If you tap “cafe racer” in google or another web search engine’ search line, you may find a lot of pictures of subject bikes without any kind of chain guard. But in my opinion chain guard is very important part of a motorcycle.
I can even put up with riding fenderless motorcycle in rain, but couldn’t afford idea of chain lubricant on my bottom and all over my back. And whatever ultimate cafe-racer you build, chain guard is not such a loss in design and gain in the weights to make a bike without it. So chain guard presents in all my projects.
This time I started from bending of 60cm-long and 3mm-thick aluminum plate into U-shaped profile. As I have no special bending tools it was a really tricky work, but I did it right with only two pieces of steel L-profile, vise, wooden beam and heavy hammer. I managed to do it even without surface damaging.
Holes which decades ago were a part of struggle for lowering of motorcycle weight now became a classic element in cafe-racer parts design. After another course of sandpapering and I mostly finished the part.
What are they for you may ask? See it in next chapter:-)