Archive for October, 2009|Monthly archive page

A Couple Of eBay Relists…

I noticed these two relists on eBay this morning, and I wonder if they will sell this time around. I am kind of surprised that the Honda has 20 bids thus far (but still not meeting reserve), whilst the XS650 has zero bids. I get that the Yamaha needs a small amount of completion work, but still…

Yamaha XS650 1981 Cafe Racer 01


honda cb750 1974 brit cafe 01

1963 BSA B40 Project Bike


BSA B40 1963 011

Here’s a nice little project bike that is already generating some interest in bids. It’s a 1963 BSA B40 that has been outfitted with a B44 motor. It is in need of finishing (hence Project Bike in the title of the post), but appears to be a relatively easy bike to complete. The seller claims the engine is running with all wiring in place, but I would ask questions before buying this bike.

Luckily, you have lots of time to ask questions as there are still over 6 days left in the auction. The price has already gone above $400 from a starting price $1, although reserve has not been met. And there are three people bidding so far. Perhaps this little beezer will generate a fair bit of interest…

BSA B40 1963 011
BSA B40 1963 012
BSA B40 1963 013
BSA B40 1963 014
BSA B40 1963 015
BSA B40 1963 016

1965 Norton Atlas 750 (Dunstall Dominator)

Wow! The auction closed at $11,601! How cool! See the comment below from a friend of the seller…

Norton Atlas 750 1965 Dunstall Rep 011

Mmmmmmmmmm…

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh…

Beautiful. Nothing much else to say. I might have missed some minor detail that’s out of place and someone will point it out. Don’t care. Here’s some specs and more pictures below. There’s more pics and the seller’s writeup if you are interested in learning more or trying to buy the bike. The auction’s at $8,200 with 2 days left and 17 bidders (reserve HAS been met)…

    The engine features the work of noted tuner Leo Goff including a balanced lower end, 10.1 pistons, Norris SS cam, and gas flowed head resulting in a very fast and smooth 750 Norton motor.
    Alloy Rims
    Steering Damper (Manx type)
    Multi Rate Valve Springs (S&W)
    Special Camshaft (Norris SS hotter than 2S Combat cam)
    Paired Monobloc 1 1/8″ Carbs
    Competition Manual Advance Magneto
    5 Gal Racing Tank
    Domiracer Seat
    The tach and speedo were restored by Nisongers.
    The magneto was rebuilt by Doug Wood.
    The only flaw is some acid stains on the left silencer from a vented battery (since replaced with a sealed unit).
    The bike is very strong and smooth and is ready to ride.


Norton Atlas 750 1965 Dunstall Rep 011
Norton Atlas 750 1965 Dunstall Rep 012
Norton Atlas 750 1965 Dunstall Rep 013
Norton Atlas 750 1965 Dunstall Rep 014
Norton Atlas 750 1965 Dunstall Rep 015
Norton Atlas 750 1965 Dunstall Rep 016
Norton Atlas 750 1965 Dunstall Rep 017Norton Atlas 750 1965 Dunstall Rep 018
Norton Atlas 750 1965 Dunstall Rep 019

1972 Suzuki Titan 500 Cafe Racer

I’m not quite sure what to make of this bike. The idea seems good in concept (fully-faired two-stroke cafe racer), but in looking this bike over I’m not sure that it has been executed fully. Stock, it’s a great bike that I would love to own and convert to a cafe. I just think I would keep it more traditional.

Gripe list – square headlight, stock taillight, cafe seat plopped on the rear fender.

Like list – full fairing, two-stroke 500cc engine, fairly reasonable price.

There are zero bidders right now, and the starting price is $2,750 with just over 2 days left in the auction…

Suzuki Titan 500 1972 Cafe Racer 011
Suzuki Titan 500 1972 Cafe Racer 012
Suzuki Titan 500 1972 Cafe Racer 013
Suzuki Titan 500 1972 Cafe Racer 014
Suzuki Titan 500 1972 Cafe Racer 015
Suzuki Titan 500 1972 Cafe Racer 016

1984 BMW R100 Cafe Racer

BMW’s have not been a regular part of this blog as a rule, mostly because not too many of them are converted into cafe racers. However, I’m going to say that this R100 (superbike bars and all) is one of the cleanest, most aesthetically pleasing bikes I’ve posted to date. To be truthful, if it weren’t for the cafe-style seat, this wouldn’t even really be close to a cafe racer.

I’ll get this out of the way first: the Napolean bar-end mirrors should be replaced with something else, or at least mounted under the bars. Other than that, the builder of this bike has really gone all out in creating a beautiful piece of art. Everything looks well done, and it shows as if it just rolled out of the dealer in 1984. And even though the “cafe” conversion is basically just a seat, I’m sure that this R100 would be a blast on a winding road while still being a very comfortable ride.

