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I know! I changed the heading because I want to get down to business and start a project. I am done sitting on my @ss behind a computer. My passion has been inside my garage working on my restoration projects (vintage VWs and fixed gear bicycles). It's time to build a caferacer! I need to find a unique project.

I'm thinking of a
cb750 (more available parts)
cb550
cb450 (found one, read the latest)


If you have any tips or suggestions on a project, let me know!

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Edited by - rusty pedal on Jan 28 2008 10:58:29 AM
 

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I'm relatively new to the whole Cafe thing. But unique caferacer and CBXXX don't seem to go together. You will be able to find more parts and it will be easier though. At least in my experience of searching for GS parts and finding one option for my bike and 10 options for CB's.

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I'm relatively new to the whole Cafe thing. But unique caferacer and CBXXX don't seem to go together. You will be able to find more parts and it will be easier though. At least in my experience of searching for GS parts and finding one option for my bike and 10 options for CB's.

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unique caferacer and CBXXX don't seem to go together.
are you kidding? that's extemely generalized. i would bet if you lined up all the 750 paltforms on this board, no two would look alike. especailly this board. unique is limited only by creativity, ability, ingenuity, and vision.

that said, 750s are not nearly as entry level as they used to be. ask geeto.

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unique caferacer and CBXXX don't seem to go together.
are you kidding? that's extemely generalized. i would bet if you lined up all the 750 paltforms on this board, no two would look alike. especailly this board. unique is limited only by creativity, ability, ingenuity, and vision.

that said, 750s are not nearly as entry level as they used to be. ask geeto.

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where are you looking? there are plenty of unique cb's out there. but then you are probably referring to carpy's infamous shit and the copycat knockoffs in which case you would be correct and don't give me the he's a great guy bs, i'm speaking in reference to his creativity, not his personality or skill. that horse is well dead

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Anything unique will be hard to find parts for. Th most common and boring bike in the world, Harley for example, can be made into a killer cafe with enough thought and imagination. Don't worry about what others are doing. Build a bike that you could ride everyday without being bored with it. Lots of good deals out there if you just look hard. I paid $100 for this one. I have not started to play with it yet but it runs and already has the look I want. Jyst needs to be finished. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v12/uh6077/000_0105.jpg

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What are your thought on this for uniqueness?




It has everything plus the owners manuals. It turns over too.

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Edited by - rusty pedal on Jan 20 2008 10:28:50 AM
 

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I didn't mean you couldn't make a CB unique. I meant as a base, it seems that it's one of the more common ones to start with. But you guys are right, they can be made to look totally different.

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Stamp steel framed Bridgestones and Hondas etc. can be made into neat little bikes. Although,because of that style frame unless you have pretty good fab skills and are careful you may be limited to what can be done with them and still make it safe to ride when your done.

Tube style framed bikes are so much easier to modify and usually you just need to gusset/reinforce the frame back to where it's as strong or stronger then before you started.

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you are going to pay out your ass for the "unique" parts needed to fix the bridgestone. Great bikes, fast as all getout, but parts are hard to come by and expensive when they do.

honestly - if this is your first time dabbling with motorcycles - stick with the cb honda, preferably a cb750. There are a lot of badly built cafe racers out there where newbie owners just threw parts at it and rode what stuck, if you build the bike right with a decent build quality then you really will have a unique bike. Keep in mind the road to a job well done is hard and long.
 

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I had a pretty sweet BS200 cafe a few years back, wasn't too hard to modify. I didn't do much but change out the bars, it looked sweet. I'll see if I cant dig up a pic. If you find an odd bike that runs decent you should be able to cafe anything.

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ad, come to vir. ride a bike. we miss you!


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I also came across a Honda cb360. Will be finding out more about the bike this week. As for the Bridgestone, I am thinking of just restoring her but I am worried about finding parts.

Here is a picture of two projects of mine and the reason why I want to build/restore a motorbike (best of both worlds<img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>).



hmm, love to work on cars/motors and love to ride on two wheels and to be different.
Motor + two wheels + being different = Cafe Motorbikes.

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Edited by - rusty pedal on Jan 22 2008 12:59:38 PM
 
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