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1975 Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer

Up for auction on eBay is the really nicely done Yamaha XS650 cafe racer. Like the bike I posted earlier today, it has been nearly entirely converted with nothing really left off that detracts from its cafe-ness. And it has a cool paint job. The only thing potentially missing is a “cafe”-style gas tank, but I think the XS650 looks great with either the stock tank or aftermarket. This is a clean build that shows off the potential of the XS as a good starting point for a cafe racer.

There are 2 days left in the auction and the price is just over $1,500. Good luck!



1975 Honda CB360 Cafe Racer

Here’s a really nice cafe racer that doesn’t have your standard black paint job. Ignoring the paint for a moment, the conversion of this bike to a cafe racer has been done with great care and all the correct bits are there. It’s got clip-ons, rearsets, a nice cafe seat, proper spoked wheels, and a nice 2-into-1 megaphone exhaust. All the proper bits have been powder or ceramic coated, and the engine has been gone through. All in all, one of the nicer cafe builds I’ve posted in a while.

As for the paint, that’s up to you. I really like it! I think it makes the bike stand out visually, and it certainly passes the 10 foot test (and probably the 1 foot test, as well). The great thing about this bike is that the builder didn’t choose either form or function. This bike has it all with the correct parts and a nice paint job.

It is currently up for auction on eBay with 35 hours left. The price is an unusually low $710 right now with 9 bids spread across 6 bidders. Reserve hasn’t been met, but I would expect this bike to close for a lot more than this given the amount of time left in the auction and the fine quality of the build.


Raask Rearsets for 1970-1984 BMW Boxers

Got a BMW airhead you’re trying to modify into a cafe racer? Here’s just the ticket for getting your feet into the right position. Some used Raask rearsets have come up for auction on eBay, and they are ending soon. The controls are at $272 with 7 hours left, and they appear to be in good condition.

The seller claims these will fit the BMW R (Airhead) models from 1970-1984. I’m no expert on BMW bikes in general, but I did a little research and these should fit (at a minimum) the /5, /6, and /7 R series. The Raask website is really no help, but it does cut off the fitment at 1980. Perhaps the frames are similar up until 1984 and they’ll fit. If anyone knows for sure, chime in and let us know.