02 July, 2017

Its been a while folks.

Ok, the seat pod is very nearly finished, just needs some paint :-)

A very very big thank to Sean from Yorkshire Fibreglass who made me the seat pod, I spent weeks trying to have a go but just couldn't seem to get the hang of it,defeated I went to Sean who helped me out and did a great job.






I have also had a go at converting the cable clutch to a Hydraulic unit, I think that it has worked out ok





More electrics

13 May, 2017

Bought a new regulator.

Bought a new speedo (cheap one for now)

Bought another headlamp as the previous one was too thin meaning that I would some spacers.

Also had a go at making my own steel seat and seat pod









Wheels and Fork Oil

07 March, 2017

Bought some 2nd hand tyres (like new) and had them fitted today :-)



And also changed the fork oil, drained it from the forks


Out with the old smelly stuff


and in with the new clean nice stuff


Rear Shock

26 January, 2017

Got the rear shock now rebuilt by Steve Jordan Motorcycles, brilliant job, very happy.





More stuff done

07 December, 2016

Hello All,

I have now had my wheels painted, unfortunately the front one is slightly buckled, I didn't notice this and I didn't think to check as the wheel had a tyre on it so I just wrongly assumed that it would ok.

This is the rear wheel


and this is the front wheel


I have had the front foot rests welded up as well, I needed to chop the right side one down so that the exhaust would run up behind this


and these are the solid engine mounts







Frame and Wheels

23 October, 2016

Got the frame and wheels back from the blasters tonight, found a crack in the head stock bracing so need to get that welded up.






11 October, 2016

Got some parts back from blasting, I am going to keep these in my attic until the time comes to paint.






Blue Spot Calipers

07 October, 2016

It's been a long time since I updated this site, been busy riding my bikes, riding my pushbikes, camping and working.

Decided to start working on the bike again and decided to start with the Front brake calipers, as you know these are off a YZF1000R Thunderace and use the Blue spot type. These are solid calipers, IE they don't split.

The brake fluid link pipes are shot on these so I made my own using my home made jig :-)

PS The one on the left is home made, the one on the right is Yamaha Made

More posts to follow






My Other bike

02 February, 2016

The reason that I am doing a Cafe racer was explained earlier but if I ever need to get anywhere quick I just use this one.


I must admit that I haven't been out on her for ages so I might get the bike taxed and go for a spin in March, blow away the cobwebs amongst other things


Seat Pod Update

09 January, 2016

Hi Guys,

Just a few pictures to show the progress of the seat pod I am making out of Aluminium sheet. I have never ever done anything like this before so it's a first.

I did have a shape in my head but it sort of went that way so just modifying as I go on, we'll see what it ends up like


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01 January, 2016

Happy New Year everyone.

Seen as though we have hit January 2016, I thought I'd better do an update on the progress of the cafe racer. Jason turns 50 in about 6 months and it's really looking like the bike will not be completed by June. 

There is still so much more to do and with Christmas and work Jason has not found much time to be able to fit as much in with regards time on the bike as he would like to, Plus the weather has been so rubbish and we still have the dark evenings.

Recently Jason has made the bracket for the rear brake master cylinder, also he's made a brake lever rod.

The battery cage looks like it shall remain in the original place. The reason for this is because it would be more awkward due to the shape the rear seat pod will be. The rear seat pod is going to be more square (something like out of Mad Max) than the traditional round hump.

All the lights and indicators etc. are going to be LED lights.

The speedo and rev counter will also be digital and the main wiring control box is an electronic fuse less box from Germany.

There are loads more brackets to make but these will be more obvious once the exhaust system has been fabricated and fitted.

The picture below is the start of the seat pod he his making out of aluminium instead of fibre glass.



Jason has never done body work before but he's always one for giving things ago. I'm sure he will do a really good job as we have had tape measures and card board templates all over the dining room floor. 

PS even the bike now seems a resident in the dining room

He now thinks that the project will look more like an xs1100 one off rather than a cafe racer due to the battery being kept in the original place rather than under the seat hump etc.

Under Seat Exhaust 2016

21 November, 2015



SEE This



Under seat exhaust pipe, Well this is what Jason is going to have made out of stainless steel for £550.00   STG Performance in Wakefield are going to make it and it should be done by the end of January 2016. It is going to be custom made so it fits the bike like a glove so to say.

Jason is very excited as he wants his bike to be that little bit different.

The bike has just stood for at least a few weeks now and no work has really been done on it due to the English rubbish weather, However the bike should be moved from inside the house at the beginning of January as the company making the under seat exhaust said they will need the bike so they can get the correct size fittings for the exhaust, which should i say  is a bonus for me as it means i have my dining room back for a week or so. YEAH

Also last weekend me and Jason took a Six hour round trip to Spalding to pick up some more bits, this included a cylinder head with all the valves buckets shims and cams and a complete marshal four into one system. The headers need re-chroming etc. at cost of approx 3 to 4 hundred pound, This is why he's gone for a one off exhaust system for an extra 150 quid.. Spalding was a very welcoming place, we were greeted with a nice cup of coffee by a chap called Kev and had a decent conversation. 

since Spalding all Jason has done is look at the old wiring loom which in his books is f**ked .




