Cafe Racer

by Colleen
(Kent, OH)

Hello everyone,

I have been riding some sort of motorcycle since I was 17 and don't see myself ever without a bike.

Last fall I bought a 1977 Kawasaki Kz 400 and have spent the winter and spring restoring it and transforming it into a cafe racer. It is a peppy little bike and it will look great when finished, but I am concerned about the new riding position.

I bought a pair of clubman handle bars that sit very low and also had the foot controls moved back to accommodate the lower riding position. Does anyone have any experience with these handle bars or riding cafe racers? I've always ridden older Honda's which have you sit up pretty high and tall. I'm not sure how comfortable I will feel hunkered down and stretched out. Any tips or tricks to ease the transition to the new riding position?

PS: the frame, tank, and tailpiece are currently at the painters and once they return my bike will get all put back together! So excited!

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Jun 28, 2011
by: Lois

I have a Moto Guzzi V-7 Cafe I like the lower bars pegs could be a little farther back but all around it's a great bike, it took just a ride or two to get used to being forward but I like the ride in this position. I also have a Ninja 500 and it's just a different feeling I guess that's why I have 2 bikes. But if I could afford it I'd have a few more.

Jun 28, 2011
Cafe Style
by: Lynn - Florida

The closest I've come to riding a Cafe style bike is my little 250 Ninja, which I've grown to love around town and lower mileage rides. Since you are experienced, I'm sure you will adjust quickly.

Please post a picture when it's done!

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