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The results are in…

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a poll in a think entitled “What Makes A Cafe Racer A Cafe Racer?” Aside from the tongue-twister nature of the title, I was hoping to find out what everyone who reads the blog thinks is the key element of the cafe racer style. So, without further a do, here are the results…

Of the Grand Total of 17 votes, Seat and Clubman Bars tied with 6 votes each! That’s 35% each if you’re interested. Next we had Clip-Ons at 4 votes (24%), with fairing getting a single vote at 6%. I know, I know, the sample size is small, but if you combine Clubman Bars with Clip-Ons, you get 10 out of 17 votes for some form of handlebar. It appears that we have a winner of sorts. Now if only I can figure out how to get more people voting in the polls…


Seat 35% (6 votes)
Clip-Ons 24% (4 votes)
Clubman Bars 35% (6 votes)
Spoked Wheels 0% (0 votes)
Rear-Sets 0% (0 votes)
Fairing 6% (1 votes)
Exhaust 0% (0 votes)
Vintage-Look Tires 0% (0 votes)
Leather Rocker Jacket 0% (0 votes)
Specific Engine Configuration 0% (0 votes)
Other: 0% (0 votes)

1974 Rickman Honda CB750 Cafe Racer (Needs Work)

Here’s a pair of comments from the seller of the bike:

Hi I am the owner and advertizer of this Rickman and you are correct it will need alot of restoration but if you want more information i’d be happy to give it to you, From what i know is the bike was purchased from the original owner in 1982 and was raced at daytona by a man named edward hardee it was stored in 1986 and has remained in storage ever since. It has changed hands a few times and i ended up with it after my brother passed away. I was going to start restoration on it however i am planning to move to the Philippines for a few years while my wife studies there for her MD. The bike has some rust on the front tubes but looks like it can be removed the clip on’s will need to be re-chromed and the frame polished or re dipped to restore the nickle finish the borrani rims seem to be in good shape however the motor is siezed but a good canidate for a rebuild as it ran when stored and only has 12,847 miles on it. The bike has never been in a wreck but just unfortunetly uncared for but certainly worth bringing back to its former glory with time and patience. If you need more information or photo’s i’d be happy to send that to anyone thanks –

and btw if you mention you saw the ad here by ilovecaferacers, and you win the auction i will throw in a weekend at the kickstand lodge at the bottom on the tail of the dragon in stecoah NC.

and btw if you mention you saw the ad here by ilovecaferacers, and you win the auction i will throw in a weekend at the kickstand lodge at the bottom on the tail of the dragon in stecoah NC. 😉

End Comment…
Before you get too excited about this bike, please understand that it appears like it needs A LOT of work. Not a little. Not some. Not a fair to middlin’ amount of work. A LOT!!!

There are lots of vintage looking pieces on the bike, but the seller isn’t really providing much description. I think if you buy this machine you should have to expect to replace lots of the bits that actually make the bike start, run, and stop.

On the other hand, there are lots of nice (claimed) Rickman parts that, when the bike is done being restored, will get oohs and ahhs when you park the bike at The Rock Store, Alice’s Restaurant, somewhere along the Tail of the Dragon, or at your local bike night. There’s potential here, but it’s going to take some hard work to uncover it…


1973 Triumph Bonneville Cafe Racer

Up for auction on eBay right now is this Triumph Bonneville that has been converted into a somewhat soft cafe racer. It’s got what looks like the euro-bend of the superbike bars, and a somewhat cafe-styled seat. The top-end is supposedly all rebuilt with new pistons and rings, and it has a new Mikuni carbs. This is a nice bike that can either be kept in this fairly classic-looking state. Or with a bit more effort, it could be fully converted into a cafe racer.

There were no pictures of a full-view of the left side of the bike, but a bunch more pictures of other parts of the bike in the listing…