Cafe / brat

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Fri May 12, 2017 9:49 pm

I'm trying for a cafe/brat look. I have a xj650. What forks or front end would make for a decent set up for big fat tires front and back? I want dual rotors so would a 750 forks and a different triple tree work out? I'm new to this so give me some insight. Thanks
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Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:16 pm

Smallsquatch, I'm not an expert on this, but a bunch of guys have done this sort of thing on early Viragos by using a stock rear wheel on the front of their bikes. There are a few threads about this process on; you might try doing a search over there to see what's involved. I looked into this a few years ago, as I was thinking of buying one as a project.
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Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:17 pm

If it were me, I'd skip the dual-front disc upgrade and keep the stock fork. You can fit a 4.6x17 up front which is pretty meaty, especially if its a dual-sport tread. Maybe even 5.1 if you are super careful. That could give you 5.1 front and rear.


If you are really set on dual discs, go the FZR600 route and build a hybrid set. Or alternatively, the YZF600 route.
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