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This is a discussion on cafe racer within the Technical forums, part of the Caferacer.net Forums category; hi all new on here in looking to build a cafe racer somthing like triumph but not sure wat bike to start with any advice ...

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    cafe racer

    hi all new on here in looking to build a cafe racer somthing like triumph but not sure wat bike to start with any advice would b great plz

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    should be in the general section. any 2 stroke will work--- kaw triple, yam rd, suz gt/t. triumph would be good (depends what your plans are) suz gs series. don't do a cx or cm Honda. I know people in Swansea and for a few pounds they'll kick you in the nuts
    I like my shocks like I like my women. Cheap and Chinese.

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    start by reading the forums here look thru the gallery, do a google image search ...
    look for bikes manufactured mostly in the 60's and 70's ,as they are easyest to mod to a proper cafe style...
    find those you like and can afford to own and ride..
    post pictures and possible links back here and you will then receive some solid opinion as to what you can expect to accomplish with them...

    expect harsh treatment if you pick something dumbass
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    60's triumph or new triumph? go buy a thruxton if you want a new bonnie, then mod it.
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    Why not try a BSA? it is something like a Triumph, in fact in some cases it was exactly like a Triumph. I would do a BSA A-65 with an A-10 crankshaft and 441 Victor pistons. I think that makes it about an 850. It is also then a very fragile engine, but also very cafe-ish and period correct. MAny people take umbrage to the OIF A65 ( it is a Triumph frame) because it makes the bike sit taller and it looks different. I think the A65 was a very good handling bike so I would just rebuild the forks using good oil, new bushings and good springs. On the rear, make sure the swing arm bushings are in very good nick and then replace the rear shocks with some decent quality ones, such as Hagon or Progressive Suspension. If you can find a conical DLS front hub with the cast in air scoop, that is the way I would go. Many people don't like the way they work, but they are very cafe. Then I would look for some cafe type glass fibre body work like a Dunstall or Read - Titan seat to complete the picture. I think the tank that came on the OIF BSA A65 was one of the nicest production tanks to ever come out of the BSA factory although the one for the shooting star is nice, too. I don't like any of the production seats from BSA because they are not cafe enough for me. Oh yeah, I would fit alloy rims, alloy fenders and Avon tyres cause they are all very cafe, too. BSA footpegs are adjustable so if you put them in their rearmost position and fit clubman bars you will be all set to head out to the Ace CAfe and be all cafe with everybody there.


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    60s triumph

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    Thanx for all the advice thanx to derkchecken will look out for you friends

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    70's BSA is better than 60's Triumph. There aren't any pushrod tubes to leak and BSA has way better looking tank badges. Get an A65.
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    this thread doesn't have enough information to be interesting.
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    Pick something relatively small and light to start with so it handles well and will be quick and fun to ride. Some bikes are not necessarily good as a basis for a cafe bike, an XS1100 or KZ1300 comes to mind. Customs maybe, but not cafe.
    Britbikes have torque and classic good looks going for them, 2-smokes have light weight and simplicity, as well as an easy GP bike look.
    Go with what you are comfortable working on.
    Mark

    Last pics down on the page is one thing you can do to make a cool Triumph, oil in the frame and everything.

    https://www.caferacer.net/forum/proje...thread-15.html
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