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Jack's 850 "Spec" Bike is coming along; check it out - 74 CAFE SPEC
CBE is getting a new website that will include an online eStore to include both select (and proven) stuff we like as well as close outs from our inventory. We also want to have more focus on "self help", kits, etc. to make your projects more enjoyable. Got some ideas? Let us know!! The new site will be done by late January/early Feb 2014. Take a minute and drop us a note with your ideas @ CONTACT US. Thanks!
Essex , VT
We have many ways to help you get your cafe project done. Below are a few examples of approaches you can take with us. We are flexible, so feel free to mix and match your skills and ours to support your project.
It all started with our "Gus" build. It was suppose to be a Gus Kuhn replica Norton, but took on a life of its own. The name stuck and it became a very popular bike. Read more about the original CBC Gus project by clicking below:
We can do a complete build for you with as much bling as you can afford! For these builds we will create a complete build specification and detailed parts, labor and subcontract services estimate as part of the planning process. We have built several of these bikes and would be happy to provide references. Pictured is Randy's MKIII Commando built in 2009/10.
We are building a series of "Core Commandos". These bikes will have the motor, primary, gearbox, frame, forks, swingarm, suspension, hubs rebuilt to a Condition 1/2. We think of it as the "Dell" approach as the cores will either be 750s or 850s, TLS or disc, or in some cases MKIIIs with all the goodies. You then specify everything else: tank, seat, electrical, fuel system, bars, fairing and so on. We feel this takes the majority of the risk out of buidling of your bike while allowing you to focus on the features that make a cafe bike unique.
From 1973 until 1981, Triumph built oil in frame (OIF) 750cc Bonnevilles and TR7's (ie single carb) machines. These bikes carried on the Triumph look, sound and feel while the rest of the British motorcycle industry melted away. Today, they are popular bikes in their own regard as well as riders looking for more "modern" features like left hand shift, disc brakes, directionals, etc. They are also readily available and quite affordable. Whereas most Nortons require a ground up rebuild, there are plenty of T140s & TR7s available in excellent condition where the cafe mods can be made primarily as bolt ons.
Pictured above is Jack's first British bike, a 73 TR7 he gave to his son for his college graduation. The bike sports some nice period mods including the "faux" oil tank side covers, rubber knee pads, swept back pipes, pattern Dunstalls and rear sets, along with upgraded brakes, electronics, etc. Also includes a cafe seat, M bars from Norman Hyde and upgraded controls.
CBE is committed to having our customers get involved as much as possible in the building, maintaining and "fettling" of their machines. We can provide several options for you to get the bike of your dreams within the realities of your time and budget.
Our standard disclaimer is that we are NOT a dealer in bikes due to insurance and town permitting restrictions. Essentially, you will buy a base or core bike from a third party and then contract with CBE for whatever level of parts and service or time in the shop you need.
Essex , VT