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Post  MoŽten on Mon 25 Oct - 23:20

I would like to share my way from frame, engine and wheels to something that looks like a real cafe racer.
With my own twist of course.... and with all the trouble and pain that follows when you dont use "bolt-on" parts......
The plan is to stretch the Yamaha R5 tank, and build my own front fender and seat.


First the base........


Then the inspiration.....




The start, a good looking engine is a "must have".............




Some of the parts I all ready have bougth, in my opinion classic bikes should have vintage parts if possible even if it`s a rebuild.

Koni rear shocks.


Grimeca dual brake front hub.


Italcerchi rings.


Tomaselli of course...



Raask rear sets.


Not bought yet, but I like these pipes, stainless steel.


Please feel free to give me both positive and negative feedback


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Post  TinTin on Tue 26 Oct - 9:49

drum brake front... the only way to go! Looking good, very promising build....
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Post  MoŽten on Tue 26 Oct - 10:03

TinTin wrote:drum brake front... the only way to go! Looking good, very promising build....

Drum brake or no brake, thats the question Laughing
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Post  TinTin on Tue 26 Oct - 10:12

flattracker look.... not a good idea when driving in modern traffic with all these ABS brake systems in modern cars
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Post  MoŽten on Tue 26 Oct - 12:08

TinTin wrote:flattracker look.... not a good idea when driving in modern traffic with all these ABS brake systems in modern cars

Laughing better with drums then....
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Post  TinTin on Tue 26 Oct - 12:25

flattracker example...

not my cup of tea Wink
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Post  MoŽten on Tue 26 Oct - 15:49

TinTin wrote:
not my cup of tea Wink

Not mine either Neutral from the name it is almost the same as a speedway bike here i Europe ?
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Post  sven on Tue 26 Oct - 20:11

MoŽten wrote:
TinTin wrote:
not my cup of tea Wink

Not mine either Neutral from the name it is almost the same as a speedway bike here i Europe ?

R u kidding? flattrack's the coolest cup of tea ever!
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Post  MoŽten on Tue 26 Oct - 21:28

sven wrote:
MoŽten wrote:
TinTin wrote:
not my cup of tea Wink

Not mine either Neutral from the name it is almost the same as a speedway bike here i Europe ?

R u kidding? flattrack's the coolest cup of tea ever!

Just as cool as speedway when I look at Youtube, fun to look at but the bikes have no lines and design.
Sorry sven, we all have our favorites. Mine is classic TT racing.......
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Post  MoŽten on Thu 28 Oct - 23:34

Small steps... four nights polishing the engine, and the Konis arrived today Very Happy


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Post  MoŽten on Fri 5 Nov - 0:09

Clip-on, levers and throttle grip, all vintage Tommaselli




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Post  TinTin on Fri 5 Nov - 0:11

true spaghetti items on a Jap... can't get better then that
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Post  MoŽten on Fri 5 Nov - 0:14

TinTin wrote:true spaghetti items on a Jap... can't get better then that
He he, together with the shocks from Netherland and the rear-sets from Sweden it will be a nice mix Laughing
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Post  Crazy Cavan on Fri 5 Nov - 0:39

nice stuff! i got the verry same throttle on my honda Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  MoŽten on Fri 5 Nov - 0:53

Crazy Cavan wrote:nice stuff! i got the verry same throttle on my honda Very Happy Very Happy

I was in Milano at the Novegro marked in february, that`s heaven if you like Italian retro stuff !
Just wish i had more money and a BIG van Very Happy that`s one of the places you have to go to before you die Crazy C
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Post  MoŽten on Sun 7 Nov - 23:19

Mock up of the clip-on`s. I`m not really shure, they are a bit low and if i turn them they are a bit high....
It would have been better if the upper three was straight and not lowered ? What do you say ?
I may be interested in a swap if anyone has a pair of straight clip-on`s 34mm.
The Tommaselli`s are 35mm and have 40mm rise/lower.



Adjustable steering stoppers...



And the new rims from Italcerchi. I can really recomend this guy, super service and top quality rims.
Good prices as well, i did not pay any VAT. www.italcerchi.com/home.htm
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Post  TinTin on Mon 8 Nov - 10:02

checked out the site, really nice prices compared to boranni or morad...
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Post  abarth850 on Mon 8 Nov - 16:27

MoŽten wrote:if i turn them they are a bit high....

but then you can lower them...just a thought.
nice pieces btw.

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Post  MoŽten on Mon 8 Nov - 20:01

abarth850 wrote:but then you can lower them...just a thought.
nice pieces btw.

They also look a bit "chopper" if you turn them, same as if you turn a TT-bar.
I will try and post up a pic.
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Post  sven on Mon 8 Nov - 20:19

MoŽten wrote:
... Mine is classic TT racing.......

R u kidding? Apart from the front brake, TT bikes look exactly like dirttrack bikes!?

Best regards
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Post  MoŽten on Mon 8 Nov - 20:42

sven wrote:
MoŽten wrote:
... Mine is classic TT racing.......

R u kidding? Apart from the front brake, TT bikes look exactly like dirttrack bikes!?

Best regards
Sven

Ohh. I see what you mean sven after a quick Google search. But i have found two kins of TT-racers ?
The one i`m thinking of have clip-on`s or TT-bar.
What do you others say, a TT-racer is the base of what you call a cafe racer today ?

This is for me a typical TT-racer, but i may be wrong........


"Friendly" regards Morten





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Post  pasta-moto on Tue 9 Nov - 23:46

Hi. Your Yamaha start looking very nice!!!
Can U tell me where you get this grimeca front hub, and how much it cost, because I thinkig obout that kind of hub for my XS.
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Post  MoŽten on Wed 10 Nov - 0:10

pasta-moto wrote:Hi. Your Yamaha start looking very nice!!!
Can U tell me where you get this grimeca front hub, and how much it cost, because I thinkig obout that kind of hub for my XS.

www.subitu.it or www.ebay.it , this one is from a Ducati Scrambler.
You can also look for "mozzo" for Benelli 250 2C, or other 250-500 Italian bikes from the 70`s.
Price form 200-500 Euros
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Post  MoŽten on Wed 10 Nov - 1:00

Another mock up... first pic with long light ears, second with shortened ears and third from the front.
Do you get the "chopper" feeling now when i`ve turned the bars ?




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Post  pasta-moto on Thu 11 Nov - 1:49

Thx for links, I'll check those website's. the price (500€) is almost like a new grimeca hub
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