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1989 Honda GB500 Cafe Racer

I debated about posting this 1989 Honda GB500. It is absolutely a cafe racer, but it isn’t one of the classic bikes or home-brewed specials that usually get posted. It appears to be completely stock and in great condition, but it does have about 42K miles on it.

The seller of the bike is some kind of classic car guy who probably has the bike on consignment from the owner. The listing has lots of pictures, some description, and so much legalese that it makes the seller look like a hard ass. So if you decide to bid, read the fine print very carefully. The auction has about 1 day left with 15 bidders and a current price of $4,350 (reserve not yet). It does have a Buy-It-Now of $5,995, which seems a bit high given the mileage on the bike. It’s a nice bike and amazingly clean given the relatively high number of miles.

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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.


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