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<img src="Greetings. I posted this on the SOHC forum also.
I'm about to begin a pseudo-cafe conversion on my '74 350F (pseudo meaning drag bars instead of clubmans, stock seat instead of solo seat).
My goal is to create a lower profile ala' 60's-era Brit bikes (BSA, Triumph, etc.)
Kind of like this (but with larger tires):
http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k153/johnnybalmer/CafeIdea.jpg" border=0>
In order to achieve this, I'm thinking I need shorter shocks/forks and larger rims/tires. Currently, everything is stock. I'd like to replace the 18 inch rims and tires with something wider and larger. 20 inch?
As far as shocks go, does anyone know if these will work?
[url]http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170159701995&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fmotors.search.ebay.com%3A80%2F%3Ffrom%3DR40%26satitle%3D170159701995%26fvi%3D1[/url]
Also, I spoke with someone at Frank's Forks here in Chicago about cutting the stock forks.
I know I'll need to be mindful of how much clearance I have available when making these decisions.
I'm just looking for any input/advice anyone can offer as I plan this out.
Thanks in advance.

1974 CB350F
1965 Lambretta Li150
2003 Stella
 

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Greetings. I posted this on the SOHC forum also.
I'm about to begin a pseudo-cafe conversion on my '74 350F (pseudo meaning drag bars instead of clubmans, stock seat instead of solo seat).
My goal is to create a lower profile ala' 60's-era Brit bikes (BSA, Triumph, etc.)
Kind of like this (but with larger tires):

In order to achieve this, I'm thinking I need shorter shocks/forks and larger rims/tires. Currently, everything is stock. I'd like to replace the 18 inch rims and tires with something wider and larger. 20 inch?
As far as shocks go, does anyone know if these will work?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/e...y.com:80/?from=R40&satitle=170159701995&fvi=1
Also, I spoke with someone at Frank's Forks here in Chicago about cutting the stock forks.
I know I'll need to be mindful of how much clearance I have available when making these decisions.
I'm just looking for any input/advice anyone can offer as I plan this out.
Thanks in advance.

1974 CB350F
1965 Lambretta Li150
2003 Stella
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1974 CB350F
1965 Lambretta Li150
2003 Stella
 

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The photo is just a jumping off point. What I like about the bike is the lower profile, stock seat and other details like the pedestrian slicer. I know when some folks say they want to build a cafe racer, they simply throw on clubmans and a fiberglass solo seat. I thought this was more of a practical solution for a bike that will be my daily inner city rider.
Thanks for the suggestions.
Maybe I am seduced more by the photograph than the actual bike...

1974 CB350F
1965 Lambretta Li150
2003 Stella
 
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