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I'm a newb that fell in lube with the cafe bikes the styling is great and I wanna start a new project instead of sitting on my butt.

Anyways, is it possible to turn my 200 cc 1980 Honda Twinstar into a cafe bike? I just picked the bike up over the weekend for free and I wanted to know if anyone out there has any advice on how I can turn this into a cafe bike. I wish I can put a pic on this site but dont know how.

There's lots of stuff on the net for the CB750 but not for any other Hondas. I know that there are things that are universal like handle bars and such but what about gas tanks and seats? Any advice and direction as far as net links and stores would be appreciated.

The other newb question is that I've seen lots of

I live in Pasadena, CA so if anyone lives in the area that can recommend a mech or shop that was be awesome too.

Peace and Honda grease.
 

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There's lots of stuff on the net for the CB750 but not for any other Hondas. I know that there are things that are universal like handle bars and such but what about gas tanks and seats? Any advice and direction as far as net links and stores would be appreciated.
Trial and error is one of the few ways you can find if stuff fits. What I would do is take a lot of measurements of your bike (espically in the top frame/seat and tank area) and then travel around with this info in your pocket and a tape measure. Anytime an opportunity presents itself measure the parts on other bikes to see what is possible. There are plenty of universial fiberglass seats out there so finding one to fit your bike should not be an issue, but tanks will require a little research. Nothing will be just a bolt on but some stuff should fit pretty easily.

1hotwing on ebay sells a few different cafe and flat track style universial seats and I have heard good things about them. Airtech is another supplier and you can probably call them and ask what will fit your bike's measurements.

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Kine8282,
Not to be mean, but the Twinstar was one of the ugliest little bikes Honda ever made. You are definately going to need some body work. Off the top of my head I would look at the tank off of the CB200T. It might fit fine. Good luck on a seat, maybe as was suggested a fiberglass universal. I believe that bike had skinny 16 inch wheels with a tiny front drum, so you may want to get a set of stock CB350 wheels and see if they will fit. The Twinstar was a physically small bike so you might be able to do something fun as a scaled down Cafe. Good luck with it since the price was right and anything you do to it will be an improvement. It wil be a good challenge and as unique as they come.
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Kine8282....off course you can turn your twin star into a cafe racer star! With imagination and enthusiasm, any bike can become a cafe racer.
I would suggest club man bars, the easiest way, later on you can switch to clip ons if you want. You can re-shape your stock seat, and, get some good tires.
Paint job helps, I like black wheels, looks more racy and sporty.If you have a pix of your bike, I could tell you my feeling. Any bike can be made a cafe racer, do not feel discouraged at all.
Congratulations for your enthusiasm, and, yes, that bike would make a nice cafe racer. If CB bikes from the seventies can turn into incredible machines, yours too, thumbs up!!!



I just came in to add a picture, check this out, is this one your bike???







This is a cool bike, excelent material for a Cafe Racer. Yours is not different from this one, a 400....basicly same shape, although this one already has club man bars, and a reshaped seat. You can re shape your seat, add clubman bars...and you will be on your way!!!:)


It would make a cool Cafe racer...that is for sure!!!

Edited by - jaimesix on Sep 17 2006 01:09:18 AM
 

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I'm a newb that fell in lube with the cafe bikes the styling is great and I wanna start a new project instead of sitting on my butt.

Anyways, is it possible to turn my 200 cc 1980 Honda Twinstar into a cafe bike? I just picked the bike up over the weekend for free and I wanted to know if anyone out there has any advice on how I can turn this into a cafe bike. I wish I can put a pic on this site but dont know how.

There's lots of stuff on the net for the CB750 but not for any other Hondas. I know that there are things that are universal like handle bars and such but what about gas tanks and seats? Any advice and direction as far as net links and stores would be appreciated.

The other newb question is that I've seen lots of

I live in Pasadena, CA so if anyone lives in the area that can recommend a mech or shop that was be awesome too.

Peace and Honda grease.
If you picked up the bike for free - what kind of condition is it in? There is no such thing as a free bike. If the thing is a wreck, you may be better off parting it out on ebay and buying a bike that has a little bit more of an aftermarket. If it runs and drives then you have a good start on a project.
 

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Thanks for the response everyone, I just recently bought a 1975 CB550 for $300, in good condition but doesnt run at the moment. I'm gonna trade the Twinstar for some engine work on the CB550.

But I wanted to say thanks for the feedback
 
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