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I've been thinking of my next cafe bike, any one racing a cr 500 cafe bike? Or possibly a WR450,a crf, or kdx. I was looking for some links and or idea's.
 

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huh?? do you mean super motard? an mx bike would take extensive mods to make it resemble a cafe bike. we covered this topic once about a TTR 250. you'd have to be one hell of a tank fabricator to make it work. you could get an old chassis however and use an mx motor, that would be pretty neat
 

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Maybe look at 70's era dirtbikes like Coolatula's (sp?) hodoka?

I've also noticed that late 60's early 70's jap dirt bikes still had frames and tanks that would lend themselves to the caff look; because let's face it, the original cafe racers weren't real racers, they were wannabe's, kids who tried to emulate the racers they idolized.
 

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There used to be a superbike type series that ran large open class two-strokes CR500/KX500s etc. I think that may be what the OP is referring to? They were built specifically for that series and were pretty high strung machines from what I've read.

I used to own a CR450 and a friend had a CR480,both air-cooled and both mean,but neither would be able to touch a good running CR500 or KX500.
Just check out this clip. I assure you just because they are dirt bikes don't think for a minute they aren't quick.

Large two-stroke singles don't make they greatest road bikes. A twin or a triple would be a better choice IMHO.

Bikes like a Yamaha RD or Suzuki T/GT etc.
Suzukis:http://www.bikepics.com/suzuki/t500
http://www.bikepics.com/suzuki/t350
Yamaha:http://www.bikepics.com/yamaha/rd400
http://www.bikepics.com/yamaha/rd350

If your set on one a older steel tank Yamaha,Suzuki,Kawasaki Enduro type bike would lend itself to being a better road bike.They were already on/off road bikes with lights,some with batteries,turn signals etc. and tuned less highly than the race bikes.
Yamaha DT400:http://www.bikepics.com/yamaha/dt400
DT250:http://www.bikepics.com/yamaha/dt250
MX360:http://www.bikepics.com/yamaha/mx360

Suzuki TS400:http://www.bikepics.com/suzuki/ts400
TS250:http://www.bikepics.com/suzuki/ts250
 

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YES, Coolatula!! thats what im talking about! the 70's steel tank bikes or the solid frame bikes, i am sorta going down the 2 stroke road but nothing is very well thought out at this point, im still building my first one.
 

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I am in the process of turning a 1981 Honda XL500s into a roadracer. I have done several of them in the past. I have CBR600 wheels on it and a VF700F front end on it. I have FZR600 footpegs on it for rearsets. I needed to relocate the top shock mounts so my Ohlins would be the right length and not at such a laydown angle. I need to shorten the travel on the front forks with internal spacers so I don't have 4" of tube sticking out the top. So far the only machine work I have had to farm out is shortening the steering stem and welding on the top shock mounts. I will post some pictures here in the next day or two if I get the time.

Ken
 

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Here are a few pictures of the XL500




As you can see, I still need to do the seat, exhaust, foot control linkages and shorten up the front suspension, internally. Other than that it is coming together and should be ready to race in the next month or so.

Ken
 

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That....is actually pretty cool and inovative imo. I wonder how expensive the kits will be and with paint and other stuff if it'll be cheaper to grab a 600 instead.
 

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Looks like you need to un-bury that Midget, Ken... and spend some time on it.
 

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Judey,
The midget needs brake work and a water pump. I have to pull the radiator to get to the water pump and I haven't looked for the brake fluid leak yet. Other than that it is good to go and it really looks more buried than it is. It runs good, has the Triumph Spitfire 1500 cc eng and drivetrain that was standard in the last couple of years. It has the Webber 2 bbl downdraft and manifold conversion and electronic ignition. I even used it as a daily commuter for a while about 6 years ago. It is for sale, too if anyone is interested.

Ken
 
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