How much does it cost to build a cafe racer motorcycle?

How much does it cost to build a cafe racer motorcycle?


In this video, I go through my own costs from building my cafe racer motorcycle to show how much it costs to build a cafe racer. I count up all the hidden costs such as labour costs for those jobs you can’t do yourself, to the tiniest of parts such as fuel tank rubber mounts.

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Rear shocks:

Speedometer:

Tacho:

Seat:

Headlight brackets:

Headlight:

Indicators:

Ignition Coils:

Relay:

Gasket set:

Lever set & reservoir:

Clutch cable:

Speedo Cable:

Throttle cable:

Tacho cable:

Brake cables:

Silencers / mufflers:

Chain and sprocket set:
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100 Comments on "How much does it cost to build a cafe racer motorcycle?"


  1. How a cheapass does it: Buy a broken honda CBR from eBay, buy the motor of a cbr from eBay, have a working bike for under 1000 bucks. Profit.

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  2. what if i need a pillion seat and standard handlebars instead of the low swung ones, to get the classic British bike look?

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  3. my grandpa built several motorcycles, he made a drag bike for Bonneville salt flats and raced it there. hes making me a racing bike right now. I want to build a cafe racer so badly. I guess this will be out next project

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  4. Let's be honest, it can cost 2000, even less if you have parts or find them dirt cheap. Or it can cost 50 000. If you buy like ultra high end parts and pay someone to do it all

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  5. Great videos! You made me take the step to build a cafe racer. I bought a GS750 for $350. Where did you order all the bolts since you stated you replaced all of them?

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  6. I messaged you 1 time about my 1981 Yamaha Xj550 seca I got wrecked. I paid $15 US at a salvage auction for it and it runs good but needs government inspection before it can be licensed  should I get inspected before I build?
    I set a budget of  $1300 for project is that reasonable.

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  7. My advice – There's no shame in picking up a Yamaha sr400 for about $3500 new, or a used Triumph Bonnie.
    When you're shopping, have a list of mods in the front of your mind, and if you can find a lightly damaged bike that needs those parts, jump it.
    I picked up an 05 Bonnie that was dropped. Tank, bars, footpegs, exhaust and some covers were a little banged up, but I was already planning to change all of that anyway.
    A lot of the modern classics have a range of direct bolt-on pieces, so what I paid up front for the bike and parts, I saved in time and labor down the road. The only things that I had to pay a specialist for were grinding and rewelding the cheap-o Thailand tank I bought, and cutting and re-welding my fairing mount where it bolted to the headstock.
    Picked up the bike for $2k after taxes and title, and finished it just under $5k. People sometimes mistake it for a new $12k Thruxton. Bike looks ace, starts every time, runs great, and I could ride it at any stage of the build process.

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  8. My advice – There's no shame in picking up a Yamaha sr400 for about $3500 new, or a used Triumph Bonnie.
    When you're shopping, have a list of mods in the front of your mind, and if you can find a lightly damaged bike that needs those parts, jump it.
    I picked up an 05 Bonnie that was dropped. Tank, bars, footpegs, exhaust and some covers were a little banged up, but I was already planning to change all of that anyway.
    A lot of the modern classics have a range of direct bolt-on pieces, so what I paid up front for the bike and parts, I saved in time and labor down the road. The only things that I had to pay a specialist for were grinding and rewelding the cheap-o Thailand tank I bought, and cutting and re-welding my fairing mount where it bolted to the headstock.
    Picked up the bike for $2k after taxes and title, and finished it just under $5k. People sometimes mistake it for a new $12k Thruxton. Bike looks ace, starts every time, runs great, and I could ride it at any stage of the build process.

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  9. that's amazing value I had no idea it could be this cheap! thanks so much I think I might build one

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  10. Thinking of getting a monster 821 and lowering the handle bars, removing mirrors, and changing the seat to make it look more care racer style

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  11. Sounds like a pretty reasonable price for a bike, much more so for a hobby that's probably been a source of passion for you.

