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Cafe racer build first bike, advice on getting started and choosing/ sourcing a bike

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I'm looking for advice on which bike to chose for my first build and my first bike. I am currently 6'2" and age 15 so looking to be 6'4" most likely, i need help for advice on which kind of models i should be looking for on the market which would fit me for when i can ride and will suit as a good first project cafe bike.

My budget is under £1000 for the base price of the bike ideally under £800, i'm looking at the 70s/ early 80s bikes like the first gen suzuki gsx750, aswell as yamaha xs series, kawasaki z series. I was wondering if you had any advice on specifically which models i should be looking out for within budget that i would also be able to work on, and where i could find a bike in the UK ideally in east anglia or nearby. Also if you have any other advice for me on where to start in relationship with a build it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks :)
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Let me get this straight, you want your first bike build to be something you can't legally ride for at least 4 years? "so its the best to buy a bike strip it down and make it work the best it possibly can? so tune it and clean everything and make it work smoothly before making any alterations to aesthetic" , that
's the mistake most noobs make, buy a running bike, strip it down to the frame so they can paint it and they end up with a bunch of parts in a box to sell on CL. Don't strip it down. Ride it for a year making improvements to what ever the bike tells you it needs. Riding it will tell you what you want to change. Once it is all sorted it is at that time you want to strip it all down and make it pretty before final assembly and riding it for years of enjoyment.
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