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post #1 of 24 Old 12-12-2014, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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919 CAFE RACER

What do you think about a 919 cafe racer?
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post #2 of 24 Old 12-12-2014, 02:04 PM
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Pretty cool.

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IMHO wrong platform (swing arm style, shock etc). But again, never was into CFR. It's basically similar to HD bar to bar crawling crowd only Starbucks Euro type.

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Imagine trying to hold onto that when you grab a handful... I like the concept though.

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IMHO wrong platform (swing arm style, shock etc). But again, never was into CFR. It's basically similar to HD bar to bar crawling crowd only Starbucks Euro type.
I think you're too young to have seen the original scene.
Every segment of any era has its posers.
Every segment of any era has its real deal participants.
My recollection was that the original cafe racer segment was heavily populated by people who did all their own work, and rode the equipment way beyond crawl crowd speeds especially in the turns.
Some proddy raced their mildly cafed stockers.
Some ran in unlimited.
In both cases, empty the head light pod, take off the signals and stands, remove the speedo or at least tape it over, remove the license plate.
Sometimes at the track after riding the bike there.
That was certainly my world of CFR back in the day.

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I was mostly speaking about CFR crowd of today, urban hipster

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Hmmm, yes, degree of art form involved as opposed to purpose built and used as such.

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Racers and Mods were the original hipsters so I wouldn't go pointing fingers. Also, if it wasn't for some of the hipster movement the CFR would still be a small underground art that only Rockabillies knew of. The men and women building CFR are still doing it by hand. There are some out there that bolt on things and make one but you can tell those from the true one-offs.

I like the look phobman but what kind of modification to the frame's spine would you have to do inorder to give it that true cafe look.

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post #9 of 24 Old 12-13-2014, 05:30 AM
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Racers and Mods were the original hipsters so I wouldn't go pointing fingers.
original hipsters are millennials, way after CFR culture.





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Imagine trying to hold onto that when you grab a handful...

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Imagine trying to hold onto that when you grab a handful... I like the concept though.
That??? No problem at all. I've ridden motorcycles with at least twice the power a 919 puts out and 2/3rds the weight without a problem.

I grew up in the era before purpose built sportbikes, where the English café racers were all the rage and if you wanted to go racing you had to build it yourself, as I did a number of times. I like the look, especially because I came within 5 minutes of buying a short stroke Manx from a dealership in Marin county. That's the reason why I bought a Yamaha XT500 new, converted it to a café racer, and proceeded to put over 100,000 miles on it. I retrospect the Manx would not have been nearly as reliable, so it's probably a good thing I didn't get it!

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Look at the size of that tank on the 919. Touring 8 gallon tank!

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original hipsters are millennials, way after CFR culture.
rofl nice meme

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Look at the size of that tank on the 919. Touring 8 gallon tank!
I think mine is bigger than that. 8.2 gallons to be exact. :P

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The larger tank puts the rider in the racing crouch better than the stock tank, it would not be a 2up machine.
Have any of you seen the TV show Cafe racer? Anything goes, purely artistic renditions!

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The larger tank puts the rider in the racing crouch better than the stock tank, it would not be a 2up machine.
Have any of you seen the TV show Cafe racer? Anything goes, purely artistic renditions!
This will be my inspiration for my 919 build....god knows when that's going to happen.

The ducatti swing arm is what gets me + the rims. just need to stick that to the back of a 919 and voila.

Has anybody tried to fit a ducati single swing arm on a honda 919 ?
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I don't know if anyone has posted up about a Ducati one, but there's this...

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That tank looks like it holds about 20 gallons of fuel.

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That tank looks like it holds about 20 gallons of fuel.
that tank looks way too huge, way too far back (look where those pegs are)

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Who put a Norton tank on a Honda? I own both and would never do that. It's blasphemy!

We raced all the time and it mostly wasn't on the track. Had to know how to wrench in the day because the bikes were not as reliable as they are now...plus we did some things to them...café racing was just that...from café to café and pub to pub...if you were stupid enough to drink while riding. But that was 45 years ago...so we might have had one or two

I know several of the guys who have done builds on Café Racer TV BTW.

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Who put a Norton tank on a Honda? I own both and would never do that. It's blasphemy!

We raced all the time and it mostly wasn't on the track. Had to know how to wrench in the day because the bikes were not as reliable as they are now...plus we did some things to them...café racing was just that...from café to café and pub to pub...if you were stupid enough to drink while riding. But that was 45 years ago...so we might have had one or two

I know several of the guys who have done builds on Café Racer TV BTW.
How about a CR750 Bread Box fuel tank instead ?

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The best way to do it is with hand fabricated aluminum tank and set pan. I think on the 919 fabricating a custom tank would be the only way to get a proper fit and look.

Something like this only maybe a little sharper lines:

Meyerbuilt Metalworks Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

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Can anybody photo-chop these bits together? That'd be worth a look.

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This will be my inspiration for my 919 build....god knows when that's going to happen.

The ducatti swing arm is what gets me + the rims. just need to stick that to the back of a 919 and voila.

Has anybody tried to fit a ducati single swing arm on a honda 919 ?
Not a Duck swingarm, but 0Cool's bike ROCKS!
https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums/...f800-1995.html

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