Yamaha XS750 by Ugly Motor Bikes

Yamaha XS750 by Ugly Motor Bikes

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Cafe Racer, Featured, Yamaha | 0 comments

Ugly Motor Bikes (UMB) from South California has a very interesting name since I am yet to see a single ugly creation from them. This XS750 build is probably the reason I love Café Racers as much as I do. This build is probably the reason I have also bought a ’77 Yamaha XS750 and am planning to turn it into a cafe, some time in 2014. What’s disappointing is that at the moment of writing this, UMB’s domain name is for sale and their Facebook page is inactive. I truly hope that Brady and Chris have moved on to something bigger and better and didn’t abandon their cafe racer building careers because they are so good at it. Back to the XS750. It’s simple. It’s complicated. It’s perfect. All the electronics, wiring and battery are hidden in the seat pan and in the cowl. The seat, grips, and foot-pegs are wrapped in leather. Clip-ons have replaced the handlebars. The frame has been re-worked, of course. The front suspension has been lowered internally and at the triple tree for a total of 2.5″. The carburetors now host custom velocity stocks with “UGLY” engraving. The exhaust has been made into 3-in-3 instead of the common 3-in-1 or the stock 3-in-2 (actually some stock XS750’s come with 3-in-1 and some came with 3-in-2). Custom paint and the lack of turn signals add to the simplicity and the beauty of the “Girl Next Door” – a nickname this bike earned at the UMB’s shop. This bike was sold at $7,500 (which I think was a steal for the buyer). I hope this isn’t the last we’ve heard from Ugly Motor Bikes and I will surely feature some of their other, older builds. Images are taken from...

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Welcome to CafeRaced.com

Welcome to CafeRaced.com

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Yamaha | 0 comments

Welcome to CafeRaced.com I have been falling in love with café racers for the past few years without realizing it.  In 2012 I started a bobber project and when I it was almost finished (the seat was yet to be swapped) I realized I really wanted a cafe and not a bobber. My bobber was sold really fast and I started looking for another project. Eventually I stumbled across a ’77 Yamaha XS750 for about $500 in a pretty bad shape so I went for it. Life and winter got in the way so this project is still a project. As I started reading about café racers and looking through endless build threads I got the impression that it wasn’t easy to find accessories and parts for these bikes. Sure, a lot of it has to be custom but it would save us so much time if we could find handlebars, some lights and a good seat pan. This is when I came up with the idea of starting CafeRaced.com – the ultimate marketplace for Cafe Racer parts and accessories. Besides finding the products for your motorcycle you’ll also find blog posts and bike features from all over the world. Our readers would also be invited to feature their bikes on this site! Stay...

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