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Old 04-10-2009, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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building up a cm400 into a cafe racer

always wanted to mess around and customize one of these bikes, and finally picked up one from a guy on CL.
i have a few things that i would like to do to it..
i already installed a set of clubman handlebars, removed the battery, side panels, took the paint off the tank, removed the fenders front and back, removed chain guard, removed catalitic converter, removed header guards, removed mirrors as well, removed the seat as well.

so heres a few pics of the progress, i scored a nice cafe seat with seat cover on fleabay that will be here soon, and i still have to get the little filters that will go on the carbs, and i got some pipes as well to make it straight pipes and will wrap the pipes as well. Took all the wiring and put it inside the airbox, all of them used to hang out behind the side covers.

enojoy the pics of it so far, ive only had it for a week now
let me know what you think so far...lots of thing will get repainted and rejuvinated...im just getting the major things done and then details will come in later on


when i brought it home

pipes removed and better view of the bike, check out those handlebars LOL

removed sidecovers

new bars installed, and removed the battery box...now its back on fill of wiring

and as it sits now, well the box is back as of tonight, i dont have a pic of that

and here is the seat that i got for it
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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thx man
yeah so far im just yanking all this shit thats not needed.

im kinda in love with those wire/bicycle wheels on older bikes, so im gonn see if i can source out a set somewhere...but for now these will do
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Old 04-10-2009, 10:19 PM
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Good luck, I still love those OEM rims!! They look like MV agusta rims!
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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here is where its at right now after some painted pieces like forks, header pipes,triple trees, wheels, caliper, rear brake, headlight and gauge accents, and i made a little rear fender from front fender (not pictured),all tabs on frame have been cut that are not used, just not grinded completely and then will be painted.





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I am liking this!

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A deconstructed bike gets my attention. Nice build.
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Nice! Do you have a cafe seat in mind?
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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naw, changed my mind and will try and run a solo seat and eventually go hardtail with springer seat

its stupid slow, so im already looking to get a bigger model bike
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looks good...can't remember if i read if you were going to paint the tank or not but i kinda like the beat up look and i really like the wheels after they were painted. i'm currently looking at turning a suzuki 350 into a cafe bike. got her striped down to the frame for the most part. hopefully i'll have her together by this coming week or so.

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Old 04-27-2009, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
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as of now the tank will stay as is
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as of now the tank will stay as is
A coat of clear may help keep it from rusting up on you.

Always been a fan of the blacked out fenderless look.

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Old 04-27-2009, 09:28 AM
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I love it!

You should keep it the bobbed tail look. It looks rough and fun. Too bad it's as slow as you say it is.

From where it is now, I'd put a bobbed seat on it, swap the tank out for a larger one. Get some pipes hanging off of it, and sell it for something that has the power curve you are lookin' for.

Hell, if I weren't so broke, I'd take it off your hands...I like where it at!

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Put the tank outside for a day a let it build up a little surface rust, then clear over it.

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Interesting...You've gone from the Cafe idea to more of a backstreet streetfighter bobber...If it's road ready by next Monday, May 4, the Ton Up club is having its first Motorcycle Monday of the season at the 5 Star Bar at 1424 W. Chicago Ave.
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I like the look so far...If it were mine I'd paint the tank flat black and get some red & white pinstripes...but that's me, it's your bike and I always appreciate others efforts even if it's something I wouldn't do!...Don't forget Mods vs. Rockers on June 20 at Delilah's on Lincoln at Diversey. A former VP of Toys for Tots said it was easily the second largest Motorcycle event in Chicago...Only the TFT parade is larger.

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Old 02-17-2010, 11:32 AM
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Put the tank outside for a day a let it build up a little surface rust, then clear over it.
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that looks pretty bad ass from the last set of pics up. I'd rock it!

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Old 02-17-2010, 12:21 PM
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I thought I remember seeing it on Craigs List. Did it ever sell?

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she is looking awesome! man if you got that cafe seat you ordered for it and want to sell it let me know.... personally i think you should still rock the cafe look not the solo seat man.
if it where me, i would mold a fiberglass cafe seat to match the natural curves of the frame, do a shorty bump stop style seat, would look awesome would still have the natural drop that back bone has to meet the seat pan area and run back a bit to a bump stop, would look like no other cafe out there... you have done such a wicked job man keep it up, stay with your original idea and make something completely unique! i suck at photo shop and all i got is paint but here is something like what i would sugest you do
the seat can be molded to flow with the frame and back, would be a cafe with a strong back bone tank! just awesome you could even make the bump stop out of an old tank to keep the raw metal look. relocate the speedo to the side of the frame rail or even double stack them with a smaller tach above it down low so you can lay out across the tank when ripping down the road.... i think this would look wicked!


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Old 03-18-2010, 10:34 PM
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I just bought a cm400t and am going to be doing the same thing over the summer. Love the pictures. Keep them coming!
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