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Old 05-03-2011, 01:28 AM   #4351
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How about just posting pics and no more than I line of title/comment. Keep it simple as the thread title indicates?!
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Old 05-03-2011, 02:25 AM   #4352
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More pics - my memory's fading

Originally posted in England Kev's thread but bears repeating here..

Such a nice bike (Kev's that is) - I had a Triton back in '69 - 6T engine with twin carb splayed head conversion, Norton g/box in a wideline frame, clip-ons and a fibreglass tank tank, sorry no photos, couldn't afford a camera then, poor engineering student!

Cafe racers were exactly what is states - in the sixties ordinary lads emulating race bikes and using them to race against time from the 'Cafe' on a pre-determined road course, usually incorporating a couple of roundabouts (for those on the west side of the pond you'll have to google that one!), back to the Cafe - legend has it that the timer was the juke box - put on your favourite roll'n roll tune and be back before it finished! Too many accidents and problems with Rockers and Mods meant the authorities clamped down on these impromptu races.

By the way I seem to remember (although that in itself is becomin more unreliable day by day!) the first Tritons were actual race machines (Dave Degens the man behind Dresda may have been the first) that used the surplus Triumph 500cc all alloy engines made for WWII generator sets, used on aircraft etc. suitably modded and put in the best frame of the day, the Norton featherbed, well you wouldn't use the bendy Triumph frame of the day, would you? - this was for 500 class racing...

This idea was then picked up by both the cafe racer fraternity and other racers and the rest as they say is history - and that's exactly what it is, HISTORY and that's what we like about them.

If someone wants to build a cafe-racer STYLE bike then go for it! Doesn't matter what it's based on, just have fun, but in the end you must not forget the origins.

For my own bike, due to on-going arthritis I've got an old Squire ST1 80's sidecar tub (free), an old Canterbury sidecar chassis 16" wheel (27.50) and I'm going to Hack my '82 CB750 Honda, thread will be started when restoration on my old Gamekeeper's Cottage is done.

Keep those wheels turning - whatever they are attached to!
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Old 05-03-2011, 05:35 AM   #4353
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Old 05-03-2011, 03:09 PM   #4354
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I do catch your drift. I am just disappointed that this great thread turns into a troll-egoboost-I-need-attention thread.

Trolls that now also started to send very childish private messages. That kind of stuff temporarily suppresses my sense of humor.

I guess I never whined enough, I've not gotten any. Nothing wrong with a bit of banter or the occasional weird stuff like that R1. Just clarifies some history, adds a funny note, or some contrast. I caught all kinds of crap when I commented about street trackers becoming more an exercise in machining, polish, and perfection over being virtually a flat tracker with lights. I figured so what. Water off my back and the heck with it. Now I admire what I like and pass by what I don't like.

It's a stinking forum for goodness sake. Let it flow.
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Old 05-03-2011, 03:15 PM   #4355
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Thank you so much for saying that!

You just said something that I've been trying to get across in these threads for a long time. If one spends a little time on the net looking at real cafe racers, what you find are 99.9% full fender'd, dual seat, 1/2 worn out Brit bikes, being ridden by teens and twenties and usually with their girlfriends on the back.

In Europe and Britain youngsters built bikes for the same reason that kids in California built Hot Rods... To make noise, go fast and get laid and I gurantee that you ain't doin the latter, if you can't get the chick off her block!

I don't care that much for some of the rat bikes being posted right now. I'm more interested in seeing well built performance bikes that show us some craftsmanship and good engineering. The rest of it, you can have but why close the thread just because of MOIB? If he really wants the thread closed, all he has to do is not open it up.
By the way, same reason guys did choppers. Just chopped up everything from Harleys to Hondas. In the U.S. it was more about the open road where in Europe it was more about the winding road.
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Old 05-03-2011, 03:38 PM   #4356
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Less chatter....

...more [pics] !!!!!

observe.......


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Old 05-03-2011, 06:31 PM   #4357
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:47 PM   #4358
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This will annoy some people . . . .

Others will think it's pretty cool.

I kind of dig it myself.

I found it here.
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:58 PM   #4359
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That's cool! Except for the...............
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Old 05-04-2011, 01:51 AM   #4360
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Not bad but I like the Jawa better!
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:49 AM   #4361
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I wonder how much the chrome plating on the top triple stiffens it ?
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:04 AM   #4362
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Nice all around: simple, elegant and form IS function....




that's a sweet line on that exhaust.... imagine the smoke being jetted out as it winds out...
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:44 AM   #4363
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:09 AM   #4364
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Old 05-04-2011, 02:18 PM   #4365
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