MM listener Roberto sent us an email with this really interesting PDF file “How to build a Cafe Racer” guide. I’ve looked through it and it’s pretty interesting. I figured I’d post it up here. Take a look through it and let us know what you think? Good ideas? Ridiculous? Let’s talk.
Episode 14: Carburetor Tuning
Episode 14 is the second part in our series on Carburetors. If you haven’t listened to Episode 13, I would recommend doing that first. Assuming you are familiar with all the different components in your carburetor, and it’s general operating principles, going through these steps will help you tune your carbs and get your bike running perfectly.
Good Deal or Wouldn’t Steal: Ryca Motors CS-1
OK we’ve got an interesting one here. Maybe you’ve never heard of Ryca Motors, or their cafe racer kits. The CS-1 is the Ryca Cafe Racer kit. It’s built off of a Suzuki Savage 650cc bike. You used to be able to pick these up fairly cheap, but I don’t see the Savages for sale very often any more. It’s a $1000 bike in running condition. The Ryca CS-1 kit is $2750. Overall, you end up with a pretty cool package and a nice looking cafe style bike. However, is it worth $5500? Here is the sellers info, and you can see the ad here:
Episode 13: How Carburetors Work
Yo! We’re back with Episode 13, all about how carburetors work. This is part one of our series on carburetors. Once you know how they work, we can get into tuning them to get your bike running properly and at peak performance. Now, while we all understand the basics of carbs, we’re not carburetor scientists. Hopefully listening to this podcast will bring you much closer to understanding them, or at least getting the courage up to take yours apart. After you can recognize each of the basic pieces on all carbs, you can take apart/clean and inspect pretty much any of them. Let us know what you think, and if you have any questions!