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post #1 of 33 Old 10-31-2011, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Streetfighter Magazine 919

Got my first issue of Streetfighter Magazine a couple weeks ago and lo and behold there is an odd looking 919 in there. If anyone is interested I may be able to scan the article for here, in the meantime here is a pic of the bike and the mods that he did.
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I wouldn't be surprised to see the 919 become a popular base for cafe racer conversions, kind of like a modern CB550/750.

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That one was on HD theater (Now Velocity) on a season one of Cafe Racer. Front wheel hub took a dive and froze at speed causing Eric Bosrame(?) to crash hard. I think it is ugly as hell. The owner put almost no thought into it at all.

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I think it is ugly as hell. The owner put almost no thought into it at all.
Ha, that is the first thing that came to mind when I saw it

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lol ya that thing looks meh.... i do like the spoked wheels though.


but really.... if your going to expose that much of the motor, at least remove the pair system.

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I wouldn't be surprised to see the 919 become a popular base for cafe racer conversions, kind of like a modern CB550/750.

I always thought the 919 already looked like a modern cafe bike...it's why
I like it so much!


(edit: I think THAT one looks like poo, though. )




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That one was on HD theater (Now Velocity) on a season one of Cafe Racer. Front wheel hub took a dive and froze at speed causing Eric Bosrame(?) to crash hard. I think it is ugly as hell. The owner put almost no thought into it at all.
Yeah it was on last season. Rider had on a helmet cam, ZERO time to react. He was wearing jeans and knee was a little chewed up. Odd he even made a comment to the builder prior to the ride about "testing" and they all chucked about it...

The tank looks like CRAP! To me, it looks like he had no creativity at all and they just welded up what ever would work on the backbone.

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He said he chose the 919 because everyone thinks it is ugly and you can't make it pretty. I call BS! What he did makes it look ugly and it is perfect the way it is.

As for the pairs system.... I told you no forethought or planing what so ever. I bet in reality he had a 919 sitting around when HD Theater approached him and he said yeah and forgot about it till they called him up a week before shooting began and he scrambled and failed at designing a cafe 919.

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The tank looks like CRAP! To me, it looks like he had no creativity at all and they just welded up what ever would work on the backbone.

They might as well have just taken the old propane tank off of the backyard BBQ and used that....

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are there any more pics of a different angle of this bike?

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Here's what can be done in a weekend: https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums/...ild-23737.html
And it has the same exhaust system he used ... take the mufflers off ... that's it.

His take on it proves you can throw a whole bunch of money at a project and get trash out the other end. He probably put 10 times as much in spokes alone as we spent on the entire build!

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That was classic, Rob. Dave is right. That's the 919 from the first season of Cafe Racer. One of the Bostrom brothers went down on it when the front hub failed and then seized up. Tried to google some other images, but no luck. Too lazy to keep looking. The tank is a set of dual alloy things that look like homemade rocket boosters. Or propane tanks. Your choice.

After all their talk on the show about how the 919 was "ugly" to begin with, he certainly made it worse than before. And just some overall weird choices on the build. Completely re-do the fork internals, but leave the stock shock? Really?

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are there any more pics of a different angle of this bike?

I found some pics last time this thing came up...

https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums/...tml#post459910

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Here's the article, there are a couple different views, but it probably won't affect your opinion of it. I was just flipping through and saw the top of the engine with the red spark plug cable and was like... hmm that looks familiar. I just got my new issue, so hopefully there's a decent looking 9er.
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lol.... that tank just makes me laf.... what a craptastic design! Roland Sands did a MUCH better job on the 919 IMO.

I mean this cafed 919... look at all the innovation... hmm exhaust... f it just remove those stock cans, leave the stock y pipe, just grind down the lip on the y pipe and wrap the whole thing.... lame.

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I like the spoke'd wheels and the top triple w/ the built in gauges.

I wouldn't put that tank on my bike but looking at it hasn't made me go blind.

But the unfinished look of the rest of the bike is crap. Check out some of the detail pictures where it shows the battery and the coolant overflow tank along withe the exposed wiring harness. It just looks like something that was hacked together.

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Yeah i do kinda like the triple clamp, as long as it didnt break and kill me.
I'm interested in seeing what those spoked wheels looked like on a regular 919.

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Loving the spoke wheels.
Hate the tank.

I can't help thinking - all that money on custom triples, fancy rotors and he left the stock shock on the rear.


Kind of sums up the builder ......... his 'cafe racer' misses the point of the cafe scene - performance and handling.

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He found a nice spot to relocate the battery
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They did such a great job on this one that they now have a tech on Cafe Racer to check every bike before they test ride them.

Cafe Racer TV's "The Tech & Testers" - On The Editing Room Floor - YouTube

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Yeah I am sure the insurance payout from last season wasn't the cause of this happening.

Talk about bad press you throw a bike together and then have it fail while someone was riding it on cable TV and then the show creates a whole segment about how they are now testing the bikes because of what happened on your bike.

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love the wheels, rear sets, bar end signals and triple clamp. I am also really digging the no rear fender. Other than getting the frame sliders right, they totally raped that 9er.

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Not a 919 but this was in my latest issue and is beautiful.
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Well that may be, but damn that 919 has been ruined.

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Yeah that one just looks completely jumbled and over-stuffed. Nothing like the clean, freely open, and bare engine wonderfulness of a CB450 750 cafe racer. Just my opinion.

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Yeah that one just looks completely jumbled and over-stuffed. Nothing like the clean, freely open, and bare engine wonderfulness of a CB450 750 cafe racer. Just my opinion.
agreed, the simplistic nature of the old CB fours are so timeless and awesome its hard to beat. Infact i REALLY like the old CB175 sl175 parallel twin, take the four's simplicity and cut it in half!

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He found a nice spot to relocate the battery
Somehow missed this first time around. Good Lord. You gotta be kidding me. And these guys are supposed to be pros?

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i almost expected the frame sliders to be engine mounted.

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Any of you build a cafe 919? Just sayin...

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Any of you build a cafe 919? Just sayin...
if i had money like those guys did, id surely come up with something better... BY FAR.

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if i had money like those guys did, id surely come up with something better... BY FAR.
Agreed. A square CB350 or 500T tank with a fiberglass seat and tailpeice... throw on some clubmans... that'd rock. Too bad I don't have the Dosh to throw around.

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