FEATHERBED CAFE / RACE PARTS
CRA gas tanks are intended for show or race application and are
not guaranteed suitable/legal for street use. Until recently our
fiberglass tanks were unaffected by the
ethanol in today's gasoline, something has changed in the
gasoline and this is no longer true. Until this problem is
resolved fiberglass tanks are unavailable. We expect to have a limited number of aluminum
tanks of the same pattern as those shown below in the near future. All alloy
tanks are not equal and we have heard of, and seen, to many deficiencies in the
more readily available alloy tanks. We prefer to buy from suppliers that have
proven themselves to us, even if the supply is erratic.
MANX PATTERN EQUIPMENT
Norton's very successful Manx single cylinder racer provided the styling inspiration for many of the 60's cafe racers with the original Tritons being Triumph 500 engines fitted in a Manx rolling chassis. The "featherbed" frames and forks of the race and street models were very similar, so adapting Manx cycle parts to street models was easy. The style became so popular that "Manx" pattern tanks and seats were offered to fit a variety of BSA and Triumph models. The Manx style has lost none of its appeal with time and is still the most popular vintage cafe look.
Manx 5 Gallon Pattern Tank - A fiberglass copy of the factory tank to fit either slimline or wideline frames. The tank features a "Monza" type filler cap, outlets for two petcocks and recesses at the front section for increased hand to clip-on clearance. Mounting can be either by strap as used on the Manx or by bolting it in place as was done on the street models. Stocked in a bright red, black, or a metallic silver gel coat finish. This tank is shown mounted on our vintage racer on the "Customer Bikes" page. - #A900 -
HD Slimline Manx Seat - This version differs from our other Manx seats in having a heavy-duty base, thicker padding for more comfort and a rear hump angle that more closely follows the original Manx shape. The seat is cut for access to a center-mount oil tank and is available in lengths suitable for use with either our Manx tanks or with the factory Dommie/Atlas tank. Mounting bracket fabrication is required. See the "Cafe' Seat" page for additional photos. For Manx Tanks - #A9130 - Temp Sold Out
Manx "Sprint" Tank - Lighter and more compact than the full size Manx tank, this is a fiberglass version of the Lyta tank used for short circuit racing in the 60's and is ideal for modern vintage racing. Fits both slimline and wideline frames, requires strap mounting, has a single petcock outlet and is fitted with a "Monza" alloy filler cap. It is stocked in bright red, black and metallic silver. Several vintage racers using this tank can be seen on the "Customer Bikes" page. - #A930
Manx Racing Seat - Our most popular version of the Manx seat, it's
available for either slimline or wideline frames and is often adapted to
other makes. The padded fiberglass base is fully covered with a textured
vinyl and trimmed with red piping. Both a short version (11 3/4" seating
area) for use with a Manx tank and a longer one (15" seat area) to
fit with the original Dommie/Atlas tank are normally stocked and are
available with or without a cutout for access to a center-mount oil
tank. Additional photos and specs are shown on the "Cafe' Seat" page.
Not all seats are available at all times - Email for
For Slimline Frames:
|Short, no cutout - #A9142 - $169.00||Short, cutout - #A9140 - $169.00||Long, no cutout - #A9146 - $169.00||Long, cutout - #A9144 - $169.00|
For Wideline Frames:
|Short, no cutout - #A9162 - $169.00||Short, cutout - #A9160 - $169.00||Long, no cutout - #A9166 - $169.00|
Manx Seat Mounting Brackets - We now have available a 5 piece, heavy duty mounting kit to attach our short Manx pattern seats to a slimline frame. The mounts are designed to attach the seat using the existing frame brackets and to allow the amount clearance over the rear fender to be adjusted for the best fit and look. While some custom fitting is required only common hand tools (drill & bits, vise or adjustable wrench, clamps, etc.) are needed. You must supply the required bolts and paint but we do include instructions. When ordered with a seat, we will custom fit the main brackets for you. - #A9150 - $65.00
Frame Tie Stud - The left and right rear loops of the slimline frame are tied together above and forward of the upper shock mounts. This is done by brackets welded to each loop and a section of tubing that runs between them, it all being held together with a long steel stud. To fit our Manx seats the outer tubes on these brackets must be removed and the stud either shortened and rethreaded or replaced. We offer a replacement stud in stainless steel that comes with short nylock nuts and stainless washers. - #A6505 - $14.95
Tank Strap Kit - When we started strap-mounting tanks we soon discovered the straps were never the right length. To correct this problem we created our own strap kit. The strap itself is of stainless steel and made in two pieces so the correct length can be obtained. A stainless hook to engage the toggle is mated to the strap with stainless steel rivets. Stainless steel screws and nuts (which you can replace with pop-rivets if you desire) to connect the two pieces of the strap are included as is a rubber backing for the strap. - #U6500 - $59.95
Manx Tank Toggle - This is
a must for those building an authentic looking Manx
styled featherbed racer or cafe and the best method of
latching the strap used to hold an aluminum gas tank to
the featherbed frame. The current production toggle is
true to the original Manx pattern with the exception of
the center handle which now has straight sides instead
version illustrated which is no longer available.
