I like your style David. That red/white Cafe XS650 is sweet!
My name is David Sharp from the UK and I own and run TH1RTE3N MOTOS
I specialize in custom tracker and cafe racer and streetfighters
I have included a couple of sample pictures and would love to have the bikes featured on your site and can supply further info and spec sheets if required
Fall is sloooowly creeping up on us here in North Florida and I’ve started riding again on occasion so I guess I should start posting a bit.
Thanks to Ben (and the rest of you, you know who you are) for the kick in the arse… He wrote in:
“Fall off the wagon and post some more stuff, my morning ritual is getting staler without any good cycles to admire and get some inspiration from.
You could add some shots of the bike I wrapped up this past spring! 4 photos attached.
It really is a nice build so here we go. Oh and I’ll start digging to the e-mails here shortly. Stay tuned.
What else is there to say. It’s a fantastic looking factory custom machine that we won’t buy enough of in the US. Which just sucks…
Thanks to Dave Outledge for the shot.
Monster thanks to Jason Moore for sending in this outstanding build. If you didn’t read his full description below then you missed the link to his very thorough build thread over on SOHC. Go check it out. If that doesn’t get you in the mood to build a custom then nothing will. An while you’re at it check out his Website Flying J Customs For more fantastic shots and builds.
This has me in the mood to get back in the shop.
I bought this bike 5 years ago. It was on craigslist and was a non running pile of junk. I fixed it up for my girlfriend, now wife, to ride. At least that was my intent. But after i finished building a cafe racer out of my very first bike,a CB750F, I had discovered what some would call an obsession for building bikes. So with the 750 done I turned my attention to the CB550. I stripped it down and started to work out in my head and on photoshop what I wanted the bike to look like. My inspiration was drawn from websites like pipeburn and tons of google searches for cafe racers. I wasn’t totally sure what I wanted until I talked to Richard from TAB Classics. He sent me a picture of a cb550 frame with the norton sprint tank on it and I was sold. Then I found the fairing on ebay and things just started to snowball. I didnt want to just build a good looking bike I wanted it to be fast too so the motor was ported and bored out to a 592 with a hot cam and a dyna 2000 electronic ignition with mini coils were added. I towed the bike 4 hours to Los Angeles to have the exhaust custom built. The rest i did my self. I did all the welding on the frame, built the motor, wired the bike from scratch, laced both aluminum 18″ wheels, ect. I added a second disc and caliper for improved braking as well as having the discs drilled and lighted by 2 lbs each.
Its taken me 5 years to build this bike. I have restored or cafe’ed 6 other bikes and sold them since i started this bike to help pay for this one. They served as funding as well as practice to hone my bike building ability.
Here is my start to finish build thread, its a little long but has lots of pictures. http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php?topic=51902.0
The details on the bike.
> Hand built for this bike norton sprint tank and matching seat.
> Aluminum fairing from japan
> 18″ aluminum Excel rims and stainless spokes
> Aluminum clip ons
> Aluminum velocity stacks
> Raask Rearsets
> Acewell speedo/tac
> Dual front disc with lightened and drilled rotors
> 61mm, 10.5:1 pistons bump it up to 592cc
> Mildly ported head and matched intakes
> hot street cam
> Dyna 2000 ignition and mini coils
> Light weight Shorai Battery
> Modern regulator rectifier
> 4-4 stainless header replica race exhaust.
I hope you don’t mind Jason but it was such a nice shot I couldn’t resist having a little fun with your original shot in Lightroom.
Here’s the original photo.
And here’s me having a bit of fun.
Oh and here is the before pic! You have some skills sir!
I’m getting a real soft spot for the small cc customs and this is certainly no exception to that. More proof that it does not take huge money and big cc to build a cool bike. Congratulations Amli.
Hi.my name is Amli from Malaysia..this is my weekend project..just completed 3 weeks ago..This bike originally is Yamaha RX-K with 135 cc..I decided to convert it to Cafe Racer..This is the end of the weekend project.
Congratulations to Steven Sclavos on such a fine build! If you’re in to old 2 stroke street bikes you’ll appreciate what went into this bike. Those pipes a sweet.
It is a strange build but I actually like it. Not sure why..
One that nearly slipped past me with all the recent lag. Very Nice!
DAVID TELFORD Writes in:
This is my r65 winter project nearly finished it just needs the seat and front brake finishing off hope you like it
and also a pic of how it was when I bought it.
The before Pic. Heck of a transformation!
I was obviously away from my e-mail for too long as I keep finding more fantastic submittals like this one from Sean Maney. The Suziki is a stunner but that Yamaha reeeeealy speaks to me. Well done sir!
Thought you might like to see some of the recent projects I’ve completed..have done all work myself apart from plating and powdercoating..
Pics of the Suzuki t500 titan I’ve just built..lots and lots of chrome on this bike..totally rebuilt..
The RD400 TZ rep café racer..I monoshocked the frame…fitted tzr125rr front end,rear wheel,brakes etc,,,
Regular contributor Ken Fontenot sends in this rather unusual build.
Steve, I have a friend/customer that just finished building a Honda CX-500 Cafe Racer with a bit of a different twist to it. Beaux Barfield is the race director for Indy Car Series and builder of the bike, it was built in his garage at home. This bike is was built as a tribute to Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, and was done in Ayrton’s Black & Gold John Player Special Paint scheme with his number 12. Beaux did a fantastic job on the bike, and will proudly ride it around Houston and display it at a few special events. Here are a few words from him:
Tribute to a racing legend. Ayrton Senna. I couldn’t be more proud of how this bike turned out. Big shout out to Ken Fontenot, Gordon Rundle III, and Erik Contreras for making this one happen.
Here is a short Bio of Ayrton:
Ayrton Senna da Silva was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil to a wealthy family. When he was four years old his father Milton bought him a go-kart, and by age eight Ayrton was regularly competing in karting events. His career progressed quickly, and in 1982 he moved to England to pursue his racing. In 1984 he came to the attention of the whole world by racing in Formula One. Over the next ten years he won the World Championship three times and engaged in some controversial racing with France’s Alain Prost and England’s Nigel Mansell. Ayrton Senna was killed on 1 May 1994 in a race at the San Marino Grand Prix when his car, which had been beset with problems the entire season, inexplicably left the track and crashed into the concrete barrier. His was the last death in Formula One due to the major safety reforms that the tragic weekend at Imola had brought about. He was voted by over two hundred of his fellow Formula One drivers as the best driver of all time in a 2010 poll. Senna was also a humanitarian who discreetly donated millions to help those less fortunate in his native country.