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1982 Suzuki GS1100E Cafe Racer

And now for something completely different. With its first appearance now occurring on the “I Love Cafe Racers!!!” blog, let me introduce the somewhat funky GS1100E cafe racer. This is a really neat bike that takes a more modern big-bore zook and inserts a couple of cafe-type styling cues with very interesting results.

First up, the spoked wheels. I think they look very cool and unique. There are no sizes listed in the seller’s description, but from the fourth photo down, it looks like a 3″ x 18″ rim. I’m going to hazard a guess that the front is probably a 2.15″ rim in either a 19″ or 18″ diameter. Check out the photos to make your own guess.

While it doesn’t have clip-ons or clubman bars, it does have drag bars which get this bike most of the way there in terms of looks (and I would guess handling/bike-feel). Performance wise, there have been a few things done to this bike that should make it scream (listed below). Currently there are zero bidders and the starting price is shown as $2,650. If no one bids soon (there are 3 days left in the auction), I suspect the seller will lower the starting price to generate interest.

    Vance & Hines welded/trued crank
    Mikuni 33mm smoothbore carbs
    V&H high flow oil pump
    Kerker FULL exhaust
    APE clutch basket
    V&H timing chain
    K&N filter pods
    Lockhart oil cooler with braided SS lines and Russell fittings
    Fork Brace
    low miles on Pirelli Sport Demon tires & o-ring chain
    recent fork seals


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Not Another XLCR!?!?!?

Alright, alright. I know that almost every XLCR is the same as the last. Black with almost no modifications (if any). What can I say? A friend of mine really likes these bikes, and for those of us who are trying to convert a Sporty to a cafe racer this is the original…

Addtionally, this XLCR currently being auctioned on eBay is very clean and low miles (just over 4K). The price pretty reasonable, but with four days left, the auction has risen over $8,000. Still a good price given past sales for these bikes. If my friend hadn’t just bought a classic beemer, I’d be rooting for him to buy this bike. Oh well…

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Interesting and Cheap Project Bike

Usually I seem to post complete bikes even if they haven’t been converted into complete cafe racers. Tonight I decided to mix it up a bit. I also really like the Suzuki two-strokes, so this one caught my eye. The truth of the matter is that I almost didn’t post it because I would like to bid on this bike, so maybe I should keep it on the down-low. But I’m waiting on a paycheck and have some other expenses. C’est la vie…

What we have here is a partially dismantled Suzuki GT550 that comes with a bunch of spares and other parts to complete the bike. No idea if it will easily run or not. The seller says compression is good and it shifts through the gears. That and $4 at Starbuck’s will buy you a fancy-ass cup of coffee.

That being said, this is probably a good candidate for a cafe build. The price is right. Most (if not all) of the parts are there to complete the bike. And did I mention that the price is right? Currently, there are zero bids, and the seller has set the starting price at $500. Given the selling price if this bike is restored or converted into a cafe racer, it could end up being a steal. There are almost 4 days left in the auction, and maybe I’ll be the first bidder on this motorcycle… 🙂

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1978 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Here’s a clean CB750 that has been converted into a cafe racer quite nicely. It’s got a new wiring harness and electronic ignition, which should increase the reliability, and new tires which means that the bike should be mostly turn-key for the new owner. Overall, a classic build-up with all the right parts.

There’s about two and a half days left in the auction and the price is currently at $1,625. The seller has set the Buy-It-Now at $2,650, which seems fairly reasonable for this bike. Good luck if you join the auction!

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1963 / 1978 Triton 750

Here’s a beautiful cafe racer that is the real deal. This full on Triton build is at auction on eBay with a current price of $6K with about 3 days left. I expect this bike to close much higher than the current price. According to the seller, it is a ground up rebuild with almost all new parts. It is missing the battery tray, so factor that in if you want this bike. Overall, a very beautiful motorcycle.

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1981 Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer

There are not a lot of photos of this XS650 being auctioned on eBay right now, so what you see is what you get. But the guy’s email address and phone is in the listing if you’re interested in finding out more before bidding/buying. The sum total info in the listing is as follows: “1981 XS 650 Yamaha cafe racer. Not sure of milage, but starts right up and runs great. New rear shocks. New club man handle bars, new bar-end mirrors.” There’s one bid of $1,500 with 2.5 days left.

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1975 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Here’s a nice 1975 Honda CB750 cafe racer out of the mid-west for sale on eBay. It’s really clean with the exception of some flaking paint that the seller is offering to repaint if the buyer likes the current paint job. On the other hand, the seller points out the low mileage on the bike and then goes on to say: “This bike would be the perfect bike to restore or just keep as is.” Most of the mods are cosmetic, but all in all this is a very beautiful cafe conversion.

There are just under 2 days in the auction and the price is currently $1,526 with reserve not met. Good luck, and ask to have the tank repainted if you win…

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Benjies Cafe Racer Update

It’s been a while since I posted anything out of the BCR shop, and lo-and-behold, there are some new parts and projects out of the shop. Check out the linked photos below to see a sampling of what he’s got going on…

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1974 Norton Commando 850 Cafe Racer

I thought I had posted this bike already, but apparently I hadn’t. There’s only a little over a day left in the auction, so I’m sorry for the late notice. It is a beautiful bike, though, so I’m glad I caught it…

This Commando 850 cafe racer appears to be a pretty clean bike. The paint appears to be in good condition, and the “engine has fresh service and valve adjustment, all new fluids, runs perfectly…………. easy start hot or cold” to quote the seller. No idea if that’s true or not. It’s got a bunch of new parts and upgrades including 18″ wheels and an electronic ignition. Overall, a really nice Norton.

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2002 Harley-Davidson Sportster Cafe Racer

When I saw this bike, I had a bit of déja vu. I have a 2005 Sporty, and in the process of getting it to where it is now, I had it looking very similar to this (a pic exists somewhere in the archives of the blog). The wrapped pipes, the drag bar, the suspension upgrade, the lack of upgrades. Although my bike is a rubber-mount versus this being a solid-mount engine, I can speak to what this seller is talking about.

The suspension upgrade makes the absolute biggest difference in making a Sportster fun to ride. With the nearly two inch longer shocks on this bike, and with the stiffer springs in front, the front pipe and foot pegs don’t grind nearly as early. Stock Sportsters have a bank angle of something like 32 degrees. With the suspension modified and with no heat shield on the front pipe, bank angle is a more appropriate ~40 degrees (estimate only, but it leans more like a sport bike than a cruiser).

Ergonomically, drag bars are okay, but clip-ons are even better. And Sportsters really need rear-sets to make it comfortable. Otherwise the rider ends up crouched over the tank with their feet tucked in front of them on the stock mid-mounts. I end up using my rear footpegs for everything except when I’m shifting or trailing the rear brake into a corner.

Because this is an earlier model Sportster (solid-mount motor), a cafe tank and seat are relatively easy to find versus the later model rubber-mount bikes. With that addition, this bike would really shine (although not with flat black paint).

My biggest dislike with this bike is the cobbled together exhaust. I know Harley riders tend to like their bikes loud, but this thing has got to be particularly ear-splitting. And the downward tilt of the rear pipe to avoid the rear axle and swingarm? I get it, but there are other solutions. I’ve got a set of V&H Shortshots on my bike that solved that problem for less than $300.

Overall, a good first step for a Sporty cafe conversion (especially the suspension). But to be complete, more is needed. Hopefully, the new owner after this eBay auction will finish the conversion and send some pics my way.

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