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Blue Cafe Racer Final Photos (for Sale on eBay!) *UPDATE: SOLD*

Finally! We got some great photos of the Blue Cafe!!

eBay listing:



Like Father, Like Daughter

Tony found this little bike (1979 Italjet 50) for our daughter, Elyanna (I can hear my mother gasping as I write this!). Don’t worry Moms, she wont be riding it anytime soon! Elyanna already knows this is HER cycle and she calls it, “Ely’s cycle!” and wants it with a purple frame and pink tank and fenders. Boy does Daddy have his work cut out for him!

“The Little Wrencher!”

She’s trying to fit the mirror on the bike. She has been paying attention she knew exactly where it went!

Honda CB500 – Progress Post

This is my husband’s “baby” at the moment. We originally bought this 1972 CB500 around April of last year, this is a project the boys have been working on in between the cafes and other restorations. This bike has custom everything even the rear frame mounts are custom designed (by myself). The following photos are a series over the past year:

The bike before the frame was cut up.

Something’s missing right? Like the whole back of the bike?

Fitting the frame.

The new rear end.

Note the custom rear brackets!

Does it look like a bike yet?

Mock up. Apes  or drag bars? That is the question.

Tank and fender back from paint!

Now it’s starting to look good! Fresh black paint on the frame. Looks like the inverted clubmans won!

1973 Honda CB350f *UPDATE: SOLD*

This is our second Cafe Racer. It is now for sale! See the bottom of this post for the link to the listing.  This bike is very similar to our green cafe.

This Cafe had a lot done to it. A complete custom cycle! The original bike was completely taken down and rebuilt from the ground up.
The Details:
The frame was taken down to bare metal, shaved, ground then reinforced.
Custom rear shock mounts, 3-way height adjustable.
Custom battery mounted underneath tail section with new deep cycle battery.
Custom built and polished front motor mounts and rear brake anchor
Shaved swing arm.
Control wire ran through the clubman bars.
Rebuilt petcock.
Timing set and valves adjusted and de-carbonized
All cables lubed
Carbs completely rebuilt (and rejetted) with all new parts (also soaked, cleaned and soda blasted inside and out)
Carb brackets, tops and bowls polished.
Rear sprocket cover eliminated and sprocket was painted black.

Chrome headlight and headlight ears.
Chrome turn signals.
Polished controls, triple tree, brake fittings, front break caliper, exhaust, and rear break anchor.
Sprocket guard on motor drilled and polished.

New x-ring gold chain
New pro-grips
New tires
New points
New top end gaskets
New fuel lines
New pod filters
New tires
Seat is being refinished in black leather

Paint: PPG silver with House of Color metal flake, covered in candy blue and buried in clear coated.

The Finished Cafe Photos:

I think we should start giving our bikes names. Does anyone have any suggestions?


The seat was finished and installed today! Saturday May 21st, 2011