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There are always going to be people who jump in here with stupid ideas and desires, and expect to get instant support for something god-awful and potentially dangerous. It happens over and over.

When someone new pops up and wants advice on how to chop up the frame and drill out the mufflers and make a seat pan out of beer-can-thick aluminum, don’t roll your eyes and grind your teeth and verbally hit them with a lead sap. Say nothing and post a link to a “Here We Go Again” page in a response.

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Welcome to CafeRacer.net. It’s a great place but can get a little rough-n-tumble. Don’t take it too serious because everyone catches some knuckles now and then.

Read some of the threads. Look at the chatter. There can be some mockery and insults, but typically it’s a friendly mix of trash talk and rude jokes. Have a beer and some chips and join us for some good laughs.

Don’t ever mention “lifestyle” or “dream” or “hip” regarding café bikes. Never, never. No checkerboards or retro jackets or chopped-up frames. The people here focus on making bikes run better, be reliable, and above all, go faster. If you want a brat-style thing, or a clone of something you saw on a we-got-a-deadline show, look for a different place because we don't do that here.

If you’re new to motorcycles, get a manual and some tools and learn basics like adjusting the chain, changing oil, setting the timing, adjusting valves, and so on. Do all of that before you start any modifications. A “rad bike” that doesn’t run is worthless. Buying a beat-up bike at a cheap price will cost more in the long run compared to something already in good shape.

Have questions about handling or horsepower? Excellent advice abounds. Some members have decades of experience and can offer great suggestions and solutions. Take their advice into consideration even though it might not be what you want to hear. Other people might take pot shots for some laughs – ignore them.

Everyone has a different vision for their motorcycle, just as everyone has a different need. If your vision is a track-worthy bike with a license plate, this is the right place, but if all you want is a quickie cosmetic change to look cool, you need to find a lifestyle-dream-hip website.


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I have to admit that I like checker boards going down the center of the tank, and even a narrow line on the fenders. None of my bikes have them though.
 
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