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Harley-Davidson Dyna Cafe Racer (built by Swede Built)

It’s always interesting to see a bike like this, where the builder takes something that is going to have a tough time becoming a cafe racer, and they make it into their vision of a cafe racer. This is a nice, clean build, that’s for sure. But is it a cafe racer? Hard to say. It is certainly pretty cool for a Harley big twin. But I think at the end of the day, it is just too big (read too long a wheel base) to ever have cafe racer proportions.

Currently up on eBay with 6 days left, there are zero bidders and the opening bid has been set at $14K. The listing has several more pictures and a description of some of the parts. Click through if you are interested…


1966 Bultaco Racebike (Cafe Racer Potential)

Up for auction right now on eBay is this supposedly ex-AHRMA race bike that would make a nice street bike if you could get it titled/registered. Plus add a bunch of street stuff to get it through inspection at the DMV. Plus it looks like the footpegs need some work (it’s hard to tell if they’re even there in the photos). Also, please examine photo #4 for yourself. It is hard to tell what’s up with that. Somebody’s been playing with Photoshop too much me thinks. Some kind of weird filter ran over the photo to make it look all artsy. Anyways, nothing really left from the eBay listing other than what I’ve already posted here (word for word below plus all 4 photos). If you are interested it is at $1,500 with 5 bidders and 2 days left…

“”Hi, I’m selling this motorcycle for my brother who’s stationed in Iraq, he used to race it on weekends and tour on bike shows nation wide, this is the description he gives of the bike…

“This is a Bultaco 250cc road racer. The round barrel makes it legal for AHRMA 250 and 350 GP classes among others. The bike was originally a Bultaco Alpina. The motor runs well and the clutch and transmission work great. The motor is stock along with the original Amal 29mm. carb. The body work is a Metralla tank and the seat is of a MV Agusta race seat. The front hub is a Holly 305 Superhawk with an added air scoop for brake cooling. Rims are 18” alloy Akronts. Bike has Betor suspension. The clip-ons are Magura along with the throttle. The bike has been garage kept and is in overall good condition, with few scratches and normal wear and tear. With some new tires and a good “shakedown” it would once again be ready to be a great vintage racer. I do not have a title for it but one can be obtained from if needed”


1979 Honda Goldwing Cafe Racer

There’s a first time for anything, and this is the inaugural posting of a Goldwing cafe racer on the “I Love Cafe Racers!!!” site. I found it on eBay, and it is currently listed at $900 with zero bids.

I am going to admit that I actually like this bike in an odd sort of way. It is maybe more of a street fighter than a true cafe racer, but it is still cool. The dual exhaust really shows off the sound of the boxer engine, and the video of the burnout shows why you shouldn’t do that on a shaft drive bike. I can’t imagine it handles particularly well, but that isn’t really the point.

It’s a Goldwing. And a cafe racer/street fighter. And the tank cover is done up in a snakeskin motif. Click through for more pics and the link to the video…


1957 Norton Featherbed Project Bike

I’m going to admit something to you. The older the bike the less I know about it. Something about a law of inverse knowledge. For every year the bike is older than I am, I know something less about it. There you go.

Up for auction on eBay as we speak (write) is this Norton Featherbed motorcycle. Would it make a good cafe racer? Absolutely. Is it ready to be ridden to the Rock Store or Alice’s right now? Absolutely not.

Please, only bid on this bike if you are sure that you have the gumption and where-with-all to stick with a fairly major project compared to the rest of the potential project bikes I usually post here. Too much for me, but maybe just right for you. Have at it…


1976 Yamaha RD400 Cafe Racer

And now back to actual cafe racers…

Up on eBay with about 2 days left is the 1976 Yamaha RD400 that has been nicely styled as a cafe racer with the addition of clubman bars, a fiberglass seat bonded to the original seat pan, and rear-sets from an R6. On the performance front, the seller claims the entire motor and transmission have been gone through, there’s been some mild porting, he has DG pipes on the bike, and it has a steering damper for landing the all to common wheelies I’m sure this bike is capable of hoisting. All in all a beautiful build-up of a cafe racer, although I’m sure I’ll get at least one comment about there being too much red on the bike… /:-\

Unlike the last listing, this seller has an extremely good feedback rating. I would say you could bid with confidence on this bike…


It’s comedy week (or is that weak?) on eBay…

Up for auction on eBay right now is this listing. I am not sure if I am supposed to take this as a serious listing, or just some scammer with a good sense of humor. I am posting the exact text from the listing plus a photo. Gotta love that zero feedback score! See what you think…


“Hi Folks,

This is a Honda 600 F3 I am listing for a friend of mine. This is a cafe style sport bike that is a twin cylinder mated to a five speed transmission. I have riden the bike and verified the working condition. This bike is DANGEROUSLY FAST.

This bike should go to someone who is an experienced only rider and not someone with little to moderate riding skills. I will post some video of the bike running so you can listen to this little powerhouse.

Ask all questions before bidding. Thanks.”

Meet the seller
Seller: brewhaahaa( 0 )
Member: since Dec-15-08 in United States


1979 Honda CM400A Cafe Racer (No, really…)

Say you don’t like shifting. And you still want to ride a motorcycle.

Say that your only pair of pants are made out of pleather. And that pleather has been treated with teflon.

And you really like cafe racers, you teflon-coated, pleather-wearing, automatic-loving motorcyclist.

Here’s your bike. It’s a 1979 Hondamatic (CM400A if you want to be exact). Not only that, but somebody has actually taken the time to convert this fine piece of motorcycling history into a cafe racer, complete with fiberglass seat and drag bars. The added bonus is the duct-tape seat pad, guaranteed to keep you adhered to the motorcycle if cornering at insane lean angles or wheeling past your favorite bar at which you like wearing your teflon-coated pleather pants. More power to you! Or less in the case of this motorcycle…

Click through for more details and photos…

Rear view okay, except for the rust stains on the exhaust tips...

Rear view okay, except for the rust stains on the exhaust tips...

Five to ten foot view? Ouch! That seat's gonna rip up your pleather pants!

Five to ten foot view? Ouch! That seat's gonna rip up your pleather pants!

1967 BSA B44 Shooting Star Cafe Racer

Here’s a nice BSA currently up on eBay with about 2 days left. Unrestored and very cool looking, this bike is currently at around $1K. It has the original black with yellow license plate so you can pretend you really are back in the ’60s bombing down the PCH north of Los Angeles. I wonder if this bike will reach the ton…

BTW, the seller of the bike has it listed as a B441, not a B44. Does anyone know the difference? Everything I’ve found only refers to a B44.


1972 Yamaha DS7 Cafe Racer

A few months ago, I posted a non-converted DS7. This is almost its perfect doppleganger, minus the clubman bars and the ratty seat foam. These bikes seem like a perfect alternative to the ubiquitous R5 or RD. They are beautiful motorcycles that look great with the simple addition of clip-ons or clubman bars. Period correct, and that great cafe styling. This one has supposedly had a stripped-to-the-frame restoration/rebuild, but no photos to back it up. Click through for more photos and description…


Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

It’s been a while since I posted anything with a candy-flake paint job, but here we go. One 1974 Honda CB750 done up as a thoroughly retro cafe racer. Easy Rider meets Quadrophenia.

While the bike is cleanly built, it is probably the paint that stands out as the nicest single thing about the bike. Love it or hate it, it is well done. It is obvious that the builder put time and effort into getting this bike done, but there aren’t really any high-zoot parts bolted on other than the nice gas tank. Overall, a good effort…