Thursday, September 22, 2011

Google find - xs250...sort of

This guy did it. Whoever this guy is, he beat me to it. My next project, the ft500, was basically going to end up like this. My idea was a simple vintage looking motor, with modern front and rear ends. To review, small lightweight old bike that can handle and stop like a modern bike. Pretty much what this guy did.

This guy rules and I'm pissed he beat me to it. looks like he used a cx500 gas tank, gs500e wheels and rs125 forks... awesome. I guess i better get moving on mine before everybody has one of these....

Monday, September 19, 2011

Project kz440 - The start.

Well, here's another one for the stable. Even without the tank, the bike screams early 80s. It's an odd little bike, belt drive with a stock 19 inch front wheel to start. It's going to take some imagination and loads of work, but this will someday be a fine cafe bike. Don't believe me? I'm not sure that I do either, but lets stay positive. It's not all bad though...The bike runs strong with good compression and all the electrics work. That makes cosmetics top priority...thank goodness.....

You can follow this build in greater detail at:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Acceptable "bling"

Chrome can be found on just about every motorcycle on the road today. When used properly, it can look great. When used too much, it can look ridiculous and possibly induce a seizure. (i.e. most 'choppers')

Honda did it right. My friends know exactly what I mean as illustrated by the collection you see below.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Project xs400 - Cafe Racer

My xs400.

fork brace
tapered roller bearings
20 w 50 oil in fork
gas rear shocks
2 into 1 exhaust
adjustable clip-ons
dual front disk
Magura brake lever and master cylinder
upgraded headlight
fiberglass seat
battery relocation
K&N air filters
custom gauge mount
79' motor w/cdi
rear sets