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you dont need a bonneville engine in a norton
featherbed frame to be a 'cafe racer'..
if certain motorcyclists back then had
todays motorcycles, such as hondas,
the same basic concepts would be applied,,
such as i had with my honda cb450; ace bars,
dunstall megaphone exhausts, girling rear shocks,
rearsets, open carbs with good tuning, and lots of
goddards glow and elbow grease..
similar with cb72 250 twin and cb750sohc..
basically youre changing ergonomics to suit
your riding style preference, in this case
similar to racing ergos, together with tuning
and minor improvements to make the bike
lighter and work 'better'..
going for better lighter tyres, better lighter shocks,
opening breathing and exhaust together with tuning
for potential performance.. but not an unrideable
beast, rather an enhancement of the standard
cafe racer is just a name applied to various
versions of then british motorcycles/specials..
anyway, if you think that way and want to
spend time and money on your bike,
using clip-ons and rearsets, better tyres,
enhanced suspension and so on
together with paint job or just polish,
that will be todays road honda version
of the classic british 'cafe racer'..
you dont need to make a replica
to have that attitude to riding