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My Royal Enfield Cafe Racer - Build in progress

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My 2005 Royal Enfield Machismo Cafe Racer

It is still in the process of being completed. Modifications done till today:

Ace Cafe/Clubman Handlebar

Custom Rear Mudguard

BSA taillight alongwith extra pilot lamp.

BSA Goldstar seat

Upswept BSA Goldstar silencer

Single side rear view mirror

Modifications pending:

Fork Gaiters

Custom Front Mudguard

Painting gearbox black

Tax Disc Holder

Custom Rearsets

Air Filter

Stickers with new name of the cafe racer

If possible, a rear set cowl

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Full report of progress till today : www.geocities.com/AutoFcs/crp/crp.html
autocarindia2007-10-03 23:36:36

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Thanks FRG. Sure will resize the pics going forward.
Anyways we have rotated the rear footpegs forward to be used as rear-sets. The position is quite comfortable. Looking out for gear linkages which can be directly fitted without much modifications.

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The footpeg is now in the way of the side stand. Very difficult to access it. When youre on the bike, its impossible.

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Hey gordon' date='

Neat bike. Ive seen it in person in andheri. Looks sweet. Also next time please resize the image to 640x480 when posting. Thanks!

 

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Hey FRG, where in Andheri did u see this bike? You stay in Andheri too?

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Updates :


Rear-Sets : We managed to get the LHS footpeg bracket, gear linkage, gear lever. We had to get a longer and different footpeg so that it sticks a bit out inorder to change gears. The only thing left to decide is a brake lever. Went to PR Enterprises for the parts, but he didnt have them. Finally we got from them a place called Bitee Bikes.
 
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Tyres : Ok, after lot of discussion and thinking, the front tyre is out. Took it to Metro Tyres and replaced the front tyre. Pics will be posted tomorrow since its too late to take any. Till then keep guessing the tyre and size :)
Clue : the front tyre tocuhes the insides of the mudguard and hence had to be removed.
 
The rear tyre was not replaced since we were falling short of cash and the needed size wasnt available. Will be replacing once it arrives.
 
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Duro 100/90-19. Thats the front tyre.
Front mudguard touches the tyre, so had it removed. Its anyways going to give way for a new shorter mudguard.

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Front mudguard:
The front mudguard is being furthered shortened and less tapering at the end. Not sure if it would be possible to chrome it after all the cutting its gone through. The mudguard brackets were touching the tyres when we tried fitting them. The fabricator said he would try and cut it in such a way that it doesnt touch the tyre. If it does, we would have to cut the brackets and fit it on the outside. The length of the mudguard will be 4.5 in from the center on either sides. Currently it is longer in the front (around 6-6.5 in) and more tapering at either ends.

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A Cafe racer, originally pronounced "caff" (as in Kaff) racer, is a type of motorcycle as well as a type of motorcyclist. Both meanings have their roots in the 1960s British counterculture group the Rockers or the Ton Up Club, although they were also common in Italy and Germany, amongst Italian as well as German motorcycle manufacturers and other European countries.

Rockers were a young and rebellious Rock and Roll counterculture that wanted a fast, personalised and distinctive bike to travel between transport cafes along the newly built arterial motorways in and around British towns and cities. The goal of many was to be able to reach 100 miles per hour (called simply "the ton") along such a route where the rider would leave from a cafe, race to a predetermined point and back to the cafe before a single song could play on the jukebox, this was called record-racing. They are remembered as being especially fond of Rockabilly music and their image is now embedded in today's rockabilly culture.

 

The cafe racer is a motorcycle that has been modified for speed and good handling rather than comfort. Cafe racers' bodywork and control layout typically mimicked the style of contemporary Grand Prix roadracers, featuring an elongated fuel tank and small, rearward mounted, humped seat. A signature trait were low, narrow handlebars that provided more precise control at high speeds and allowed the rider to "tuck in" to lessen wind resistance. These are referred to as either "clip-ons" (two-piece bars that bolt directly to each fork tube) or "clubmans" (one piece bars that attach to the stock mounting location but drop down and forward). The ergonomics resulting from low bars and the rearward seat often required "rearsets," or rear-set footrests and foot controls, again typical of racing motorcycles of the era. Distinctive half or full race-style fairings were sometimes mounted to the forks or frame.

The term Cafe racer is still used to describe motorcycles of a certain style and some motorcyclists still use this term in self-description. Worthy of mentioning here is that an entire new sub-culture has evolved since the heyday of the Rockers. The 'Cafe Racers', a term that existed in the 1950s and 1960s to refer to bike riders of the race track, but is used now to describe motorcycle riders who choose classic/vintage British, Italian or Japanese motorbikes from the 50s-to late 1970s as their bike of choice, over other styles of bikes.

