Just picked up my next project. Thinking of a Cafe Racer.

  1. As per the title, just collected a 99 ER-5 for the princely sum of £100. Has to be worth that in parts!!

    Thinking of building a cafe racer. Not gonna just change the seat and fit clip ons, I’m actually thinking of hacking off the seat and subframe and custom building one as I have some 20mm black japanned conduit here and an old Hilmar bender so I think I’m gonna have a play.
    It’s not been run for at least 4-5 years but it’s been kept inside so hopefully it’ll not need a lot to get it MOT-able.

    Garage is getting fuller! :laughing:

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  2. Ruffian Member

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    Mate that's a cracking buy!!
    Any big motorcycle (over 250cc) is worth buying if under £250 in my eyes.

    Would make a epic project especially with the steel frame.
     
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    yea looks like you found yourself a bargain there :thumbup:
     
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  4. stuvy

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    Do you wanna double your money on it!?

    I love a bargain like that, was it on eBay?

    I’d flip the bike trailer on its side to give yourself some room
     
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    Kawasaki 500 twin?
     
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  6. Wallace

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    Nice find. :thumbup: Conduit is usually quite thin walled, a decent bit of thicker tube wouldn't cost much. :)
     
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    I was after one few months ago couldn't get one for less than a grand.
     
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  8. Yamhon

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    Excited to see how you get on with this project :-)
     
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  9. stuvy

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    Parallel twin
     
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  10. minimutly Member

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    Same as my '92 gpz 500 then? I have most of the front end to make it into a reverse trike, but damn it, too many projects and work keeps getting in the way.
     
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  11. dobbslc

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    Don't use conduit unless you like your balls rubbing against the back tyre! It's nowhere near strong enough.
    You need some 1.5 - 2mm wall ERW tube and a good bender / fat bloke on the handle to bend it!
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    That's an old Hilmar pipe bender I picked up and it bent the seat frame loop above but took some swearing and abuse to do it!
     
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  12. Tim W Member

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    Don't all frame mods need mSVA now? just been looking into it for a project I hd in mind and a lot of people
    (britchopper forum) say frame mods end up with a Q-plate? used to be ok unless the main frame loop was changed, now the
    points system seems to insist on sva for any frame mods?
     
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  13. Wasn’t aware of the SVA stuff. Won’t stop me tho. I’ll just plead ignorance and hope my MOT tester doesn’t look too closely. You can’t age modifications can you.

    Got the bike from a mate of a mate. Been sat in his garage for about 4 years. @stuvy its not for sale matey, actually looking forward to doing something different. The trailer will either be upended or I’ll knock up some wall brackets.

    Got the fat bloke bit covered :D I’ll look out for some tube. Cheers.
     
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  14. stuvy

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    @Exuptoy keep us updated on your progress

    As long as the main frame stays put you can bolt to the existing subframe mounts and fab your own subframe up
     
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  15. I did that on my old GPZ750R Fighter but the subframe on the ER I think is part of the frame. Gonna remove the seat plastics tomorrow and have a nosey. Probably won't stop me though. Providing the welding is top too spec and the finished article looks well I don't think my tester would be that bothered. I may ring him tomorrow to ask a few Q's
     
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  16. Apparently mild steel era conduit is roughly 1.47mm so I'll shop around for a couple of lengths of 2-3mm stuff. We have a steel supplier locally where I recently purchased the unequal angle for the workbench I built in the garage HERE
     
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    T45 can be welded unlike 531 that must be grazed. Have a look at the Paton to see what a beautiful ER6 can look like. Lots of goodies available for the motor and cycle parts to make a really competitive race bike as Ryan Farquar has done. Would make a really quick road bike that would out handle most bike sports bike unless your name is Pete Hickman.
     
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    As long as it's green it's a Paton!
     
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