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Old 04-12-2011, 10:04 PM   #71 (permalink)
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:27 PM   #72 (permalink)
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I'm THAT close to building a full-on, totally uncomfortable, yet totally amazing cafe' racer out of my Trumpet. Only thing holding me back is a margin of comfort. I'd like to ride SOME sort of distance on the bike...

Anyone have any experience with cafe's?
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:39 AM   #73 (permalink)
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I youīre utterly uncofortable, then it wonīt even be a cafe racer, just a racer.

Cafes were the only means of transport for their owners back in the day, and Iīm pretty sure most people didnīt run race seats and lowest possible clip-ons.

Favourite cafe forum, sort of MCB of motorcycles:

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Oh, it was the first night of spring that temperature didnīt go below freezing point, so today was the first time I came to work on my bike.
It was +2C in the morning and foggy.
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:40 AM   #74 (permalink)
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New lesson to anyone buying a motorcycle, i was blinded by the good deal that i didnt think about the reason why until the day after i bought it a few hours before going to the dmv. Found a cbr600 f2 93 model for 400 dollars, needed a bit of work, mostly a set of fairings and it would be good, was gunna get the hong kong ones for 500 shipped and be done. Well problem was the title was signed over and never transfered..and i was the third sign over, well uncle same wants his money nomatter who he gets it from, so instead of going back on the people who bought it and probably rode it on the road illegally, he bones the one guy who wants to put it in his name and ride it LEGALLy, so i had to pay taxes on a 1800 dollar sale, a 600 dollar sale and a 400 dollar sale (the 600 sale was because the last guy was stupid enough to put 1$ as the purchace price so the dmv lady had to put something higher than what i bought it for). So in the end on a bike i paid 400 dollars for, i paid....450 in taxes, nothing like 112.5% intrest to brighten your day......well there goes my shiny new repsol fairing kit, i'll be riding a ragged out bike for a while, atleast it wont be so bad if i dump it in a turn.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:08 AM   #75 (permalink)
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One more question for the people that ride. I'm looking to pick up a sprocket and chain set, problem is i want to gear up quite a bit, want to do something like -1 or -2 in the front and +5 in the back but i can only find it in a 520 chain conversion kit, has anyone went to a 520 conversion kit and noticed a big difference in longevity? I'd like to stick with the steel 530 gears and chain if possible, but if 520 is all, i may have to go with it.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:48 AM   #76 (permalink)
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One more question for the people that ride. I'm looking to pick up a sprocket and chain set, problem is i want to gear up quite a bit, want to do something like -1 or -2 in the front and +5 in the back but i can only find it in a 520 chain conversion kit, has anyone went to a 520 conversion kit and noticed a big difference in longevity? I'd like to stick with the steel 530 gears and chain if possible, but if 520 is all, i may have to go with it.
The F2 doesn't need a 530. Plus I wouldn't go any lower than -1 in the front if wear is a concern. Just go larger in the back.

If you go with quality steel sprockets and take care of them, you will probably upgrade your bike before you have to replace them.

How long do you plan on riding a $400 bike?
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Well the front would be probably only -1 anyway, but just wasnt sure on the aluminimum part. But i plan on riding it for as short a time as possible, sure its a nice bike but i'd LOVE to have a newer one, fuel injected and such, but i do ride alot of miles a year, just wasnt sure how long the sprockets do last.

Though for 400 dollars its in alot better shape than i thought, when i picked it up the guy said it was running, when i got there it wouldnt, i couldnt even push start it, the back wheel would lock up. After a few simple electrical fixes and safety bypasses like for the neutral switch and the clutch pull switch that werent working it fired up and ran like crap, cleaned the carbs and it runs fine now, new set of plugs and it should run great

Though just to be sure, the only difference between a 520 and 530 is one is steel and the other is alumnimum right?
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Old 04-13-2011, 04:14 PM   #78 (permalink)
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Though just to be sure, the only difference between a 520 and 530 is one is steel and the other is alumnimum right?
No, 520 is the size of the chain. It is smaller and lighter than the 530. You can get steel or aluminum sprockets for either size.

Useful Tips, motorcycle chain size fitment chart, chain selector

So if you are going to put on a 520 you have to change both sprockets and the chain or else it won't fit.
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:52 PM   #79 (permalink)
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I youīre utterly uncofortable, then it wonīt even be a cafe racer, just a racer.

Cafes were the only means of transport for their owners back in the day, and Iīm pretty sure most people didnīt run race seats and lowest possible clip-ons.

Favourite cafe forum, sort of MCB of motorcycles:

DO THE TON - Index

Oh, it was the first night of spring that temperature didnīt go below freezing point, so today was the first time I came to work on my bike.
It was +2C in the morning and foggy.


actually original cafe racers were built for speed and handling. and if that meant cutting down the seat and getting clip-ons they would. cafe racers were never built for comfort.


ive had a couple of cafes and all of them have been super comfy. riding position is more aggressive, but ive always had a nice seat. and if u dont want clip ons, just use drag or superbike bars
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I'm THAT close to building a full-on, totally uncomfortable, yet totally amazing cafe' racer out of my Trumpet. Only thing holding me back is a margin of comfort. I'd like to ride SOME sort of distance on the bike...

Anyone have any experience with cafe's?
How bout ride it awhile until you're very comfortable handling a motorcycle, then chop it up and use your (dad's) VTX for trips?
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