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Old 01-09-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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What's the best airhead for a cafe project?

Is there an ideal airhead for cafe racer projects? I am drawn to the R90/6 models based on engine size and looks.

Curious if there are logical pros/cons regarding the best models to cafe out.
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:53 AM   #2
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Oh....man....


You could spend alot of time looking at every cafe'd boxer on the interwebs, and find reasons for doing it like "they" did every time....

cafe'd /5's? check.



cafe'd slash 6 and 7? check.



cafe'd 80ST's? check.



cafe'd R65's? check.



cafe'd 80g/s's? check.....


R80 monolever? yes, even that....check out fellow ADV'r MIOB's beauty:





and so on.





90/6? ... great choice! go for it!
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:03 AM   #3
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They are really all great and all have their pluses I think.

/5. Has the speedo /tach in the backet which creates a great clean look on the bars. Kick start, what is more retro than that. No master cylinder to mess with.

/6. Nice. Love the 750 and the 900. Dont like the speedo cluster—would do a Vapor or Trailtech. Big tank doesnt scream cafe to me. More like retro.

/7. I like the tanks the best for cafe. Same issue with speedo.

It really depends on a couple of factors that YOU have to answer. What brakes do you want on the front and rear without going crazy modifying a bike. Kick start wanted. You can always put a 4 speed in a /7 but rarely done. What do you desiring for speedo/tach. Tank. Wheels, do you want spokes, mags or snowflakes. Carbs a big deal to you 32 or 40s.

I am starting a cafe project right now. Starting with a 80/7. First because it was soooo cheap. Low miles. Has Lester mags that I wanted. Planning on doing some radical stuff. Trying to decide whether a Vapor or TrailTech would be best or a /5 bucket and do a new combo speedo in its hole. Or even just a GPS that I remove all of the time.

So I guess my point is that there are some many little factors that depend on personal preference that only you can really answer the question. Just my 3 cents I am sure you get many more opinion and thoughts.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:02 PM   #4
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They are really all great and all have their pluses I think.

/5. Has the speedo /tach in the backet which creates a great clean look on the bars. Kick start, what is more retro than that. No master cylinder to mess with.

/6. Nice. Love the 750 and the 900. Dont like the speedo cluster—would do a Vapor or Trailtech. Big tank doesnt scream cafe to me. More like retro.

/7. I like the tanks the best for cafe. Same issue with speedo.

It really depends on a couple of factors that YOU have to answer. What brakes do you want on the front and rear without going crazy modifying a bike. Kick start wanted. You can always put a 4 speed in a /7 but rarely done. What do you desiring for speedo/tach. Tank. Wheels, do you want spokes, mags or snowflakes. Carbs a big deal to you 32 or 40s.

I am starting a cafe project right now. Starting with a 80/7. First because it was soooo cheap. Low miles. Has Lester mags that I wanted. Planning on doing some radical stuff. Trying to decide whether a Vapor or TrailTech would be best or a /5 bucket and do a new combo speedo in its hole. Or even just a GPS that I remove all of the time.

So I guess my point is that there are some many little factors that depend on personal preference that only you can really answer the question. Just my 3 cents I am sure you get many more opinion and thoughts.

Great points - the kick start and clean look of the front on the /5s is intriguing. I think i read your thread on your project - blue one, correct? Good luck!
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:10 PM   #5
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Great points - the kick start and clean look of the front on the /5s is intriguing. I think i read your thread on your project - blue one, correct? Good luck!
Put a /5 bucket on your /6, as jtwind did on his R65:





Or do something really custom:
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:03 PM   #6
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Best Cafe???

Is all of them.
Any engine that floats your boat. R65 swingarm, Brembo F/E. Speedo's don't belong, after all you are building a barely road legal racebike if you are doing it right.
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:32 AM   #7
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I agree. Any of them, whatever you like.

The blue mono in Pbeckm's post is mine. I chose for the mono because I wanted a less=more bike. It has one rear shock less ;). I also fitted it with a kickstarter by the way.

There's a dedicated BMW caferacerthread on this forum. Just go through the pages and see what you like.
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