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Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' at netrider.net.au started by ibast, Sep 2, 2005.
It'd look better with (say) a Vincent motor, but that's just my prejudice. (see below)
I wish they'd used the sportster engine instead because it's a better engine and got rid of some of the fiddly bits to get the price down. Otherwise good stuff.
one day.. I will make a bike from scrach...
I'm jelous... of their skill and knowlage...
Not a bad looker, but I have a couple of points/questions. In the specs it says it weighs 495 lbs, now my maths makes that around 220 kg pretty heavy for a cafe racer.
Also a 200 section rear tyre, that is awful big.
I thought a cafe racer type bike should be light and small. This things weighs more than my Sport Touring Ducati.
American cafe racer
The Big Mac of motorcycles.
It does, however, fit the cafe racer creed of being pared of anything unnecessary, function only, doesn't it?
H-D themselves had a sort of a go at this concept in 1977 with the XLCR; http://www.xlcrclub.com/
I remember Cook Neilsen of Cycle Magazine said of the front brakes that "anyone who could pull the brake lever and get a result wouldn't have to worry if he was stuck on a level crossing and a train was coming. He could just swat the locomotive out of the way with the back of his hand and carry on.....!!!!"
Can someone please define what a "Cafe Racer" actually is?
I'm confused! :?
I'd say it is bike that has been modified to remove unnecessary complexity and weight, improve handling and power. Traditionally with a flat single seat with a hump, and a small fairing.
Often based on old Brit bikes (the Triton -Triumph motor in a Norton featherbed frame - is probably the classic.
They can be made from almost anything provided the underlying philosophy is there.
Not to be confused with a 'Boy Racer' then?!
It's a term that comes from England in the 50/60's. It refers to a standard bike that has been modified to replicate the race bikes of the era.
in a sence modern sports bikes are factory built cafe racers.
These days, however, it tends to refer to a bike that looks like a race bikes from the early 60's.
That is a nice looking bike
Possibly the first legitimate use that I have seen made of a Harley engine. Agreed it's still too heavy, but I don't think the septics will ever understand that.
As for cafe racers, they were named that because of the Ace Cafe, a then well-known hangout for the radical element of motorcycling the "Rockers"
They rode cut down English singles and twins with minimal extra equipment on them. Single seats, rear-sets, Ace bars and usually a long aluminium fuel tank made by one of the specialists, like Rickman or Seeley.
It was also uncharitably suggested that they were called cafe racers because they raced between cafes and then rebuilt their bikes before they rode on to the next one.
The Ace Cafe is still open and holds regular meetings at which cafe raceers and their riders are welcome to attend and demonstrate their machines.
Daz, if you can't find the answer there, you've already forgotten the question; what a paradise for us old fogeys!!!