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Old 08-13-20, 07:55 PM
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This post by @iab has me going. Who can built a tank like that with any consistency.? Chromoveltro type colours plus chrome accents? Limited 18.5 hp but it does 140 kph? And why is there neither shifter nor brake near the right foot peg? Correction, couldn't see it for looking at it. Tried new glasses.
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Is that combo toe/heel lever not a shift lever on that Ducati 200?
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Correct! So subtle & beautiful I was blinded.
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Thats pretty cool. Thats an early 80's Honda Interceptor. The birth of the modern sport bike. I had a couple of 750 Interceptors for a little bit a few years back. Great bikes.
My last bike was the grandfather of the Interceptors - how bout a '84 Honda V-65 Sabre? I guess they actually marketed the Sabre as a 'sport-tourer' Mine also had the full Hondaline fairing, making it very top-heavy. And since I had to stand tip-toes to put both feet down, and at almost 740 pounds with the fairing, it was a bit much... Once when backing it into the garage, I had to spin my dad's handlebars out of the way - and his promptly fell over against me, pinning my leg against the Sabre's hot exhaust. SIZZLE!!! Took ALL the skin off. Even after the skin graft, it didn't heal for two months!




I got rid of it and another 'cycle (1992 Yamaha 550 Seca) after I got married in late '86 - And NO, She didn't make me - but I did because I decided that "now I had something to live (stay alive) for"..
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And for something a bit different, I got a basket 1975 Yamaha RD350 perhaps 15 years ago. I wanted a stocker, but they are seldom seen. This one was missing parts and the guy was trying to make a race bike out of it. I made it somewhat run after a couple years and have been messing with it on and off for years. New engine seals, pistons and such now. Stock would have been easier with the jetting. I am about 90% there, but only have fired it up once or twice a year for the last few years. Loud, smokey, and nasty. My wife hates it.



1975 RD350 cafe racer


More time after retirement in a year or so for the fun stuff. The RD is a real anomaly going down the road. Teenagers have never seen anything like it. I can't resist whacking the throttle for a cloud of smoke and lots of noise to educate them. Fast too. How childish I guess.
The original owner of my RD400 always ran Klotz synthetic injector oil, so I did as well, which allowed me to turn down the oil injector pump quite a bit. Never smoked, never sounded 'like a chainsaw' because i retained the stock exhaust. Going down the road late at night with no traffic, all I heard was the chain and a mild purr of an exhaust note. I bought it at 8k miles and when it got wrecked, it had almost 25k miles on it! Still had great compression (for a two stroke)...Always started first kick because of the low oil usage - thanks to the Klotz - and the NGK platinum spark plugs!
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
In the early 2000s I rode this 1976 CB400F all over the place. Sold it in 2004. Still miss it.

Nice!! I knew one day I would get to see a picture of your usernamesake!
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Found, street restored and/or chopped a dozen or more vintage motorcycles, over the years. Owned everything from a 1918 Cleveland Postal bike to a mid fifties Ariel Square Four. Eight or nine Harleys, two Indians, one Brough Superior and a bunch of Triumphs, Nortons, BSAs. I even wrote a book about it. Look up "Half Price Harley", if interested. You can still get copies on Amazon...


And, for what it is worth, I came "this close" to buying this mint, and I mean darn near concurs mint, 1969 Triumph Bonneville. But there was one major problem that I was unaware of. I can no longer kick start a motorcycle. Right knee is toast and needs to be replaced. How do I know that I cannot start this..?


Because, when I got back to Jamaica last Fall, this was dead and it hurt my knee a lot, with each attempt to kick over a 175cc Chinese Movements, which I with little affection call Bowel...


And, still thinking about buying this yellow rocket...
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Old 08-14-20, 03:01 AM
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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
Had a 1973 CB360 just like this one - top speed 70 mph. ****



KZ900 based chopper my dad built in the early 80s

Really surprised a CB360 would only do 70 MPH. The 1972 1/2 CB350 I bought new cruised at 70 just fine, and according to wiki, had an advertised top speed of 110.
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Originally Posted by easyupbug View Post
I was, still have a BSA 441 Victor basket case in the shop. For me C&V motorcycles ended with my near death event.
I owned a 1970 BSA 441 Victor Special from about 1979 until 2012. The original owner told me if I ever wanted to sell it, he'd buy it. Told him the price and he said that sounds reasonable and sent a check. It's now stored at a mutual friends house, and he's never picked it up. Don't know if he's even seen it. Money isn't an object to him.
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A thread like this one always takes me back to a time that I can hardly believed ever happened.

I was lucky enough to grow up in SoCal back in the Saddleback Park days, pretty cool for a ten-year-old kid to visit and ride there.
I even got to go back there and ride a beat-up rental KX125 as a teenager on one occasion, several years after having moved to upstate NY.

