Archive for the ‘xs650’ Tag

XS650 Rear-Sets from TC Bros. Customs

I’ve seen these rear-sets on eBay for quite awhile. Almost all of the feedback for these items (and their other stuff) is very, very good. This seller also has a universal rear-set kit, but you would have to buy the linkage kit separately.

If anyone out there reading the blog has any photos of these rear-sets attached to their bike, please send a pic or two my way, and I will post…


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Homemade CafĂ© Racer Seat (CB750 or ???)

Here’s a pretty cool homemade cafe racer seat. Made with a steel pan, it should be plenty strong regardless of what bike it is on or how it is mounted. The riveted and polished aluminum rear cowl is a nice touch. Better yet, you can tell your friends you made it yourself!

Currently at $76 on eBay with about 4 hours left…


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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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Cafe Racer Seat for Yamaha SR500 / SR400 or ???

I’ve posted products / bikes by these guys before, but this is the first time I’ve seen this particular item. It is a nice cafe racer seat for a Yamaha SR. Their shop specializes in SR400 and SR500 bikes, but I’d have to guess that this seat would fit on other machines as well. Again, this company is located in Bangkok, the fact of which is not a problem in and of itself, but would make shipping times a bit longer.

Right now the shop doesn’t have any other items posted on eBay, but the polished aluminum tank is something they post fairly regularly. There are also a pair of rear-sets at the bottom of the page that are probably for the SR shown in the pictures. They seem to have a connection with a company in Japan that sells them items with cosmetic blems or fixes, and then they sell it on eBay. Items in the past have included other seats, a complete bike, and gas tanks that have extra welding on the under side (reason unknown, but I would assume a production error leading to a welded in patch).



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Yamaha SR500 Cafe Racer Seat


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Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer

Here is a really clean build-up/restoration of a Yamaha XS650 into a cafe racer. So much about it is right, and just a few things need help (but they’re easy).

I think the overall look of the bike with the nice paint, fiberglass, and decals is really nice. It will stand out in a row of bikes at Alice’s Restaurant while not being over the top. That rear seat is particularly nice, and I like the way the CB500 tank looks on the bike. The red pin-striping/decals on the white bodywork is quite classy.

But here are two things that would change the bike radically on the cheap and easy: ditch the crazy square mirror, and get some clip-ons or clubmans. I know it is more comfortable to have the drag bars, but it is the one missing element for me. And the square mirror? Enough said…

This bike is only a little ways from my house, but finances dictate I stay away and concentrate on the SL350 cafe build-up I have coming up with my friend Paul at TheMotoWorld.com.


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Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer Seat

Sorry for the sh!tty picture (it appears to be of a prototype). But the seat appears cool. I am getting more serious about finding a seat for my Sportster, as I am finding more and more examples of these types of cafe racer seats for sale. I think it might be time to try one out…


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Yamaha XS650 Cafe Racer – Clean, Well-Built Bike

I don’t know if I’m a fan of the paint job, but this is one well-built, clean motorcycle. I’d adjust the bars if it were my bike, but what a good build! My girlfriend really likes this bike. Nice job on the Tokico brakes!


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