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ok... I'm a big fan of cafe style motorcycles, and I've been a proud owner of a '73 cb350, but the constant maintenance drove me crazy and I finaly sold it. I got an idea spinning in my head that I just need some feedback on. I'm thinking of bying a new small bike, like a virago 250 or gz250 or a nighthawk250, and then converting it to cafe style motorcycle. so as you are all cafe enthusiasts what would you all think about a 2006 cafe bike? please be as critical or as supportive as possible..



Edited by - d.bedenko on Jul 30 2005 11:09:56 PM
 

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buy the 350 back you dumbass. ive never heard someone say a cb350 is too much maintainance. a few of us here beat the snot out of them, and they just keep going. since i havent been able to destroy one, im moving on the 550/4's. seriously, id stick with the older stuff, just looks better.

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not to mention, bikes are about wrenching too you know. not just riding.

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Find a Honda GB500....ready made late model cafe bike.

Offhand I can't think of any small displacement newish bike that would offer both decent performance and the necessary design to allow conversion to a cafe style bike. Most of the sporty small bikes have a frame and bodywork that just isn't conducive to cafe modification, or you have a frame that might work..like one of the "standard" small bikes that just offer such poor performance that it would be no fun.

And like Joe says...once the initial restoration is done on a CB350 it should be damn near bulletproof for the most part. If you don't like adjusting points put in an electronic ignition and that's about the end of maintainance except for oil changes. I mean ANY bike will require chain upkeep, filters, and the odd electrical component now and then...but a CB350...well that's about as trouble free as they come....assuming it wasn't a piece of junk to begin with.

My choice...would be something like a CB350/4. Engine built with loving care, carbs done up right, proper suspension, updated ignition and the thing should run for thousands of miles a year with minimal maintainance. Plus...they sound great and there are still hop up parts for them. Hell...a late model Ducati will cause you more problems than an old Honda.
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agreed, and the gb, even though its a bit of a pig ive heard, it definitely looks the part. but youre going to lay out 3k for one of those in good shape. id still like to do a cb72. all the ideas....

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yeah but with the gb500 he is all ready to go at $3000. try to buy a new virago or nighthawk for that. i also feel that the cb350 is bulletproof. hell i only check my battery voltage (i run a dyna s ignition and coils) and tire pressure when i race it. guys come up and ask me technical questions about jetting and advance curve, but it has been so long (three years) since i did any of that "maintenance" that i forgot it all. i have a notebook around here somewhere with all that junk written down, but i can't find it. doesn't matter, as i won't need it cause the cb350 is invinsible!

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you should see him deflect bullets with his bracelets too!

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j.b.,

i'm invisable, not my bike because it's frame is painted safety orange, thus it's highly visable.

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