I had my heart set on a Yamaha SR500/SR400 from the day I first set my eyes on the Deus Ex Machina Grevious Angel. But they are hard to come by and their popularity has soared since Deus came on the scene so prices were in excess of $5k. I would love a big single for thumping around town but my budget won't allow so the SR dream will be placed on hold for now.
Honda CB 750's also made my list but aesthetically they aren't quite my taste (no offence Carpy) and they proved hard to come by. They are however a great base for a Cafe Racer build and parts are easily accessible so don't let me put you off.
A while back when I was digging through images on Google when I came across photos of 2 bikes built by a guy in the Netherlands. The bikes were HOT and had a unique look so I was intrigued to find out what type of bike they started life as. To my surprise they were a pair of Yamaha XV750's or Virago's! In Australia the Yamaha Virago appeared most commonly in a 250cc format so I was shocked to learn they came in much bigger, more respectable engine sizes (Virago's to me had always been a bit of a joke...no offence to the Virago lovers). Here's the specs: "Zero Cafe Racer, XV750 1981, total rebuild, sharp steering low, ground clearance, bad brakes but f...... faaaaaaassssssssstttttt. Owner Engelbert Visscher, Enschede, Netherlands". After finding as many pics of the bike as possible and even trying to contact the builder I started a search for a similar bike in Australia but to my disappointment I was unable to find any for sale online so I sadly moved on.
Now the tear down and rebuild can begin....stay tuned for more!
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