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  12. Damn, I would like to make a modern Cafe racer, something based on the Street Twin, but then starting with the Street Cup already is much cheaper, add ohlins shocks and forks and the price is near the Thruxton R… which also has twin brakes…

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  13. Please remove the background music. You have great info and content, but the background music just detracts from the content and makes it harder to hear and digest. Your content is great – you don't need the music

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  14. I originally wanted a motorcycle for school and work. (because its cheaper than a car) My friend told me about Café bikes and I think they are cool. building one seems like fun. Thing is, I have no knowledge about Motorcycles… nothing. Any tips or suggestions? I'm currently thinking about a Yamaha Virago as a base. Nice video!

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  15. you can easily do a nice build with PC frame for half of that. Ur initial bike purchase was a ripoff.

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  16. Omg you sure did rack your self up a bill just to build that bike. Wow thats some dedication from scratch bar bones build.

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  17. hey buddy I HAVE A BIKE NAMED SUZUKI GIXXER I WANTED TO MODIFIED IT TO A CAFE RACER BIKE HOW MUCH IT WILL COST 🤔🤔 I'M WAITING BROTHER

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  18. Thanks for the videos, I love the "honesty" in them. How much does a Cafe Bike cost to build? Well how long is a piece of string? Here in South Africa we don't have easy access to all the cool Cafe bits and bobs…..

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  19. About 2500 bucks. start with a bike that's worth building.
    Iron American Dream on YouTube Share it. Take a ride across the promised land. Ride a Harley

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  20. Hi great video – Thanks. Where did you buy the shocks? Good price for such good looking shocks. Cheers.

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  21. AMAZING BIKE AT LOW COST I LIKE IT SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH THE WAY U MODYFY THE BIKE I WAS 19 I WANT TWO MODIFY YAMAHA RX 100. TODAY I HAD SAW UR ALL VEDIOS AND I CAME TO ONE IDEA TO MAKE RX100 INTO CAFERACER
    I WILL GIVE THE THUMB AND SUBSCRIBE UR CHANNEL

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  23. I was wondering what size tires you would fit on, say a yamaha virago or honda cg, and would you need a whole new wheel with different spokes to accommodate this. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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  24. How much does it cost to build a cafe racer ?

    If you are planning a build the answer is – more than you budget for.
    If you have completed a build the answer is – best never to add it up.
    If you wife asks the answer is "Oh only about $800 all up"

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  25. The hardest bit of bike modding I've found is finding conversion brackets for calipers. CRF250LRally, 320mm front disk plus Brembo 40mm fit calipers. Nightmare.

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  26. So I went and saw a bike(chinese) which needed a lot of tlc just to be roadworthy worth about £500 then you account in the paint etc. I could swap my ps4 for it and a bit of cash say worth about £250.

    The thing is, there could be a lot more wrong with the bike, should I leave it?

    Overall it would cost me just over a grand or so. Is a chinese bike really worth investing so much into?

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  27. Basically should I spend £1.5k on a chinese motorcycle in horrible condition? Mechanic level: novice

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  28. Pretty much 😂 But your right, you can make it as crazy as you want. We have just build a cafe racer based on the Yamaha XV1000 ourselfs , whereas the first episode of this series called "Building the Brute" now is online: https://youtu.be/WqvhEWOoTso. Please let me know what you think of it 😉

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  29. Hi there. I love the way you are building this bike. Keep up the good work! Was it a direct fit for the rear shocks or were there adjustment to be made.
    Cheers mate.

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  30. I would love to have someone like you to bounce problems off of to help me on my 62 cafe racer. Carborator is a leak and throttle sticks like mad. Cheers

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  31. To give another perspective, I've found a mint condition 1978 GS550E. Without modern wheels and breaks, and a modern front end my project is going to cost ~$2,560.00 after tax and shipping + 1k for the bike. Assuming I'm not going to build the following: With new 3.5×17" spoked wheels, GSXR brakes, hubs, a custom triple clamp, and hub bearings I'm looking at ~$5560.00. This is all assuming I don't fabricate any of the parts myself. I found a lot of the items that are for sale on cafe racer parts sites on Chinese manufacturer's eBay stores (but without the branding) for 1/10th-1/2 the cost.

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  32. I wish I had time for a build. I’m trying to find something pretty much done. Gotta sacrifice somehow. Thanks for the video!

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  33. I'm building a GS550 cafe racer and looking for a seat and cowl. Can you tell me where you got your cowl from? It would be a great help.

