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first, a little about me. my name is robbie and i live in south florida, land of straight roads, i'm 21 years old. i've been riding for a little over a year now. my current bike is a 2002 ducati 748. i love to ride the piss out of the thing. taking it to the track for the second time in a little over a week. i think i'm addicted.

(why do these intros always sound like an add from the personals in the news paper.<img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>)

saw some pictures of a cafe racer style bike, and now i think i found a new hobby. looking for ideas of a good starter cafe racer style bike. looking for something that i can ride on an almost daily basis once brought to rideable condition. i'm liking the mid and late 70's honda cb 750 etc type bikes. no real preference yet. would like something that can withstand the occasional highway trip as well. hence the 650 and 750 bikes are nice. never done anything like this before. what can i expect to have to do in a simple rebuild and conversion. is it difficult to work on these motors? parts availability? any adice is much appreciated. thanks.

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a funny man you are. <img src=icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Whatever you choose, go slow and careful with your choice. What you have no is a premo sport bike and any cafe bike will pale in comparison....so pick something with the looks that you really like...cause the performance and handling will be no where near what you already have.
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i am not looking for a performance machine. i already have one. i like the look of the old school caferacers. this is something that i want to do because of the looks, and it will be a project bike for me to work on on the weekends. i still have lots of research to do before i actually buy anything. just getting started.

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SOHC cb750 hondas are a good choice because there is a large aftermarket for them for cafe parts. Any mainstream triumph or norton will do also but cost you twice as much (and by the way it will get expensive). If you are looking for a specific year recomendation I would suggest a 75-78 supersport, they are cheaper than most of the other cb750 models have front and rear disc brakes instead of drum rear, and the motors tend to be a little hotter than the K bikes. Plus they are heavy pigs that could use a good diet like a cafe build.

do a search and you'll see plenty of bike recomendation posts in the past. Look for one of mine where I do the jap bike pro and con breakdowns.
 

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sell you my 1980 dohc cb750 f model supersport for $1200.00!

that bitch has to go! shit, i'll even throw in the trailer for $350.00!

texy





Edited by - geeto67 on Jul 13 2007 6:42:59 PM
 

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You could always do a street fighter out of your ducati. All a street fighter is a modern incarnation of cafe racer. Cafe racers were all about taking the bikes people had and striping everything off that the bike didn't need, building rearsets, lighter seats and tanks, dropping the front end for improved handling. Street fighters are the same, they strip off the fairings, get 1up seats (single rider seats) rip off anything else you don't need.

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quote:
sell you my 1980 dohc cb750 f model supersport for $1200.00!

that bitch has to go! shit, i'll even throw in the trailer for $350.00!

texy

BUY IT!

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that is a nice bike but it looks like all the work has been done already. i want something that needs a little tlc that i can customize to the way i like it.

as for street fightering the duc, i have thought about it, and it would definitly be something different. but it didn't catch my eye like a 78 cb 750 caferacer did.






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Edited by - geeto67 on Jul 13 2007 6:42:39 PM
 
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