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Hi guys,

A little introduction.....i ride a Triumph Ascott 98 made by Mecatwin in France....i'm 40, French and live in England....i'm into cafe racer and rock'n roll ( also punk rock )....adept of the Ace cafe and the rocker culture....

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Hi George,

Thanx for answering to my first message.....i'm here at work...bit bored....also i'm trying to hang around with people with the right attitude...i'm already a member of another "club" but not happy with the quality of their forum....so i'm looking for the right crowd....we'll see !!!!!!.....i'm easy going anyway and as i said i love bikes and music.....

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well Im with you brother,I play guitar and blues lots and lots of Stevie Ray Vaughan.My Garage has converted into a jam band practice space ,its in a business area so at night no one is around ,so it makes for full volume, my ears are ringing, till late at night Jams a blast!!!

Some times we have had three guitarist two bassist a singer a keyboard player and one busy drummer and we all look at each other and say wow what the hell was that....!


Most of the guys here are race track cafe guys and a new breed of street cafers are showing up so its a cool place to be as a forum goes.Im in the Streeter class as I used to race in vintage sports cars.Im more into the building and creative side and riding my creations...
 

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I do like Steve Ray....if i'm correct he is touring sometimes with Satriani and another crazy guitar player....i do have his best of somewhere at home...also i had a look at your web page.....very impressive......we are trying with a mate to do our own little bike business by buying old sr500 and reconvert them to cafe racer ( the idea comes from a French co called VD classic )....and on top of that we are meeting Franck the manager of Mecatwin ( another French co ) to me be work for him.....time will tell us anyway...

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I thought Stevie Ray died? I play in a garage band as well - drummer or guitarist, sometimes a little harp. I have an old one room schoolhouse that we jam in, with my shop tacked on the back as a lean-to (how d'you spell that?). Schoolhouse built in 1911 when this was a farm out in the middle of nowhere. Now I have a fucking subdivision right across the fence. We can't play too late because the noise pisses the buggers off no end. It seems all the retirees go to bed around 10.30 pm. The answer, of course, is to start earlier.

What is it with bikers and music? We used to joke about the three B's: Birds, Bikes and Booze. Now I'm older, married, kids etc., So it's down to bikes and the occasional booze-up! What happened...!?

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Yeah, Stevie Ray died in a helicopter crash about 10 years ago.

Bikes/cars/your hobby here/and music go way back. Music gives you another form of expression to unite your bro's and piss off the rest, I guess.

There's also the mechanical/craftmanship aspect of musical instruments that's cool, but Peter Egan can wax philosophic on that topic better that I can.

Booze. As Albert Collins says " I ain't drunk, I'm just drinkin"

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Hi,

I think the bike and booze are still compulsory....regarding the birds, well i can look but no touch....married with a lovely wife and my 2 little boys.....i suppose we'r all getting older and wiser but that won't stop me getting pissed tomorrow night when me and my mate Frenchie ( another Triumph rider ) are going to London for the English rock of fame party with Buzzcocks, Ozzie, New order, the kinks and some old rock and roll glories...should be a good night but not as good as a day at the Ace cafe with all fellow bikers...

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You are right...he is dead...my mistake...got confused with Steve Vai !!!!!!!!!.....no excuse.....OOOPPPSSSS!!!!!

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Foun, the SR500 makes a great Cafe bike. I don't know if they were as popular in the states as they were in Europe. My first bike was a brand new '78 SR500. Now I race an XT500 in vintage flattrack. One of the other dudes here in this forum has a very nice SR500 roadracer.
Good luck with the project...

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Hi,

The Sr500 was not very popular in Europe ( at least in France ) due to a lack of power and sex appeal.....but it is back in fashion due to popular demand.....never worked on one....we have tried to do a BMW R 80 but failed with the wires ( shame on us ), but it was an ex cop bikes with electrical stuff everywhere....for a first project it was not a good start...so now back to something easier with the SR and if you have a look at www.vd-classic.com it will give you an idea of what we plan to do.....and for the XT 500 only one world...RESPECT

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Yeah. Nice website, I haven't been there in awhile. Looks like good quality stuff, and good ideas.

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Too right....nice stuff but bloody expensive....we may buy some parts from them....the rest will be DIY or scrapyards or breakers....in any case we will have fun....

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had to put this here, as long as you're chatting about it . . . . I've never seen VD's web site, thanks. Cool shit for the SR/XT. this is my favorite race bike . . . .





Edited by - imslow on Nov 15 2005 12:12:46 PM

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Edited by - imslow on Nov 15 2005 12:14:26 PM
 

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hi,

I'm into British bike but let me tell you, yours look awsome, great job, must be a total pleasure to ride it.....pleased you do like vd classic ,they are very nice and helpful people...

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just to throw my two penny slugs into the pot here...I think brit bikes left the true diehard cafe scene about 10 years ago. They are just too damn expensive stateside. For what you pay for a trumpet or norton in new york city could buy you a pretty decent used car, and the insurance is the same as well.

The diehard cafe spirit these days is kindred with the street fighter spirit and is more about low budget street legal no nonsence bikes, not profiling as the owners of triumphs or nortons or bsa's would have you believe with their pretty polished aluminum tanks and copper lines. I think where street fighters and cafe racers diverge is the street cafe racer is about ride quality and replicating the feel of an old race bike on the street, while streetfighters are about street racing and stunting.

That is not to say that a brit bike can't still be part of the die hard cafe spirit, I'm sure there are some. It is just that the majority the brit bike hobby has become the resto trailer queen crowd, and majority of the "brit bike cafe racers" are museum pieces than motorcycles. I think meccatwin kinda bucks that, as does triumph new thruxton and the new norton, but the price of aluminum racer tanks and featherbed frames pretty much killed the old stuff from being truely functional. Plus you can't finance an old brit bike as easy as you can the thruxton or the norton.

That being said...welcome to the board foun. Meccatwin makes some nice stuff, they are also the only company that thought the cafe racer harley was a good enough idea to recreate it using a brand new HD. Their trumpets are outta sight.

Oh and SVR is amazing but I might be biased because I live with a texan.

oh and ho could anybody call a 500cc single slow? sure compared to an r1 it isn't exactly a road burner but think about it for a second...it's a 500cc single, it has to be faster than an indian enfield and all those 250 singles littering europe. No offense but I am convinced that europeans don;t see the value of a single like americans because most of the flat track racing occurs here.



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IMSLOW is that your bike or a bike you like.If its your bike its a kick ass, looking bike, and if its not your bike, ...its a kick ass bike to build.

Ow that hurts ....confusing Stevie Ray Vaughan ,with Steve Via...it really does!!!

"ALPINE VALLEY in the middle of the NIGHT......Six-Strings down on a HEAVEN BOUND FLIGHT.....The Lord just called another BLUES SINGER back HOME...."
 
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