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Old 09-28-2011, 02:24 PM   #1
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Big V-twin cafe racer?

Just curious if anyone has built one? I have been thinking about getting a sport bike lately and at the same time wanting to build a bike. Not sure how many people are tall but being that I am 6'4 I do not fit on to many sport bikes and feel comfortable.

Found a company I can get a rolling chassis from and talked with them about making it just a little larger for me and they said not a problem. Anyway thinking about doing this for my next year project and just curious if anyone else has built something similar.

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This would be something like a 117"-120" motor with a 6 speed. Might go a little smaller just to get more RPM's out of it but all in all I think it would be a very unique bike that most wouldnt see around much or havenot seen around.

Kind of new around here so not sure if people follow builds or not but this is my idea opinions are always welcome.
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:03 PM   #3
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Just called and spoke with Curt and got some info.

His frame never went into production but he does still have all the jigs needed to build another one. They use components from metric sport bikes such as a GSXR1000 or Ducati are the 2 which are most commonly used. Front end, brakes, and wheels ect..ect

Prices are not all that bad either in my opinion and being that it isnt a production item chances of passing another one on the road would be slim!
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:23 PM   #6
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Roland Sands uses those (big air-cooled twins) on lots of his bikes. I think they're really cool but you either get more revs and less power or fewer revs and more power. I think I'd have to have a really bad S&S motor in one to keep me happy. Maybe a 90' twin or a parallel? , I'd like to do one with a worked speed triple motor.
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How HEAVY do you want it to be? A big motor like that may be nice, but very heavy...especially for a "cafe" bike.
Its not so much weight I am concerned with. I think you would be surprised what a v-twin motor weights in comparison to a zx12 or bigger. Its more style and personal choice over speed, and or racing capabilities.
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i personally like the dual shocks like posted in the first picture. would look awesome with a big twin. please keep us posted and have updates if you do this build. I know i'll be subscribing!
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Wish this one would been a success.

supermanx cafe racer harley custom 1
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:14 PM   #12
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Well I got married on August 6th and found out last weekend we are going to be adding a new little one to the family. Already have a 5 year old daughter and planned to have another little one in a few years. We talked about my project when she gets pregnant and it was an Ultima GTR but since we didnt prepare for this looks like the bike is it, as I dont have the money for the other. Yup I got permission too. Hahaha...

When I told her we needed to buy an SUV before we had another little one and a few days later a friend came by the house asking me if I wanted to buy his chopper. I explained to him I couldnt swing that right now we are about to buy an SUV. My wife (then girlfriend) said, "Babe you work hard and there is nothing wrong with my car if you want another bike then get it." I knew I made the right choice in marring her. LOL

So seems this will be my winter project with a little luck I will have the chassis for xmas and get it together by this summer.
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I am planning on picking up a sportster 1200 and putting a her front end and building a care this winter.
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:24 PM   #14
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autocorrect. usd front end and cafe is what should be said.
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It looks long, but I bet it handles 40,000 x better than any other Harley from the factory.
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mmaybe it isn't long but that frame sure looks spindley and flexy. of course I have love for old steel.frame Japanese bikes so it wouldnt be an issue.
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Two thumbs up for this idea. I've been thinking about doing the same thing for about a year now. I have an 2001 Iron Horse that I thought about using as a donor bike for the motor and tranny. It has a 96" S&S and I think it would make a good motor for a project like this. I'm gonna start thinking about it again now that I'm seeing your post...
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