Archive for the ‘1979’ Tag

1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special 2-Fer

This is a kind of interesting auction. While neither bike is a specifically a built cafe racer, a guy in Ohio is auctioning off this pair of RD400 Daytona Specials. The one that’s a runner appears to be in good shape with a number of new parts, while the fixer/parts-bike has a bunch of included parts that need to be installed (or it needs to be parted out). It seems to me that a good end for this auction would be if the winner rode the bike that’s running, and converted the rough fixer into a cafe. And then they sent some pics to the blog. 🙂

There are 4 days left in the auction, but nobody has started bidding yet. The opening bid will need to be $3K, but it is a no-reserve auction…

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1979 Honda CB750 DOHC Cafe Racer

Up for auction on eBay is this nicely done CB750 cafe racer. It’s got a couple of fairly unique features that I really like: the seat and the taillights. If you could throw a rock and hit a cafe racer (not an easy task in most places, although their popularity does seem to be on the uptick), it would most likely have your standard humped cafe racer style seat. This bike has a non-standard looking seat that certainly gives the look of a cafe racer, but doesn’t do it in the standard way. And then it’s got the dual taillights that are vaguely styled after VFR1000 units from the mid-eighties but have the nice chrome rings added. The tank, which appears to be a stock DOHC CB750 tank, has been modified with knee indents and a great paint job. Rearsets are provided by a modern CBR. All in all, a great cafe conversion of a DOHC CB750.

What’s not to like? Not much. A simple readjustment of the bars. And a fix of the jetting and valve-cover gasket oil leak. The seller seems to be honest with his assessments of the negative points, but the listing doesn’t really have too much detail in it. There’s a few more pictures in the listing, but not much else. Good luck if you bid for this neat bike!

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1979 Honda Goldwing Cafe Racer

There’s a first time for anything, and this is the inaugural posting of a Goldwing cafe racer on the “I Love Cafe Racers!!!” site. I found it on eBay, and it is currently listed at $900 with zero bids.

I am going to admit that I actually like this bike in an odd sort of way. It is maybe more of a street fighter than a true cafe racer, but it is still cool. The dual exhaust really shows off the sound of the boxer engine, and the video of the burnout shows why you shouldn’t do that on a shaft drive bike. I can’t imagine it handles particularly well, but that isn’t really the point.

It’s a Goldwing. And a cafe racer/street fighter. And the tank cover is done up in a snakeskin motif. Click through for more pics and the link to the video…


1979 Honda CM400A Cafe Racer (No, really…)

Say you don’t like shifting. And you still want to ride a motorcycle.

Say that your only pair of pants are made out of pleather. And that pleather has been treated with teflon.

And you really like cafe racers, you teflon-coated, pleather-wearing, automatic-loving motorcyclist.

Here’s your bike. It’s a 1979 Hondamatic (CM400A if you want to be exact). Not only that, but somebody has actually taken the time to convert this fine piece of motorcycling history into a cafe racer, complete with fiberglass seat and drag bars. The added bonus is the duct-tape seat pad, guaranteed to keep you adhered to the motorcycle if cornering at insane lean angles or wheeling past your favorite bar at which you like wearing your teflon-coated pleather pants. More power to you! Or less in the case of this motorcycle…

Click through for more details and photos…

Rear view okay, except for the rust stains on the exhaust tips...

Rear view okay, except for the rust stains on the exhaust tips...

Five to ten foot view? Ouch! That seat's gonna rip up your pleather pants!

Five to ten foot view? Ouch! That seat's gonna rip up your pleather pants!