PLEASE NOTE: Until further notice, building and repairing the XR750 swing arms (as illustrated in this site)
are the only jobs I will be able to perform.
Although I was unprepared for it, I am thrilled with the growing interest in the XLCR and the worldwide response
that I have received as a result of this site. As soon as possible, I will be rebuilding this site to better respond to this
No true artist that I know of enjoys seeing his/her work willfully destroyed. I will never forget my internal
response over 25 years ago when I was unsuccessful in trying to save the original Cafe Racer from destruction. My thought
was, "I did it once, I can do it again." No blueprints or sketches for the prototype were ever made by anyone. Because I was
responsible for many design elements, plus virtually all of the machining and fabrication, I am the only person in the world
that can reproduce this bike.
Refusing to allow my spirit to be destroyed along with the prototype, for many years I quietly gathered the
parts I needed to duplicate the bike. With period photos, notes and even my original time sheets, my reconstruction was
started in February of 2000. On April 14, 2000 a giant step forward was made when a Sportster of the correct year was secured.
This Sportster had not been on the road for a long time so the frame still had the original white paint in the serial number.
Trying to keep up with the growing interest in the XLCR has sidelined this second Cafe Racer prototype for
over two years. I must now devote my time to finishing it.
I am already writing a book to completely explain how the prototype was conceived and built. I will also detail
how the XLCR evolved from the original. I seek to clear up many misconceptions about the XLCR and to provide a solid understanding
of the entire process to develop and produce these bikes. This should be of special interest to those concerned with preserving
them in the years to come.