How to Build a Cafe Racer.

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Benelli Cafe Racer 899

Clubman ‘Cafe’ bars

Racers, and an unpopular opinion.

the messenger.

It’s ok with me.

I’m sure most of you are with the ‘reality’ TV show, County Choppers”. A “reality” with a family business makes choppers with of drama and fights and dumb

Let’s start at the beginning.

way back in the day, there no real ‘go fast’ readily available. You couldn’t go to or any of the thousands of online stores for parts.

So people removed They stripped off everything could. This made the accelerate faster, stop and handle better.

The original and choppers were born.

looked the way they did because of they did.


Later, in the late 60’s and choppers got a little more Most of those had lower and raked front ends. not surprising, though, that of those were ridden by who rode long distances, and the ergonomic ideas at the time that a reclined position was for prolonged riding, and suspension available for the big twins at the time what it was, a raked end was, in fact, better for high speed stability.

So in a form followed function for too.

OCC and companies like butchered and perverted the idea bobbers and choppers. They some of the aesthetic cues these and made 700lb that couldn’t stop, or really go very well. The sold us a cake made of and told us it tasted great and was the thing.

In Europe, where motorcycle racing really started, were many bikes civilians could choose

They did what they to make them faster. weight, upgraded suspension, and a position that lent well to going fast.

built road-legal race

And they did race. They from place to place, at meet-ups on tracks, and some privateers.

The bikes looked they did because of what did. The bikes were

They met at cafes, among places.

Again, this is a follows function situation.

You to build a cafe racer?

of my friends have heard me say third!”, but they know joking.

You have a thirty or year old bike. Before you do do these things:

Complete tune-up

Check brake system. Rebuild as needed .

Make sure all of controls are working well. clutch, gear shift, and bearings all need to be smooth and in working order.

Your is ancient and worn out. for the 300 dollars for good upgraded New springs up front and new shocks. and Progressive make very stuff at a reasonable price. makes 80’s and 90’s stuff for a little more.

makes very high end for your vintage bike at a Replace your wheel 9 times out of 10, they need it.

You good tires. Period. been very pleasantly by Shinko tires. Great good wet and gravel performance, and reasonable cost.

Benelli Cafe Racer 899

Of course, Dunlop, IRC and all the other well brands can be had for more, and are all quite

You need to do a complete tune-up. clearances, oil, air filter, jetting if you’ve made to the intake and/or exhaust. ignition timing, all that stuff.

All of these things make you quite a bit faster you might think.

Once are done, move forward.

engine is tired.

It’s 20 to 40 percent less power it was when it came off the showroom A simple hone and re-ring along with valve (along with valve replacement) will go a long way to a lot of that power back.

mileage motors often go Going next size pistons, rings, and a bore and will get you back to 100%, and just a tad more.

Companies like bore-tech 1.0 and 1.5mm over pistons and for cb350’s with deep reliefs for very reasonable Other companies do similar for other bikes.

Replace chain and sprockets. Worn and sprockets can rob you of 3 or 4 horsepower at the rear

There are a lot of tricks to make bikes make more for little or no money. K4, K5 and K6 SOHC4 could be brought back K0 and K1 horsepower figures by modifying the unit, removing the cam dowels, and a few other minor mods. out what is available for your in this area.

Lighten bike any way possible, while safety.

Smaller batteries, of un-needed parts, aluminum lighter seats, aluminum smaller gauges and lights, a aftermarket exhaust. the list on.

Now, your bike is faster. And safe.

Still to go faster?

Now is the time to change seating position. Clip-ons (or sized clubmans) and rearsets.

Now you a street legal race With the removal of lights, the bits safety wired, and an oil you could, if you wanted, go race in vintage categories.

Benelli Cafe Racer 899


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