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Old 05-05-2018, 05:21 PM   #1
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Complete Cafe Racer Build from a Ninja 250 for under $3000

Hello forum, this was my 1st ever cafe build (really my 1st build of anything). I'm not super build savvy or handy so I went with the Blue Collar Bobbers cafe kit. Took nearly no time at all, about 2 months for me working only on weekends. Here was the cost breakdown:
-2006 Ninja 250 locally on Craigslist - $1000 (talked him down from $1200)
-Blue Collar Bobbers Cafe Kit - $1400
-Clipons and Emgo Exhaust - $250

I think a lot of people will say it's cheaper to source all your own parts, but this was my first build so I appreciated the fact that everything I needed came in one convenient package and that it came with instructions.

Overall it was a great experience and the BCB kit was of very high quality. I made a video of the whole build as well. Got some Allen Parkway and Hurricane Harvey shots. Let me know what you think. Thanks

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Old 05-05-2018, 06:15 PM   #2
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That looks great man, the green wrap is on point.
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Old 05-05-2018, 08:19 PM   #3
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Nice job! Your starting Ninja looked pretty nice for a grand, good find.
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Old 05-05-2018, 09:41 PM   #4
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Totally badass, and the video was killer. Thanks for posting...best thread here in a long time!
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Old 05-06-2018, 12:06 AM   #5
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That is dope! I wonder if they make a kit like that for the 500. That would be fun.
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Old 05-06-2018, 11:21 AM   #6
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That is dope! I wonder if they make a kit like that for the 500. That would be fun.
Their website doesn't list the 500.
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Old 05-06-2018, 08:20 PM   #7
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I like everything about it down to doing it on a budget to the color.
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Old 05-07-2018, 09:25 AM   #8
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Old 05-07-2018, 10:23 AM   #9
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Dude that was a sick transformation. Just goes to show that it doesnt have to be fast or expensive to be badass and unique. Excellent work on the video/media as well. Are you in the media business?
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Old 05-07-2018, 12:15 PM   #10
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Wow! Great job.
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Old 05-07-2018, 12:48 PM   #11
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well done, the bike and the video... loved the color choices...the finished look was sweet.
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Dude that was a sick transformation. Just goes to show that it doesnt have to be fast or expensive to be badass and unique. Excellent work on the video/media as well. Are you in the media business?
Thanks so much for the comment. No I'm not in the media business, it's just a hobby of mine. I work as a dentist in my day job.
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How tricky was the wrap job on the tank? Came out nice, was it part of the bobber kit?
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How tricky was the wrap job on the tank? Came out nice, was it part of the bobber kit?
Wrapping the tank and tail were by far the hardest part of this entire build. I had never wrapped anything before so that was probably a huge factor. Ideally all the pieces would be wrapped with 1 complete sheet, however the curves of the tank and tail were impossible for me to do in 1 piece.

What you see in the video is my last go around where I decided to split the tank into separate panels, but I had actually attempted to wrap this 3 times before then and spent probably an extra $120 on failedd wrapping material.
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saw your post on r/motorcycles. nice job, dude.
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:54 AM   #16
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Dang that's a lot of work. Looks cool.
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