Paul Hunt’s 1978 Yamaha XS750E Café Racer

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This was a com­plete ground-up re­build with all parts ei­ther ser­viced or re­placed if they could be found and/or re­quired re­plac­ing, in­clud­ing a pro­fes­sional re­wire! The bike was re-styled as a café racer with many parts made by hand. These in­cluded the rear light brack­ets, un­der-tray, fair­ing brack­ets and foot-peg hang­ers all made by hand – and I mean by hand no CNC here! For ex­am­ple: the foot-peg hang­ers were cut from alu­minium plate with a hack­saw and file, the cen­tre hole cut with a 50mm tank cut­ter and then pol­ished with wet-n-dry and metal pol­ish to a mir­ror fin­ish. The ex­haust sys­tem was de­signed and man­u­fac­tured by me, which re­quired a slight en­gine cas­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tion to al­low room be­tween the gear­box and swingarm. The front wheel dropped to 18in (from 21) to match the rear which meant de­sign­ing new spac­ers to fit cen­trally. The front brake caliper FZR1000 (with larger disc/mount­ing plate was de­signed by me) but this was the only part Cnc-cut to en­sure a cor­rect fit for caliper. De­spite all this work, I feel the out­come was worth the ef­fort.

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