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Hello all, new to the forum.

I'm currently trying to transform my 883 sportster into a more cafe-looking bike. Does anyone know of any good sites/shops that would sell parts (mainly handlebars, tanks, and a new seat) that would fit on a harley? Thanks in advance,

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You can try storz performance, they do some nice streettracker stuff. Also Omar's stuff might fit. Google 'em.

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You can try storz performance, they do some nice streettracker stuff. Also Omar's stuff might fit. Google 'em.

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here is the link to omar's

http://www.omarsdtr.com/

short of selling and getting a brit i don't really see the point in a harley cafe....that's just me though, how about this you make a cafe and post pics and impress me....harleys make good pro-street or custom choppers....although Roland Sands did a nice job on "Glory Stomper", at least i think that is the name of the bike....

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Edited by - chikor on May 03 2006 06:56:43 AM
 

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here is the link to omar's

http://www.omarsdtr.com/

short of selling and getting a brit i don't really see the point in a harley cafe....that's just me though, how about this you make a cafe and post pics and impress me....harleys make good pro-street or custom choppers....although Roland Sands did a nice job on "Glory Stomper", at least i think that is the name of the bike....

Ride Fast and Take Chances

Edited by - chikor on May 03 2006 06:56:43 AM
 

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Thanks everyone. I tried storz on the advice of another friend, and almost hit paydirt. They did a pretty decent one in '94 as a project, but no longer make the bars that they did for that one. I'll give the other link a try though.

The reason why I don't just sell it, is that it was my mom's, and she's too disabled to ride anymore, so I took it off her hands to make things easier for her. But she loved that bike, and I promised I would never sell it. I can't afford to go and buy what I really want (a triumph thruxton 900), and really, the harley rides VERY nice (esp considering it's a harley), and really, w/a few mods, there's just no reason why it couldn't be a cafe.

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Thanks everyone. I tried storz on the advice of another friend, and almost hit paydirt. They did a pretty decent one in '94 as a project, but no longer make the bars that they did for that one. I'll give the other link a try though.

The reason why I don't just sell it, is that it was my mom's, and she's too disabled to ride anymore, so I took it off her hands to make things easier for her. But she loved that bike, and I promised I would never sell it. I can't afford to go and buy what I really want (a triumph thruxton 900), and really, the harley rides VERY nice (esp considering it's a harley), and really, w/a few mods, there's just no reason why it couldn't be a cafe.

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When the new 883 came out a friend of mine, Alex Bub,(for any of you old time guys that might remember racing in the 70's) endurance raced one. He is an engineer for Harley and this was a pre-production dyno mule that they used up in testing. His boss told him to scrap it out, so it went into his van to become a race bike. He put Suzuki GS750es bodywork on it and a Goldwing front end on it. Some clip-ons and decent shocks along with a one-off pipe from the race department and we had a pretty cool race bike. Looked cool and handled pretty decent.Too bad the race was at Road America and we just didn't have enough motor to run with the big guys. Just some ideas, but I think e-bay could be your friend on this one if you don't mind putting some Japanese parts on a Harley. Front ends are available pretty cheap and so are wheels. The sportster is a pretty simple bike and a lot of parts should be able to be made to fit.

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When the new 883 came out a friend of mine, Alex Bub,(for any of you old time guys that might remember racing in the 70's) endurance raced one. He is an engineer for Harley and this was a pre-production dyno mule that they used up in testing. His boss told him to scrap it out, so it went into his van to become a race bike. He put Suzuki GS750es bodywork on it and a Goldwing front end on it. Some clip-ons and decent shocks along with a one-off pipe from the race department and we had a pretty cool race bike. Looked cool and handled pretty decent.Too bad the race was at Road America and we just didn't have enough motor to run with the big guys. Just some ideas, but I think e-bay could be your friend on this one if you don't mind putting some Japanese parts on a Harley. Front ends are available pretty cheap and so are wheels. The sportster is a pretty simple bike and a lot of parts should be able to be made to fit.

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http://www.caferacer.net/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1443


this is what you want to build:



mecatwin in france makes cafe racer parts for modern sportsters:

http://www.mecatwin.com/

this is also cool:



american cafe racers, but I don't think they sell individual parts. Something to shoot for though.

http://www.americancaferacers.com/motorcycles.php

There are plenty of guys that flattrack and drit track sportsters and XRs, some of their parts will swap over and make good cafe racer parts (like seats and tanks).

dresda used a sporty motor in a norton frame and built this badass:



They may be able to sell you a frame kit and you can go from there.
 

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http://www.caferacer.net/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1443


this is what you want to build:



mecatwin in france makes cafe racer parts for modern sportsters:

http://www.mecatwin.com/

this is also cool:



american cafe racers, but I don't think they sell individual parts. Something to shoot for though.

http://www.americancaferacers.com/motorcycles.php

There are plenty of guys that flattrack and drit track sportsters and XRs, some of their parts will swap over and make good cafe racer parts (like seats and tanks).

dresda used a sporty motor in a norton frame and built this badass:



They may be able to sell you a frame kit and you can go from there.
 

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A guy sent me this a while back and I haven't put it on the pics page yet. It's a cup series racer made streetable.

 

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A guy sent me this a while back and I haven't put it on the pics page yet. It's a cup series racer made streetable.

 

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Matt,

Why don't you make it an all out racer and come play with USCRA in American Twins class? Nothing against cafe reacers mindy but if it had a few laps or real racetrack time it would just be that much cooler.

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Matt,

Why don't you make it an all out racer and come play with USCRA in American Twins class? Nothing against cafe reacers mindy but if it had a few laps or real racetrack time it would just be that much cooler.

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All of those are great. And yes, those are closer to what I had in mind. Especially the handle bars. That's probably my biggest gripe to start with. Really, w/harleys in general. No one really goes for any interesting looks w/them at all, just cruiser or chopper look. There's really nothing about the sportster that wouldn't make for a decent cafe w/just a few changes. Yet finding parts that would do that has been hell. I appreciate everyone's help here though, it's given me new hope. Now I just need the insurance company to get the damn thing here. (I was run off the road by a drunk driver on the way back from kansas city to north carolina). That would make it easier.

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