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Café from the heart of Europe (intro & build)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by LuckyEight, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. LuckyEight

    LuckyEight Head-scratcher

    Hi everyone,
    My name is Boris and I live in Czech republic (Europe) - country well known for its pilsen brewing. Btw sorry for my poor English.
    At first - this is a great forum and I'd like to thank all of you for many useful informations and inspiration.
    I think this is the time to start my build thread. I own XS 400 (2A2) from Germany with 50k+ km (as you can see on the pics). I got my licence plate and stripped her down.
    DSC_2719.jpg DSC_2713.jpg

    As you can see in my thread title I will try to transform her into café racer with modern front end (popular RS125 forks - thanks CadXS).

    I know You like the pics so here are some from the process with some details:
     

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    Last edited: Mar 17, 2014
  2. LuckyEight

    LuckyEight Head-scratcher

    chemically stripped wheels, tank, frame and anodized forks (newly in gold) and wheels painted in gloss black:
     

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    Last edited: Jan 10, 2014
  3. LuckyEight

    LuckyEight Head-scratcher

    New parts (gaskets, bearings, filter, manifolds, swingarm bushings, piston rings with some sweet present etc.). Bits zinc coated and blasted engine (before and after)

    Now I have to choose new tyres. BT45 or Metzeler Lasertec (I like the look of the rear one)?
     

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  4. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    looking great so far L8.

    also loving that CZ too :D
     
  5. LuckyEight

    LuckyEight Head-scratcher

    :laugh: she is not mine unfortunately as well as the Caterham. But it's pretty background for my frame:D It's my friend's garage full of treasures - Jag E-type, Maserati Mistral, 911 T and this '74 CZ 250 Enduro (exported to US, then she was found in some british museum and now she's back home)
     
  6. LuckyEight

    LuckyEight Head-scratcher

    I can't wait to see it on the bike
    forks_03.jpg

    Brembo caliper from Cagiva Mito
    brembo.jpg
     
  7. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    nice vehicles, British Museum was from the Combe Martin Motorcycle collection maybe?
     
  8. LuckyEight

    LuckyEight Head-scratcher

    Don't know but I can check it next time (there are some Utah stickers and UK license plate apparently:))

    Btw what about your Gilera? Where we can find more pics? Another build blog? It's Gilera Strada, right? If so, very nice little bike and also quite rare and valuable
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2013
  9. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

  10. LuckyEight

    LuckyEight Head-scratcher

    What can I say? It will be stunning bike drew!!! Is it hard to find new parts? (piston, rings etc)
     
  11. ondrej91

    ondrej91 XS400 Member

    hi boris! nice to see you there! Iam from czech rep too, do you know cafe-racer.cz forum?

    nice xs, I have 4g5, with rear 18" and now Iam worki'n on seat in wrenchmonkees style.

    if you are looking for some parts or something, you can try this site: http://www.motorradbay.de they are fast
     
  12. LuckyEight

    LuckyEight Head-scratcher

    Hi Ondra:D I think that in this case it's not necessary to write in English, so...

    Díky za odkaz, neznal jsem ho...nakupoval jsem na wemoto.cz a cmsnl.com

    cafe-racer.cz forum znám, mám tam i účet, ale prakticky tam nechodím, pro mě jsou momentálně důležitý informace ohledně XS a těch tam zas tolik nenajdu. A dělit se s nima o dojmy z mojí stavby mě taky neláká, určitě by se to setkalo s kritikou už jen kvůli přední vidli:yikes:

    P.S: wrenchmonkees je velice dobra inspirace!
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2013
  13. LuckyEight

    LuckyEight Head-scratcher

    Last edited: Jul 14, 2013
  14. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

  15. LuckyEight

    LuckyEight Head-scratcher

    :thumbsup: Frame will be red? If so, it will look great! Btw are you satisfied with Ballistic batteries?

    To the point of clip-ons:

    I also found these http://www.discovolantemoto.co.uk/tarozzi-adjustable-clipons-semi-high-454-p.asp


    Btw I tried to put my sidestand back on the frame and I am little bit confused. When I brought her home, the stand was wobbly. I stripped her down (took a photos of almost everything, but no pics of sidestand obviously:doh:) So the first Q is:
    The side stand didn't stay down so I had to hold it there till the stand hit the ground. Is it normal? XS is my first oldschool bike so this is a dumb question maybe. I'm used to use my sidestand on R1 which stays locked (obviosly she has sidestand switch).
    2nd Q: There were two identical springs on it and I wasn't able to put it back and work properly. so I did my google research and found sidestands with only one spring. :wtf: So what is a standard setup? Pics will be appreciated:wink2:
     
  16. bcware

    bcware Well-read Top Contributor

    This is my side stand on my 1978 2e

    Mine stays down when I withdraw it like any other motorcycle I've ever ridden. There is only one spring.
     

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  17. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    german market side stands have 2 springs, must be a TUV thing. All mine have 1.
     
  18. LuckyEight

    LuckyEight Head-scratcher

    Bcware: :thumbsup: thanks man, can You take a shot from the other side? I'd like to see how is the spring connected to the frame. Thanks again

    Drew: german precision:laugh:
     
  19. LuckyEight

    LuckyEight Head-scratcher

    some engine parts painted
     

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  20. LuckyEight

    LuckyEight Head-scratcher

    I've tried to mock-up the engine. Head and cylinders are not painted yet because I'm waiting for new pistons and bore. From the begining I was determined to paint them black BUT now I hesitate... black/silver? I wanna know your opinions guys!!!
     

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