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1971 BSA A65L Cafe Racer

Up for auction on eBay with about a day left is this nice-looking BSA Lightning. The seller seems to have done a lot of work to it (details copied from the original listing and pasted below), and it certainly looks the part. Interestingly, the bike seems appear to have a mechanical/hydraulic hybrid front brake (see the last picture below). I think it wouldn’t be inappropriate to have a brake reservoir on the clip-on givent hat it is a disc front brake, but I appreciate the stripped-down look. Overall, a very clean build with classic good looks.

And I forgot to add this in originally: no chain.

ENGINE MODIFICATIONS

    Lightened and Beveled Crank Shaft
    Balanced Rotating Assembly
    Raised Exhaust Ports with +.100 Exhaust Valves
    Lightened Valve Gear
    274-274 Duration / .375 Lift Megacycle Cam
    New Valve Guides and Valve Job
    +.020 Forged Pistons 10:1
    1 3/4″ TT Pipes with Custom Alloy Tips
    Custom Alloy Intake Manifolds
    36 mm Dellorto (Pumpers) Carburetors with Alloy Velocity Stacks
    Dyna High Output Ignition Coils

CHASSIS MODIFICATIONS

    Modified T-160 Triple Tree & Forks
    Modified T-160 Rear Hub & Alloy Sprocket
    Front & Rear Lockheed Disc Brakes
    Custom Fabricated Alloy Brakes Reservoir
    19″ Front and Rear Wheels with Stainless Steel Spokes & Nuts
    Alloy Fenders and Custom Made Alloy Brackets
    Custom Made Alloy Clip-on Handle Bars, Instrument Cluster, Side Covers, Chain Guard & Tail Light/Licence Plate Bracket
    Custom Made Rear Set Shift and Brake Lever Assemblies and Linkage
    Alloy Brake and Clutch Levers
    Vintage Alloy 2 Cable Throttle
    Modified Pre-1971 A65 Seat








1971 Honda SL175

Hmmmmmmm…….. Maybe it’s a board track racer?

Honda SL125 1971 Cafe Racer 0011
Honda SL125 1971 Cafe Racer 0012
Honda SL125 1971 Cafe Racer 0013
Honda SL125 1971 Cafe Racer 0014
Honda SL125 1971 Cafe Racer 0015

1989 Harley Sportster Cafe Racer

I recently posted an interesting Yamaha XS650 by this same shop (Loaded Gun Customs), and now they have this cafe’d 1989 HD Sportster up for sale. It’s definitely got some nice mechanical bits on it (the rear-sets and clip-ons), and it has a nice simple look to it. My own Sportster hasn’t been converted quite this far yet, but its getting there.

This bike is probably a 1200, but the seller doesn’t actually say. However, they did put new 10:1 pistons in it, and the cylinders look awfully new, so I would guess they plopped a 883 to 1200 upgrade kit on it and called it a day. It is missing the headlight adjustment nut cover, which is kind of odd given that the rider would have to look at the exposed bolthead and any pooling water every time they rode the bike.

Anyways, there are 2 days left in the auction, and the price is just over $3K. Reserve hasn’t been met, and the Buy-It-Now price is $5,200, so your guess is as good as mine as to what the reserve price has been set at. This is a pretty nice example of a Sportster cafe compared to most that we see…

Harley Sportster 1989 Cafe Racer 0011
Harley Sportster 1989 Cafe Racer 0012
Harley Sportster 1989 Cafe Racer 0013
Harley Sportster 1989 Cafe Racer 0014
Harley Sportster 1989 Cafe Racer 0015
Harley Sportster 1989 Cafe Racer 0016

1973 Suzuki T500 (with Reed Titan bodywork?)

This is an interesting, and low priced, Suzuki T500 in need of a bit of work to get it ready for either the street or a track day. The seller claims it is fast and “runs/rides well”. The neatest thing about the bike is the bodywork. While the seller thinks it is original Reed Titan bodywork, I would tend to believe that at this price and condition that it is replica fiberglass. It needs some work and parts to be fully rideable (missing front master cylinder being the most obvious thing), but it is 95% complete. Check out the listing to get more details.

