W650 Cafe Racer - Build Information
I cut up a damaged W650 and created this Cafe Racer. (The Triumph in the picture is featured Later)
The Idea was to make a classic cafe racer but with modern engine, brakes and electrics.
The project was created for Kevin at Bikesmart motorcycle training in Wigan, who wanted to get the seat height as low as possible so his wife Jannet could also ride it in comfort.
I sent the wheels to Jeff at KB Wheels in Bolton who rebuilt the wheels with 17" rims. which gave me the added bonus of a better choice of tyres as well as lowering the bike.
I also cut out about 1" of the frame at the rear and dropped the forks in the yokes the same amount at the front for good measure.
The exhaust lost some of its baffling and had to be tucked into the frame for better ground clearance (because some numpty lowered it)
The large air box was dumped and replaced with power filters, leaving more room for the battery and lower seat. smaller side panels fabricated to match.
Manx Norton Tank and seat unit were altered to fit the frame, Rear Set footrests, drop handlebars, period controls, modified Norton stainless mudguards and Triumph rear light complete the look.
Small bullet indicators allow both hands to stay on the bars, and a vintage black and silver private Number Plate finishes it off.