Archive for the ‘clipon’ Tag

1976 Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer

Up on eBay right now is this beautiful 1976 Yamaha XS650 done up as a fully-faired cafe racer. If the stickers are removable, you would have the option of cleaning it up a bit so you could enjoy the Kenny Roberts replica paint job with the distraction of pretending you are a sponsored racer. There are a ton of pictures in the eBay listing, but I didn’t bother copying them all over the posting. I also listed the key features of the bike as shown by the seller. As always, ask the seller any questions you might have before bidding…

    Full fiberglass fairing
    Fiberglass solo seat
    Fiberglass fuel tank
    New Gustufsson wind screen
    Tomasselli clip-on bars
    Bates rear-set controls
    GP-style shift pattern
    New brake pads and sprockets
    New Pirelli Sport Demon V-rated sport/race compound front and rear tires
    (Seller is) assuming that it has high-comp pistons and he/she believes a Weber “Web” cam
    High performance 2 into 1 pipe
    Twin Mikuni VM round-slide carbs with screened velocity stacks
    Oil cooler
    Period mag wheels


yamaha_xs_650_1976_cr_01
yamaha_xs_650_1976_cr_02
yamaha_xs_650_1976_cr_03
yamaha_xs_650_1976_cr_041

1967 BSA B44 Shooting Star Cafe Racer

Here’s a nice BSA currently up on eBay with about 2 days left. Unrestored and very cool looking, this bike is currently at around $1K. It has the original black with yellow license plate so you can pretend you really are back in the ’60s bombing down the PCH north of Los Angeles. I wonder if this bike will reach the ton…

BTW, the seller of the bike has it listed as a B441, not a B44. Does anyone know the difference? Everything I’ve found only refers to a B44.


bsa_441_cr_01
bsa_441_cr_02
bsa_441_cr_03

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…


yamaha_ds7_01
yamaha_ds7_02
yamaha_ds7_03

Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

It’s been a while since I posted anything with a candy-flake paint job, but here we go. One 1974 Honda CB750 done up as a thoroughly retro cafe racer. Easy Rider meets Quadrophenia.

While the bike is cleanly built, it is probably the paint that stands out as the nicest single thing about the bike. Love it or hate it, it is well done. It is obvious that the builder put time and effort into getting this bike done, but there aren’t really any high-zoot parts bolted on other than the nice gas tank. Overall, a good effort…


honda_cb750_cr_01
honda_cb750_cr_02
honda_cb750_cr_03
honda_cb750_cr_04

1987 Yamaha SRX600 Cafe Racer

For those of you down under, I found this well used, but reasonably priced and nicely modified SRX600. It’s got some motor work, clip-ons, and would be a great starting point for a cafe racer build-up. The motor only has 10K kilometers on it, but the chassis has 31,000 kilometers (I think that is like 75 non-metric miles 😉 ). This will be a fun bike once it is cleaned up a bit. Check the listing for more info if you are interested…


yamaha_srx600_01
yamaha_srx600_02
yamaha_srx600_03

1971 Triumph Trophy TR6C “Cafe Racer”

I found this bike on eBay. About 2 days left in the auction. It looks like a really cleanly built TR6 cafe racer built by a shop in Massachusetts. The motor and tranny have been rebuilt, and the electrics have been swapped out for an electronic ignition. Overall, it looks like the mechanicals have been properly redone.

I’m not a huge fan of the drag bars, but they are a step in the right direction. However, the home-shaped seat really doesn’t look quite right. Is it a cafe racer? I suppose, but the cosmetics don’t really take it all the way. Considering the good condition of the bike overall with the recent professional rebuild, a few bucks for a few cafe racer parts (seat, clip-ons, rear sets) would make this a pretty stunning bike for a fast Sunday morning ride to your favorite local meeting spot.


triumph-tr6c-trophy-cafe-racer011
triumph-tr6c-trophy-cafe-racer02
triumph-tr6c-trophy-cafe-racer03

1965 Benelli 125 Cafe Racer (with title!)

Wow! A 44 year old motorcycle with a title! That is reason enough to post it…

Up on eBay right now is this Montgomery Wards 1965 Benelli 125 that has been cafe’d. I think I posted it before, but it is a reasonably nice bike to buy as a regular ride without worrying about whether or not your jacket scratches the tank while you are riding it. It has all the necessary cafe conversion stuff done to it, it has a title, but the seller won’t say if it runs or not (see below for a quote). It does need some clean-up work, and the footpegs/rearsets should be redone/fixed. The price is reasonable right now (2d 8h left), and it’s within driving distance of my house, but now that I am working again, I got to catch up before buying anything…

“Have you tried to start it?
I have not tried to start it. When placed in storage the fuel was drained from the tank. I have kicked the bike and it turns over just fine.
I am staying away from the bike because I know once I get it started I will ride it and not want to sell.”

Upon further inspection (pics included below), this bike needs LOTS of help with the foot pegs and shifter/brake pedal. Be aware before you bid…


benelli_125_01
benelli_125_02


There it is!!!

There it is!!!