Archive for the ‘caferacer’ Tag

Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer

Here is a really clean build-up/restoration of a Yamaha XS650 into a cafe racer. So much about it is right, and just a few things need help (but they’re easy).

I think the overall look of the bike with the nice paint, fiberglass, and decals is really nice. It will stand out in a row of bikes at Alice’s Restaurant while not being over the top. That rear seat is particularly nice, and I like the way the CB500 tank looks on the bike. The red pin-striping/decals on the white bodywork is quite classy.

But here are two things that would change the bike radically on the cheap and easy: ditch the crazy square mirror, and get some clip-ons or clubmans. I know it is more comfortable to have the drag bars, but it is the one missing element for me. And the square mirror? Enough said…

This bike is only a little ways from my house, but finances dictate I stay away and concentrate on the SL350 cafe build-up I have coming up with my friend Paul at


Back On The Bike

So as I wrapped up my move from my old house to my new house, I needed to get my Sportster moved, too. Now I’ve been putting off an oil change for a bit because I’ve been so busy with moving, work, divorce, etc., that I hadn’t gotten around to it. There’s some funky noises coming from the lifters, but I’m hoping the oil change will help that out. So I haven’t ridden in several weeks…

But I said WTF. Instead of loading the bike in the truck, I hopped on it and rode over to the new place. It wasn’t quite like the feeling of riding a bike for the first time, but it was close. It was faceshield open to the warm night air. It was loud pipes roaring as I ran the bike up through the gears. It was the smell of burning oil and backfiring carburetor. It was a feeling of freedom as I leaned it over through the corners, accelerating from the apex straight out of this life and on to the next thing for me.

I guess I should do that oil change so that I can go back to riding every day…