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    Decisions x2 New guy Which project

    Hey all,

    I'm new on the boards. Getting into the motions of building a cafe. Not really looking for a full tear down project. Have been looking at 70's/80's japanese bike's. Looking for something running i can do a face lift on and tinker for my first one.

    Have experience on a 97' 750 gsxr.
    Have experience with track cars and drift cars.

    Looking for recommendations on reliable bike's good for cross country stints.

    Some bike's i have seen for sale include

    - 79' XS 750cc SE - Runs/ recently tuned pretty but id gut it $750


    Dream bike is a wide line triton. Love the brushed steel and black look.

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    GS1100. Lots of potential, not as common a cafe as some others, built like a brick (kinda looks like one, too), will b e comfy on trips.

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    Thanks for the tip Ken, Im a little weary diving into the 1100cc bikes, I can handle the weight but there will be a fair mount of city driving. And i imagine tired night home from work stopped at a light with clip ons the heavy the more likely i may mis handle it and drop it.

    Also found

    1981 Suzuki GS 650G - 1300 21,000 kms looks immaculate

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    The GS650G is a good choice, too. The G is shaft drive if that matters to you. In this instance, I don't think it would matter one way or the other. It will certainly be able to take some longer cruises without any issues and they are considerably lighter than the 1100. I would say pick whichever one will need the least amount of work.

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    If you are going to go cross country, then you are going to want a GT bike more than a repli-race cafe bike. so no clipons, unless they are adjustable, and a more sporting upright riding position (think sport tourer).

    Honestly: go buy a 1979-1982 CB750F or 900F super sport. you should be able to pick up a really clean one needing no work for $1500 in good shape. they have great early 80's superbike look to them, are super comfy with a superbike style bar, and will do 100mph all day long. If you really feel like you need to have the cafe expirence then chop the tail (basically flush the tail light and cut down the lower fender and plate mount), shave the seat, and put on an endurance racer fairing lettered to the hilt with early 80's racing graphics and contingency stickers. A set of dual hella's mounted to the front of your racing fairing will let everyone know you mean badass business.

    "cafe racer" bikes are not all that gay checkers and 59 club bullshit. there is a real history here besides what the rockabilly assholes call culture.

    here is some inspiration:

    laverda:




    honda:





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    A gs750 and a kz650 or kz1000 will work as well. GS should be cheaper, Kzs slightly more money.

    look thorugh this gallery and tell me this shit doesn't look tits:

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    I think that bottom picture is Dave Evans from a USCRA race...




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    Get a late eighties VFR750 and slip on some more modern wheels. It's fast, comfortable and handles well.

    Forget Laverda V6 racers or Honda RCB endurance race bikes from the late seventies/early eighties and look at a decade newer.

    VFR is under rated as a sporting bike, but a certain W. Rainey Esq did just fine on one as did Bubba.

    There are few bikes that fit that sport-touring mold better. A gentleman's express of motorcycles.

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    quote:Originally posted by thatoreoguy


    Looking for recommendations on reliable bike's good for cross country stints.
    The GS's are good (the G models being shaft - which are great no mess / low maintenance bikes).

    Don't rule out the Yamaha XJ's (the Secas, not the Maxims). XJ750 and XJ900 are stiil relatively cheap and bulletproof. Surprisingly quick for what they are, too.

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    Thanks for all the advice guys. I will be riding the cross country along side my friend who picked up a 2011 moto guzzi 750. Keep your suggestions coming the GT touring suggestion has got me intrigued. As i could just remove the front fairing for city driving if i still wanted a more street look.

    Dual heads are sick. I think for my first project the shaft drives are probably best as im probably NOT going to be playing with gearing at all.

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