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So, time to choose my first bike (in 24 years) after passing my test a week ago and I'm like a kid in a sweet shop..


I saw a 2009 Bonneville with mega low miles that had been SORN'd but was too late. Fancied using that as a base for my cafe racer dreams.


Also considering a late 80's BMW R65 as I'm interested in doing a cafe racer conversion (not beyond my skills). It's in great condition according to the pics and video. But is it a bit boring?


There's also a 2003 cb1300 a few miles away with 10k miles on it. I'm 5'10 and 14.5 stone but is it too much for a 1st bike? I'm a sensible rider/driver. I can also do some cafe mods.


Bikes with fairings are not for me. Much prefer the retro/naked look.


Help!


Scott




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Don't be put off a cb1300 because you think it might be too much bike. Take one for a test drive and see what you think. They can get pretty uncomfortable after 3+ hours in the saddle though


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Congrats on the pass mate...... 8-)


I'd say go and sit on the bikes and see how they feel.....you'll soon know if a bike doesn't feel right..... :wink:


I'm currently cafe racer'ing a 1995 honda cb750.....it's an ongoing project......currently the frame, wheels and some engine covers are away at the powder coaters. Hopefully when they're done I can start building the bike back up.


There's a lot of bits available for the BMW.....but personally I don't like the look of them when they're cafe racered. .....but that's just my personal feeling..... :wink:

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Don't be put off a cb1300 because you think it might be too much bike. Take one for a test drive and see what you think. They can get pretty uncomfortable after 3+ hours in the saddle though


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Cheers Mozza- will definitely pop back in for a test drive.



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Congrats on the pass mate...... 8-)


I'd say go and sit on the bikes and see how they feel.....you'll soon know if a bike doesn't feel right..... :wink:


I'm currently cafe racer'ing a 1995 honda cb750.....it's an ongoing project......currently the frame, wheels and some engine covers are away at the powder coaters. Hopefully when they're done I can start building the bike back up.


There's a lot of bits available for the BMW.....but personally I don't like the look of them when they're cafe racered. .....but that's just my personal feeling..... :wink:

 


Thanks Tango. Look forward to seeing your bike on here when it's ready!



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I had a CB13. It WILL give you a boner. :-)


Great bike, loads of torque, good looks and fab handling for a decent size bike. I got mine after a year break following a smash (I was 21) and was my first unrestricted bike. I don't regret it one bit.

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I backed off on the CB1300. However this gets delivered in a couple hours. Already taxed and insured. I'm out on it tomorrow and the weather is great in Scotland right now!! It's getting the cafe treatment over the summer too!http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160603/43824acca229b1f76cc9f3ca00db060f.jpg



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Nice one mate......there's a company called Vonzetti based down Poole area I think, that do seat and rear subframe kits to cafe racer the old airhead Beemer. ..... 8-)

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Looks a nice bike, should be ideal as a first bike.

Don't forget it will not be taxed. Any remaining tax will be refunded to the current owner, you will have to tax it before you can take it on the road.

Enjoy it and take care.

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Thanks Joeman - that's why I went for this and not anything too expensive or powerful! While I will be going for a cafe racer conversion it won't be trailer princess. Hopefully next year I can go and buy something else and keep this for fun!



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First bikes are often dropped, smashed and scratched up.

Don't put too much work into it until you've learnt to ride it!!

And once you do drop them, that's a great excuse to start dismantling the bike and learning how to do everything yourself [emoji4] YouTube and owning this bike for only 2 months has had me doing more mechanical stuff than my 8 years owning and modifying performance cars.

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