Ok, I am feeling the fourth bike coming on. Some things are definite. It’s going to be a café racer, and it’s going to be a Hinkley twin. I built café racers in the 60s and early 70s, so I am not even slightly tempted to go for an old Brit bike, I have been there, and don’t suffer from rose-tinted nostalgia. I can’t yet fess-up to Mrs. Incitatus so soon after sneaking the Duke under the radar, so it will probably be a, ‘just after I take her to San Francisco in January’, strike. In the meantime it’s plan, plan, and plan. Here is the essential dilemma. I have two basic ways to go, 1. Buy a Thruxton, which is well on the way to being a café racer already, and finish the job Triumph started. 2. Buy a used Bonneville and do the entire conversion myself. The Thruxton has some problems though. There are no used ones around yet, so it would have to be new. I consider a Norman Hyde alloy tank and a matching single seat essential for a real café racer, so I would be throwing away a brand new tank and seat, ditto the mufflers, (but the headers on the Thruxton are ‘right’). On the other hand, I wouldn’t have to replace the clip-on’s, headlight and brackets, instrument mount plate, rear-sets, or the 'right size' alloy rims and tyres. Bonnevilles are around used, so the upfront cost will be less, but it is a long way from a café racer. Like the Thruxton, I would still need the Norman Hyde alloy tank, matching single seat and mufflers, but I would also need; headers, clip-on’s, headlight and brackets, tacho, instrument mount plate, rear-sets, and would have to replace the steel rims with wider alloy rims and new tyres. There are quite a few other bits and pieces required to finish what I consider a café racer, like alloy mudguards, fork brace, fork gaiters, bar-end mirrors, and various billet alloy doo-dads, but these are common to both options. So….which way to go…….Ladies and Gentlemen, start your grey cells.