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Hey guys,

I'm a 24 y/o lawyer from the dominican republic currently looking to get my hands on a nice bike. Im not new to riding, i've rode dirt bikes, atvs and scooters for a while, but i still consider myself somewhat a newbie specially when it comes to road bikes. I've been looking for cafe racer for a while but it is a quite hard task in my country. Anyways my options have come to a 1996 CB 750 Nighthawk, and a 1981 Yamaha XS850 project.

These are both of the bikes Ive found.

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I am open to opinions and suggestions.

Thanks a lot!!!
 

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The seat on that 850 is totally a skateboard.
It also looks like the rear tire will bottom out on the frame if you try to corner it or hit a bump.
The riding position looks extremely uncomfortable as well.

That nighthawk actually looks kind of interesting. Those pods are going to make it run pretty bad though.
 

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Those all look like terrible motorcycles.
Might wan to read up a bit here and learn why some might say that
 

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Well yeah, i just realized it totally is a skateboard, well so long for the 850. Im actually more inclined onto nighthawk and if I were to buy it i would most definetly do some work on it.

Any other suggestions on what to look for? Im interested in bike that can withstand some traveling and casual use.

Thanks a lot mate!
 

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Stock. Buy a stock bike if you actually plan to use it. Then as you ride it set it up for your needs. When you buy someone's custom you buy all their shoddy work and problems.
 

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Two schools of thought

First is to build a bike that has a look. These bikes all pull from single bag of mods.
They look okay in pictures and sell T shirts really well. Most don't run well, nor are they used.
The mods that are done generally decrease the function of the bike.
This is because the builder is either dumb, doesn't care or actually doesn't know a properly running bike.
Kinda hard when so many are based on none running bikes that are taken apart day one.

The second is to take a stock bike and ride it.
Over time you make changes to make it perform better.
The look just sorta happens.

Again read up here and figure out what your goals are.
 

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Alright. So I'll be looking into stock bikes and see where it gets me. Any recommendations on models and years?

I just found this Virago 10,000 km on the clock, $1800. Let me know what you guys think please.

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If you are going to do this the first way it doesn't matter what you start with. Can play dress up with anything.
But if the second way is what you want then you need to look for a base that has actual performance parts. Something that was raced.

a virago isn't a race bike......
just look at it.
Play to a bikes strengths.

Lets use a CB750 as a base.
Happens to be something I like, others will talk about other equally good or better options.

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Race bike


Drag queen...
 

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Well yeah, i just realized it totally is a skateboard, well so long for the 850. Im actually more inclined onto nighthawk and if I were to buy it i would most definetly do some work on it.

Any other suggestions on what to look for? Im interested in bike that can withstand some traveling and casual use.

Thanks a lot mate!
FWIW, it does have an upholstered pad on the skate board seat pan.
 

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If you are going to do this the first way it doesn't matter what you start with. Can play dress up with anything.
But if the second way is what you want then you need to look for a base that has actual performance parts. Something that was raced.

a virago isn't a race bike......
just look at it.
Play to a bikes strengths.

Lets use a CB750 as a base.
Happens to be something I like, others will talk about other equally good or better options.
I see your point. Definetly going for option 2, im not looking for a good looking bike.
Im actually looknig for a bike that mixes performance with the availability to withstand long rides (good riding position).
So I guess i'll be getting a bike and start working based on the feels of need i get.
 

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The idea is to find a bike that was/is raced.
Then ride/race that bike.
Over time you modify the bike.

There is no "build" or anything
 

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Got it. Thanks a lot!

I appreciate everyone's opinion specially when they're more experienced than i am.

Will be posting where my project gets me in the future.
 

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Fantastic! now send @Jaguar some mamajuana.
Im guessing you've been to DR and loved it and our mamajuana (who wouldnt).

In case Jag does want some i'll more than pleasently bring some for him; i might be coming to NY for christmas.
 

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Im guessing you've been to DR and loved it and our mamajuana (who wouldnt).

In case Jag does want some i'll more than pleasently bring some for him; i might be coming to NY for christmas.
Being a professional mouth piece from DR, you must have an inkling of what U.S. Federal prisons are like. If you want to see the inside of a North American prison, do it in Canada. Ours are more like country clubs. By the way, you obviously haven't tried our local B.C. bud. Just looking at it turns you into a turnip, or so I've been led to believe.
 

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Being a professional mouth piece from DR, you must have an inkling of what U.S. Federal prisons are like. If you want to see the inside of a North American prison, do it in Canada. Ours are more like country clubs. By the way, you obviously haven't tried our local B.C. bud. Just looking at it turns you into a turnip, or so I've been led to believe.
So it seems like someone has a big mouth... I fail to see the point of your post given the fact that this is a cafe racer forum yet you dare to spitt crap about someone you dont even know, but hey im the professional mouth piece. Regarding your concern of wheter or not i know any North American prisons, well yes I do, as an attorney we usually get to know where scums like you spend their time. Now if you are interested in country club-like prisons i could bring you with me to my next trip to Norway, see they have nice looking joints. Here's the link in case you want to get to know someting besides your big mouth:

An American Warden Visited A Norwegian Prison, And He Couldn't Believe What He Saw - Business Insider

Oh for the record, if you ever come to DR you should get a "tres dedos en el culo" you'll love it!

Have a nice day mate!
 

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Being a professional mouth piece from DR, you must have an inkling of what U.S. Federal prisons are like. If you want to see the inside of a North American prison, do it in Canada. Ours are more like country clubs. By the way, you obviously haven't tried our local B.C. bud. Just looking at it turns you into a turnip, or so I've been led to believe.
Cyorg, mamajauna isn't a weed. Its a root that they make a beverage from that is said to...."make your peepee very strong". Natures Viagra if you will.
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I want some!
me lovey drinky
 

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So it seems like someone has a big mouth... I fail to see the point of your post given the fact that this is a cafe racer forum yet you dare to spitt crap about someone you dont even know, but hey im the professional mouth piece. Regarding your concern of wheter or not i know any North American prisons, well yes I do, as an attorney we usually get to know where scums like you spend their time. Now if you are interested in country club-like prisons i could bring you with me to my next trip to Norway, see they have nice looking joints. Here's the link in case you want to get to know someting besides your big mouth:


Sorry if I offended you, as that was not the intent. In my book, mouth piece was another term for lawyer, way back in the days of U.S prohibition . I don't think of it as anything other than a quaint term.
 
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