Archive for the ‘1972’ Tag

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…

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1972 Honda CB500 Cafe Racer

Here’s a decent CB500 that has been done up cafe-style in the home garage. It’s nothing fancy, and every part may not be to your taste, but it is reasonably priced for an early-’70s Honda four cylinder. I’m going to admit to being unsure about the CX500 tank with black gas cap. It is different than a stock tank, but I’m not sure that this is good in this case. Other than that, a decent conversion at a (currently) fair price. Three days left in the auction with 13 bidders and a current price of just over $1K.

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I’m crying on the inside… (1972 Honda CB350F)

“And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had…”

“Mad World” by Tears For Fears

(begin rant)
This bike is like one of those kids that Sally Struthers parades around on the television at 3am on a local channel showing reruns of “Perfect Strangers” for 4 hours straight. You feel very sorry for the child. You know they are probably very poor. And yet, you don’t call the toll-free number to donate less than a dollar a day to help feed, clothe, and school the cute tyke.

And now back to this motorcycle. Prima facie, a good find. A 1972 Honda CB350F for a reasonable B.I.N. of $400 on eBay. And then we look more closely at the photos. Dude! At least stand the bike up to take a picture. You could have even done that in the back of the truck. But hey, as the seller states, the throttle works. More power to you…
(end rant)

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1972 Honda CB175 Cafe Racer

For just a moment I need you to enter a zen place. Clear your mind of garish race decals and see for a moment a plain black cafe racer. One that is diminutive in stature, but built to a high level of spec and to be either raced or ridden on the street.

Okay, now take a look at the bike below…

What we have here is a 1972 Honda CB175 that has been cafe’d to within an inch of its life. The seller of this bike has built an AHRMA race-legal motorcycle but kept the lights and license plate. This little CB has just about everything you could want in a stylish cafe racer: clip-ons, seat, nice spoked wheels, rear-sets, custom exhaust, etc., etc., etc. And since you are still in your zen place, you have overlooked the race decals and seen through them to the beautiful motorcycle beneath…

There are 6 days left in the auction for this beautiful, small-bore cafe racer, and bidding is currently at $1,000 with a $3,500 Buy-It-Now…

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1972 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer (Dunstall parts?)

You remember that Wendy’s ad with the old lady? “Parts is parts!” I have found the modern equivalent of that ad translated into the world of cafe racers. I found this bike on eBay, and I’m not sure why it has a starting bid of $3,500. No photo actually shows a complete bike. I think the best photo is actually the one with the tree in it. I’m sure the sum of these parts might be worth $3.5K if the bike was completed, but given the varying states of completion in the photos, it is hard to tell what is the current state of the bike. I like the gas tank, but wonder what the fairing will look like on the bike.


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1972 Yamaha DS7 Cafe Racer

A few months ago, I posted a non-converted DS7. This is almost its perfect doppleganger, minus the clubman bars and the ratty seat foam. These bikes seem like a perfect alternative to the ubiquitous R5 or RD. They are beautiful motorcycles that look great with the simple addition of clip-ons or clubman bars. Period correct, and that great cafe styling. This one has supposedly had a stripped-to-the-frame restoration/rebuild, but no photos to back it up. Click through for more photos and description…


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1972 Triumph TR6 Cafe Racer

Up on the auction block is this 1972 Triumph TR6, with a totally rebuilt 650cc engine. While not of concours-winning quality, this looks like a bike that could be ridden fairly often while not suffering for it. And it’s got all the necessary cafe bits. Needs breaking-in though…


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1972 Triumph Tiger 650

For your perusal, a Triumph Tiger that would make either a great frame-up restoration, or the beginnings of a great cafe racer project. It is relatively clean with (claimed) numbers matching.

Since this is mostly a stock bike (that exhaust looks very JCW), there isn’t a lot to say about what has been done to it. Cosmetically, it is a clean starting point for anything that might be done to it. I look at it as kind of a blank slate; what you do with it is up to you…

(Click on the photos to go to eBay and see more pictures and the full description)

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