Stuck Valve

02 November, 2015

Jason has tried and tried to free the stuck engine valve and we have had many nights of banging but to no satisfaction. Back to Wel-dac for some extra help.

Jason took the engine up on Saturday around nine in the morning and return about twenty mins later with the job all complete. It took Wel-dac 15 min's to get the job done. Jason is a lot happier now as he can continue his work on the engine.

He has added another short video to his You Tube channel.

Also this week some callipers have arrived so ii am sure there will be some footage to follow.

I have started to nag Jason as I feel he has been slightly lazy with completing the seat and chain drive. I shall continue to nag him some more if the bike is not in the back yard this weekend :)

Cold October

17 October, 2015

Well so far it's been a cold October but it's been dry.

Jason's parcel with his Chain drive arrived two days ago and I could not believe the size of the contents for the price.

£162 for the parcel to make its way through customs. Day light robbery

Well Jason has not done much to be honest with the bike this month has he has been waiting for the chain drive to arrive. He took it out, the bike that is in to the back yard this aft to do a quick up to date progress review. He has uploaded the video to his You tube channel, so make sure you have a look on his channel.


Apparently the chain drive shall take quite a few hours when fixing and sorting out on the bike so I guess Jason will be busy for the rest of October, that is if he intends to complete this before his birthday. He did say this afternoon he thinks it may take a little while longer. He has 8 months left until his 50th that's in June so he really needs to be hoping for some nice dry days.


Jason get the bike done

A Busy September

02 October, 2015

You will have noticed that I have not up dated the site for a good month and this is because I have been so busy Myself.  So has  Jason with the bike.

I could have done with up dating the site every week because of the amount of adjustments and changes he's done with it.

Jason has put a few videos on You Tube so you can look at the work he has done in more depth.


So what work has been done????

1) More Welding

This frame is going to be so strong. The frame made it's way back to Weldac once again. Special bits of steel have been made and welded on to help support weight on the frame. Jason was very pleased with Weldac and would recommend them to anyone that lives local to Halifax.

2) Seat

 The seat has been totally stripped right back so Jason can see the design he needs in order to create a new seat himself, We have been making paper templates so that the steel we use on the end of the bike seat is made to fit perfectly.

Jason managed to save the fiberglass base of the seat but he will still need to build on this . Again you can see this on You Tube

3) Chain Drive

Wow $1330.00 Australian Dollars later and the chain drive has now been ordered. The chain drive will be despatched and should arrive within a week.

Jason is more than happy with the progress of the bike. Remember his aim is to have this bike transformed into a café Racer by his 50th Birthday. Will he do it? and be riding around the streets or will it still be sat in my dining Room ?. Please by the will of God complete the project on time.

Any way the reason why I have been so busy is because I bought myself a little scooter and have been out every day on it since. Its just a 100cc Sym Mio and only does 60 at tops but I love it :)

More welding Update

12 September, 2015

More welding has been done on the frame.

There has been a cross member near the rear loop, a small cross member under where the Petrol tank rear bolts to the frame and a vertical support just above the bottom shock mounting.

Only bits left to do will be little jobs such as brackets etc.


More Welding



03 August, 2015

Now there is 317 days until this project should be complete, That is 317 days until Jason hits the big 50.

His goal is to have this bike transformed into a Café Racer by his 50th Birthday and to take it for a spin.

Time is flying by and Jason is still working hard on the project, however the weather has been rubbish and has stopped a lot of work from happening outside.

The bike is in bits and it lays scattered around the house. The frame has it's own place in the dining room now and the engine is in multiple bits down stairs in the cellar.

Although the frame has been welded there is still lots more to do and Jason is keen to take this back to Weld-ac.

Jason ordered several pieces of steel to help brace the frame and once on and painted should look good.

The engine has been stripped now. Jason was rather disappointed with the engine. I don't think he realised just how bad of a condition it was actually in. He took a hack saw to the cylinder head studs as the barrels would not come off. You can view this happening on You Tube.

Inside the engine was just filthy, You expect a lot of grease and dirt but this was like thick old black sludge and lots off it. Again this is on You Tube.

Jason was going to leave the engine as a project during the winter months but decided to break it down now due to the weather.

He had a week off work last week and was hoping for a bit of sun but guess what. Rain, rain bloody rain.

I did a bit of filming on the camcorder and Jason has uploaded this to his You Tube account. You can see the link to the footage in the previous post. Subscribe to his channel for more updates. Apologies for the language in advance.

I have notice that I don't seem to get any comments on here, don't know if that's because no one is following this project but it would be nice to hear if anyone out there. So please please let me know what you think to this project.



14 July, 2015

Jason has been busy this past week or so with his other new bike, which is a push bike so the café racer project was on hold for a short time, anyway weathers been nice so the frame was again pulled out in the back yard.



I have set up a link so you can view his work on YouTube

As you can see in the video he is going for chain driven as apposed to shaft drive so the twin shockers have been removed and replaced to a single one.

please watch the video


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