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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.

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1975 Honda CB750 (Good Project Bike)

If you’re looking for a good starting point for a cafe racer project, this might be just the ticket. It’s being auctioned on eBay, although the price is a bit high. However, the seller is stating what needs to be done to it (wheel and steering bearings), so if you were to utilize the Best Offer function, you might be able to get the bike for well less than the $2,900 asking price. Ask questions of this 100% Feedback seller ahead of time if you have questions about anything not mentioned in the listing…

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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…

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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…

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Interesting and Cheap Project Bike

Usually I seem to post complete bikes even if they haven’t been converted into complete cafe racers. Tonight I decided to mix it up a bit. I also really like the Suzuki two-strokes, so this one caught my eye. The truth of the matter is that I almost didn’t post it because I would like to bid on this bike, so maybe I should keep it on the down-low. But I’m waiting on a paycheck and have some other expenses. C’est la vie…

What we have here is a partially dismantled Suzuki GT550 that comes with a bunch of spares and other parts to complete the bike. No idea if it will easily run or not. The seller says compression is good and it shifts through the gears. That and $4 at Starbuck’s will buy you a fancy-ass cup of coffee.

That being said, this is probably a good candidate for a cafe build. The price is right. Most (if not all) of the parts are there to complete the bike. And did I mention that the price is right? Currently, there are zero bids, and the seller has set the starting price at $500. Given the selling price if this bike is restored or converted into a cafe racer, it could end up being a steal. There are almost 4 days left in the auction, and maybe I’ll be the first bidder on this motorcycle… 🙂

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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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1975 Honda CB750

As in the past, I don’t advocate tearing this bike to pieces. I also believe that the ending price on the auction might dictate that the buyer won’t be looking to convert this bike to a cafe racer. But…

If you spend the coin on this bike, it appears to be a great basis for a really nice cafe racer. It only has about 14.3K miles on the odometer, the seller claims it runs perfectly, and it only has a few cosmetic blemishes (cracked side covers.

On the other hand, the paint is not original, nor is it done in an original Honda color/scheme. So it’s value as a true collectible has been minimized. I guess that means that it could go one of three ways. Buyer wins auction and rides the bike as is for many more thousands of miles before reselling it as a slightly rattier bike. Or the buyer wins the auction, strips it down to the frame, and restores it into a concours winning bike. Lastly, you could win the auction, strip off all the extraneous stuff, through on some clip-ons, a nice Giuliari seat, a set of alloy rear-sets, beef up the suspension, and you’d have a great, reliable cafe racer that would be at home on Mulholland riding to Rock Store, or going up Deal’s Gap during a crisscrossing ride of the Smoky Mountains.

Bidding is currently under $900, but there is still over 6 days left in the auction. Good luck!


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I’m crying on the inside… (1972 Honda CB350F)

“And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had…”

“Mad World” by Tears For Fears

(begin rant)
This bike is like one of those kids that Sally Struthers parades around on the television at 3am on a local channel showing reruns of “Perfect Strangers” for 4 hours straight. You feel very sorry for the child. You know they are probably very poor. And yet, you don’t call the toll-free number to donate less than a dollar a day to help feed, clothe, and school the cute tyke.

And now back to this motorcycle. Prima facie, a good find. A 1972 Honda CB350F for a reasonable B.I.N. of $400 on eBay. And then we look more closely at the photos. Dude! At least stand the bike up to take a picture. You could have even done that in the back of the truck. But hey, as the seller states, the throttle works. More power to you…
(end rant)

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Another Not-Quite-Complete Cafe Racer Build (1973 Honda CB750)

I think this bike is from the same seller as the one I posted yesterday. It is a really clean build of a Honda CB750 being advertised as a cafe racer. But we all know better right? Just a cafe racer seat does not make a bike a cafe racer. As with the CB750 from yesterday, add bars and rearsets to this bike, and you would have an instant conversion. The seller/builder has already added a nice Giuliari-style seat, so this shouldn’t be too difficult.

Other features of the build include a long list of new and/or updated parts including Dyna ignition, Barnett clutch, Yoshimura header, and lots of other stuff. There are many pictures in the listing if you are interested, but the bidding isn’t particularly active right now with only 1 bid at the starting price of $2,500 and a Buy-It-Now of $4,500. There’s about a day and a half left in the auction. Good luck to you if you win this bike. Send us some pictures if you convert it fully…

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1975 Honda CB750 (Good, Cheap Project Starting Point)

I found this somewhat beat-upon CB750 on eBay and was noticing that although it would make a great start for a cafe racer build, the seller won’t ship. So, if you live within driving distance of St. Louis, MO, then read on…

The bike is quite ratty on the surface, but some of the important bits are not too bad. First off, seller claims clear title. Second, low miles at 12K. Third, mufflers with baffles are stock. Fourth, motor turns over. Fifth, tank is clean. (All of which are seller claims)

Only bad news is a stuck throttle and rust. The price is right with a low starting point, although there are still 6 days left and already the bike has bidding activity. The seller has 100% positive feedback score (apparently he sells used bats from MLB games), so it appears to be a pretty safe purchase. Good luck to anyone who bids!

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