice as this one. I like it when people build up bikes in a low-key way, such that it is more about function than form. And it certainly appears that the build was done in a meticulous manner. That would be a nice bike for a fast Sunday morning ride along Mines Rd.

1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR

Another Harley Cafe Racer… This one ridden by Evel Knievel?!?!?

Two Harleys in one day? What is the world coming to…

This one is a bit more customized than the one I posted earlier today. Lots of engine work. Paint. Suspension. So on and so forth. Cool XR piece of kit…

What makes this bike interesting is the Evel Knievel link. From the listing, it is unclear if he rode this during a show. If this has been jumped by the great Evel Knievel, then it is a pretty cool piece of history. I wish there was a photo of the signed helmet and article, too. But regardless, this is a very nice bike – cafe American style.