There’s lots of interest in the bike on eBay. Currently, the price is at $4,250 with 21 bids and over 2 days left in the auction. However, reserve hasn’t been met, and I can’t even guess what the seller might set it at for a bike like this. It will be interesting to see what price the auction ends at…

BMW R100 1984 Cafe Racer 011
BMW R100 1984 Cafe Racer 012
BMW R100 1984 Cafe Racer 013
BMW R100 1984 Cafe Racer 014
BMW R100 1984 Cafe Racer 015
BMW R100 1984 Cafe Racer 016
BMW R100 1984 Cafe Racer 017

1975 Honda CB400 Cafe Racer

This is one of the more modified cafe racers to come up on eBay in a long time. Whether you love or hate the seat, the rest of the bike is built to the hilt. The seller claims the bike “runs super strong”, and from the spec list we have no reason to doubt him. Check out some of the modifications…

    Yoshimura Racing 466cc pistons and rings
    A.P.E. Racing block and ported heads
    Race camshaft
    Titanium valve spring retainers
    Keihin 26mm smooth bore
    Dyna ignition
    Triple clamps from 1979 CBX
    35mm CB550F forks, clear powder coated, 10 wt oil, new seals
    Works Suspension front dual spring kit (#230XH)
    Daytona aluminum front fork brace
    B900F Koni shocks NOS, #7610, 14″ (+1.5″ of std)
    Dual CB550F rotors and calipers, trailing mounted (as opposed to stock forward mounted)
    Baker Precision stainless steel brake lines
    CBR900RR master cylinder and adjustable level
    stretched aluminum tank custom made in England
    Pro Flo 35mm clip-ons
    CBR900RR footpegs and linkages

So what’s the good? Lots of cool modifications that should make this one of the fastest CB400’s around. And what’s the bad? That seat. Oh yeah. The bike ain’t cheap, either. With about a day and a half left in the auction, there are no bidders and the starting price is $3,900. However, there is no reserve, so if there’s one bid, the bike will sell.

Honda CB400 1975 Cafe Racer 011
Honda CB400 1975 Cafe Racer 012
Honda CB400 1975 Cafe Racer 013
Honda CB400 1975 Cafe Racer 014
Honda CB400 1975 Cafe Racer 015

1971 Norton 750 Commando – Gus Kuhn

With about 21 hours left in this eBay auction, here’s a chance to own a classic Gus Kuhn Norton that is fully kitted out. It’s definitely not a show bike, and as the seller claims it starts easily and runs great this would probably be a great bike for Sunday morning runs up to Alice’s Restaurant. That being said, I’m sure this bike would attract a lot of attention if it was parked at any classic bike show.

Here’s a list of parts fitted to the bike

    Racing 850 Kit
    Updated AMAL MK2
    Tomaselli clip-on
    Morris mag wheels
    AP brake master cylinder
    Frame and motor number matching

While reserve hasn’t been met yet, I’d bet that there will be a few more bids before the auction ends. The price currently stands at $3,750 with 8 bids.

Norton 750 Commando Gus Kuhn Cafe Racer 011
Norton 750 Commando Gus Kuhn Cafe Racer 012
Norton 750 Commando Gus Kuhn Cafe Racer 013
Norton 750 Commando Gus Kuhn Cafe Racer 014
Norton 750 Commando Gus Kuhn Cafe Racer 015
Norton 750 Commando Gus Kuhn Cafe Racer 016

1970 Honda CB350 Cafe Racer

There isn’t much that needs to be said regarding this bike. It is just plain beautiful. This is pretty much the epitome of the small-bore Japanese cafe racer. There’s a ding on the tank, but the seller seems to be very honest about the bike. The price is only at $2K with 24 hours left in the auction, and reserve has been met. It might be a good chance to get a well done cafe racer for a reasonable price…

Honda CB350 1970 CR 011
Honda CB350 1970 CR 012
Honda CB350 1970 CR 013
Honda CB350 1970 CR 014
Honda CB350 1970 CR 015
Honda CB350 1970 CR 016

1981 Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer

Here’s a very cool and very built 1981 Yamaha XS650 cafe racer. It’s actually a 750cc due to the big bore pistons that have apparently been dropped into it. Other cool features are the 17″ motard rims wrapped with sticky Michelins. Definitely a little bit different than your usual 18″ wheels. The front brake setup is a mixture of GSXR master cylinder, Ducati 900SS rotor, and old school caliper. Overall, this is a really cool build that mixes old with new and appears to be one stonkin’ cafe racer…

It’s on eBay with 12 hours left, zero bidders, and a starting bid price of $4,500.

Yamaha XS650 1981 Cafe Racer 021
Yamaha XS650 1981 Cafe Racer 023
Yamaha XS650 1981 Cafe Racer 025
Yamaha XS650 1981 Cafe Racer 026

1978 Suzuki GS1000 Cafe Racer

Do you know the K.I.S.S. acronym? “Keep it simple.” This bike ignored that dictum. For you Suzuki fans out there, this bike has potential as more of a street drag bike given its lowered stance. But as a cafe racer, I think that it moves away from balanced function/form that we see in the most successfully built bikes, and enters into the realm of bikes where stuff was done to it just to do it. My only comment on this bike would be to lose the brown stripe on the seat. That sucker is going to wear off quickly…

If this big GS floats your boat, there are only 10 hours left in the auction, and the bidding is currently at $635. Quite a deal if you want a big bore bike from the 1970s.

Suzuki GS1000 1978 Cafe Racer 01
Suzuki GS1000 1978 Cafe Racer 02
Suzuki GS1000 1978 Cafe Racer 03
Suzuki GS1000 1978 Cafe Racer 04
Suzuki GS1000 1978 Cafe Racer 05