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    what should my next bike-project be?

    Given the wealth of experience/knowledge here, thought I'd see if anyone wants to weigh in. Still pretty inexperienced with regards to small-engine/mechanical stuff, but so far I've done some minor fixups of an '83 Nighthawk and a '90 suzuki dr100 (for my kid). Looking to pick up a new winter project - minimal initial $ investment, more of a long-term project, learning, etc. Tho' I toyed with the idea of a old bmw->cafe', right now I seem to be fascinated with the early-90s chunky-tail-and-dbl-round-headlight sportbikes (with plastics - nothing naked)... specifically, casting about for either:

    - yamaha fzr 600
    - yamaha fzr 1000
    - honda cbr 900rr

    Opinions welcome - they don't even have to be informed

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    Re: what should my next bike-project be?

    This was my project last winter.

    what should my next bike-project be?-cafe-racer-left-jpg
    what should my next bike-project be?-cafe-racer-rear-far-jpg

    This was my first custom bike project. I had so much fun I made another and right now I'm doing custom work on my FZ6. Be warned, it can get expensive.
    Last edited by Gary in NJ; 11-16-2017 at 07:24 AM.
    Lifelong student of motorcycling. Current bikes: Custom Naked '05 FZ6, LS650 Café Racer, DRZ400 Street Tracker

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    That's lovely... truly. One of the more attractive projects I've seen for this style/ethos. Kudos.

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    Re: what should my next bike-project be?

    Thanks. It was a fun project. Even though the bike only makes 30hp, its an absolute blast to ride. Like the old saying; I'd rather ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow. I did a lot of suspension work to the bike (same work I did to my FZ6 forks) and it handles & rides great.
    Lifelong student of motorcycling. Current bikes: Custom Naked '05 FZ6, LS650 Café Racer, DRZ400 Street Tracker

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    Gary that looks so great!

    Is it the photograph or is the rear end shifted off to the left side? It looks like there is a spacer on the left shock and the swing arm is aligned left?


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    The left shock does sit out further than the right. The Savage was originally a belt drive so the shock offset is larger than what you'd typically see on a twin shock swingarm to accommodate the 1-1/4" wide belt. The swingarm itself is properly centered. Here are a few more. You'll see from the rear-side shot that the offset just blends in.

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    Lifelong student of motorcycling. Current bikes: Custom Naked '05 FZ6, LS650 Café Racer, DRZ400 Street Tracker

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    Re: what should my next bike-project be?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary in NJ View Post
    The left shock does sit out further than the right. The Savage was originally a belt drive so the shock offset is larger than what you'd typically see on a twin shock swingarm to accommodate the 1-1/4" wide belt. The swingarm itself is properly centered. Here are a few more. You'll see from the rear-side shot that the offset just blends in.
    Thank you for the info on that. That bike looks so sweet!
    If you can't fix it by hitting it with a hammer, it's electrical!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gnyce View Post
    <snip>....right now I seem to be fascinated with the early-90s chunky-tail-and-dbl-round-headlight sportbikes (with plastics - nothing naked)... specifically, casting about for either:

    - yamaha fzr 600
    - yamaha fzr 1000
    - honda cbr 900rr

    Opinions welcome - they don't even have to be informed
    The answer seems to be two-fold.... 1) my neighbor gave he a bike he had languishing in his garage, a project that never got off the ground... a 1982 Yamaha XJ750 Maxim, and then 2) just found/bought a fixer-upper project, an '87 FZR1000 (she's a bit rough, but the plastics are in pretty good shape given the age). Not doing any crazy, or extensive as Gary... the XJ is a straight rehab and sell on Craigslist, and might even recoup enough to cover the FZR1000. Man do I love that shape... and the colors? Bright red rims? Just love it.

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    Re: what should my next bike-project be?

    Bandit 400 if you can find one. So cool.

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    Re: what should my next bike-project be?

    Quote Originally Posted by zixaq View Post
    Bandit 400 if you can find one. So cool.
    dang those are sweet. 400cc inline4 yes please

 

 
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