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I looking to build a cafe racer. I used to have a Honda CB350F, boy what a dog. I looking for a Honda, but want feedback on which model is easiest and cost effective to build: 500/550/750. I want to keep the bike purchase before build to $1000-1500 and rebuild (add ons, re-paint, etc.) to another $750-1000. Total budget at $2500.

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you should be able to get a decent bike, say a 550, do tires, brakes, a pipe, bars, chain. fork seals, cables, wheel bearings and a tuneup for under 2500.

my bike was 650, tires and tubes another 275, brakes say 50, tailight 35, bars were 35, then i bought a mac 4-1 for it 200. (which i used then took off cause it was crap) so its doable. you just gotta hold out for the right deal.


 

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you should be able to get a decent bike, say a 550, do tires, brakes, a pipe, bars, chain. fork seals, cables, wheel bearings and a tuneup for under 2500.

my bike was 650, tires and tubes another 275, brakes say 50, tailight 35, bars were 35, then i bought a mac 4-1 for it 200. (which i used then took off cause it was crap) so its doable. you just gotta hold out for the right deal.


 

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joe,

my $35 tommaselli's look pretty sweet on your bike. are those the 4 into 4 pipes i gave you too?

cause those look pretty sweet too!

-texy

tri, building a cafe bike is easy, if i'm around to give away the parts. just ask that no account friend of mine joe c.!



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joe,

my $35 tommaselli's look pretty sweet on your bike. are those the 4 into 4 pipes i gave you too?

cause those look pretty sweet too!

-texy

tri, building a cafe bike is easy, if i'm around to give away the parts. just ask that no account friend of mine joe c.!



"dude, my boots feel like they are filled with rain slushies!"
 

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Granted I got my bike for $0, but so far I have $30 in it for Clubman bars. I also just order $120 worth of parts (master cylinder rebuild, Carb Kits, Air Filter Pods). The tank you see on this picture I got of ebay, but it's for sale right now because I'm buying a custom one from BenjiesCafeRacer.com ($500) so before tires I'll only have $650 in it. I'll keep you posted on my progress and expenditure.

 

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Granted I got my bike for $0, but so far I have $30 in it for Clubman bars. I also just order $120 worth of parts (master cylinder rebuild, Carb Kits, Air Filter Pods). The tank you see on this picture I got of ebay, but it's for sale right now because I'm buying a custom one from BenjiesCafeRacer.com ($500) so before tires I'll only have $650 in it. I'll keep you posted on my progress and expenditure.

 

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youre such a dork. no tex, those arent your pipes, those are mine. i have yours on there now and the baffles have given up on those too. mine were actually nicer looking, but yours worked. now yours dont really work anymore. i already gave away my 4-1, so im looking once again for a decent set of pipes. i wish i could have grabbed the ones that ianucci was selling back in december. god, i still think about not being able to get those. yours have the acid bath mess on one side and the chrome isnt as nice as mine. so i dont know what im going to do now. mine look better, and actually sound nicr, but i cant stand the sound of the baffle rattling around in there. sucks.

but yes, those are the bars i got from you. that picture was taken last fall. its not as pretty anymore. the winter wasnt too nice to it. the seat split from the cold, and the pos chinese tailight has fallen apart. and your pipes are a little rustier looking. ive put 10k on the clock since last summer though. so i guess its to be expected.

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youre such a dork. no tex, those arent your pipes, those are mine. i have yours on there now and the baffles have given up on those too. mine were actually nicer looking, but yours worked. now yours dont really work anymore. i already gave away my 4-1, so im looking once again for a decent set of pipes. i wish i could have grabbed the ones that ianucci was selling back in december. god, i still think about not being able to get those. yours have the acid bath mess on one side and the chrome isnt as nice as mine. so i dont know what im going to do now. mine look better, and actually sound nicr, but i cant stand the sound of the baffle rattling around in there. sucks.

but yes, those are the bars i got from you. that picture was taken last fall. its not as pretty anymore. the winter wasnt too nice to it. the seat split from the cold, and the pos chinese tailight has fallen apart. and your pipes are a little rustier looking. ive put 10k on the clock since last summer though. so i guess its to be expected.

jc
 
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