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Has anyone seen this Mag on the stands


http://www.cafe-racer.fr/accueilBoutique.jsp?lg=fr&id=13

I emailed them to find out,if its sold here in the states, but I dont speak French so you know they may take offence and not answer the "stupid American" ..."he is such an escargot"

This French site has some nice Cafe Bikes Chroming a tank cannt be cheap ...I will have to find out looks cool but must a.Blind you even with sunglasses and b. be pretty solar hot on a sunny day. May just Microwave your face right off.

http://images.google.com/imgres?img...ev=/images?q=cb+cafe+racer&svnum=10&hl=en&lr=

WOW THIS ADDRESS STRETCCCCCCCCCCCCCHHED OUT THIS PAGE >>WOW!!!



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I have an older copy of that magazine. I forget how I got a copy in the states but I remember it not being easy and possibly being sent to me by a friend in Europe. My Girlfriend reads french (she speaks 4 languages..I barely master english) and she translated it for me at one point, but then vowed never to use her linguistic powers for motorcycling magazines again (actually she said "you already have a ton of motorcycling magazines in english, cant you just read those?"). Anyway the magazine is like a cross between streetfighters and classic bike which in my opinion is very cool.

The funny thing about the french is that although there has never been a great motorcycle industry in their country (unlike america, england, and italy) there culture has a lot of rabid motorcycle enthuasists, with a bent for fast and dangerous machines. I have a friend who deals in kawasaki parts and I can't tell you how many H-series triple parts he sends there. There is also a really funny comic strip (Joe Bar) about a gang of cafe racers from there that I used to love to read (it is published in england too so there are english versions just like the Asterix books). I'll try and find a link.

AS for chroming it is a lot like powder coating with the price. There is a base price for the item and the more pieces you have done at once the cheaper it gets per item (say it costs $100 to do one item, but it only costs $125 to do three). Since they do this stuff in batches it is always cheaper to get as much stuff chromed at once than have it done individually. The only problem I have ever seen chroming a gas tanks is usually you have to baks the tank since is cannot have any contaminants in it at all. Most shops won;t do exhaust pipes for that reason.
 

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buy albums here in english:

http://www.comicsworld.co.uk/JoeBar/Albums.aspx

the first album has the cool old cafe racer bikes: norton commando, cb750, kawasaki h2, and ducati 900ss

After that the riders switched to v-maxes, cb1000 big ones, ducati supersports, etc...

still fun
 

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"The funny thing about the french is that although there has never been a great motorcycle industry in their country (unlike america, england, and italy) there culture has a lot of rabid motorcycle enthuasists, with a bent for fast and dangerous machines."

I'm currently dealing with a guy in France wanting to know which of our Cafe body parts(tank, seat, fenders, etc.) will fit his Honda 1800cc VTX. Says he bought the bike for the reliable V-twin as a base for the biggest baddest Cafe bike around. Gotta admire the ambition.
Bret @ Glass from the Past
 

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isnt that a bike harley looking honda.....I dont think it will handle clip-ons well...and your going to need a lota glass for tank I think ...better order some more glass up!
Good luck with that conversion Bret. George
 

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isnt that a bike harley looking honda.....I dont think it will handle clip-ons well...and your going to need a lota glass for tank I think ...better order some more glass up!
Good luck with that conversion Bret. George
The VTX is a monster, I sat on one weds and the bike is just massivley huge. Bu tit is not an impossible task....afterall Jessie James (yes that jessie james) already built a vtx powered cafe racer (Not Chopper).

http://www.cycleworld.com/index.cfm?siteaction=OnlineUpdate&id=30

of course jessie built his own frame for the vtx1800 motor and I think that may be something our french friend might have to consider doing.



Then again the frenc also trun v-max's into cafe racers and that is a sport tourer as well (the v-max wide tire kit comes from a french outfit).
 

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even in sports cars the French are the same they dont do it worse or better but always "DIFFERENT"

And as I suspected they had to let me know my French sucks, and responded to my email, in FRENCH oh well IM not arragant. Id do the same if they asked me in French a question ....so looks like I have to learn french or read Geeto's old sticky copy..whats a Cafer to do ?

Whats in the copy you have Geeto.....?

George


By the way great toons geeto...cool read



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