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Need some place to start :) - April 19, 2012, 01:15 PM

So my sister really wants to get back on 2 wheels, she got her license over a decade ago (15 years to be exact lol) and hasn't ridden since 2004. She and a previous ex-gf used to have some pos harley and then she shared my Yama FZr600 before i sold that. She really loves my CB1kr and wants a similar look (nekked but not a bobber/chopper since she hated the harley lol) but without the price tag and big motor so i pointed her to some old school cafe racer types and she is 100% go. Zx6rMatt mentioned a jalopy show in july, so we definitely going to that but I wanted to surprise her with a decent bike for her bday/grad present.

So where do I start? I poked around craigslist but outside the Honda CBs and the Yama XSs what else could I use as a solid base for a cafe racer? My only request is that the bike be semi-reliable simply cus she wants to ride it to and from the hospitals she'll be working at and I don't want her calling me every week stuck on 66/234 because something went up. I figure i can pour around $500 into the bike initially and we'll work on it through this year and have it ready for '13 riding season.

example of what she likes..........
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April 19, 2012, 01:16 PM

also, im so tempted to email this guy and offer a lower price since no one is bididng on his $4k asking.....

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ya or nay? What's it worth?


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April 19, 2012, 02:15 PM

You're going to pay more for a converted bike than a factory one.

Better off finding a running bike in stock config.


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April 19, 2012, 05:53 PM

If you're planning for '13 season, just forget about it right now. Now is a lousy time to buy as everyone is buying overpriced bikes. Wait a few months and keep your eyes open. Late summer and fall is when people start to lose interest and you have all winter to work on it.
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April 19, 2012, 08:14 PM

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You're going to pay more for a converted bike than a factory one.

Better off finding a running bike in stock config.
Well yeh, just happen to see that bike on ebay while i was posting the first message and wondered how much it was "worth".

I'll most likely look for something stock that at least runs, i just want some ideas on what i should be looking for.


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April 19, 2012, 08:42 PM

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If you're planning for '13 season, just forget about it right now. Now is a lousy time to buy as everyone is buying overpriced bikes. Wait a few months and keep your eyes open. Late summer and fall is when people start to lose interest and you have all winter to work on it.
Yeh, obviously being almost mid-season people want more for their bikes. She graduates in Aug with her masters so I figure I'd spring for it around then or sept maybe if something good comes up.


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Just keep your eyes open... you're looking for something pretty rare. It may take months to find the right thing. Kinda cool that you will get to ride with your sister one day.
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Well, if you're looking to "build" a "cafe racer", look to spend about $1000 to $4000, bike not included. It all depends on what you want to do with it. Some people just buy a stock bike, put clubmans on it and a seat hump and call it a day. Some people go all out, and even get custom parts made. I personally have been building one since August of last year, and so far I've put well over $2k on it. But I'm also literally rebuilding the bike from the frame up. I've gotten all new parts for what needed to be replaced, and repainted what needed to be reused. I'm also rebuilding the engine. Overall I'm estimating about $3500 to have the bike the way I want it (might even end up more). But it'll be well worth it.

So if that's what she really wants, you can't go wrong with a Honda or a Yamaha for their reliability and parts availability. But make sure you know how to turn a wrench because trying to fit most parts can be a bit of a headache if you don't.

Try forums like dotheton.com and caferacer.net to look for some already built.


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RD350 cafe racer

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yeh, most likely we'll build something up like you're doing wobbles. I've done everything short of full engine rebuilds and welding when it comes to cars and bikes. Most likely i'll look for a decent chassis for $500-$1k, then strip it down and go to work. have someone local rebuild the motor/trans for us, fresh and "new" and then go into adding new suspension, brakes, wiring etc. through the winter into next spring. I've told her around $3k-4k and she is down with that since it will be "custom" and how she wants it to be so that's what we shooting for as well.

Witold - yeh, she's jelly when i go out west on rides and really wants to just head out there too lol. She was toying with the idea of a newer bike but she loves the 70s and 80s....just suits her better lol.


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If you are looking for something that is new and has that look I would recomment the Triumph Thruxton. Used they are pretty reasonable price, even new.
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at this point, i think we full go on a old school build. She likes the idea of the price and "customized" aspect.


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yeh, most likely we'll build something up like you're doing wobbles. I've done everything short of full engine rebuilds and welding when it comes to cars and bikes. Most likely i'll look for a decent chassis for $500-$1k, then strip it down and go to work. have someone local rebuild the motor/trans for us, fresh and "new" and then go into adding new suspension, brakes, wiring etc. through the winter into next spring. I've told her around $3k-4k and she is down with that since it will be "custom" and how she wants it to be so that's what we shooting for as well.

Witold - yeh, she's jelly when i go out west on rides and really wants to just head out there too lol. She was toying with the idea of a newer bike but she loves the 70s and 80s....just suits her better lol.
I would stay away from a 2T bike if she wants to use it for long rides.


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