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Old 05-01-2011, 06:53 AM   #4261
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That Honda is gorgeous. Who's the builder?
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:06 AM   #4262
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That Honda is gorgeous. Who's the builder?
Yes that Honda is fantastic, great build. That is one of those bikes that you would love to climb on and kick over then find some great hills and twisties.
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:06 AM   #4263
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:57 AM   #4264
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A day of riding, plus what you & Skorpio said made me change my mind about keeping the original grips.
But I'm having trouble finding a set of new "comfortable" grips that look like they belong on my '73


Sometimes you just go for the comfort, after all, you ARE planning to ride it. If you want something that looks period go with something like these:

The ones everyone ran on bikes they raced back in the 60s and early 70s, and what would be my choice for vintage (Bultaco had similar grips around 1971 or so)would be Doherty style:



or Amal style




there are also Gran Turismo (which are junk and cause arm pump)

Google the style you might like to see where you can buy them or a replica there of. Or if you want to look more do a google image search on vintage motorcycle handle grips
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:07 AM   #4265
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But I like-em...no numbness

grand tourismo's have a soft cushy air space in there.
They last a long time unlike today's one years worth of riding before they wear through type grips.
Still running the original grips over 30 years later!



Stay away from the cheap copy's for sale on eBay.
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:14 AM   #4266
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77 cb750k
Isn't that more street tracker than cafe?

p.s. Well said Sakurama (and beautiful bike - that pic should be quoted whenever there's a question of what a cafe bike is)
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:24 AM   #4267
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It's NOT a bloody caferacer. No one building a bleedin' cafe racer would take a stock bike with really good brakes and make the front wheel brakeless!

That's the main thing what's wrong.

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Ermmn, you want me to go back to the beginning and pick apart the various "cafe` racers" that have been embraced in this thread?

This one is no less rediculous than many of them.


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Old 05-01-2011, 08:30 AM   #4268
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That thing may be ugly and not stop well, but I bet it flies! All engine.
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:33 AM   #4269
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you want me to go back to the beginning and pick apart the various "cafe` racers".
Yes, and scatter the pieces
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:33 AM   #4270
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As an example of restraint, in case you need a reminder, I offer a cafe bike from the land of no corners:

I disagree.

While clean and tidy, and it's very clean and tidy, it suffers from the same malaise as many of the bikes featured here.

Lets talk about the suspension set up, shall we? As near as I can see it's basically stock. Twin cam Honda 750's had notoriously limited cornering clearance in stock form. Our intrepid cafe` Darwin has gone and lowered the bike from it's already limited original ride height.

Sorry, I like a bike that works and this one's a big fail.

I call 'em as I see 'em.

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Old 05-01-2011, 09:08 AM   #4271
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I call 'em as I see 'em.

Opinions are like assholes....................

Besides, YOU ride a KLR
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:16 AM   #4272
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Lets talk about the suspension set up, shall we? As near as I can see it's basically stock. Twin cam Honda 750's had notoriously limited cornering clearance in stock form. Our intrepid cafe` Darwin has gone and lowered the bike from it's already limited original ride height.

Sorry, I like a bike that works and this one's a big fail.

I call 'em as I see 'em.


Want to point out where the lack of cornering clearance is on that bike?

I find it ugly as hell and hate that back tire, but it'll corner just fine in my book.
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:25 AM   #4273
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Want to point out where the lack of cornering clearance is on that bike?

I find it ugly as hell and hate that back tire, but it'll corner just fine in my book.
If the front forks are any indication, and they most certainly are, it wouldn't be much fun in the canyons.

It's in the details.


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Old 05-01-2011, 09:26 AM   #4274
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Besides, YOU ride rings around me on a KLR

Adjusted for accuracy.


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Old 05-01-2011, 09:49 AM   #4275
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I call 'em as I see 'em.

+1. Too much "cafe", not enough "racer" going on here. If you know it's not a race bike, but still insist on calling it one, then don't get surprised when someone picks apart your fashion accessory.
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