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I have a 1983 Honda v45 Interceptor that I am looking to turn into a cafe racer. Any ideas or suggestions on looks or best parts would be greatly appreciated!
.....a fellow called sabre cafe has threads on here and dtt about doing one. check it out, the visual nature of the frame and radiator should be obvious. a pic here: http://www.caferacer.net/forum/general/24436-ride-country-warm-day.html
not being from the usa, it's sometimes hard to keep up with the model names they use there, lots of which are completely unique. we just had vf750 that i recall. i was envisioning the frame used on the bikes geeto posted pics of.There is a massive difference between the form, style and function of the V45 Sabre and the V45 Interceptor. The Sabre that CafeSabre did was a strange enough choice, but it worked, somewhat. And what he did, was make a Sabre look more like an interceptor, not really a "cafe racer". The Interceptor is a completely different animal.
there's a local festival out here called chopped, which is completely "off road" meaning no need for any of that pesky rego shit and that'd fit right in.I could go buy a Subara Impreza WRX and build a "rat rod" out of it, but all that would do is piss off the hot rod guys and lessen the performance of the Impreza. Does that make more sense to you?
I can't find a WRX "rat rod", but this BWM may be an even better example of what you are doing by turning an 80s sport bike into a 60s cafe racer
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FYInot being from the usa, it's sometimes hard to keep up with the model names they use there, lots of which are completely unique. we just had vf750 that i recall. i was envisioning the frame used on the bikes geeto posted pics of.
That bike wasn't a "cafe bike".........even if you really stretched the "cafe" envelope I never saw it as what is somewhat traditional cafe.i expect what our ever so eloquent friend parky is trying to say is that the frame style of the vfr is not at all conducive to the traditionally stylised concept of a "cafe racer". the trad cafe, as people would imagine you would have seen outside the ace cafe mid 60's, will use a backbone style frame with a tank draped over it.
a fellow called sabre cafe has threads on here and dtt about doing one. check it out, the visual nature of the frame and radiator should be obvious. a pic here: http://www.caferacer.net/forum/general/24436-ride-country-warm-day.html
The Sabre and Magnas were shaft drive, so the engine crankcases were totally different.did they make different cases for the different models, or just rotate the engine and made different side covers so the name was still level?
I couldn't agree more. The classic approach to improving ones machine is the "essence" of cafe. But you know as well as I do that most who want to "cafe" a bike out dosen't mean that.........they're after the look.I think you cafe purists need to take a step back and consider what the essence of "cafeing" a bike is. If the classic approach is to improve the performance aspects of the original bike.