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Old 3rd February 2012
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Isn't that the famous motorcycling Vicar, second from the right w/pipe?

...ops, sorry. Don't mind me. Go back to posting those great pictures, guys.
Yep, that's "Father Bill", who set up the 59 Club in London.
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They used to do exactly that... the model was called the "Buell".
I have to disagree with that. Buell's were alwasy more akin to Sporty powered sport bikes, but never in the sam eleague as a true cafe racer. If HD would bring back the looks of the XLCR crossed with a little bit of Lucifer's Hammer, a good rigid monoshock rear, and inverted adjustable forks, I would sell my left nut, my first born, and rent out my ol lady to pay for one. That new XL1200X...not quite. Still too much flat tracker and not enough real cafe or road racer
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I have to disagree with that. Buell's were alwasy more akin to Sporty powered sport bikes, but never in the sam eleague as a true cafe racer. If HD would bring back the looks of the XLCR crossed with a little bit of Lucifer's Hammer, a good rigid monoshock rear, and inverted adjustable forks, I would sell my left nut, my first born, and rent out my ol lady to pay for one. That new XL1200X...not quite. Still too much flat tracker and not enough real cafe or road racer
I would agree. I had a 2000 Buell Cyclone and I'd put them in their own niche. Not a true sportbike IMHO but it was not a cafe racer. Nice ride though-I sold it because it was better suited to riders 5'-10" or so. I'm only 5'-4"

To me a real cafe racer has to have a somewhat homegrown look ie a modified standard motorcycle. A factory cafe racer which started out as a sport bike in the first place is not the same.
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Seriously though, if harley made a cafe racer along the veins of the ducati sports classic, but had upside down forks, and a monoshock rear, i'd sell my mother to buy one.
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I have to disagree with that. Buell's were alwasy more akin to Sporty powered sport bikes, but never in the same league as a true cafe racer.
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I would agree. I had a 2000 Buell Cyclone and I'd put them in their own niche. Not a true sportbike IMHO but it was not a cafe racer.

To me a real cafe racer has to have a somewhat homegrown look ie a modified standard motorcycle. A factory cafe racer which started out as a sport bike in the first place is not the same.
Well, the Buells had the Sportster motor in a chassis that handled, with the adjustable upside-down forks and monoshock that you want. I'd agree that a cafe racer needs a somewhat homegrown look to it, but the Buells were a good basis for that. Here's just one example, where the owner has achieved a real classic look...



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Myles- I'm with you 100% on this one, an excellant example.
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That Buell looks great. Anyone know what that exhaust is? That would give me the cornering clearance I need and open up the whole world of options for rear sets.
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I sore this parked up in a Yorkshire village last year.

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That Buelow looks great. Anyone know what that exhaust is? That would give me the cornering clearance I need and open up the whole world of options for rear sets.
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... those are stock Buell headers with an aftermarket muffler (which is in the same place as the stock Buell muffler). I've seen it done on Sportsters - you just have to rig up a bracket to hold the muffler under the frame. Buell engines sit a little higher than Sportsters, so you may have to watch your ground clearance riding up kerbs, etc, but it would certainly give a lot more clearance when leaning the bike through bends. And yes, rearsets would not be an issue.
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... those are stock Buell headers with an aftermarket muffler (which is in the same place as the stock Buell muffler). I've seen it done on Sportsters - you just have to rig up a bracket to hold the muffler under the frame. Buell engines sit a little higher than Sportsters, so you may have to watch your ground clearance riding up kerbs, etc, but it would certainly give a lot more clearance when leaning the bike through bends. And yes, rearsets would not be an issue.

Do you not have to watch for the front exhaust pipe clearence issues with the Buell pipes on a sportster?, Seem to think someone said its a tight fit & can require a bend/kink put in the pipe to clear the frame?..

Heres a sportster with Buell style system fitted...


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Do you not have to watch for the front exhaust pipe clearence issues with the Buell pipes on a sportster?, Seem to think someone said its a tight fit & can require a bend/kink put in the pipe to clear the frame?
Quite possibly, as Buells have no lower frame rails. That's a partickerly fine example!
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