Personally I like the XJ650, but like you said the cafe racer market is flooded with Japanese bikes, sooo my personal preference is the Norton Commando and the Triumph Thruxton. What can I say? I gotta stand out a little...
That XJ looks good. Why do you have it listed as on it's last leg?
mainly just as a joke, i ride 11 months out of the year, so trying to get a 30 yr old bike to start up in below freezing weather is challenging at best. I should probably remove that but I plan on selling it to a friend or a fellow rider that I can sit down with and share its history and faults so they can be as familiar with it as I am.
I dont think any of these guys know anything about cafe racers. You dont BUY
a cafe racer. You BUILD
a cafe racer.
That whole genre is not concerned with brand names like some snooty b!tch with clothing designers, they are much more interested in what you can turn the bike into and what style you can give it. Mine has just about everything modified and can outrun a corvette z06 up to 60-70 mph. You just cant explain it to someone who buys things off a shelf, what its like to make something with your own hands and give it your own style. And NO, i am not talking about bolting on side case carriers lol.
mine has Harley sportster mufflers welded on with baffles
fresh set of mikuni carbs (cleaned and vac synced)
2 seats (1 normal, 1 custom)
new front and rear shocks both are adjustable (front is air with anti dive, rear is typical coil with preload)
clubman/euro bars with bar end mirrors
H4 headlight conversion
and tons of other stuff that no one else but a motorcycle fabricator/builder would appreciate
If you are interested Knox, I dont mind riding it to you and letting you take it out for a spin. Its an excellent bike, it just doesnt fit into my daily commuter motorcycle needs anymore.