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1979 Yamaha XS650 Project Bike

I know this is not a cafe racer, but this XS650 could become whatever you want. Cafe Racer? Check. KR replica? check. Bobber? Check.

It appears to be a clean runner that would convert to cafe fairly easily. Obviously, that requires a bit more than just slappin’ clubman bars on it, but it should be a good starting point. There are 3-1/2 days left, and the opening bid will need to be $999 or greater. Good luck, and I hope to see a converted bike sometime in the future!

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1970 BSA Thunderbolt Cafe Racer (Kinda mix and match)

Props to the owner/seller of this bike for building a beautiful classic motorcycle. Is it a full-on cafe racer? No. Is it beautiful? Yes, and I already stated my opinion.

This brings me to another point. Lately I have received a bit of criticism for having opinions about what makes a cafe racer a cafe racer. Does it have clip-ons or clubmans? Is there a cafe seat on the bike? Are there rear-sets or the standard dangly bits hanging off the side of the bike? To reiterate what I have already written, my blog is opinion only. I comment on what I see and read when I find cafe racers. Do I like them all? No. Do I say what I honestly believe? Yes. All I know is that I love cafe racers and will continue to find them and write about them…

Which brings me to this bike. Is it a cafe racer? Well, the seller says so. It is certainly a classic British bike, but it is missing some of the key aesthetic features that create the cafe look. It has high-ish bars, and standard footpegs. And it has white wall tires. That’s something I’ve never seen on a cafe bike. All that being said, it is a beautiful bike that either you could keep as is and enjoy, or you could stick some lower bars on it and “cafe” it. Whatever you think, this is a nicely put-together bike.

There are about 15 hours left before the Buy-It-Now goes away, but the “make offer” might get you a better deal if you are interested.

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