Archive for the ‘vintage’ Tag

1971 Honda CL350 Cafe Racer

This is a really nice little cafe racer. I say little with respect, as I will soon be starting on an SL350 cafe project, so I gotta give the small-bores their props. Additionally, this bike has been done up very cleanly and has a unique paint scheme to boot.

One of the things I like the most about this bike is the fact that no aspect of the chosen aesthetic (cafe racer) has been left out. Yes, it has a stock tank, but it has been painted suitably. It’s got a nice seat, clip-ons, and rear-sets even! And the paint job with the cream-colored frame is unique. I can’t recall having seen this before. Are there too many stickers on the tank? That’s for each of us to decide according to personal preference. But overall, a great build-up!

As I write this, it is only selling for $1,020, but reserve hasn’t been met and there are 4 days left in the auction. I am sure that this bike will end the auction well above…, hmmm, $2,500. But it’s impossible to know where the seller has set reserve. Your guess is as good as mine…

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1972 Honda CB175 Cafe Racer

For just a moment I need you to enter a zen place. Clear your mind of garish race decals and see for a moment a plain black cafe racer. One that is diminutive in stature, but built to a high level of spec and to be either raced or ridden on the street.

Okay, now take a look at the bike below…

What we have here is a 1972 Honda CB175 that has been cafe’d to within an inch of its life. The seller of this bike has built an AHRMA race-legal motorcycle but kept the lights and license plate. This little CB has just about everything you could want in a stylish cafe racer: clip-ons, seat, nice spoked wheels, rear-sets, custom exhaust, etc., etc., etc. And since you are still in your zen place, you have overlooked the race decals and seen through them to the beautiful motorcycle beneath…

There are 6 days left in the auction for this beautiful, small-bore cafe racer, and bidding is currently at $1,000 with a $3,500 Buy-It-Now…

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Seats for 1978 Triumph?

Update: The links in the photos aren’t working for me right now. I will try to get them fixed ASAP…
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Rammona sent in the following question, and I have made an attempt to answer it. I didn’t find any specifically in Canada, but I found a few here in the states. If anyone has any other sources for good seats for her, please let us know…

“I am looking to buy a reasonably priced cafe seat for a 78 Triumph 550, do you have any idea in Canada where i can get one from that has the square back for the back light.
Thanks, Rammona”

A company called Hotwing Glass with a seat (non-square back) that you would have to do a different type of light mounting…


For non-oil-in-frame Triumphs...

For non-oil-in-frame Triumphs...


Air-Tech has generic seats that might fit the bill. Here’s a picture of one of them…


Generic cafe seat on eBay that has room for mounting a light on back…

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Another cafe seat on eBay – Described as possibly a Rickman…

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