Essex , VT
This is a build ahead bike we are doing on speculation. We never seem to finish these builds before pesky customers snap them up. But we keep trying! This particular build is being done with all of the CBE know how we have for nice running, good looking cafe Commandos. For the showroom, we are dressing it up a bit with Legendary Tank and seat, SS model pipes and mufflers, rear sets and a mini fairing. But you can spec it out any way you want. The core frame, iso's, wheels/hubs/tires, gearbox and motor are pretty much set. The rest is bolt on, bolt off based on what you'd like.
It is a frame off, nut and bolt job, but with a budget in mind. Haven't priced it yet, so if you might be keen to help finish this bike there is still time to put your thumbprints on it. Otherwise, check back to see how it turns out. Jack is having fun and building it to what he likes and is prudent.
We'll be working up a "core" price for the basic bike and then "options" for whatever you'd like done.
Thanks to Frank Holmes, we have scored some Production Racer "tins" and have a 750 core that we are turning over to Dave to have some fun with. First up is to get the bike together and running. Dave's done his share of track work and we figured this would be a fun one for him to play with a bit. If you would like to be the owner and work with Dave on a final spec and build, let us know. While the "tins" look to be the real deal, a full up PR replica would be quite a project in and of itself. So, for now, we want to capture the essense of that rare bike and bring to life a well sorted runner. Check back often for updates.
We are taking orders for Norton builds to our "Gus" configuration. These are our most asked for builds and were featured on Cafe Racer TV. We have the following core bikes available for these builds to your spec:
* 1974 850 - We are building this bike to our own "core" specs right now. We'll finish up the frame, motor, gearbox, etc. and let you pick out the rest. See below.
* 1974 850 - Complete Condition 5 ready to be built to your spec. See below.
* 1972 750 - Condition 6 donor bike in bits and baskets.
These machines will be built to your spec and nominally run between $15, 000 and $20,000 depending on what you want. Donor bikes for cores range from $1500 to $3500 typicallly. If you have a bike to use as a donor, that is fine with us. Always easy to spend more, our commitment to you is to work within a reasonable budget and get you a terrific sport bike.
This is an example of an excellent core bike for a Cafe Build. Pretty much all there in terms of what is needed for a cafe project: motor, primary, gearbox, frame, front end, brakes, hubs, clocks and so on. This core is $3200. All the parts you don't use can be peddled on eBay or given away as stocking stuffers to your Norton buddies. 74's are a great year and include the front disc. We can have this bike ready for spring as a cafe build if you pull the trigger before the end of the year.
Many of our customers ask us to keep an eye out for bikes for them. Commandos are a favorite, but we have leads on many machines. We can connect you with a bike, either running or not, and include shop hours and/or a restoration package to work on it yourself in our shop, your shop, or a combination of both. Most importantly, it is a lower risk approach to scoring your classic bike experience. Bikes will be changing over time, so check back often.
Essex , VT