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    Caferacer from cruiser (Vulcan 500) ???

    I just got a 2001 Vulcan 500 in a multiple trade deal. Don't ask.

    What is the possibility of turning this thing into a caferacer?

    If I removed the rear fender, rear subframe, and tank, could there be some tidy seat/tank combo built to fit over what is left to make it function properly (and look good)?

    Replacing the cowhorn bars would be simple enough. Just fit clip-ons of some sort.

    Can the fatso rear tire/wheel be removed and something skinnier and larger diameter be laced to the existing hub? I wonder how much room the swingarm has for a larger diameter tire.

    I'd have to fit rearsets, of course.

    Attached are two pics: 1. The original bike 2. A crudely modified pic just to get a feel for the image.

    thanks for any ideas.

    Bob





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    Maybe change the rake on the bike. Notch out the stem and weld it back together. Lose some of the covers in the middle of the bike to simplify the look of the bike.

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    Sell it, and use the money to buy a proper bike.
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    aAnything can be made Cafe if you have enough money.

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    i would sell it and buy a proper bike, like jude suggests. however, there is a happy netherlander on here that made a yamaha virago into a VERY SWEET cafe bike...but it took a lot of work! i think that bike is way to raked out to handle good like a cafe racer too...so you are looking at modifying the frame like lost said. congrats on getting a bike though!
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    Putting longer rear shocks on it will really help by steepening the rake, plus giving more ground clearance. I think the Vulcan uses essentially the same engine as the EX so you shouldn't have any trouble getting an exhaust on it. EX wheels might even fit on there and they are readily available. I say, don't listen to all these nay sayers and have a shot at it. What's the worst that can happen? After all, you are starting with a Vulcan.

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    seems like you're limited to just an aesthetic cafe racer but they can be made to look good, be pretty nuts if you made an actual track style racer out of it.
    i have been looking at the cruisers on the sales floor at my work. one of the best looking candidates for an old school aesthetic cafe IMO is the vstar 250. chain driven twin, narrow, simple.

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    with the longer shocks you can steepen the head angle, but your offset and trail will still be "bad". why not just trade that in for an EX....
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    Do it, and show us what you had to do!

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    Hey Gyrobob, did you ever make that vulcan 500 cafe? I turned my '07 into one.

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