Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Cafe Bobber

I started digging around the internet and found a few cool CB200's that others have modified into mini-cafe bikes. I think this is a perfect treatment for these bikes and we decided to use this as the inspiration for our bike. This is my photoshop mock-up of the "goal".

Thoughts on this design:
  • We will use Clubman bars instead of clip-ons to keep the hand position up and back a little more.
  • I want to build the seat on an original pan so they can be swapped for 2-up riding. (no farther than around the block after-all its only got 17hp.)
  • As a tip of the hat to the bobber style I like the red rims. Deal with it.
  • I think I'm going to keep the front fender and I think I want to fabricate a matching rear fender that is mounted to the shocks/swingarm. I haven't seen one done like this.
Since we want to maintain the "possibility" of returning it to the original condition I will be leaving a lot of the stock items on the bike that most people would strip off. In addition the items that need to be modified I will try to buy "duplicates" so I've got a box of original parts to go with the bike. My wife told me this is a sickness and I need to have my head examined.

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