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  34. Wow. I spent 3500USD on my bike. 03 Harley 883r, and almost 3000USD on the RYCA cafe racer kit for it. Shoulda done that differently… hindsight is always 20/20 I guess

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  35. That's cheaper than most Triumph cafe racers in America the ones I saw we're around 10k

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  36. I started my cb650 with a spray of starter fluid, and it stated so I know it has spark and compression. I cleaned the carbs but I can't get it started again. I think the jets are clogged and was thinking of letting them soak a pot of simply green and hot water. Or maybe buying an Ultra Sonic bath to get the low speed jets to open. I suspect I have rust coming from inside the gas tank and that is what is getting in the carbs. Any advise on how to really get these things clean?

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  37. I'm kinda glad that you didn't mention how many hours it took, because that would truely piss you off.

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  38. When you see someone with ableton and not using fl studio and you start singing for the first time in forever

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  39. I think that is good price to pay for such a nice bike and you know the history cos you built it .my one will take time and I wil probably spend the same but I don't care its never going to be for sale.and your right bikes do need that last chance to look great again ✋🏾

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  40. Either master the audio from your video footage WITH your intro audio, or normalize the tag audio to match the video. The volume jump at the front makes it VERY FUCKING ANNOYING.

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  41. Show the bike, show the bike, show the bike!

    Dude, this videos are up for a long time, and I just found this one, and I’m clicking through dozens of build videos just to get a glimpse of the finished bike. I’ve seen your logo for as many seconds as I’ve seen the bike!

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  42. That's a great breakdown of how much we love to get it the way we want it. Definitely should have started with a "whole" bike. In my experience building the last couple of years, if it's all there and you don't sheer it off cuz it's so rusty it breaks, you can salvage a lot. Re-freshing rubber bits or recycling leftover parts from other builds that just happen to fit on is great!

     If you got a shitty $500 bike with a title that's money you can make back, if that's what your interested in doing.

    It's sad though when you'll make something pretty darn sweet and then you need to oh, let it go cuz you have too many bikes… you'll probably never get your money back.

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  43. Jip agree with the peeps from South Africa. To buy stuff is really expensive here as the sellers know that what you want is not readily available. I'm doing a XV400 racer and the one dude wanted R4500 ( +- $319 ) for a wiring loom…
    Problem solved…. I'm making one myself. Not easy but with some effort and time it will be done…..

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  44. That doesn't seem too bad TBH, ignoring the cost of your labour (your time has value!). I bought a CB750 for £2500 that had duck tape where welds should have been, carbs that needed rebuilding, still has starting issues. So like for like, I'd always buy the project, because the 'running' bikes always need work anyway!

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  45. More than 3.5 lakhs of Indian rupees but thankfully we can do a pretty good job under 1 lakh, that is about 1000 dollars

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  46. I bought a 1980 Honda CM400 last september for $800 and have spent the last few months furiously researching every little piece that I want to customize. I've spent just over $2200 on parts/supplies so far and only have the mufflers and a few small bits left to purchase. I stripped it to the frame and painted everything, it's turned out beautifully so far. I can't wait to finish it so I can show it off and ride it again in a few short weeks!

    This channel has been a big inspiration for me and has been a big help! Hats off and many thanks to you!

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  47. Top video. An idea for a future video (unless I missed it) is a video of where to find good parts and the basics such as forks hoop seat.

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  48. Great vid just the info I needed straight talking what's the bike worth dun I've Honda 400 four with the same plan hope to see a small profit

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  49. 2500 Pounds/3500 US dollars…..really isn't that much when you end up with a bike that YOU built to YOUR taste and YOUR riding habits. I know a woman who spent more than that for a PURSE…..yes…a PURSE….a $5000 PURSE…something to carry her tampons and hair brush in. I would much rather drop $3500 into building a Cafe Racer that is uniquely mine than into a purse….not that I would ever buy a purse since I am a man and believe that men should not carry anything that even remotely looks like a purse.

    Love the American flag pillow! USA USA USA….sorry I'm an American and love my country…even if I don't trust the government…but then again…I'm an American…and we have never been fond of governments trying to tell us how to live our lives. Don't Tread On Me….it's in our blood!

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