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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by SirJackdeFuzz, Mar 25, 2015.
Guy Martin in action at the TT . . .
Close . . . U are getting warma
. . . a little bit less red :!:
Alright, I wasn't going to do this but all these pics of non-Italian bikes has left me no choice. Time to pull out the big guns. You can stop the thread now fellas, here it is… the pinnacle of motorbike technology.
That is 160cc of romping, stomping, kick starting two-valve air cooled Italian horsepower my friends. And when I say horsepower, I'm talking (probably?) double digits. I realize your lawnmower has the same size engine, but your lawnmower never shoots flames out it's open velocity stack, so, you know… WIN.
A rear brake as effective as most any modern Ducati. A headlight that lights sometimes. A shiny horn that would never think of disturbing the peace, but did I mention it was shiny? Real chrome, baby. This thing has got it all.
I had a Morini 3.5 for a few weeks back in the 70s.
That cured me of Italian bikes.
I always fancied a Ducati single back in the early '60s - at that time to me the epitome of sportiness. Never got one. Probably just as well, as at that time I didn't have the experience to ride it and I'd probably have done myself a severe mischief. Still love the look of 'em, though.
Doubt you'd have hurt yourself. You'd have spent most of your time in the garage spannering it
Had the local folks Dyno mine a few years back:
143hp isn't too shabby
I hope to go there one day, its not a million miles from where I live either, I should do it
YOU SHOULD !
That is my ultimate motorbike bucket-list event
It's not a sport bike but I love my Yamaha Road Star Warrior. It has a stiff aluminum frame and has more lean angle than your typical cruiser. I bought it new in '05 and can't imagine ever selling it.
I understand. The same thing happened to me right around the same time, only it was a Triumph Spitfire that cured me of British cars.
I've got a basket case Vulcan 88 I'm working on now, and a '74 Yamaha XS650 that'll be going to a new home soon.
Way back I was into Bristish bikes.
Then I grew up and had $$ so I got a Duc 999
Later I changed to a Monster for practical reasons.
And now I'm working on a Café Racer based on a Suzuki LS650 single.
Motorcycles are so much fun
Cafe Racers are starting to become the 'hip' thing among the yuppies and posers & trendies on this side of the world
Sad really, because i always had a soft spot for them.
But it looks like it is starting to become the bike to be seen with, at all the coffee shops and cool hang outs !
Especially now that RYCA is selling kits for the LS650.
Mine however is a one off as I'm making most parts in my shop.
Very nice . . .
But isn't that exactly what 'Cafe Racers' were always used for? There's an awful lot of old photos of Eric-Von-Zipper jacketed 'Rockers' hanging out at coffee shops and cool hangouts, then, once in a while they'd all roar off to see if their bikes could hit 'the ton', and hopefully, toss a few insults at the mirror-festooned 'Mods' in the process...after which they'd head back to the coffee shops and cool hangouts.
For about a year and a half I had my childhood dream bike, a 1984 Honda CB700S, the Nighthawk. I dropped it last spring and just have not had the time/inclination/funds to get it back in order, but I still have hope. Current top of the BAS list is an early Triumph Speed Triple 955...but my knees were begining to hate the Nighthawk, I wonder if the Trumpet would be kinder. Here's a stock photo of the Nighthawk.