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San Francisco Skyline As Seen From The San Mateo Bridge

San Francisco skyline as seen from the westbound San Mateo Bridge...

San Francisco skyline as seen from the westbound San Mateo Bridge... Photo by Jenna @ intoxicatedsoul.com, Editing by me

How Much Was It Worth? (Detroit Brothers Sportster Cafe Racer)

As pictured below, one Detroit Brothers Sportster Cafe Racer was up for sale. How much was it worth?
Scroll below the photo for the answer, or click through to eBay to find out the closing amount of the auction…

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Drum roll please!


$8,710!!!
Fair enough, but probably less than the guys at DBCC were hoping for. I would guess that there is a lot of sweat equity in this bike.

2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster Cafe Racer

I am really torn by bikes like this. Converting a Sportster into a cafe racer is kind of a daunting process. There aren’t a lot of sources for true cafe-styled parts for these bike (especially 2004+ rubber-mount bikes), and when you tell the parts guy at your local shop what you are doing, most likely he or she will give you a blank stare.

So if you do manage to find the parts, then you have to do a good job with the conversion. With this particular bike, it is certainly beautiful, and has a number of really nice parts attached to it: Storz rear-sets, nice race-style seat, beautiful H-D themed paint, and a great intake/exhaust combo. But a well-built cafe racer is more than a simple sum of its parts.

In this case, I am concerned that the bike looks lowered front and rear. For my personal Sportster cafe racer, I actually raised the bike 1″ in the front and 2″ in the rear to try for more ground clearance. And I don’t really want to be careening through corners while trying to maintain a grip on the shiny bits at the end of these drag bars. Cafe racers typically have a form-follows-function aesthetic, while this bike is trying to go both ways. Like Storz rear-sets on a lowered bike.

Now, if I could bolt my 15″ shocks to this bike, add my clip-ons, and put some stiff Race-Tech springs in the front end, this would be a great bike…


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1973 T140 Triumph Bonneville 750 Cafe Racer

While the opening bid price may be a bit shocking on this finely built Triumph Bonneville done up in the cafe style, it really is a nice looking motorcycle. I don’t know what it will end up closing at in 6 hours.

I’m going to let you check out the listing for the whole deal, as the owner does a good job in his write-up, but some of the highlights are…

    Re-bored cylinders
    Updated suspension – Progressive in front, Red Wing in back
    Nice Buchanan’s built wheels
    Braced swing-arm
    Most aluminum and stainless bits polished to within an inch of their lives
    Mikuni carbs
    Honest assessment of the minor issues with the bike

I know that I typically rail against “Cafe Racers” that don’t either have clubman bars or clip-ons, but in this case I am making an exception, as the overall look of this bike is so nice, that it doesn’t really matter. The bike is still going to be fun in the corners, and has such a classic look to it that the bars are hardly a deal breaker. Good luck if you are interested in this bike…


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