Installation requires fabrication or purchase of a
mounting bracket that must be welded to the frame. -
#A6500 - $67.95
Toggle Mounting Bracket - A steel tube with a pair of mounting tabs drilled to accept the clevis pin that goes through the bottom of the Tank Toggle and holds it in place. This assembly must be fitted and welded/brazed across the frame just behind the gas tank to mount the Tank Toggle. Includes a stainless steel clevis and cotter pin to attach toggle. - #A6502 - $19.95 Temp out of stock & awaiting delivery of the next batch.
|Tank Mounting Rubbers - Four to six of these are commonly used under the Manx style tanks to isolate them from the frame. Actually a Kawasaki part, they do not completely encircle the Featherbed frame tubes but it really does not mater. Some additional rubber shimming may be required, especially on aluminum tanks, between this mount and the tank to get the tank to both sit level and have equal pressure on each rubber. #A9095 - $6.00|
|Center Mount Oil Tanks - Replacing the stock oil tank with a more Manx like center mounted oil tank is a common practice.
- We have a limited number fiberglass tanks
available. They come with a Monza cap, mount from the "tool box"
mounting brackets and rely on their weight and the oil lines to
prevent bottom movement. Requires an in tank Triumph oil filter
and oil line coupling. Tank in Black #A9110, Silver #A9112 -
$289.00 Filter #A9115 - $46.95 Coupling #A9116 -
$14.00 Stainless Mounting Stud & Nuts #A6155 - $19.95 -
Tanks sold out, awaiting next delivery.
Oil Tank Table - A simple stainless steel platform that bolts to the top of the engine plates to provide a base for the bottom of the center mount oil tanks to rest on. A rubber anti-vibration pad that goes between the oil tank and the table is included - #A6140 - $29.95
Behind Gearbox Battery Carrier - Once a center mount oil tank is installed, the original battery box no longer exist. While magneto fired engines can be run without a battery, lights that don't flicker and a horn that actually works, both desirable traits in a street bike, usually require a battery in the system as do total-loss racing ignitions. This semi-gloss black carrier provides a convenient way to mount a small battery in an accessible location behind the gearbox. The latest version of this item (current photo available soon) has a deeper tray to hold modern GMA batteries and mounts at the top using the same frame lugs and bolts as the (rear) engine plates and simply sets on the frame cross tube at the bottom. While designed for use with the Norton gearbox it should also work with or can be modified to work with most Triton configurations. Some rewiring required for the battery leads to reach. - #A6050 - $74.00
Slimline Replacement Aluminum Engine Plates – We offer CNC machined, aluminum engine plates to fit Dommie, Atlas, Commando or unit Triumph 650/750 engines into slimline frames (frames from twins only) The thickness of the plates have been increased to 1/4" to maintain the strength of the original steel ones but has been reduced to the original 3/16" at the lower front frame mount for proper fit. Most other sets on the market either use 1/4" front plates which force you to distort the mounting lugs or are 3/16" and not quite as strong. The set is supplied with a "fly-cut" finish. You have the option of using them as supplied, applying an engine turned finish or you can sand and polished them to a high gloss. Which ever finish you apply we recommend a light polish and waxing before installing to make future cleaning easier.
