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Jacky_Boy
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CB 500 cafe racer

Post by Jacky_Boy on Fri 03 Oct 2014, 9:18 am

Hello everyone,

Has any of you tried to transform a CB500 into a cafe racer? 
I recently sold my `04 Hornet 600 and i`m looking for a bike with `cafe racer potential`, but I  want something that doesn't require a capital restoration Smile Last year I've done my first motorcycle trip, 450km in one day with a CB500 and now I remembered how fun it was.
So I started doing a little research about this cafe project, but haven't found much, just this picture that can't get out of my head Smile)






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Re: CB 500 cafe racer

Post by jerryfudd on Fri 03 Oct 2014, 9:25 am

I like the look too, all I know is that there is this on eBay.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181544822116
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Re: CB 500 cafe racer

Post by eternally_troubled on Fri 03 Oct 2014, 11:58 am

The frame loop you put a link to is for the *other* CB500 - the one from the 1970s.

There's no reason you couldn't do something like in the picture - you just need to hack off the rear frame, work out where to put the ECU (which is in the rear of the bike), remodel the seat and then think of a way of mounting a number-plate/mudguard that will make you bike legal to ride on the road.
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Re: CB 500 cafe racer

Post by Jacky_Boy on Fri 03 Oct 2014, 1:05 pm

Is the ECU to big to fit in the cafe racer tail?
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ceejay
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Re: CB 500 cafe racer

Post by ceejay on Fri 03 Oct 2014, 2:36 pm

I'm not really a fan of the whole cafe racer thing, I think too many good bikes get butchered but each to their own and here's someone's effort if it helps:


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Re: CB 500 cafe racer

Post by Wildwards on Fri 03 Oct 2014, 3:07 pm

you tube link here. there was another one as well but I can't find it now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdTb2GnN8YI
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Re: CB 500 cafe racer

Post by ashcroc on Fri 03 Oct 2014, 10:54 pm

There were a couple on ebay recently. You could probably find them if you search completed listings.
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Re: CB 500 cafe racer

Post by toffeeroffles on Sat 04 Oct 2014, 6:38 pm






I like this guys take. Cafe racers arent all my thing either but chuck some Renthals on this and I would be pretty happy Smile
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Re: CB 500 cafe racer

Post by stevew on Sat 04 Oct 2014, 8:10 pm

Why not have a look at what the racing guys do with their bike over on the CB500racing forum?  Lots of ideas and bits there and obviously the mods you see for racing work well.
Inspiration can be found with Google images of "cb500 race bike"

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