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    1978 Hondamatic 4 Sale!


    This needs to happen.....
    How can I help?
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    Just dont do things like Pipeburn does, for example:

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    Maybe there is someone out there that likes this. But to me it looks ugly and cheap
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaguar View Post
    1978 Hondamatic 4 Sale!


    This needs to happen.....
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    I hope you mean the motorcycle that converts to sell coffee/tea...because YESS!!!!!!!

    If you mean this guy doing something with a cb/cm, nah...
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    Ah crap, can't we joke some more, I just found a really cool photo:



    … if this thing folds up I want one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeto67 View Post
    I hope you mean the motorcycle that converts to sell coffee/tea...because YESS!!!!!!!

    If you mean this guy doing something with a cb/cm, nah...
    Ohhh, you could set up some liquid cooling that actual is the coffee brewing as the engine runs! Sure it might taste a bit like gas and oil, but hey, the real petrol heads will dig that right?
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    Other than the basic mechanical and fabrication skills, you need a good knowledge of old motorcycle racing mods and race bike history, not just a mental gallery of what passes as a cafe racer today. You need to be able to visualize what you're trying to accomplish on a specific bike, know which bikes are a waste of time and energy, and have a good aesthetic sense for the overall look of the bike, blending the functionality into that.
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    HD Servi-car - the original cafe on two wheels:

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    and the side car hack summer refreshment:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ews View Post
    Ohhh, you could set up some liquid cooling that actual is the coffee brewing as the engine runs! Sure it might taste a bit like gas and oil, but hey, the real petrol heads will dig that right?
    umm...no, that would be gross. Also coffee is acidic and would eat your engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeto67 View Post
    Ok here is the non joke answer...

    Sell it. It's a cheap commuter bike that isn't worth putting time into it at all. There are way more interesting bikes for cheap, just dump that project for whatever you can get for it and walk away.
    Yeah I never meant to imply that my CM is the bike I'm going to invest my time into, just info on what I have experience with.

    Quote Originally Posted by Geeto67 View Post
    Call them racers. It makes you sound like less of a dickhead. There are ways to deal with a moto life in NYC, I did it almost all my life (I moved to ohio in 2013) and ways to get into a garage for less than you think. Sign up for the NYCvinmoto email list would be a first smart move, and get to know everyone in that largely brooklyn based community. It helps.
    Weird that it's not "cool" to call them cafe racers on caferacer.net, but ok. Noted. Thanks. And thanks for the NYCvinmoto tip.


    Quote Originally Posted by Geeto67 View Post
    How old are you? I am guessing you are not in high school anymore so BOCES is kind of out. I mean you can go back but it's a process. Do you want real training? to make a career out of this? I have to be honest It might be best to actually go to a trade school to learn what you want to learn. WyoTech would be my first stop since there are a lot of high profile graduates doing some amazing things.
    WyoTech | Mechanic Repair Training | Auto, Body, Diesel, Motorcycle, Marine

    UTI is another one I see advertised a lot
    Universal Technical Institute (UTI) | Technical Education Trade School

    Keep in mind these are schools training people for a real career, so they are going to take it seriously.

    The best mechanics I have ever seen though have been trained as aircraft mechanics (A&P licensed). It teaches basic metal fabrication plus complex systems and covers way more than an automotive or motorcycle course would cover because...well...the stakes are higher if you are a bad airplane mechanic.
    I'm 27, so BOCES isn't really an option. I'm not in a situation where I could quit my job and put myself back through school, so I'll need to take classes at night or on weekends, one at a time most likely, all which puts me at a disadvantage. I'd love to turn this into a career but that's not something I'm counting on, I really just love motorcycles, taking things apart and putting them back together. Being able to do that is worth the money to me, even if there's no monetary payoff. If I do this, don't want to cut corners, so I'll have to see how plausible those classes you mentioned are for me to take.

    Thanks for the tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeto67 View Post
    umm...no, that would be gross. Also coffee is acidic and would eat your engine.
    Not if you have ceramic heads!! Ok so my dream of being a motorcycle barista maybe ill conceived lol
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