The auction still has almost 10 days left at this point, and the starting bid is $999. Interestingly, it has a Buy-It-Now of only $1,999. This seems like it might make this bike a really good deal, but it also speaks to the fairly beat-on bodywork and the need for some work before riding. It will be interesting to see what happens with this auction as it moves towards completion…

Suzuki Titan 500 1973 Cafe Racer 0011
Suzuki Titan 500 1973 Cafe Racer 0012
Suzuki Titan 500 1973 Cafe Racer 0014
Suzuki Titan 500 1973 Cafe Racer 0015
Suzuki Titan 500 1973 Cafe Racer 0016

Cool Blog With Nice Bike Pics

I found this blog that has lots of cool bike pics. I included one from a recent post below, but I will leave it up to you to explore and find…

Burst Sausages Blog
Cafe Racer Burst Sausages 0011

1961 Triumph Thunderbird

Loking at this bike, I can’t help but dream of jumping a fence whilst escaping from a POW camp or storming a small central California town sometime in the distant past before Sturgis was the Rubbie locale du jour. This Thunderbird (the bike not the wine) is hellaciously cool in an old-school sort of way. Plop the bike down in any black-and-white rebel/biker movie, and it would look right at home.

It is for sale on eBay, and the seller claims it was built into a cafe racer before he acquired it. I think he must be referring to the Napolean bar end that has been stuck on to the left side of the bars. Other than that, it’s really just a classic bike. There are 2 bidders who have taken the bike up to $1,625 with 2 days left, but reserve hasn’t been met as of yet.

Triumph Thunderbird 1961 0011
Triumph Thunderbird 1961 0012
Triumph Thunderbird 1961 0013
Triumph Thunderbird 1961 0014

1979 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special 2-Fer

This is a kind of interesting auction. While neither bike is a specifically a built cafe racer, a guy in Ohio is auctioning off this pair of RD400 Daytona Specials. The one that’s a runner appears to be in good shape with a number of new parts, while the fixer/parts-bike has a bunch of included parts that need to be installed (or it needs to be parted out). It seems to me that a good end for this auction would be if the winner rode the bike that’s running, and converted the rough fixer into a cafe. And then they sent some pics to the blog. 🙂

There are 4 days left in the auction, but nobody has started bidding yet. The opening bid will need to be $3K, but it is a no-reserve auction…

Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special 0011
Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special 0012
Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special 0013
Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special 0014
Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special 0015
Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special 0016

1978 Suzuki GS750 Cafe Racer


Suzuki GS750 1978 Cafe Racer 0011

I’ve been trying to be nice lately. Really. Haven’t you been able to tell? But I can hold back no longer…

There are three things wrong with this bike. I’ll take the flack if you disagree. First, the seller is unclear on whether or not the bike is a 1978 or a 1979. Maybe that doesn’t matter from a technical standpoint, but it does from a “seller knowing his sh!t” standpoint. Secondly, there is no paperwork to go along with the bike. That can make it difficult to register (especially here on the left coast). Thirdly, the seat. Do I need to spell it out? The TL1000R seat is just wrong. It was iffy on the actual TL1000R, and here it is just not right. The stock seat would be better. A pillow seat would be… well, not better, but not worse.

I get the fact that all of us trying to build cafe-styled bikes makes choices as we design the final look, but this feels more like someone who had an extra TL1000R seat sitting in the garage. That reminds me, I’ve got a TZ250 GP seat in my garage that I just might mount on the ’05 Sportster. I’ll post a pic if I do it. 🙂

5 days left in the auction, with 4 bidders, and the price at $510. Good luck if you are interested!!!

Suzuki GS750 1978 Cafe Racer 0011
Suzuki GS750 1978 Cafe Racer 0012
Suzuki GS750 1978 Cafe Racer 0013
Suzuki GS750 1978 Cafe Racer 0014
Suzuki GS750 1978 Cafe Racer 0015
Suzuki GS750 1978 Cafe Racer 0016

1970 BSA Project Bike

I’m not even going to attempt to claim any knowledge about the combination of motor and frame in this eBay listing for a BSA project bike. It is supposedly a 1970 frame (B441 of some type) along with a motor from 1967. The VINs are in the last two photos, so check it out if you are interested in bidding. There are 4 hours left in the auction, and the price is just under $1K with 1 bid.

BSA B441 1970 011
BSA B441 1970 012
BSA B441 1970 013
BSA B441 1970 014
What it might have looked like originally...
What it might have looked like originally (with some itty-bitty text)...
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BSA B441 1970 018

A Couple Of eBay Relists…

I noticed these two relists on eBay this morning, and I wonder if they will sell this time around. I am kind of surprised that the Honda has 20 bids thus far (but still not meeting reserve), whilst the XS650 has zero bids. I get that the Yamaha needs a small amount of completion work, but still…

Yamaha XS650 1981 Cafe Racer 01


honda cb750 1974 brit cafe 01