Replacement plates for Dommie, 650Ss or Atlas engines. Commando 750 (but not 850) engines can be used to replace the earlier versions. Standard upright configuration. #A6001 - $199.00 55 Piece All Stainless Hardware kit to connect the engine to the plates & plates to the frame - #A6021 - $50.50
Plates to mounts the Commando 750 or 850 Engine and Transmission utilizing the Commando mounting angle and primary covers. #A6002- $229.00
65 Piece All Stainless Hardware kit to connect the engine to the plates & plates to the frame - #A6022 - $57.25
Triton plates to mount a Triumph 650 or 750 unit engine. They are designed to eliminate the need to remove the lower of the two front engine mounts on the frame but are also suitable if the mount has been removed. #A6003 - $210.00
Call for more details.
Aluminum Front Fender -We offer two aluminum front fenders that are suitable for most British models and can be mounted with our "Y" brackets to most Norton and Triumph models. Both fenders are factory polished ( i.e. polished but could use additional work) and are finished on both ends. The radius will work with both 18” & 19” tires – however due to the variations in tire profiles and sizes it is not possible to produce a fender that is a perfect match for all the variations suitable for vintage British models so a bit of compromise is a must.
#1 - Intended for tires up to 100/90 in width the fender is 4” in width and 27” in length (measured on the curve). It has the more round profile of the two and a radius of approx. 13 3/4 (they are hand rolled and finished). #A8050 - $99.50
#2 - Measuring 4 1/4" wide x 27" long with a slightly flatter profile this version provides better coverage on the wider front tires in common use today than our 4" model but is still 3/4" narrower than the stock Commando fender. Radius is also approx. 13 3/4”. #A8055 - $99.50
"Y" Front Fender Brackets - Patterned after the fender mounts
used on the Manx racers, they are available in two models determined by
1. Suitable for most 18" tires and the 3.00/3.25 x 19" tires originally used on the featherbed models. #A8040 - $74.95
2. A taller version introduced when a 4.10 x 19" or wider tire started being fitted to Nortons. #C8040 - $74.95
16 Piece Stainless Steel Hardware Kit + Grommets to mount the Y Brackets to the fender. #A8041 - $3.50
Aluminum Rear Fenders - A sporty 4 3/4" x 41" fender styled after the one used on the Manx racers. (Use with our #A6510 frame loop or your own mounting brackets.) These are longer than the original Manx fender to allow you a choice of taillight & license plate mount and are easily cut to your desired length. #A8060 - $125.00
Featherbed Rear Frame Loop - Norton's "Featherbed" is without doubt the best-known motorcycle frame ever produced. Still the basis for many of today's vintage cafe/race specials, it was first used on the Manx racers and then modified for use on most of their road models. One of the changes to the street version was a rear fender design that eliminated need for the frame section that had supported the race fender. We offer a black, powder coated, bolt on replacement for this frame loop. It attaches to the frame via the four bolts used to mount the factory grab-handle/fender support and includes two tabs to attach the fender. #A6510 - 179.00
Swingarm Bushes - We now stock only standard "Silent Bloc Metalastic" pattern bushings to refurbish your swingarm. The standard bushings are a direct press out / press in replacement. The solid Manx style give only marginally more precise handling and were more expensive, required precise machining of the swing arm to reduce it's width, sometimes need additional shimming to function and required more maintenance. #A6190 - $44.95
Swingarm Spacer - Replacement for the factory spacer which is often damaged during bushing removal. #A6191 - $29.50
Swingarm Rebuild Kit - Includes new bushings, spacer, stainless spindle and nuts. #A6192 - $95.00
Manx Fly Screen - Norton's Manx racers had brackets on the frame aft of the shocks to hold the side racing numbers. This is a reproduction of the late style nosepiece the factory supplied as a mounting location for the required front number. It is supplied in a black, gel coat finish and includes a small Plexiglas windscreen. These were commonly used in the 60's to give a race bike look by cutting a hole in the front and mounting them over the headlight. #A9100 - $89.00
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