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1978 Suzuki GS750 Cafe Racer

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I’ve been trying to be nice lately. Really. Haven’t you been able to tell? But I can hold back no longer…

There are three things wrong with this bike. I’ll take the flack if you disagree. First, the seller is unclear on whether or not the bike is a 1978 or a 1979. Maybe that doesn’t matter from a technical standpoint, but it does from a “seller knowing his sh!t” standpoint. Secondly, there is no paperwork to go along with the bike. That can make it difficult to register (especially here on the left coast). Thirdly, the seat. Do I need to spell it out? The TL1000R seat is just wrong. It was iffy on the actual TL1000R, and here it is just not right. The stock seat would be better. A pillow seat would be… well, not better, but not worse.

I get the fact that all of us trying to build cafe-styled bikes makes choices as we design the final look, but this feels more like someone who had an extra TL1000R seat sitting in the garage. That reminds me, I’ve got a TZ250 GP seat in my garage that I just might mount on the ’05 Sportster. I’ll post a pic if I do it. 🙂

5 days left in the auction, with 4 bidders, and the price at $510. Good luck if you are interested!!!

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1982 Moto Guzzi LeMans 3 Cafe Racer

Love or hate the lime green frame, this is a good example of a lightly-cafe’d Moto Guzzi. While not as modified as some of the LeMans cafe racers I’ve posted in the past, it has been nicely changed into something that would make a good daily rider while still giving off a healthy dose of style. Check out the eBay listing for details on the few mechanical specs the buyer should know. Additionally, please note that the seller is the same as the previous LeMans I just posted a little bit ago. Current price is $3,999 with 3 hours left and 0 bidders. 1989 called, and it wants it’s lime green frame back!

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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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1973 Suzuki T500

Up for auction on the newly revamped eBay Motors site is this beautiful 1973 Suzuki T500 that has been done up in mostly cafe racer style. There really isn’t that much that needs to be said about the bike as the pictures do most of the talking.

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2005 Triumph Bonneville T100 Cafe Racer

Here’s a fairly unique motorcycle due to the modifications it has received. According to the seller, it started its current life as a salvaged-titled 2005 Bonneville T100. However, it has undergone a lot of modifications which make it fairly unique for such a late-model Triumph.

First up and most obvious on the list of modifications are the polished alloy seat and tank. These are both very nice looking pieces that are supposedly from The Tank Shop in the UK. I personally think that the seat could have been made slightly shorter and the bike would look a bit better, but that’s personal opinion only.

Next up are those cool mufflers slung under the bike. From D&D, they supposedly help the bike achieve 58 WHP on the dyno with carb jetting being done as well.

Lastly, the suspension appears to have been gone through with the addition of a longer set of ultra cool shocks with reservoirs. The front end has been fully Race-Teched with the addition of springs and gold-valve emulators. Overall the bike is about 2 inches higher off the ground with better sorted suspension all around. I have done something similar to my own motorcycle, and it really makes a huge difference in the handling.

The long and the short of it is that this is a nicely built cafe racer that should handle the twisties nicely while providing a reliable ride what with it being built in 2005. If you can live with the fact it’s been salvage titled (and if you think you can get it registered in your state), consider bidding on this bike. The current price is $3K with 2 days left and four bidders…

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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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Airtech Parts – Tank modified to fit most CB models:

Why are they all Hondas?

I know, I know. This is something of a rhetorical question. But looking back through the posts over the last couple of months, most of the bikes I’ve written about have been from Honda. The CB750, CB550, CB350, and the CB350T have all been featured multiple times in various states of cafe build or disrepair.

I suppose it’s because so many Hondas were sold in the 1970s that they have become the ubiquitous cafe racer starting point in the United States. And so we have lots of aftermarket manufacturers supporting these bikes. Then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy…

I say bring on the other makes and models of bikes. Let’s see more Suzukis, Yamahas, and Kawasakis! Don’t keep that old Norton in your garage stock! And bring on the Beezers, Triumphs, and other older British marques! And while we’re at it, let’s build more Beemers and Ducks into classic cafe racers!

Sorry for the rant. It’s probably time for my meds…

Help With A Missing Child (NorCal/Central Valley)

If you live in the area between Fresno, Sacramento, and the Bay Area, please read this, and if you know anything at all, please help. My own daughter is 8 y.o., and I would hate to be in the position of this girl’s parents…


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…


Yo! The Motoworld Dot Com! Check This Out…

We need to go pick up this bike. Road trip! $250 dollars Buy It Now in Texas! Whadda you think? My car is just about out of warranty anyways. Drive straight through and back…

Lemme know.

And for the rest of y’all, please don’t bid on or buy this bike…