Cafe Racer Forum banner

1 - 20 of 46 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
13 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
This was originally a I believe it is a 1969 Kawasaki F3 Bushwacker.



I change the tank and fabricated a seat for it





This is after i finish after i painted the engine and seat



 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
It took me about 8 months waiting mostly on parts. I probably change the
exhaust and move the foot pedal control back
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
326 Posts
Looks nice and KEEP the High-pipe on it.
That style of pipe gives the bike just that much more character!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,397 Posts
Red, this is a cool project you've got rollin: a) saved a worthy ride from a sure trip to the compactor, b) you got the only one in town, c) making it your own by making it yourself, a righteous good thing all the way around. If the pipe goes to a vote, I'm pulling for the high stocker, put some time unto sorting the rearsets instead. 2 cents worth. cheers, bcr
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
36 Posts
quote:
Red, this is a cool project you've got rollin: a) saved a worthy ride from a sure trip to the compactor, b) you got the only one in town, c) making it your own by making it yourself, a righteous good thing all the way around. If the pipe goes to a vote, I'm pulling for the high stocker, put some time unto sorting the rearsets instead. 2 cents worth. cheers, bcr
I agree, that IS a decent little Cafe that you are building. It's definitely got a cool look to it and the stock pipe gives it character, IMHO anyway. <img src=icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle> Never thought of building one off of one of those, but you're doing it in style. <img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle> Keep up the good work and keep us posted.

Later on, Bill:)<img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
Hey thank you all for the critic, comments and advices. I will take bcrs' advice and work on the rear cowl a bit more maybe rounding it a bit more. I need to work on the motor just a bit by replacing the oil seal and a refining.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13 Posts
Discussion Starter #11
Well I decided to redo my old cafe

I disassembled the motor and replace all the oil seals




Created some rear sets from an aluminum plates




Fabricated some clip ons and removed the old cafe bars. I also extended an extra 3" inch to the rear swingarms to give it stretch look to it.









I start to fabricated a new tank and seat cowl. For now i just place the old seat to get an idea.



 

·
Registered
Joined
·
30 Posts
that is very cool man, i kinda like the looks of that tank. I have been thinking about doing something like this just to run to the local cruise in's on.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
699 Posts
holy cow, i think we have quite a fabricator on our hands. great work!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
326 Posts
Really,really nice fab work!

Nothing wrong with the shape of the cowl,you just made it physically too big for that particular machine. If you wanted to build a new one and didn't want to modify that one you could probably sell the old cowl.

My little personal "rules" for a rear cowl is it should NEVER be taller or wider than the tank. The bottom tank and seat pan lines should be in a horizontal line with each other if possible. Sometimes it's not,so at least the TANK should be horizontal if the tail has to kick up at the back some.

I like your approach to this bike. The tank,the vintage style tires,the fact it's a light weight two-stoke enduro and your keeping it clean and simple which is how it should stay.

The bike was built in 1969 so,don't forget to understand that it doesn't have have the latest and greatest do-dads on it. It's OK if a bike shows where it was from/when it was born. Nothing wrong with being proud of when your bike was produced. Capitalize on the good things your bike does and improve it's weak points for a overall better bike then even the factory built.

Using your old,stock high pipe,vintage style tires,grips and do the swing arm mods shows me you understand this concept.

Your on track to have a very sweet looking,old style,two-stoke racer on your hands.

Remember though,when your done,don't think you have to paint the whole thing flat black,put checker board stripes and "59" stickers all over it to be in the "Cool kids club". If a bike is cool...it's cool and there's really no need to advertise that fact.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,740 Posts
If we ran a beast to beauty contest - you'd win hands down, nice job.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13 Posts
Discussion Starter #19
Thanks you guys for all your comments. So far this is what i have so far i finally finish tack weld the tank and seat cowl. I've already welded the gas tank mount and still deciding on the cowl. I still have a ways to go, but I still have to create the headlight/speedo mounts and the oil tank.








 

·
Registered
Joined
·
854 Posts
WOW red, the bike is looking slick. i see that you are pretty handy with a welder. have you thought about a fork transplant? maybe going new skool with an inverted fork?
 
1 - 20 of 46 Posts
Top