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Thread: Custom Cafe Racer - Buell XB12R

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    Senior Member Endopotential's Avatar
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    Custom Cafe Racer - Buell XB12R


    Just testing the waters... I've been dragging my feet, but I realize that this is far too special and beautiful a bike to sit as a garage queen. It deserves to be ridden and shown off at custom bike shows and awesome things like that.

    This is a one of a kind custom creation, based off a 2007 Buell XB12R.
    I know a lot of the diehards on this forum will scream that this is a lot of money, but if you were to price out a handbuilt cafe racer these days, it would likely run upwards of $15,000.
    Would like to ask for $12,500

    The bike probably has less than 4000 miles on it. But it's listed as 8000, just to get it registered in San Francisco, California. Gotta love our silly DMV rules...

    Wish I could claim credit for this amazing creation but it was built by a wizard on the East Coast, fully detailed here by another forum member.

    The tank cover, seat and front fender are hand hammered aluminum. All the shiny engine bits were hand polished, taking god knows how many hours. The builder Nick chose to equip the bike with the most expensive bits out there, some of which you can't even buy any more:

    - custom Penske shock with remote reservoir (worth more than $1000 just by itself)
    - Dakota digital display
    - Brembo radial master cylinder
    - Buell Motorsports rearsets
    - Rizoma rear pulley, mirrors
    - Motogadget turn signals

    Bike is in beautiful pristine condition. It's never been abused, tracked nor dropped.

    Serious inquiries only please, no tire kickers or lowball offers.
    Here's the full list of what builder did. He pretty much stripped down the bike to the ground, and built it back up with the best he could come up with. Estimates about 600 hours of work.

    Parts list:


    Fuel pump
    O2 sensor
    Cyl head temp sensor
    Fuel injectors
    Ignition coil
    Plug wires
    IAT sensor
    EBR race ecm
    Drummer SS exhaust
    Drummer one off spring joint
    Jim's pulley nut
    Full gasket set
    Oil and filter
    Primary chain shoe
    Primary adjuster nut
    Rizoma rear puller
    Pulley bolts
    Free spirits belt tensioner

    total $ 2090


    Fork rebuild kit
    Penske rear shock
    Dunlop Q3's
    EBR front rotor
    Rear rotor
    Ft and rear pads
    Spiegler custom brake lines
    Front caliper rebuild
    Brembo radial front master cylinder
    Rear master cylinder rebuild kit
    Brembo rear caliper and hidden bracket
    Woodcraft rear sets
    Vortex clip on bars
    Rizoma grips
    Rizoma fluid cans
    CRG folding levers
    Billet brake line clamps

    Total $3014


    Front wheel bearings
    Rear wheel bearings
    Swing arm bearings
    Steering head bearings
    Carbon mud guard
    Carbon can cover
    Carbon oil cooler
    Breather catch can
    EBR fuel cap
    Front axle
    Front and rear bearing spacers
    Kick stand new style
    Front motor mount
    Rear motor mount
    Rizoma belt guard

    Total $870

    Lights and Gauges

    LED day maker headlight
    Motogadget m-blace ice front signals
    Motogadget m-blaze disc rear signals
    Custom dynamics led licence frame
    Custom dynamics 13 led tail/brakellight
    Dakota digital gauge cluster
    LSL headlight mounts
    Ballistic 12 cell lith/ion battery

    Total $2050

    Custom fabrication

    Hand formed gas welded air box cover
    Hand formed gas welded fender
    Hand formed days welded seat cowl
    Hand stitched seat
    Tube subframe
    Wiring harness
    Electronics plate
    Headlight bucket
    Gauge mount
    Breather reroute 3/8" steel line
    License plate mount
    Top triple machined
    Fluid can mounts
    Wiring harness clips
    Polished wheels
    Polished engine covers
    Polished rocker boxes and covers
    Redesigned grounding scheme
    Polished rear sets
    Polished belt tensioner
    Polished belt guard
    Custom trans vent
    Nickel plated oil lines

    Total raw materials, welding wire and gas $300

    Powder coat

    Licence plate mount
    Triple clamps
    Clutch perch
    Breather reroute tubes
    Kickstand and plate
    All brackets
    Oil cooler frame
    Cyl head tie plate
    Lots of other little stuff
    Total $500

    So this leaves a grand total of $8824 for parts alone

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    Senior Member Cooter's Avatar
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    Crawling up your skirt
    Still such a beautiful bike. Wish I picked it up when you did Might have better luck on a more travelled site like Iconic or BAT.

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    Senior Member Endopotential's Avatar
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    Hey Cooter! Good to see you again. For a fellow old time Bueller, maybe we can work out a deal
    Plus you're in CA too. Send me a PM if you're interested.

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    Senior Member Endopotential's Avatar
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    Bumpitty bump.

    Price dropped to $11,500. Get yourself that Christmas present!!!

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    Senior Member c3powil's Avatar
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    Aug 2022
    Wow, an utter dream of a motorcycle. Cafe bikes are what grabbed my attention and made me want to ride in the beginning. Now I'm into adventure/commutourer bikes, but this makes me wish I lived on the other side of the country.

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    Senior Member Endopotential's Avatar
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    Happy and sad to report that the bike changed hands to a great guy. He's gonna ship it over to Texas to do Starbucks runs with the cattle herds.

    But fear not, I still have my trusty XB9 so I'll get to keep bugging you guys.

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