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Old 06-26-2017, 10:37 AM   #1
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Anyone built a cafe racer? Any advice would be great.

I picked up a Suzuki S40 and have started tearing it down.

Stage one is going to be handlebars, seat, exhaust, moving the battery box, removing the airbox and taking all the unnecessary stuff. I have looked at the Ryca stuff and it looks really good but it's crazy expensive it seems.
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:40 AM   #2
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:44 AM   #3
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exhaust wrapped, windshield off, saddlebags off, muffler off, mirrors off, extra guards off.
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:45 AM   #4
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Cafe racers if done nice are cool. When guys start trying to cut corners to save money they get ugly quick LOL.

I was helping a good friend make one from a GS750 before I moved away from PA. He hasn't done much to it since I left but I convinced him to do it right with quality parts and not make a rat bike cafe racer .
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:53 AM   #5
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Cafe racers if done nice are cool. When guys start trying to cut corners to save money they get ugly quick LOL.

I was helping a good friend make one from a GS750 before I moved away from PA. He hasn't done much to it since I left but I convinced him to do it right with quality parts and not make a rat bike cafe racer .
The seat and gas tank seem to be challenging without spending a bunch of money.

This is the look I am going for. In gun metal grey with a brown leather seat though.
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Old 06-26-2017, 11:01 AM   #6
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Yeah the seat and tank can get expensive quick, if you don't start with a bike you can get away with using the stock tank. I just Googled "S40 cafe racer", and there are some cool examples out there. Good luck and make sure you keep us posted with pics!
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Old 06-27-2017, 08:42 AM   #7
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After I modified the intake and exhaust....the hardest part for me was jetting the carbs, but it looks like you just have one to deal with.

Dime City Cycles is a good place for parts.


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Old 06-27-2017, 11:16 AM   #8
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After I modified the intake and exhaust....the hardest part for me was jetting the carbs, but it looks like you just have one to deal with.

Dime City Cycles is a good place for parts.


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The Chicken Hawk got me to finally do this!

I have a couple of friends that will hopefully help me with the carbs.
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Old 06-27-2017, 12:50 PM   #9
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The Chicken Hawk got me to finally do this!



I have a couple of friends that will hopefully help me with the carbs.


That's allsome!

Have fun!


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Old 06-27-2017, 11:27 PM   #10
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More of a cafe/bobber hybrid, but I built this one a while again. Unfortunately the pics show without side covers, but you'll get the gist.

https://crummade.wordpress.com/2013/...orcycle-build/
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Old 06-29-2017, 10:12 PM   #11
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Think I figured out my seat! I can do this.

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Old 06-29-2017, 10:30 PM   #12
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No more battery box and air box. new muffler showed up today and grabbing a new air filter tomorrow. Then time to rejet the carb and fab up a new battery box.

I know I should strip this all down but I want to be able to ride her during the process. at least until I find a gas tank and fab a seat.

Still need to find a gas tank, handlebars, headlight, gauges, lights, shocks, and mirrors.
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Old 06-30-2017, 07:54 AM   #13
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Old 06-30-2017, 07:58 AM   #14
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The seat and gas tank seem to be challenging without spending a bunch of money.

This is the look I am going for. In gun metal grey with a brown leather seat though.
Looks awesome
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Old 07-02-2017, 10:12 PM   #15
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New muffler. It's looking better!
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Old 07-06-2017, 01:51 AM   #16
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How are you going to move the shifter and rear brake? Fab or off the shelf? This would be pretty essential if you are going to mount clip on bars.


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Old 07-06-2017, 10:19 AM   #17
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How are you going to move the shifter and rear brake? Fab or off the shelf? This would be pretty essential if you are going to mount clip on bars.


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Have not made it that far yet! I will take suggestions!
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Old 07-06-2017, 11:45 AM   #18
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Somewhere at my dads house I should have the head light and gauges from a 1979 Yamaha XT 500. If you can use them and we can figure out how to get em to ya, they're yours.

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Old 07-09-2017, 12:24 PM   #19
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Somewhere at my dads house I should have the head light and gauges from a 1979 Yamaha XT 500. If you can use them and we can figure out how to get em to ya, they're yours.

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Yeah im interested for sure! Id be happy to pay for shipping.
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:21 AM   #20
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It will probably be next weekend before I get down that way. I'll grab them while I'm there.
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