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Old 10-19-2008, 08:42 PM   #178
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Oddometer: 202, origins. In February of 86, I bought a brand new 86 GSXR1100. First thing I did when I got home was replace the exhaust canister with an aftermarket slip-on, cut the rear fender and replace the turn signal. In June of 86 my brother and I took a trip across the US. On the leg out, I dropped my bike somewhere in Colorado. I ended up removing the bottom fairings and tossing them. My brother said it looked better like a café racer, I replied that I did not like it and thought it looked naked.

…so before “naked bikes” or “streetfighters” there were just guys like me who striped there bikes after dropping them.

It’s my guess that before the “café racer” there were striped bikes that looked just the same sans the quarter fairing and rear seat cover…probably making the same café-to-café runs….

…now I like naked bikes.
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