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Platform for Cafe/Bobber build

You can never have enough projects right lol?

Looking to do my first cafe/bobber build and am looking for a reliable, relatively easy to wrench on riding project. Looking around forums, eBay, etc the to 2 that stand out are the Honda CB stands and the Yamaha XS/Virago.

I understand that there isn't a whole lot of "bolt on" aftermarket support and doing something like this will prob require a fair amount of fabrication/customization, but its' that "ease of customization" or a bike that has alot of parts that are interchangeable with others or have somewhat of a larger following that I am looking for. One thing that stands out that I would probably like to be able to do is maybe even run a 120/160/180 tire combo, so I guess a bike more capable of doing that would be prefered. Would be kinda of outa place on a Honda CB 350


That being said, platform suggestions/recomendations? When done, this is what I see as a finished product. Some sort of cafe/bobber hybrid.





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Pick one or the other, otherwise it will become some silly abortion like that guy on here who choppered a 199X cb750 with whitewalls and a sissybar... just weird.


CB for the Cafe.

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LOL. By hybrid I guess I meant it could be called either or because I don't know if the pics I posted classify as a true cafe or bobber, not that I would try to intentionally try to blend the two.

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Bobber = vtwin

CB always make goofy lookin bobbers

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CB always make goofy lookin bobbers
I think a parallel twin bobber is fine too. Old school Trumpets and the like look slick.

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Parallel twin bobber?
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Wasn't the guy on the right on a TV show a few years back?
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Sky's the limit .
you'll see plenty at the barnyard boggie.June 25th monee IL.

Flat track street tracker with an old XS650 yam.
cafe' with an old SR 500 yam.

The nice thing about old CB's is the parts can swap pretty well.

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One other thing the old 920 virago has some real punch that would be a cool build.

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The nice thing about old CB's is the parts can swap pretty well
Are parts availability on older Yamis comparable to Honda CB's?
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Anyone familiar with a particular model that may have the ability to swap swing arms/wheels and forks/front wheels with modern sportbikes with relative ease? Or at the very least the wheels/calipers? I think I would like to find a way to run sportbike wheels, tires, brakes, etc.
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Xs650

Take it to the STREETS!
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^^Out of all the bikes I have been looking at, Yamaha XS seems to where I keep drifting back to lol.
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There are a few guys who put gixxer front ends and swing arms on the CBs. It was more intensive than I would have liked - definitely need a lathe to make it happen.

http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php?board=103.0

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Please stop saying bobber unless it's a vintage Harley it won't ever be one.

If you want an easy to build, metric custom that resembles a triumph hard to beat the xs400 and 650s.

I suggest staying away from viragos unless you want to deal with the bs that is shaft drive. If memory serves me right they are all driven wrong.

Don't forget about sportsters they can be picked up cheap and are easy to work on.

Last opinion, if you want modern parts then get a modern bike. Leave the old girls to those of us who appreciate them.

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I have a frame with a title for a RD350. I also have a ton of parts, including a RD250 that needs a rebuild (PM Resurrection). LMK, I'd let that frame go very reasonably.
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oh I got the parallel twin part but the "bobber" part just clicked, well played!!

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With the understanding that the bike will probably need work to be running 100% right, can a rideable project bike be had for around the $1,000 mark or below?
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With the understanding that the bike will probably need work to be running 100% right, can a rideable project bike be had for around the $1,000 mark or below?
Absolutely man.

Or you can sack up on the project and rebuild this beast into something fantastic:

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