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Jesse James VTX Cafe Racer

Anyone ever see this? I haven't. Pretty insane. Notice the rear brake...










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As long as we’re talking about possible Victory sportbikes, it occured to me some of you may have forgotten about, or never even heard of, the cafe racer Jesse James built. It seems the Honda guys were tossing around ideas for something else to do with their then new (early 2002) VTX 1800 V-Twin engine. Someone came up with the notion that Jesse James might be just the right person to push the envelope a bit so they gave him an engine, some money and said, “Build us a bike.”

Jesse retired to his West Coast Choppers workshop and produced the VTX Cafe Racer, first shown at the Cycle World show in Long Beach. It has an airbag rear suspension, an inboard rear disc brake on the driveshaft, handbuilt frame and bodywork, but in the end, it’s a very interesting example of another direction for these big cruiser V-Twin engines the manufacturers already have in their back rooms.

Although there are many things about this bike that would never see production, it shows that cruisers aren’t the only place for these engines. Could Honda build something like this? Sure. Will they? Chances are slim. They should, but they probably won’t.

Victory, on the other hand, might have the desire to do what the big boys shy away from and if they do, I think they’ll have a winner.


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That dude just knows what cool is...
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I love the red engine. Looks insane.



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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-30-2007, 06:27 AM
 
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Not bad. But Roland Sands would've done a better job when it comes to Cafe Racers
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That bike looks all engine.
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That rear brake is set up like a lawnmower
Cool Bike
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Seat looks painful.

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Seat looks painful.
What seat? I dont see a seat.
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bike looks kewl, seat well makes me think hymroids.
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That Bike Is 110% Cool!!!
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He finally built something that I would actually ride.
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When they start doing more biker builder buildoffs focusing Cafe Racers, it will catch on & I think Cafe Racers maybe the next status symbol thing to buy, much like yuppies do now with harleys. just my

We'll probably see lots of squid posers on Cafe Racers
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Seat looks painful.
The rear suspension looks to be a small low-travel airbag... might actually not be TOO bad... the seat still is sheet metal though, so OUCH!

That rear brake setup is sick.. bike in general looks real nice.
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That Bike Is 110% Cool!!!

I wonder why he doesn't have that bike posted up on his Web site??
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Looking at it more, it's a little over-stylized. But it's really nice to see somebody put that much energy into a bike that's not a chopper or Busa/R1/ZX14.
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that $h!t is HOTTTTTTT!

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That is the sweet **** that I love. I would love a bike like that!!!




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That is the sweet **** that I love. I would love a bike like that!!!




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this is really cool luv the colours
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