hi Matt.I dont know where online you have been but the best inspiration page i have found when thinking about a street build is
his picture archive is full of cafeinated to the max bikes.http://vonblonde.com
also has good cafe pics.For parts I have had luck one stop shopping with
also take a look at www.omarsdtr.com
ebay has everything as well just type in cb 550 or cb550 and you will fall asleep staring at all the used and new parts for sale.
you may want body work and Glass from the past is a good place to start looking ,there is airtechairstreamlining but I just like the pictures of body work they say they carry ,my experience is that there web site hasnt been up dated in several years so I just look at the body work for inspiration.
Its all a matter of taste, do what you want, listen to everyone, but use your own ideas. Thats what makes them interesting , the details that sets them apart. Not only from other bikes, but from each other...if we all wanted the same looking bike we would just go buy a production bike and polish it on saturdays.
personally I like the punk rock/handbuilt back yard look /with artistic style.I dont like them that pretty, but thats me you may like super polished aluminum and deep wet looking paint.
Each to his own ..build it your way and screw anyones comments..its not about pleasing anyone but yourself.
the biggest difference between cafe racers and cafe styled street bikes.Racing is for rules regulations and speed you want to win,you want to place, you want the trophy.
On the street its all about attitude and having something different.
Always good to have another brother in arms.
Edited by - LILBull on Dec 06 2005 07:15:40 AM