Project is complete...for now. 1981 Honda CM200 Twinstar Cafe Racer

After a month and a half of working and waiting (for parts), I have finally completed my cafe racer.

About a year ago, it started off as this.
To this...

Here's the list of things I did.
1. Clubman bars-$40
2. Mini turn signals-$4.00 Ebay Hong Kong seller, took 3 weeks to arrive.
3. Mini tail light-$11.00 Ebay China seller, 2 weeks to arrive.
4. Custom aluminum tail light mount-$1.00 scrap metal, friend fabricated it for me for free.
5. Cafe Racer Seat $150
6. 2 Cans of Rustoleum black spray paint, $7.00
7. 1 can of Rustoleum primer, $3.57
8. Base board for seat-$13
9. Screws, bolts and clamps-$11

Total cost for the conversion-$240.57

Not bad considering the place where I bought the seat from wanted to charge me $100 just to install it. If I had done that, It would have placed me well over $250 and that didn't even include all the other parts I needed.

This project has been a dream come true for me. Ever since I was a kid, I've always wanted a motorcycle. But I wanted something unique. It seemed like everyone had either a sport bike or a Harley. Nothing wrong with those bikes, but it just wasn't me. Creating this cafe racer out of a 32 year old motorcycle just felt right. the bike ran well, and its overall condition was excellent.

As I ride around town with my cafe racer, the bike feels so new, yet familiar. I love how low I sit and sporty it feels when I'm going around corners. The bike does grab people's attention, not because it's flashy, but because it's not like most bikes out there. It's old, has tons of character and it's mine!


  1. Not bad. Work on getting instrument cluster below highest part on tank. Great foundation line from under fuel tank through seat. Cut front fender back to line up with front of head light and cut seat length so front of cowl is right above rear shock mount.


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