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I have had lots and lots of CB750's (maybe 20+ ?), and I have built lots of cafe bikes out of them and other bikes. I LOVE cafe bikes.

But MAN! That looks really good. I mean it is beautiful. Before I scruetenized the details, before I tried to figure out what all was going on there, my first impression was, "WOW! That is one of the coolest cafe bikes I have ever seen." Extreeeeemely sexxxxxy.

Now I ride my bikes a lot -- often in the rain, sometimes in the snow -- so I always have fenders and good rubber on them.

Now that I have invested a few seconds looking at it, I remember that the front ends on these things are a bit floppy without any support (fender or fender brace). At first I thought it was a 750, but now I see it is a 550... (duh, that explains the missing oil tank!), I am impressed with how the rear of the frame is modified to wrap around and how Benjie's seat matches those lines perfectly; it's very Ducati, and is an excellent detail. I think the handlebars are a little cluttered, but that is OK. The chrome swing are is a nice touch -- in fact everything on this bike is extremely clean, but del105 already said that he builds these bikes, more than he rides them, so I guess that makes sense.

As far as lines go, this custom tank and seat combo is absolutely stunning on this 550. They are what makes it all happen. They represent a beautiful design concept, but I think it could have been a little better. I like to see a straight line that can be traced from the back of the bike all the way along the bottom of the seat, along the tank, and all the way through the head light. In my opinion there is a kind of symmetry that just need to be thoughtfully put together. In spite of this bike's incredibly cool tank and seat combo, its lines could be better. I wish the line along the bottom of the tank was straight. I would have made the head light lower so that it flowed with a line that can be traced through the middle of the tank, and I would have uncluttered the handle bars. I think some sort of front fender or brace would have helped draw the line all the way to the front.

Having said all that (way too much!) This is a handsome bike. He did a fine job. I would have done it slightly different.

peace and grease
-fang

'70 Suzuki T350
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It looks better than anything I have in my barn.
 
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