Archive for the ‘clip-on’ Tag

1971 Norton 750 Commando – Gus Kuhn

With about 21 hours left in this eBay auction, here’s a chance to own a classic Gus Kuhn Norton that is fully kitted out. It’s definitely not a show bike, and as the seller claims it starts easily and runs great this would probably be a great bike for Sunday morning runs up to Alice’s Restaurant. That being said, I’m sure this bike would attract a lot of attention if it was parked at any classic bike show.

Here’s a list of parts fitted to the bike

    Racing 850 Kit
    Updated AMAL MK2
    Tomaselli clip-on
    Morris mag wheels
    AP brake master cylinder
    Frame and motor number matching

While reserve hasn’t been met yet, I’d bet that there will be a few more bids before the auction ends. The price currently stands at $3,750 with 8 bids.

Norton 750 Commando Gus Kuhn Cafe Racer 011
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1973 Honda CB750 (Stock Bike For Project)

If you are looking for a decent starting point for a cafe racer project, this might be a good bike to begin your work. It’s a 1973 Honda CB750 that is basically stock and in good shape. The seller provided a good list of his recent upgrades to the mechanicals, so I just cut and pasted the list shown below. There are a few more pictures on eBay of some of the details on the bike, but these give you an overall idea of what this bike has in store for you…

I don’t know if this bike is going to sell or not. It has zero bidders with just over a day left in the auction, but the starting price is at $2,500. Buy-It-Now is set at $3,200. If everything works as stated by the seller, this bike appears to be in line with what a decent CB750 is currently worth. I’d love to see pics of this bike after it gets the cafe treatment…


    Had a Honda mechanic replace all the gaskets in the upper half of the engine. Head gasket, valve cover gasket, etc…
    Carbs have been cleaned, rebuilt and synched
    Valves have been timed
    Gas tank has been lined
    New OEM petcock fuel valve
    Clutch has been rebuilt with OEM Honda parts, OEM clutch cable is new also
    Brakes have been serviced and checked out
    Original air box replaced with pod filter, carbs were re-jetted at this time with 120’s, i also have the original air box with a new K&N filter
    Rear fender has been removed and replaced with a fender eliminator kit and LED rear light. Looks great on the bike. Turn signals were flush mounted and look better this way
    New EMGO rear shocks have been added to replace the originals that were pretty useless. I still have them though
    Low (super) bars have been added to give it more of the cafe racer look. Note- these are not “clubman” bars because i found them to be uncomfortable
    Added a headlight visor to front light
    Original chain has been replaced with an o-ring chain
    New battery added last summer
    Original paint on the gas tank (pretty sure side covers are repro)
    I have the original tool kit and original manual from Honda
    I also have 3 additional manuals, including the official Honda service manual which is amazing
    Tires have plenty of tread on them
    Electric ignition and kick start both work great
    All lights, guages and electronics function perfectly


Honda CB750 1973 Cafe Racer Project 01
Honda CB750 1973 Cafe Racer Project 02
Honda CB750 1973 Cafe Racer Project 03
Honda CB750 1973 Cafe Racer Project 04

1975 Ducati 860GT Cafe Racer

Sometimes, an easy litmus test can decide whether something is cool or lame. In the case of this Ducati, just think about riding up to your favorite local hangout. What’s the reaction going to be? Personally, I think this bike would garner looks as being an authentic cafe racer that is no trailer queen. A lot of the Ducatis you might see on Ducati Island at Laguna Seca aren’t going to have this many miles on the clock, nor this much road grime and wear-and-tear. But that’s the whole point, isn’t it?

There isn’t much that hasn’t been done to this bike cafe-wise. It has adjustable clip-ons, shocks, seat, tank, good brakes, and a big-bore kit. What it really needs is (and the seller backs this up) a bit of maintenance come this winter. And maybe a bath and some scrubbing, too.

The price on this bike is still very reasonable at under $2K with less than a day left in the auction (reserve hans’t been met, though). I wish it was on the west coast (it’s in Connecticut), because this may be a chance to get a good deal on a classic bevelhead.

Ducati 860GT 1975 Cafe Racer 01
Ducati 860GT 1975 Cafe Racer 02
Ducati 860GT 1975 Cafe Racer 03
Ducati 860GT 1975 Cafe Racer 04

1975 Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer

Sometimes, bikes on eBay seem to come in waves. Yesterday, it was the guy dumping Moto Guzzi’s on the auction world. Today is apparently XS650 day. This Yamaha is a very clean example of a cafe racer build that has just about everything done right. Clubman bars, rear-sets, a cafe seat, an exhaust, and classic paint all complete an overall look that is just right. Is the fairing too much for you? You can always take it off the bike if you win the auction.

From the listing, the following items are new on the bike: WHEEL BEARINGS, STEERING HEAD BEARINGS, TIRES, TUBES, SPOKES AND BRAKES, PROGRESSIVE SHOCKS, SWING ARM BEARINGS, REGINA CHAIN, SUNSTAR SPROCKETS, 2.9 GALLON FUEL TANK, CAFE STYLE SEAT, REAR SETS, MINI FAIRING, FRONT AND REAR TURN SIGNALS, HEADLIGHT, CLUBMAN BARS. It also has XS750 dual discs, rebuilt carbs, and a partially rebuilt motor (gaskets and valves).

Currently, the auction is at $2,500 with only 1 bidder and about a day and a half left. However, reserve hasn’t been met yet, so the price will have to go a bit higher before there is a winner. This is a nice example of the Yamaha XS650, so it should go higher and hopefully the seller doesn’t lower reserve.

