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Episode 22: ‘How to Build a Cafe Racer Guide’ Review
Awhile back, we posted this article after a listener told us about Jim March’s “How to Build a Cafe Racer” guide. We skimmed through it, but never really went over it in detail or discussed it. After we all read the document in depth we saw it had some really good points to discuss. Make sure to download the document below and follow along to the podcast with it.
Good Deal or Wouldn’t Steal: 1978 Honda CB750K
Do low bars make a cafe racer?
I’ve noticed a trend recently, of bikes being advertised as ‘Cafe Racers’, which often have little more modifications than the handlebars swapped out for low tracker or clubman bars. This generally seems to raise the price by $1500 on average. To each his own, but I don’t really think this qualifies as a Cafe Racer.
See the original ad on Craigslist HERE.
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.
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: