Archive for the ‘Projects’ Category

Another Not-Quite-Complete Cafe Racer Build (1973 Honda CB750)

I think this bike is from the same seller as the one I posted yesterday. It is a really clean build of a Honda CB750 being advertised as a cafe racer. But we all know better right? Just a cafe racer seat does not make a bike a cafe racer. As with the CB750 from yesterday, add bars and rearsets to this bike, and you would have an instant conversion. The seller/builder has already added a nice Giuliari-style seat, so this shouldn’t be too difficult.

Other features of the build include a long list of new and/or updated parts including Dyna ignition, Barnett clutch, Yoshimura header, and lots of other stuff. There are many pictures in the listing if you are interested, but the bidding isn’t particularly active right now with only 1 bid at the starting price of $2,500 and a Buy-It-Now of $4,500. There’s about a day and a half left in the auction. Good luck to you if you win this bike. Send us some pictures if you convert it fully…

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1975 Honda CB750 (Good, Cheap Project Starting Point)

I found this somewhat beat-upon CB750 on eBay and was noticing that although it would make a great start for a cafe racer build, the seller won’t ship. So, if you live within driving distance of St. Louis, MO, then read on…

The bike is quite ratty on the surface, but some of the important bits are not too bad. First off, seller claims clear title. Second, low miles at 12K. Third, mufflers with baffles are stock. Fourth, motor turns over. Fifth, tank is clean. (All of which are seller claims)

Only bad news is a stuck throttle and rust. The price is right with a low starting point, although there are still 6 days left and already the bike has bidding activity. The seller has 100% positive feedback score (apparently he sells used bats from MLB games), so it appears to be a pretty safe purchase. Good luck to anyone who bids!

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Parts for RC181 Build-Up?

Mike posted a question about where to find parts to build up a replica CR181 such as the one shown just below that I found on The World Of Motorcycles website. Below that I posted some Airtech parts that would fairly well create a Mike Hailwood GP replica. As for seats, they are available on eBay, at Airtech, or from any one of a number of cafe racer parts companies.

I honestly think that it is going to be tough to create an exact replica without spending a large amount of money to recreate parts to fit whatever bike Mike ends up selecting as the starting point for this project. However, he should be able to recreate a RC181 vibe without too much trouble…


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Norton Featherbed Cafe Racer (Not Quite Complete)

Up on eBay right now is this Norton Featherbed cafe racer. Or should I say partially completed cafe racer. Most of the major bits are there, but a few things are missing. First, the seller does not have carbs installed, but has a set of Amal 930 carbs that will be thrown in for an extra $200. And then you will need to find some kind mufflers to put on there. The motor is a 1969 Atlas 750 that has supposedly been modded, and the Featherbed frame is a 1962 600SS.

If you can live with the caveats listed here and in the seller’s listing, this might be a great bike that will really turn heads once it is completed. Just go into the purchase with eyes open expecting to have to do a bit of work. Bidding is currently at about $3K with just over 4 days left…

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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. 😉
Tom

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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…

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810 Big Bore Kit for SOHC CB750 (Used)

Being auctioned on eBay right now is the big bore kit for the SOHC CB750. It’s an 810cc kit with new rings, and the seller claims the pistons and pins are in good shape. It might be a nice way to wake up your cb750 cafe racer if the motor is getting a bit tired…

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1976 Honda CB550 Cafe Project

From the extraordinary cafe builder Steve “Carpy” Carpenter comes this “I’m clearin’ out the garage” project bike up for sale on eBay right now. It’s a 1976 Honda CB550 with a bikini fairing, aftermarket seat, and a need for a good home with a patient mechanic. Lots of parts are missing, but the price is right ($152 with 22 hours left in the auction). Maybe you have an extra set of carbs, a pipe, some brakes calipers, and miscellaneous other parts sitting around? Good. Then this is the bike for you…

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Cheap Motorcycle Project/Model

Usually, the bikes I post have an ending price in the four digit range. I know, I know. $1K is chump change to the readers of this blog. I insult you by even implying that something cheap(er) would be good. But maybe I am just thinking of myself, trying to get by in this recessionary world, but still wanting to have fun with motorcycles.

Be that as it may, I found this really nice project bike on eBay. It’s a Yamaha RD250LC in 1/15th scale, and it should take you a lot less time to complete than a 1/1 scale motorcycle project. The seller has good feedback, so it looks like it should be a safe transaction…


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2004 Triumph Thruxton 900 (Project bike hell…)

Sometimes when I’m surfing the web, a bike catches my eye at first glance, and I get really excited. Then I look closer, and that original excitement diminishes as I see the small problems, and then the larger problems, and then wonder why I wasted the time on the bike.

This eBay listing suckered me with the thought of a bike I love at a pretty great price. $2,900 and no bids yet! And I even read the first two lines of the copy:
“Up for sale is a 2004 Triumph Thruxton 900 with only 7593 miles.
Runs, and drives mint! Perfectly straight. One owner bike.”

Then I got to the pictures…

If you decide to buy this bike, please be aware that it has been crashed. Crashed such that it is no easy project to repair. A bent subframe, broken controls, trashed instruments, and broken fenders (plus miscellaneous other problems) are all going to contribute to a migraine the size of the factory in Hinckley while it was on fire.

I’d love to see if someone could make this a nice build for a minimum of dollars, but I suspect there is even more here than meets the eye. If interested, please look at EVERY photo and talk to the seller. And be very afraid…



Except for that rear fender/seat, it almost looks better from this side...

Except for that rear fender/seat, it almost looks better from this side...


Uh oh. Now we see the problem up close...

Uh oh. Now we see the problem up close...


Maybe a torch and some straightening before trying to put a cafe racer seat on here...

Maybe a torch and some straightening before trying to put a cafe racer seat on here...


Only 7,593.5 miles on the clock!!! /:-\

Only 7,593.5 miles on the clock!!! /:-\


Nice CB350T Race Bike

Here’s a nice AHRMA race bike being built by the folks at OhioCafeRacers.com and posted in the forums at CafeRacer.net. I like all the detail work that has gone into the build. I especially find the hand-built front fender pretty sweet!

They have also built a nice street version of this bike, as well. I’ll post that one soon…

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