Since there are so many different styles to choose from, picking the right seat for your bike can turn into quite an adventure. There are lots of vendors who cater to Café Racer community with lots of different options. There are places in UK that sell high quality seats for a very reasonable price, assuming you live in North America the only drawback is wait time to have the seat delivered to you. Although quite few of them a so quick makes you feel like it came from another state. There are also, lots of custom seat makers in North America to choose from. It all comes down to quality and how custom you want your seat to be. A universal seat will coat a lot less than the one tailored to a specific make and model. This is probably the most expensive item on the list. Some seats may cost upwards to $500 yet, you should be able to pick one up for under $200. Replacing stock banana seat with a thinner racing style seat will give your bike a cool custom look. Check out your local custom bike upholstery places to see if you can get a better deal that way. You can also replace the banana seat with a single bobber style seat and a pillion, those seats could be found online for around $50 with mounting hardware included. Here some some good ideas for a Cafe Racer seats: Brat Style Motorcycle Moto Custom Universal Seat – Black Cafe Racer Style Universal Custom Motorcycle Seat – Black TRIUMPH SOLO SEAT SMOOTH BLACK 9.5″ w/ 4″ FLAT BLACK SPRING BOBBER CHOPPER http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/271986665387?ul_noapp=true&chn=ps&lpid=82
Cafe Racer Style Shocks are an optional item to replace, as long as the stock shocks feel good they definitely look good enough for a Café Racer look. If however, the shocks are one of the items you want to replace, you can pick up a brand new pair of nice looking replacement shocks for under $100 bucks. This could be a nice item to replace if your budget allows for it. I will post some links to some good reasonable shock replacements options soon.
While the existing stock mirrors would be more than enough to fit into a classic Cafe Racer look, there are lots of other options that you may want to consider. Many different vendors offer wide variety of cool looking mirrors to suite your needs. Overall, you want to look for a smaller than stock option mirrors with shorter stems, this will give the bike a more speedy appearance. Consider getting a clip on mirrors, this will give you greater flexibility and wider range of styles. Plus this will reduce probability of cracking your perches if mirrors are over tightened. You can also look for a slick bar end replacement mirrors to finish up the modern Café Racer motorcycle style. As I mentioned earlier, there are handlebar kits for sale that come with bar-end mirrors along with grips so you don’t have to cut you existing grips. While some bar end mirrors may cost as much as $80 you can surly pick up a pair of nice quality ones for around $15. Check out these cool and cheap ways to update your cafe racer motorcycle style. Universal Round Bar End Convex Mirrors For Inceased Vision For 7/8″ Handle Bars Fits Most Harley Davidsons, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki Cruisers, Touring Bikes, Sport Bike, Cafe Racers, Electric Scooters side rear view mirrors motorcycle Black 7/8″ Ace Cafe Racer Clubman handlebar handle bar end mirrors Grips Universal Motorcycle Cruiser Scooter Moped ATV Mirrors Chrome + Bolt Adapters Fits Most Harley Davidsons, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki Cruisers, Touring Bikes, Sport Bike, Cafe Racers, Electric Scooters side rear view mirrors motorcycle – Free Adapters Bundle – 2 items: 7/8″ Handlebar Bar End Convex Side Mirrors + Hand Grips Throttle Black Kit Emgo Universal Clamp-On Mirror – Round, for 7/8in. Bars Either 20-43000 10MM 7/8" Universal Motorcycle Black Aluminum Handlebar Mirror Mount Clamp X2
One of the easiest ways to transform your motorcycle into a Café Racer is to swap your handlebars. For example; on a Classic British bike, you’ll most likely have a 4.5’ – 5’ rise handlebars. In a nutshell, you are looking to lower the rise of your handlebars to give your bike a more racer like appearance. You want to look for European bars with a 2’ rise, or go for a Clubman bars (4.75’ rise) and flip those upside down to give your bike that droopy handlebars look that most modern café racers share. Some new handlebars can be purchased for less than $50 bucks with many different options and styles available to you. Some handlebars are even sold as kits along with mirrors and new pair of grips. Another thing to consider is the black powder coated handlebars instead of customary chrome bars. Although most handlebars are standard 7/8’ width, make sure you measure yours so you get the correct ones to match the clamps. You can also use spacers if the handlebars you want are thinner than the ones you currently have. Replacing handlebars is quite easy. First remove the grips and loosen your perches — no need to actually remove the screws from the controls. For stubborn grips you can use compressed air or just use good old fashioned spit as a lubricant. Remove the handlebar clamps and just slide your controls of the old handlebars one at a time. Once your old handlebars have been completely removed, complete the process in reverse order using your new handlebars. Slide the controls onto your new handlebars, and lightly tighten the handlebar clamps — make sure your handlebars are perfectly centered before you firmly tighten them in place. Once you’re happy with position of your controls, tighten the controls and put the rubber grips back on the ends of the handlebars. Once again, if the grips seem hard to go on, just use your own spit as a lubricant. Some of the classic Triumphs and BSA bikes are using P clamps to mount handlebars to the frame and will not work with Clubman style handlebars. In which case, you may need to get the new risers and/or clamps for your handlebars. The new risers may cost you anywhere from $40 to $100 dollars. There are plenty of options to choose from, make sure you ask the seller if replacement parts will work on your bike. Most of the vendors are very knowledgeable on the subject and will provide you with the right information. If your new handlebars are regular low rise Euro style handlebars, just loosen up your perches and P clamps, and slide the old handlebars out of the P clamps. Then slide the new handlebars right in without removing P clamps from the frame. Tighten the handlebars after centering them, adjust the controls and put grips back on. You’re ready to enjoy your new low rise handlebars… with cafe racer motorcycle style! Note: Based on the rise of your previous handlebars and the length of the control cables you may want to replace you brake, clutch and throttle cables if there is too much slack left over. You might also be able to re-rout some or even all of you cables to lessen the slack. Coming soon… how to add cafe racer style handlebars video. Check out these cool and cheap options to get your cafe racer style handlebars: Motorcycle Handlebar 7/8″ Black Euro Style Bobber Cruiser Cafe Racer Bike Chrome Cafe Racer Ace Clubman Handlebar Bars 7/8″ Cb500 Cb650 Cb750 Motorcycle Handlebar 7/8″ Black Euro Style Bobber Cruiser Cafe Racer Bike