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    Default My RX100 Cafe Racer progress.

    Hi All,

    Am reposting this since this got deleted due to the server crash.

    Would request all members who had posted their own topic to recreate them if they have posted them on other forums / blogs. Xbhp did have a lot of valuable threads prior to the crash. Lets post as much as we can to get it back to the best biking forum.

    Sunny : I am creating this topic which was also posted from Team-BHP. I would also be uploading the pics from Team-BHP since they were already resized. They have been watermarked with the Team-BHP logo. Please delete them if goes against the forum rules, and I will accordingly post new ones.

    18th May 2008

    Hi guys, as you may know that the ECR project has been completed and its now time to start a new project. Having worked on the Machismo for atleast a year, we are now planning to work on a Yamaha RX100. We have already checked out a few RX100's and may finalise one this week. We were actually planning on another Enfield, but looking at our budget, we were not getting a 'right-brake' (or rather wrong, in enfield terms) bike. We were also looking at the RD350, but folks at home would kick me out if I even mentioned the words R and D. So that ruled out the RD350. There was no way we could look at other 4-stroke bikes since none have the cult status as any of these 3bikes. Hence the RX100.

    Here are some of the prices quoted for the RX100 :
    1989 RX100, single owner, silver color, all original parts, decent condition - Rs. 12,000
    1994 RX100 - 2 owners, black color, parts missing and existing ones rattling, engine noise - Rs 11,000
    1991 RX100 - This takes the cake. 5 owners, lots of parts missing and engine noise, pathetic condition - Rs (let it be, i'll keep it for the jokes thread)
    There are somethings which I would like to know before we actually start with the work. I would also appreciate if someone could help us with the prices and availabilities of certain spares. Till everything is ready to be fitted onto the bike, the bike will be completely stock.

    Unlike the ECR project, which was not planned properly and led to a lot of delay and changes, this one is gonna be planned first and then executed. Hence there may not be a pictorial progress in this thread. Maybe just the stock bike and then the final product. The design and the paint job have been finalised.

    The things that we are looking at are listed below. Appreciate your responses if these are possible or not and what are the costs involved.

    Alloy wheels : How much would 2nd hand Pulsar alloys - 17-in cost? or any 5-spoke 17-in alloys for that matter? Would these directly fit onto an RX100. If not, what modifications are required?
    CBZ swingarm - I need to put a 100 or a 110 size rear tyre. Is it possible to mount it on the existing RX swingarm? Or do i need to change to a CBZ swingarm?
    Front mudguard : How much does an original front RX-100 mudguard cost?
    Proton silencer : Where and for how much will I get a Proton silencer for? I am looking for a good performance silencer. Can anyone advise on price and availability?

    Will come up with more queries once we get the bike and start with the mods. Thanks in advance.

    21st June 2008
    Did see a couple of other RX100's before zeroing up on this one. Almost picked up a crappy old one for 8k before a friend advised me against it.

    So here starts the Yamaha Cafe Racer Project. And since it is from scratch, its definitely gonna be better than Team-BHP - The Definitive Indian Car Community (Pictorial Progress: V12's Cafe Racer Project! Updated pics!)

    The current work planned on the bike is as below :
    - Parts to be fabricated : Single seat with cowl, double seat, rear-sets, clubman handlebars

    - Parts to be brought : larger headlight, speedometers, indicators, Yamaha logos

    The bike is gonna be used as it is till all the parts are ready. Here are some pics of the bike. Please excuse the color
    http://www.angelfire.com/alt2/carsandbikes/xbhpsign.jpg
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    Topic Re-Approved

    Please use the attachment facility in xBhp for posting pictures.Its very easy to use.

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    26th June, 2008
    Ok, the parts are arriving faster than expected. We have got almost all the body parts that need to be replaced.

    Depending on the availability, we may pick up an RX/RXZ silencer and a fibre mudguard. Have not yet decided which speedometer to go for. The original one costs around 750-850 bucks. Any idea how much does the Pulsar digital speedo costs and would it be a direct fit.

    Thunderbird Headlight
    Yamaha tank and side-panel logos
    Unpainted side panels
    Indicators : These are a smaller version of the original Yamaha indicators
    http://www.angelfire.com/alt2/carsandbikes/xbhpsign.jpg
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    1st July, 2008

    The Clubman Handlebars are ready. A little skeptical about using them. May have to tweak them for strength. But are very comfortable on the wrists. The tank work is also completed. New mounting points for the tank and seat have also been made.

    Next is to make the seat and rearsets.

    2nd July, 2008

    Removed most of the anti-rust that was present on the wheels, fork ears, headlight, silencer. The front wheel is in very good shape, the rear wheel has a fair amount of rust. Will try to remove it if possible, else we'll change it. The silencer seems to be fine, but might have to rechrome it.

    12th July, 2008

    Decided on 3.00-18 at the rear, since it wouldn't hamper the ride, performance and mileage. Almost picked the 100/90-18, but decided against it. We picked these yesterday:

    Front : Dunlop Zebra - Y Plus 2.75 x 18 (Rs 775) Rear : Dunlop Challenger 202 3.00 x 18 (Rs 950)


    19th July, 2008
    The RX135 kick-lever has been fitted on the bike and it clears the silencer and the rear-sets.

    The wheels, zinc-plated spokes and fibre mudguard have arrived. The wheels are HH 18-in wheels. The mudguard is painted black, but thats not gonna be the color of the bike, so the paint would be removed.

    The double-seat along with the brake-light is also ready and the seat is quite comfortable.
    http://www.angelfire.com/alt2/carsandbikes/xbhpsign.jpg
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    Some pics of the parts :
    http://www.angelfire.com/alt2/carsandbikes/xbhpsign.jpg
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    Here's a photoshopped image of the initial plan on the bike. The 'clubmans' have given way to clip-ons now. Suggestions on paintjob most welcome.
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    Hey V12 as posted earlier the bikes looks great i have seen some more pics i think with the small seat and all that so when are you posting up soe fresh ones... and i love your work with the Bullet
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    Thanks deep. I'll post the pics once I find them. Nothing's done with the bike now. Its still opened up and lying in the garage since the painter is not free. Maybe another week and the work would start in full swing. Will post the pics as it progresses.
    http://www.angelfire.com/alt2/carsandbikes/xbhpsign.jpg
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    Another Cafe racer Project. I really liked the Bullet u did and im pretty sure this one will be a head turner too. I would suggest you to go in for the dark blue color instead of red with silver stickering, will look cool. Good luck!

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    ^^hmm, colour suggestion from my side would be a really dark blue, almost black, metallic blue. The kind you find on some guitars - i guess thats the best i can explain it. Would cost a bomb though!

    The red would look really fab :-)

    Why clip ons on a cafe racer???

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