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This is a discussion on Your thoughts within the Craigslist/Ebay forums, part of the Caferacer.net Forums category; So after speaking with some people and taking their advice and input into consideration. I've started to look for something that's already running. So I ...

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    Your thoughts

    So after speaking with some people and taking their advice and input into consideration. I've started to look for something that's already running. So I can actually get out and ride and not stare at my project with a handful of hope and maybe some beer for two years, because let's be honest while projects are fun riding is where it's at.

    So I have started cruising the CL posts for something that has some value to it and possibly rideable in the near forseable future.

    This is one that kind of interests me at the moment.
    gs550 motorcycle/ cafe racer

    Your thoughts are welcome.

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    That bike should be shit.

    your goal should be to find a stock bike and keep it that way.
    This isn't to say that you aren't ready for some kick ass bullshit look.
    But stock gives so a massively important and often overlooked item....a manual...
    which a stock bike you can reference a manual and get a base line of how the bike works and runs. You will develop an eye and just "know" the bike better.

    starting with a hacked up pile of junk will only lead to chancing your dick around trying get it to kinda run.

    That pile you linked has almost every hipster trap in the book.
    -shitty pods to ensure it doesn't run right
    -cut exhaust to piss everyone in town off.
    -no fenders to make the ride dirty and cause fork flex.
    -"open triangle" to raise the CG, have a poorly installed battery and probably electrical gremils
    -cheap junky clubmans to make the bike uncomfortable
    -no rearsets to prove the "builder" was a lazy jerk off
    -no blinkers so you get pulled over
    -wires hanging everywhere to make sure you don't ride much
    -side mounted and none lite plate, lazy and no night riding.
    -poorly covered and installed seat.
    ect ect ect

    does have dyna coils, I'm sure that was a mistake.
    do the GS bikes not like the lower ohm coils the same way the CB bikes don't?
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    Some times things come around that are so singularly inept it gives you a whole new appreciation for the ept

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    Run the opposite direction from that bike as fast as you can.

    as a general rule don't buy someone else's bodge of a cafe racer until you have a lot more experience with bikes..in this case the po cut the rear frame so to me its junk, I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. The GS550 generally isn't a bad bike (a little small for you) but that just has too many issues going on.

    My my better suggestion for your search is rather than take a shotgun approach where you fire aimless at CL and hope you hit something good, focus your search on two or three models of bikes and then try to find a really good deal on one of those. You also want something with an aftermarket. To that end a SOHC cb750, xs650, sportster, kz900/1000 are all good choices. some choices that still have a pretty good aftermarket but not great are gs750, DOHC cb750F supersport, basically any late 70's early 80's superbike.

    A good rule of thumb is to look at what's being raced in vintage classes at AHRMA and WERA and use that as a pattern for what you want to build.
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    Thank you guys. KZ900/KZ1000 you say, hmmmm. I'm a tall guy, this frame might be good for my size.
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    for your size the superbikes from the late 70's and early 80's are really a better fit. They are as big as freight trains and almost as heavy, but they won't look like brit bikes from the 50's.

    here is the 1979 cb750F my brother rides (and I used to own):


    This is the kind of "Cafe racer" I remember as a kid in the 80's, big fuck off superbikes. It doesn't look impressive next to say a GSXR but when you compare it to a stock 1979 cb750F....

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    you can see there is a lot more going on than just an emgo fairing and some bars.
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    This looks like it would make a good street tracker, I don't mind that at all. I'm not all about the café racer I do like their look but I'm not set on that. I think I told Geeto that I like dirt trackers and this kind of reminds me of them. I want something that can be made to handle well with the benefit of some take off speed and the 1000 should really have that. Not that I'll need that speed but it's nice to know it's there.
    Last edited by BigOtto79; 05-23-2014 at 04:06 PM.

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    If you want a dirt tracker buy an older Evo sportster or an xs650 and give phil little a call for one of his kits. I happen to love his 650 storm kit.
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    While I like them I wonder how well they would handle on the street.

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    How much are you wanting to spend?

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    Up to a grand, it doesn't have to be beautiful by any means. In fact I prefer dented and dirty give's me something to get my hands dirty with. I don't do a whole heck of a lot after my work day. Most of my time will be spent working on it. At least 3 to 5 hours a day depending on my frustration level. Need a good project.

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