Archive for January, 2009|Monthly archive page

It’s moving week…

…so I will be going offline most of the time.

But the good news is that I will now have a 3 car garage! 🙂 Bring on the CB350T cafe project!!!

Honda CB360 Owned By Mert Lawwill?

Up for auction on eBay right now is a partial cafe conversion of a CB360T that was supposedly owned by Mert Lawwill. I would suspect that the bike would be worth more if it had been left stock, but whoever buys this bike will get (according to the seller) a title with Mert’s name on it.

I’m not sure if I like the upside-down superbike bars, but the bike looks okay, and has been lightened by removing the starter (it’s kick only, now). It will be interesting to see what it sells for versus some of the other bikes I have been posting…


How Much Was It Worth? (1978 HD XLCR)

On January 6th I posted the Harley-Davidson XLCR shown below. I believe I guesstimated a reserve between $8.5K and $9.5K. I was wrong. The auction ended at $10K on the nose and it hadn’t hit reserve. I think the days of getting a relatively clean XLCR for less than $10K are over. These awesome AMF Harleys (just over 3,100 produced) are getting the props they deserve…


1972 Triumph TR6 Cafe Racer

Up on the auction block is this 1972 Triumph TR6, with a totally rebuilt 650cc engine. While not of concours-winning quality, this looks like a bike that could be ridden fairly often while not suffering for it. And it’s got all the necessary cafe bits. Needs breaking-in though…


1978 Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

I’ve written about the Benjie’s Cafe Racer shop a couple of times before, so it’s nice to see a bike using BCR parts floating around on the web. This particular machine is up for auction on eBay.

The CB550 is quite a nice bike as is. But this has been built up to really look the part of a cafe racer. The BCR tank and seat are what really make this bike shine. It does need two things, though: move the bars to a better position (they appear to be mounted upside-down (do clubmans come flat or with a small amount of downward angle?) and then rotated upwards), and put some rear-sets on that thing. Then this would be a top-notch cafe racer…


2002 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Cafe Racer

As you may or may not know, I like Sportsters. I have 2005 883 myself, and have been converting it into a cafe racer for the last two years. Cafe conversions of the XL are fairly few and fair between relatively speaking, so when one comes up for sale on eBay, or I find one elsewhere, it tends to end up posted on the blog.

What we have here is a 2002 XL 1200. What does buying a 1200 and not an 883 get you? About 20 extra horsepower and dual front discs. While this bike has some nice mods done to it, it is far from complete. The clip-ons are there. The fender has been bobbed nicely. The bike has the black-out treatment on lots of the parts.

So what’s left?

It’s got to have a new exhaust. I don’t even want to think about how loud the stock head pipes run without mufflers must be. and it probably has moved the power band completely to the top end. I’m going to guess that the carb has been set up properly given that the bike has cams and head-work done to it. Oh yeah, did I mention how loud it probably is?

The wheels: stock Harley wheels are heavy! It needs something lighter. Sportsters can be made relatively light compared to their portly weight in stock form, but one of the most important weight-loss procedures is losing the factory boat-anchors. Plus, Sportsters with 18″ 40-spoke alloy rims built up on nice, stock alloy hubs look really sweet!

Three sets of foot pegs: it’s got three! Pick any two and get on with it. Rear-sets would be best, but lose the highway pegs if nothing else.

That’s it. I’m done complaining. This is a good build-up of a Sportster into an almost cafe racer. A couple of tweeks, and it would be done. And I bet it’s a lot faster than a lot of bikes out on the road…


1978 CB750 SOHC Project?

When you think about stinkin’ fast Japanese cafe racers, the CB750 certainly comes to mind as one of the easiest to create. Parts are readily available, the motors can be built up to good horsepower levels, and a fully modified CB750 cafe racer is the real deal.

I found this bike on eBay, and although it is a bit expensive at a starting price of $1,400, it appears to be rust free (it’s in California). If Comstar wheels are your thing, this one comes with them. And it has a non-vintage look exhaust that could probably be sold to help amortize the cost of the project. Lots of miles and a non-1978 tank, but pretty clean for all of that…


Ducati 350cc Cafe Racer Project

This bike is not far from being a pretty cool looking little cafe racer. I’m going to say that it is a pair of clip-ons away from being sweet! Nice project that is at a fairly low price with 4 days left in the auction…


1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR

Mostly for my friend Paul (because he really loves these bikes), here’s another XLCR up on the auction block. This one is a rider, not a 100pt restoration like that last one I posted. Overall, it appears very clean with the usual signs that it’s been ridden (motor is not perfectly painted, some bolts and metal parts appear to have a bit of corrosion, and the rear seat cowl has some kind of scuffing that could probably be buffed out). But for a bike that is 31 years old that has 11K miles, it is in pretty good shape. It does come with the manuals, lots of service records, and a dual rear seat.

Given it’s current state of shine, I’m going to guess that the reserve is $8,500 and $9,500. Good luck if you are bidding on this bike…


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

Originally, I posted HMWIW? at $8.7K. It wasn’t enough, I commented. Guess what? The bike has been relisted with a Buy-It-Now price of $16,999 o.b.o.

That’s what a reserve is for. I hope the original winner of the auction wasn’t too upset…