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1975 Honda CB360 Cafe Racer

Here’s a really nice cafe racer that doesn’t have your standard black paint job. Ignoring the paint for a moment, the conversion of this bike to a cafe racer has been done with great care and all the correct bits are there. It’s got clip-ons, rearsets, a nice cafe seat, proper spoked wheels, and a nice 2-into-1 megaphone exhaust. All the proper bits have been powder or ceramic coated, and the engine has been gone through. All in all, one of the nicer cafe builds I’ve posted in a while.

As for the paint, that’s up to you. I really like it! I think it makes the bike stand out visually, and it certainly passes the 10 foot test (and probably the 1 foot test, as well). The great thing about this bike is that the builder didn’t choose either form or function. This bike has it all with the correct parts and a nice paint job.

It is currently up for auction on eBay with 35 hours left. The price is an unusually low $710 right now with 9 bids spread across 6 bidders. Reserve hasn’t been met, but I would expect this bike to close for a lot more than this given the amount of time left in the auction and the fine quality of the build.

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Idea = Win / Execution = Fail

Here’s a bike into which somebody has put a fair amount of time and effort. It’s a 1975 Honda CL360 that has a Ninja 250 motor stuffed into it. Stuffed is probably the wrong word, as the motor itself appears to fit quite nicely in the frame. Stuffed might apply to a Ninja 500 or 650 motor stuffed into the frame. But I digress…

The idea seen here is kind of unique for the cafe racer scene. Stuff a quarter-liter late-model liquid-cooled engine in a fairly small bike, and then you’ll have a bike that screams like a banshee, but probably isn’t much (if any) faster than the original. In fact, the Ninja motor probably puts out less horsepower and torque than an in-tune CL/CB360/350 motor. But boy would this surprise anyone who happened to hear it scream by. The idea equals a potential win. And another plus: rear-sets!

The execution, however, is a fail. I think this is mainly driven by two things. First off, a simple driveway tip-over is going to crush the hell out of that radiator hung out over the side of the bike. Ouch. Secondly, the muffler. Aesthetics and ground clearance. Enough said…

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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…

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BMW R-Series Cafe Racer Seat

For your perusal, a fiberglass cafe racer seat for BMW R-Series models. The bikes pictured below are pretty sweet, an that is a good looking cafe seat on them. These bikes are generally as reliable as can be, and they build up into really nice cafe racers. The bikes can be bought for a reasonable sum, and there are lots of them still around.

The listing claims fitment for 1973-1984 R90/6 and R100/7 models, plus fitment to some other beemers, Hondas, and Yamahas that may require some fiberglass trimming. The price ($155 + $20 shipping) seems mostly reasonable compared to the other offerings out there, and the feedback for these seats has been good. If you have one of these seats on your bike, send me a pic and a description and I’ll post it!


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1976 Honda CB360

Maybe it’s that it is Sunday morning, but this is my second posting of a good project bike. In fact, this may even be better than the Triumph since it has a much friendlier price and already has clubman bars on it (motor issue notwithstanding). Since I am starting on a Honda SL350 cafe project, I like the sound of someone else taking this on and seeing where it ends up.

That engine problem sounds to me like either an electrical thing with intermittent spark or a flooded cylinder. Or too much oil in the cylinder. But what the hell do I know?!?

The best thing about these early- to mid-1970s Honda twins is the availability of parts for fixing or customizing into cafe racers. Like that disk front end might very well bolt on to an SL350. Hmmmm. I might have to look into that….

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