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And now for something completely different…

Those of you who read the blog regularly might remember my recent post about the billions and billions of Honda motorcycles that seem to end up on the site. Yes, I am a whiner, it’s true. And then comes along this… I’ll call it a cafe racer. While maybe not a cafe racer in the classic sense of the word, this 1977 Kawasaki KZ750 definitely has many cafe styling cues. Maybe it is more of a Euro street fighter with clip-ons. Regardless, the seller has done some cool stuff to a bike that doesn’t see much love from the cafe crowd.

Here’s a list of the things the owner has done to the bike (I deleted many, many exclamation marks when I cut-and-pasted the list):

    Dyna electronic ignition
    Accel Super Coils and Plug Wires
    Vance & Hines 4-1Exhaust
    Pod Filters
    Fresh top end
    Carbs Rejetted
    Ness Batwing Mirrors
    Italian Custom clip on handlebars
    Rearset foot controls
    New Tires Front and rear 16”
    Custom Seat
    Drag Specialties tach (CR – check out where the builder put it!)
    Custom wiring harness
    Almost all powder coated, not painted

I have to give the guy credit. This is a unique bike with which the builder has followed a unique vision. I’ll leave you with this quote from the eBay listing: “This bike is fast and very eye catching. I guarantee no one else will have a bike like this one.” Huzzah, I say!!!

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1975 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

There are two things about this bike that I find interesting:

First, we once again have an example of the cafe racer without rear-sets. As I have not sprung for rear-sets on my Sportster yet, I can fully verify that being leaned forward with your feet relatively to the front is not a comfortable riding position. Why not go the full mile and put rear-sets on the bike?

Second, it’s been lowered. I don’t get this at all on a cafe racer. The bikes are nominally built to handle, so why make it so that parts will scrape going around corners? I say raise the bikes up! Longer shocks in the back, and stiffer springs in the front.

But that’s enough complaining. Both of these things are really easily fixable by the buyer of this bike. It is actually a super clean build (my own personal peeves not withstanding). And the bidding is currently right around $1K, but there are 6 days left, so I assume it will go much higher given the high quality of this motorcycle. All in all, a beautiful build that will make its new owner very happy!

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1973 T140 Triumph Bonneville 750 Cafe Racer

While the opening bid price may be a bit shocking on this finely built Triumph Bonneville done up in the cafe style, it really is a nice looking motorcycle. I don’t know what it will end up closing at in 6 hours.

I’m going to let you check out the listing for the whole deal, as the owner does a good job in his write-up, but some of the highlights are…

    Re-bored cylinders
    Updated suspension – Progressive in front, Red Wing in back
    Nice Buchanan’s built wheels
    Braced swing-arm
    Most aluminum and stainless bits polished to within an inch of their lives
    Mikuni carbs
    Honest assessment of the minor issues with the bike

I know that I typically rail against “Cafe Racers” that don’t either have clubman bars or clip-ons, but in this case I am making an exception, as the overall look of this bike is so nice, that it doesn’t really matter. The bike is still going to be fun in the corners, and has such a classic look to it that the bars are hardly a deal breaker. Good luck if you are interested in this bike…


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