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Old 11-27-2010, 09:35 PM   #1
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wwyd? wife wants me to get a classic sport bike

my wife wants me to get a classic styled sport bike. she saw one in a movie today and was all 'you should get one of those. lets do that with our income tax refund next year'
im all woah wtf cool. i doubt she will still feel the same way when she's got money in her hand, and i know we could use it for other stuff, but lets daydream..
where would you start in building a budget cafe racer.

and the movie was wallace and gromit- close shave or something like that.
it was a red bike with a sidecar on the wrong side. i'd totally ride a dpner or whetever it was supposed to be, i'd rather build from the ground up with a cheap old bike that i can find parts for
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the old school Honda CB series bikes make kick cafe racers. inline four cylinder bikes with tons of potential.
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Ducati sports classic are really cool...if she wants a side car you could have some real fun with a Ural
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:49 PM   #5
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the thing about urals, i love the looks, but they always seem to be priced a lot higher than id like to pay on cl
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Get you a used Bonneville and just change the handlebars, seat (Thruxton), either chop or eliminate the back fender and there you got ur cafe racer. I believe that would be a VERY reliable option. If you gots the moneys go with a Ducati Sportclassic (Nothing more badazz than that bike if you're going for that look), but be ready for the maintenance bills, LOL
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I'm stunned that you would give a woman who doesn't rides' opinion on buying a motorcycle a second thought. or post it.
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:24 AM   #8
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thanks sifu. your opinion is the greatest.
i like cafes. i have been wanting to build one for some time. i have just never received such a clear green light until now, and when i thought about all of the options availible to me, i realized i had no clear direction on where to start. i was thinking honda, but nothing was really set in stone.
knowing that most of the people here have more knowledge on bikes and working on them, i posted this to see what kind of input i could get from them

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since you're dropping your man-card by starting sentences with "my wife thinks" I can only imagine the responses you'll get aside from the usual laughs and guys who won't take your "daydream" seriously. I'm sure there's a "rockers v mods" fan who will offer to take you to a meet where 60's and 70's "twins and fours" rebuilds are the rage.
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How about one of these.....The old XS650's make very nice street trackers as well as cafe racers! (Ben Liked it)
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since you're dropping your man-card by starting sentences with "my wife thinks" I can only imagine the responses you'll get aside from the usual laughs and guys who won't take your "daydream" seriously. I'm sure there's a "rockers v mods" fan who will offer to take you to a meet where 60's and 70's "twins and fours" rebuilds are the rage.
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man card, whatever.
i cant enjoy a toy very much if my wife is always at me about it
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:57 PM   #13
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Old 11-28-2010, 01:07 PM   #14
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I'm thinking of buying this and bobbing it, just wish it had a kickstart:
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2080322640.html
Also check out this kit, makes an old savage look killer.
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that cm is pretty badass
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Yes it is, here come more pics of it.
http://s961.photobucket.com/albums/ae99/ballmike72/1980%20Honda%20cm400t/-edit- dunno why the link shows up like this, but it's a nice bike with less than 3k miles.

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I had a "cafe" CM400 a while back. I think mine was an E model, no tach, and wire wheels. Loud exhaust and it topped out about 85. The exhaust was not loud in a cool pleasant way though, sort of obnoxious actually.

Fun, but the idea of it was better than the execution. At that price though, it would be fun.

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since you're dropping your man-card by starting sentences with "my wife thinks" I can only imagine the responses you'll get aside from the usual laughs and guys who won't take your "daydream" seriously. I'm sure there's a "rockers v mods" fan who will offer to take you to a meet where 60's and 70's "twins and fours" rebuilds are the rage.



That's actually a great idea. Go to some meets and get some ideas.
Rebuilding/modding older bikes is great fun.
Good luck!

Ohh,
and don't bother with a Ural unless you are content topping out at around 55 mph.
My step dad has a 2WD version sitting in his garage that he lost interest in pretty quick.
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