jrkoupe

like bikes?...cafe racers?....bmw?

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Loves bikes.

Love beemers.

HATE the cafe fad.  They ain't racers.  Lots of nice classic bikes are getting hacked up to make these "original" creations that all look the same.  

 

(Yes,  this is coming from a guy who hacked up a perfectly good 2002.  But at least it really is a racer.....)

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ok ok ok........breeeath....lol  

 

it may be a  "fad"  now...but its as old as you are....lol ....seriously.....the history is quite rich.

 

anyhew....

 

yes some nice bikes are getting hacked.......but some crap  dying in junk yards are getting new leases on life as well. 

 

Independent of ruining good bikes.........a well done café ride is a sweet lil hot rod...and some are lovely to look at........u cant argue w/ that. 

 

 

some/most! well done 02 hot rods never see the track...you know that,....

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I have a 1974 Honda CB550. I got it running well, and have clocked over 1000 miles in about a month. It's not modified aside from a 4-1 exhaust system, pods, and carb rejetting to accommodate the mods. I really enjoy the bike. I sometimes thing that it would be fun to cafe, but then I also think that it would be easier to get a more modern bike that meets my requirements better than a cafe'd vintage Honda motorcycle. 

 

Logic, what even is it? 

 

I think all logic is thrown out the window in Motorcycle land. 

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I like the wheels, tires, frame and tank.

 

I hate the huge front brake and seat.

 

It's just OK.  

 

I like the Cafe' look if you keep it period correct (70's ish).  I don't like how they tried to make it look like a crotch rocket.

 

I think this is way cooler:

 

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or my bike:

 

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Or 

 

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If it keeps one more airhead from the crusher and brings in some youth, I don't care what they do. Right now the majority of airhead BMW owners I know are well north of their 40's. if I keep my two 1983 R80RT's close to stock, their resale will only rise.


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How would one get started with an airhead?  slash 5, or has that market moved on? 

 

jb

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Just now, jb said:

How would one get started with an airhead?  slash 5, or has that market moved on? 

 

jb

...And don't take the first phrase out-of-context....

 

jb

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Research is your friend.

 

I like this book:

https://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Buyers-Guide-Mark-Zimmerman/dp/0760311641/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1476558317&sr=8-1&keywords=bmw+motorcycle+buyers+guide

 

There are airhead forums too.  Here's the one I use:

 

http://www.vintagebmw.org/v7/

 

My only other advice - buy local if you can.  I got my bike on e-bay, and it was not as nice as advertised.  I spent a lot of time going through it and fixing stuff, and I shouldn't have had to given how much I paid.

 

 

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Here is an 'original' creation that does not look quite the same.

 

It is a Beemer too, so not off topic, here in the off topic section.

 

It is not a racer...

 

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On 11/20/2016 at 7:07 PM, mlytle said:

Which version of mad max is that from?

tru dat.......not good looking to my eye.......

 

but that white/red cafe bike in background?..oh yes

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