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I can't believe there's a cafe forum, and i managed to find it. My name is Aston and i'm in Colorado Springs. You don't ever really see cafe style bikes around here, which is probably one of the reasons i set out to build something that most people aren't going to see very often.

I've been riding motorcycles since high-school, starting with motocross and ending with cars. I drag race a Dodge Omni GLH down in Pueblo and i'm building a Lotus-7 replica called a "Locost" completely from scratch. It's slow-going, but really neat to see a car that you're building from nothing take shape in the garage. If i could keep myself from breaking the GLH so often, i'm sure the Seven would get built faster.

I've been wanting to get back into motorcycles and pick up a street bike for a while. A lot of my friends ride them, but i'm loathe to just go to the dealership and write a check for $8k just so i can pay out of my ass for insurance, eventually wrecking it because my ego was too big for my britches. That just won't do.

So i picked up an old CB350 and wondered what to do with it. Runs fine, looked OK. Then a CBR600F1 popped up in the local 'Nickel. Seized engine, no plastic, otherwise complete, come and get it for $100. I paid $75.

Now that i had two completely different bikes sitting in the garage, one running and one great parts bike - i started wondering what the hell i was going to do with the $400 worth of motorcycles i now had. Well, what else? I started seeing what i could swap from the CBR onto the CB. The pedestrist CB350 ended up on the receiving end of the CBR's wheels, brakes, rear-sets, forks and clip ons. I'm not sure if you would call it a cafe-racer, but it was certainly inspired by the look of the cafe-bikes. I can't stand the look of newer bikes, overpriced and with (IMHO) entirely too much plastic attached. However, i love the technology that goes into them. The trick bits. I tried my best to combine the aesthetic of the old bikes with the more modern performance and trick parts of the newer bikes.

Like i said before, i have a ton of projects, so i still haven't been able to take the CB out for a spin. It is nearing completion though. A little machining here, some welding there, order some steering head bearings and a chain and i'll be in business.

I can post a pic of the bike as it sits, if this sort of thing strikes anybody's fancy. If you've got questions, ask away.

-Aston
 

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hey aston a friend of mine is building one like that right now....he's on the board too, carefull he may want royalties.....hey rdguy you out there?

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aston,

post pics please!

tex

p.s.- if you ever decide to race the cb/cbr 350 please come east to summit. i swear i won't protest you! (however joe c. the malcontent might!)
 

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That's the pic i found saved on my computer. Obviously that seat is going to end up in the trash can before the bike ever moves under it's own power.

No aspirations to race it. I just want a cool looking commuter bike that'll confuse the motocycling public.

-Aston
 
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