Archive for March 24th, 2009|Daily archive page

Pristine 1975 Yamaha XS650

As you may know, I often vacillate between wanting to keep older classic bikes in one piece, and saying to rip them to shreds in the quest to build great cafe racers. In this case, I am unsure which way to go…

What a clean restoration of an early XS650. And what a great platform for a cafe racer build! Go for it, I say! And build a beautiful bike! Think about the finished product. No rust. No dings. A fresh motor. Almost like building a cafe racer back in 1975. Sweet!!!

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1970 Honda CL450 Cafe Racer

Up for auction on eBay right now is this period correct Honda CL450 that seriously brings the funk! I love bikes with the Tracy bodywork, and have featured them before, but this one is really beautiful, and is not your standard CB750. The smallish Honda twins are a lot of fun, and provide great bang for the buck. The biggest issue with this bike is that the tank will need to be patched (it’s fiberglass), but that shouldn’t be a deal breaker. And the seller has already ordered a replacement windscreen for the one destroyed by bird strike (must have been a very small bird!!!)…


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Seats for 1978 Triumph?

Update: The links in the photos aren’t working for me right now. I will try to get them fixed ASAP…
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Rammona sent in the following question, and I have made an attempt to answer it. I didn’t find any specifically in Canada, but I found a few here in the states. If anyone has any other sources for good seats for her, please let us know…

“I am looking to buy a reasonably priced cafe seat for a 78 Triumph 550, do you have any idea in Canada where i can get one from that has the square back for the back light.
Thanks, Rammona”

A company called Hotwing Glass with a seat (non-square back) that you would have to do a different type of light mounting…


For non-oil-in-frame Triumphs...

For non-oil-in-frame Triumphs...


Air-Tech has generic seats that might fit the bill. Here’s a picture of one of them…


Generic cafe seat on eBay that has room for mounting a light on back…

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Another cafe seat on eBay – Described as possibly a Rickman…

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