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This is a discussion on Wiring troubles within the Project Builds forums, part of the Caferacer.net Forums category; Originally Posted by jmart377 Too late Thanks Harvey. I agree with you Harvey but I got lucky with this find and just had the vision ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmart377 View Post
    Too late
    Thanks Harvey. I agree with you Harvey but I got lucky with this find and just had the vision as soon as I laid eyes on her
    I often have vision when I look at things as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Witworth View Post
    You haven't really said what you want to do with this bike, but it's not really a bike to put clip-ons or clubman bars on. It would end up pretty strange and heavy to steer.

    GS850Ls are fast enough and very smooth, but they are not ideal to make look like a café racer.

    Why have you taken the carbs off?

    Danger, is my business.
    I took the carbs off with the intention of replacing the intake boots. Which had some kind of sealant on it when I bought it.

    I was really looking at putting on some clip-ons, love the look and it really says cafe to me, but you are saying the bike is too big for that?

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    You have no plan for this bike and don't say handlebars and cafe seat, the bike was running and rid-able before tear down. I would reconsider your approach.

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    Here's the rub, the bike was designed to ride like a cruiser, it's low in the rear, jacked up in the front, slightly raked, the rear tire is squat and suspension on both ends is enough to move it out of the showroom. If you alter it to be a more forward riding bias motorcycle and manage to make it go faster, you will find its stock rubber very lacking with good tires difficult to source in cruiser tire sizes, suspension will be prone to plow and wallow in the fast sweepers, and being a hefty traverse I-4 … are you familiar with what frame flex and dragging hard parts in corners feels like ?
    This could be a very exciting motorcycle to ride.

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    If that bike says "cafe" to you, maybe you misunderstood and it was telling you it was hungry.

    Seriously, that bike is not a great starting point for that kind of build. It is not impossible, but you are handicapped from the start. The frame geometry is wrong, the shaft drive is a minus in the performance department, it is heavy....even for a GS. It is a good bike, don't get me wrong....it is just more suited for touring, than performance. It was a smaller alternative to the GL1000 Goldwing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmart377 View Post
    I took the carbs off with the intention of replacing the intake boots. Which had some kind of sealant on it when I bought it.

    I was really looking at putting on some clip-ons, love the look and it really says cafe to me, but you are saying the bike is too big for that?
    Almost everything about this bike is anti-café racer. It's too heavy and the steering geometry is too "cruiser dumpy" to fit bars any lower that superbike type bars. It's too heavy for short stumpy bars. Period.

    It would make a good standard or bobber type custom. It's not really café racer material.

    This is not the bike to strip everything off to make a café racer. It's a bike to go and ride across the state in a day in comfort. I like GS850s, but its never going to be sporty or a café racer.

    A first model GS550/750 is a bike that is about four times better to make into a café racer. You would end up with a bike that is good to ride, and good to look at.

    Danger, is my business.

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