Easy-fit kit converts Yamaha Fazer 600 into retro race rep

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With all the interest in café racers and home-built specials, how about this? A 1970s TZ-inspired street racer based on the Yamaha Fazer 600 that you can build yourself with a new £1800 kit.

It's the latest from Isle of Wight-based Café Racer Kits who design and make a range of detailed, idiot-proof conversions.

Their first, back in 2012, was based on the old Honda CX500, followed by a CB250/400 variant and, in 2016, a Hinckley Triumph triple. Now, with donor CXs becoming more valuable, CRK’s Ian Saxcoburg, a lifelong biker and professional draughtsman, came up with this.

"I’d had my eye on the Fazer because they were good bikes that seemed near the bottom of the value curve, between £600 and £1200, which makes it viable," says Ian.

"And with the way the tank is perched on the frame it had the look of the early steel-framed racers, hence the duck tail rear."

The process is easy: bag a donor Fazer (this kit applies to the two earliest from 1998-2004); peruse which spec kit you require on CRK’s website; order your kit and look forward to tinkering away in your garage for a couple of weeks before revealing a bike that’ll be the envy of all your mates.

If you go for the full monty version here you get: tail module including seat brackets, GRP unit, number plate bracket/light and LED lights; upholstered Alcantara seat; fairing, screen, LED headlight; TZ-style mudguard, hugger; rearsets; chain/rad guard plus clip-ons. The only thing missing is the paintjob.

Ian says only basic skills are required and the only cutting is of the rear subframe. Who said you couldn’t build your own café racer? CRK are at: www.caferacerkits.co.uk

Café racer kit in focus

  • Tail end TZ-style GRP tail comes with steel subframe plus street-legal ancillaries including lights and number plate holder.
  • Stock performance Engine, suspension, brakes are all unchanged but then the stock 95bhp Fazer was no slouch.
  • Racing life Revised ergonomics come via new rearsets and clip-ons. Doesn’t allow for pillions but new exhaust hanger is provided.
  • Faired-in Based on Ducati SS the fairing comes with all brackets and fixings as well as a screen. Also includes LED headlights.
  • Guarded life GRP mudguard is also TZ-inspired but designed to fit Fazer’s modern 17in front wheel. Like the tail it comes in grey gelcoat.

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Phil West

By Phil West

MCN Contributor and bike tester.