Yamaha XS650 1975 Cafe Racer 01
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1981 Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer

Ignore the angled, artsy photos for a moment, and what you have here is a good starting point to complete a really nice cafe racer. While it has a clear title (lots of eBay bikes don’t), it is missing a few doo-dads that will make it street legal when you try to register it, including the tail light. That being said, this is a beautiful, well executed bike that has a IMHO a very cool paint job. Add an exhaust, some rear-sets and maybe a tach and you’re good to go. Could even more be done to this bike? Yes, but then you wouldn’t be riding it now, would you…

Current price is $1,000 with just under 2 days left in the auction.

Yamaha XS650 1981 Cafe Racer 01
Yamaha XS650 1981 Cafe Racer 02
Yamaha XS650 1981 Cafe Racer 03
Yamaha XS650 1981 Cafe Racer 04
Yamaha XS650 1981 Cafe Racer 05

1976 Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans Project

Up for auction on eBay is this Moto Guzzi that is going to need a bit of work in the cosmetics department. Given the lack of description and the high starting price, it isn’t too surprising that there are zero bidders and the price is $3,995. Reasons for this probably include the cracked fins on the heads, and the bike’s origins as a supposed race bike. If it still had the straight-cut gears and the Dellorto carbs, that might be a little better. Actually, it may still have the race gearbox, but the seller doesn’t really know.

I guess the final analysis of this bike would say that it is a good example of an eBay bike that the buyer should investigate further before placing a bid. Given that there is only an hour left in the auction it is likely that we will see it pop up again for sale…

Moto Guzzi LeMans 850 Cafe Racer 01
Moto Guzzi LeMans 850 Cafe Racer 02

1976 Honda CB750 from Lossa Engineering

I’ve posted several Lossa Engineering bikes in the past, and this is probably my least favorite of the ones that have been auctioned off on eBay. Overall, it is a nicely done cafe racer of sorts, but I think the style just isn’t my cup of tea.

Likes: I love all the detail work on the mechanicals. The drilled sprocket cover and shifter are a great touch. The double front discs are well done. The exhaust is unique and cool looking. The street tracker tail section is always nice to see, and I like the dual taillight treatment. And all the powder coating and nickel plating looks really good.

Dislikes: The upside down superbike bars. The paint job (personal taste, ymmv). That funky sprocket cover on the rear wheel. And the Pirelli Scorpion A/T tires (I had them on my KTM :-/ ).

There are lots more pictures and more info on the build and parts on eBay if you’re interested. I doubt this bike is going to meet reserve, though, as there are only 20 hours left and the price is only about $2K at this time. I think if you look at some of the other Lossa bikes that I’ve posted or on their website, you’ll see that this CB750 is a bit different in direction from most of the other bikes to come out of the shop. I’m sure this one will find a home, but it might not be quite as easy as with a more classically-styled builds…

Honda CB750 1976 Lossa Cafe Racer 01
Honda CB750 1976 Lossa Cafe Racer 02
Honda CB750 1976 Lossa Cafe Racer 03
Honda CB750 1976 Lossa Cafe Racer 04
Honda CB750 1976 Lossa Cafe Racer 05
Honda CB750 1976 Lossa Cafe Racer 06

1974 Honda CB750 Project Bike

“Hey, Billy Jack!”

“Hi, Frank. How you doing?”

“Just great. You know that CB750 I picked up last month?” asked Billy Jack.

“Yeah,” said Frank, rubbing his chin.

“I’m gonna add on some new suspension parts from that old CBR I’ve got sitting in the shed. It’ll be wicked cool!”

“You sure you wanna do that?” Frank asked. Silence greeted his question…

Honda CB750 1974 Cafe Racer Project 01
Honda CB750 1974 Cafe Racer Project 02
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1975 Honda CB200T Cafe Racer

When I first saw this bike on eBay, I was instantly drawn to it. The picture was kind of small, and the bike definitely passed the 10 foot test. But the more I think about it, and the more I look at all of the pictures, the less impressed I am. I’m not a huge fan of the seat-sitting-on-top-of-the-subframe-rails look, and the clip-on area is quite busy, but not much is accomplished there. However, it does come pre-numbered if track days are your thing.

Interestingly enough, the seller will combo-pack this bike with a CB350 cafe racer done up in a similar manner if the buyer wants (see the last picture I posted). Overall, it is a somewhat decent cafe racer that just needs some finishing up to be, well, better than its current state. And maybe the protuding pod filters could be ditched in favor of something that looks a little less street-tracker.

Honda CB200 1975 CR 01
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1971 Norton Commando 850 Cafe Racer

First off, I would like to apologize for the poor quality of the previous bike and post. After taking a month plus off from blogging about the current crop of cafe racers, I was mostly discombobulated while writing that, given a comment or two that I received both online and in person. 😦 Be that as it may, it is time to move on to bigger and better things. Below you will see what I hope is my apology in action…

Here we have a really nice Commando 850 that has been entirely cafe’d. I am having trouble finding anything missing from this bike that would need upgrading immediately upon purchase. You could, of course, add higher-performance parts to it. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that it is basically a turnkey bike that the buyer can hop on and ride. The seller has been honest with the few issues that it has (speedo cable, oil weep, and tank dings), and it has a recently rebuilt engine. If there is anything I have missed that should be there (me not being a true Norton expert or anything like that), please let me know…

Currently, there is less than a day left in the auction, and the price is in the mid $4K range with 21 bidders. Perhaps it will break $5K before the auction ends. It isn’t perfect, but the seller is being very upfront with the issues it does have. Good luck if you bid…

Norton Commando 850 1971 CR 00
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Norton Commando 850 1971 CR 01
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Norton Commando 850 1971 CR 05