These Cafe Racers do not follow the fashion/music subculture of the Rockers, old or new, but dress in a more modern and comfortable appearance with only a hint of likeness to the Rockers style. Common Levi jeans, generic motorcycle jackets, boots and/or shoes with modern helmets being the norm, instead of the very specific brand names, styles and look established by the Rockers. These Cafe Racers have taken elements of the American Greaser, British Rocker and modern motorcycle rider look to create a style all their own.

Because the effects of drinking alcohol are detrimental for operating a motor vehicle, it is obvious why Cafe Racers choose to stop for drinks of coffee rather than alcohol. The operating of motorcycles after consuming alcohol is somewhat acceptable to the image of riding choppers or cruisers further making them the antithesis of Cafe Racing. A lighthearted term has arisen for motorcyclists who dare to ride between places where they can consume alcohol, such as a tavern, called "TtT Racing" which is a play of words on Tourist Trophy and an anagram of riding from: "Tavern-to-Tavern". Though a motorcyclist doesn't have to actually drink any coffee to qualify as a Cafe Racer it is logically implied, however impairing skills with alcohol does generally disqualify a person from being referred to as any type of "racer" while under the influence. The term "TtT Racing" does not require that the participants were attempting any type of racing feat, merely that they were riding between places to consume alcohol.

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Oh yes and another thing, I think the guys at the tyre shop "MAY" have probably messed up while putting the front wheel back in. Because the tyre is close to the left fork than to the right. Its not exactly in the center. The old tyre was 3.5in/90-19 and the new one is 4.0in/90-19.

 

Anyone knows whats the cause?!

 

Opening up the front wheel on Satuday at my mechanic's garage. Hopefully the problem will be resolved.

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Nice depiction of the mighty Royal Enfield. One thing that intrigues me is why the Bullets with so much Swiss tinkering on its design of late since the turn of the century does not  get  a covered drive chain. The drive chain is exposed, which is a five decade old design. It looks dangerous for saree clad and dhoti/pyjama clad people riding as pillions. the Ind- Suzuki AX 100 (1986) manual recommended that the riders should not wear loose clothes. It had a fully covered drive chain. But on the contrary, remember Mr V.P. Singh with his pyjamas in 1989, rode a Bullet as a pillion in his constituency in UP , won the election and became the Prime Minister.

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More Updates : Its been almost a week since we did the rear-sets and they work perfectly fine. Infact they work much smoother than the stock ones. Got the brake pedal for the right rearset. Should be done this week.
The front mudguard has been given for chrome plating and should be ready by tomorrow evening.

More updates as we progress.

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nice concept ,great start for enfields in india.msn ism missin my 65 enfield which is in hyderabad,india but iam in chiccago,but i will b there in jan so i was looking online to have some cafe racer parts .anyway i will b in touch .

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We are still working on how to make a removable cowl. Will post updates on this once we arrive at an idea.
 
Parts fitted today :


  • smiley38.gifHP Filter.
    smiley38.gifFork Gaiters.
    smiley38.gifFront fork reflectors.
    smiley38.gifRear Indicators.
    smiley38.gifFront Mudguard Done.
    smiley38.gifClutch Casing and brackets painted.

HP Filter - I'm not sure how much of a difference the HP has over the stock one, but the first ride confirmed that there is a marginal difference. The bike pulls out well in all the gears. The pickup has increased marginally. There is a little hissing sound while starting the bike.
 
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Fork Gaiters : The Fork Gaiters are from Hero Honda. They are of much better quality than the original Royal Enfield ones. The biggest pain of fitting these (or any fork covers) is that you have to open up the entire front assembly.

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Fork Reflectors : Reflectors have been fitted from the TVS Victor. These are the stick-on types.
 
Rear Indicators : The Indicators have been mounted at the rear frame where the seat has been mounted. Not sure if we really like it. Might fit them on the rear shocks after a few days if we're bored.

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Front mudguard : The brackets on the front mudguard have been painted black and a sticker job also done on it. The sticker job on the front mudguard was lacquer coated to protect it. The gap between the mudguard and the tyre is barely a half a centimeter.

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Clutch Casing and Brackets Painted : The clutch case cover has been painted, changed the oil too in the clutch casing. Initial plan was matt black, but its now a "little" shiny.

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Brake pedal and other brackets have also been painted black.
 
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Rear seat cowl is still pending. We may probably be fabricating another seat by ourselves.

Does anyone know from where do I get logos made? I've heard there are two alternatives: screen printing or radium stickers.

Damn this project is getting very pricey. But to perfect use.

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