Archive for the ‘Parts’ Tag

Benjies Cafe Racer Update

It’s been a while since I posted anything out of the BCR shop, and lo-and-behold, there are some new parts and projects out of the shop. Check out the linked photos below to see a sampling of what he’s got going on…

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Harley XLCR Cafe Racer (Possible Epic Fail)

Parts is parts. At least that’s what the guy manning the register at my local fast food joint said to me. And then I found this bike listed on eBay. At least I think it’s a bike. The only thing I know for sure is that it is a bunch of parts lying on the ground and in boxes that the seller claims is an XLCR.

Now I’ve posted lots of XLCRs since I started this blog, and I recognize many of the parts as having come off of an XLCR. But is this a nearly complete XLCR as stated by the seller? Who can say. But as the advertisement from Wendy’s said so long ago: “First they take a bunch of little parts and then they press the into one big part, and then they cut it into little parts. Parts is parts!”

If you choose to bid on this bike, and if you win the auction, I foresee a long project in your future. And I think there is a good chance for an epic failure to occur. Good luck to whom ever wins this bike…


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Honda CB Oil Cooler

So you’ve got a Honda CB that you’ve converted into a cafe racer? And you’ve got it pumped up with a big bore kit or a jet and pipe combo? Or maybe you just ride it like you stole it?

I found this oil cooler on eBay that will help your motor stay cool and survive for the long haul. And it’s vintage NOS for that proper look. It won’t work on my SL350 twin, so I will have to find another solution and leave the bidding to everyone else. It’s currently at $76, with just over a day left in the auction.

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What makes a cafe racer a cafe racer?

Often times, when writing about one particular cafe racer or another, I end up complaining about some missing piece. It might be a bike that is done except for rear-sets, or maybe the bars haven’t been swapped out for clip-ons or clubmans, or maybe my friend Paul complains in a comment about the JC Whitney mufflers gracing some otherwise nicely-built cafe racer.

But what it really comes down to, is that each of us thinks about cafe racers in a slightly different way. We all pick different bikes to build, and we each pick a different set of componentry to graft on to it. The net result is a cafe racer.

To try to get to the root of this issue, I made the little poll below to try and figure out what everyone who reads this blog thinks are the most important things that make a cafe racer a cafe racer. I set the poll so you can only choose one thing, so pick what you think is most important when building a cafe racer. Have fun, and let me know what you think…

Steve “Carpy” Carpenter is holding a garage sale on eBay…

For those of you who follow the world of cafe racers, you probably know of Steve “Carpy” Carpenter. For those of you who don’t, he’s a transplanted Brit who has got a shop in Southern California from which he builds some of the best cafe racers on the planet. He primarily uses the CB750 SOHC bikes as his starting point. Over the last couple of days, I posted two items that he had listed before I figured out he has a whole bunch of stuff up on eBay. The link in the photos below goes to his “View seller’s other items” page on eBay. It looks like he’s clearing out some extra CB750 parts (plus the CB550 I posted yesterday). Good luck if you try bidding…


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Tarozzi Folding Rear-Sets For Your Cafe Racer

Here’s a nice set of Tarozzi not-really-used rear-sets that might make a good addition for your cafe racers. Like most, they don’t come with a bracket, so it’s up to you to find a suitable place to mount these footpegs/controls. Because they aren’t technically new anymore (although they have never been used), the seller has started the auction at a very low price, but reserve has not yet been met…


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CB550 Cafe Racer Seats

Marc posted a comment on the blog asking if I had any CB550 cafe racer style seats for sale. I don’t personally sell anything. I just find cool stuff and post it for all of us who love cafe racers to look at. So, I googled, and here’s what I found. As usual, I don’t sell it, I just find it…

It was interesting that Marc asked about CB550, because I’ve been getting a ton of traffic from CB550 searches. Not sure why the sudden interest, but seats in general are one of the top things I blog about. I suppose it is because the seat is really, at the end of the day, what distinguishes a cafe racer from a bike that simply has clip-ons or clubmans thrown on it.





CB550 Cafe Seat at benjiescaferacer.com

CB550 Cafe Seat at benjiescaferacer.com




Cb550 Cafe Seat on eBay

Cb550 Cafe Seat on eBay


Cool eBay Store I found…

Surfin’ around tonight, and I found this store. It has an interesting mix of parts, collectibles, patches/pins, etc., all of which might interest a classic bike rider or cafe racer owner. Good feedback percentage, and lots of miscellaneous kinds of parts…

Polished Aluminum Cafe Racer Tank

I think I have posted before that the tank can make or break the look of a cafe racer. It is the biggest problem with my Sportster. The peanut tank is, well, a peanut tank. True/pure cafe racers don’t generally have peanut tanks.

So if that’s a problem that your bike faces as well, this tank might just be the solution. The seller has a number of cafe-related parts up for sale on eBay with this being one of the nicer items. He does mention a dimple in the tank somewhere, but apparently it is small enough that the camera has trouble picking it up. I’m not an expert at mounting custom gas tanks, but there appears to be enough room in the tunnel for a fairly robust frame backbone.

8 hours left in this auction. Good luck!


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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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