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Because I don't have enough things to do I've been thinking about a cafe racer project. Currently my thought have been going to two really different directions.

Something entirely different like a cafe based on a GL1000 Gold Wing
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Something classic, spidery, narrow and see-through

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Or something in between like a Guzzi or BMW based bike

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Unless you are a huge fat fxxx, I would go smaller than a 1000cc bike. :meh: Cafe racers are not that comfortable, so the big cruising engine would be a waste--are you really going to stay out on the highway for hours on that?

I'd go smaller. I really like the Honda 450 and 550 cafe racers I've seen. And I saw a real nice one just the other day near my office, but I could not for the life of me figure out what it was originally! :lol:
 
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Any of the CBs are good choices for a Japanese version (my usual favorites for everyday dependability). I've recently seen some CX500 cafes, XS400 or 650, and a few of the Kwaks too. Purists will call for a British bike, but to me cafe bikes are about taking what you have and building it to be fast, light, and nimble.... no matter the make/model.

here's a pic of my current CB450 I'm working on....





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I might go with a CB 550 since it was one of my favorite bikes, but if I go in that direction it's gotta go skinny. Thumper or V-twin, maybe parallel twin.

I'd love to go with a bevel drive Duc.
 

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Spidery narrow and see through won the day.

I picked up a KZ750 twin today. The PO started the cafe conversion, but it has a way to go before it's what I want.

Something like Nat's Dad's or the Duc in the above pic is what I'm shooting for.
 

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Any of the CBs are good choices for a Japanese version (my usual favorites for everyday dependability). I've recently seen some CX500 cafes, XS400 or 650, and a few of the Kwaks too. Purists will call for a British bike, but to me cafe bikes are about taking what you have and building it to be fast, light, and nimble.... no matter the make/model.

here's a pic of my current CB450 I'm working on....





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Do you have the electrics under the bum stop, or did you eliminate them altogether?
 
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Gumby, how is it going? Are you doing this? UPdate?

Unless you are a huge fat fxxx, I would go smaller than a 1000cc bike. :meh: Cafe racers are not that comfortable, so the big cruising engine would be a waste--are you really going to stay out on the highway for hours on that?

I'd go smaller. I really like the Honda 450 and 550 cafe racers I've seen. And I saw a real nice one just the other day near my office, but I could not for the life of me figure out what it was originally! :lol:

And I would like to temper this previous comment. I still like the smaller cafe/bobber bikes. And I think the larger platform is impractical--all the umpff to ride the slabs, but none of the accoutrement to make those longer rides practical--comfy seat, trunks, fairing, racks, etc. But, all that said, this is one bad ass looking toy with a lot of get up and go. If I ever went big, this would be it.

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And he's a mudder, too. ;) kevinmrowland. . . .
 
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