We built many off-map, onofficial racetracks on the various NYC aquaduct pumphouse properties and at abandoned airport and utility properties. Teenagers spending too much time riding dirt bikes but we learned to be resourceful in keeping the bikes running right and keeping the tracks under control.

During my final years in college while already working as an engineer, I built my fantasy bike when a suitable project bike came up for sale. I raced it for three years under the the AMA/Prostar and other sanctions, by which time I had finally pretty much gotten the speed bug worked out of my head. Had three close calls on it but never hit the ground at the track. Learned a lesson each time!

Finally moved back to SoCal after graduating and quickly rediscovered bicycle riding after my knee tendonitis finally cleared up. Have done very little motorcycling since then, other than that first year back in California riding through Calabasas every Saturday morning.

I bought a stock vintage TS185 last year from an elderly gent. It's a first-year bike so named "Hustler" not "Sierra". It gets about 80mpg no kidding.

This was at my final visit to Atco Raceway in NJ, had the bike well-sorted by then running consistent 9.9s runs with 60-ft times at 1.4s.





And here's the RD400 that I still own, and rode a lot in my early 20's. Bought it used in 1980 and ran it in a few different configurations over the years with an E.C. Birt motor.

Looks like Mr. Gast had a hand in the 9.90's as well.

2 strokes done right, no small task, especially at the dragstrip.
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Old 08-14-20, 04:56 AM
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Yep, klotz

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The original owner of my RD400 always ran Klotz synthetic injector oil, so I did as well, which allowed me to turn down the oil injector pump quite a bit. Never smoked, never sounded 'like a chainsaw' because i retained the stock exhaust. Going down the road late at night with no traffic, all I heard was the chain and a mild purr of an exhaust note. I bought it at 8k miles and when it got wrecked, it had almost 25k miles on it! Still had great compression (for a two stroke)...Always started first kick because of the low oil usage - thanks to the Klotz - and the NGK platinum spark plugs!
Yes, running Klotz oil now, and stock pipes are the way to go, but try finding a stocker. The oil pump was not on this one. I contemplated putting it back on but with as seldom as this is run, I would be afraid of it failing and toasting the engine. 32/1 and doesn’t foul plugs. Those 400s are really pretty Milo and they made them a bit more civilized. It is kinda amazing how the RDs will go up and down through the gears. Everything about it is quick and tactile. A different era.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
Looks like Mr. Gast had a hand in the 9.90's as well.

2 strokes done right, no small task, especially at the dragstrip.
That's an understatement, Paul built the motor for the first owner, welded up the barrels and heads first for some heavy machining and to fit the 40mm Lectrons.
The trio of Lectrons ("FBG" Lectrons as it were) were calibrated for fuel flow by Paul since so often no two Lectrons flowed the same amount of fuel. Paul fixed the QC issue and sent them on their way with correct Powerjets, all for a very reasonable $400 or so iir. He also fabbed up the extra-plate clutch and serviced it when needed, returned the assembly fast every time.
It was Dave Shultz setting Pro-Stock records on Paul's FBG H2's that got my attention and made me want to race one (albeit on a tight budget) years later.

Then there were all of the critical details like ignition timing, rear tire size and pressure, gearing and so on that Paul informed me of straight away even though I had bought the thing second-hand.
All that info was no doubt critical to building a "2 stroke done right", allowed me to snag the #4 S/G points plate during my first season in 1989 on the 790cc "antique" 1972 H2.

There was also Dale Walker's excellent video that taught me all of the basics for dragracing a motorcycle, since I'd never done it before! Nobody could "speed shift" a street SOHC Honda 750 like Dale could, he was an old-school entertainment performer of the highest caliber at the track (comparatively, I was a chump and so just used an air-shifter like everyone else).

The other part of having it leave the line well was the choice of saddle position and wheelie bar length for the pre-selected swingarm length, which (along with doing the riding) I could actually take credit for. I created the wheelie-bar drawings at work (inconspicuously titled "brace, anti-rotation"), sent them to Paul, who fabbed up the bars in lightweight aluminum!
The bike's best ET was a 9.71 on a cool late evening run at Island Dragway in NJ. Was the bike's last run on the east coast.

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This talk of shifting reminded me of this C&V practice:

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While I like the idea of motorcycles, I do not care for the reality of motorcycles.
You know, I could be convinced to put money on me being the same way.

A few years ago I took a MSF course and earned an "M" on my drivers license but have never been in a good position to buy one.

Wife has tentatively given me the go-ahead to get one in the future since she feels that I wouldn't be a deliberate idiot on it, but there's always the possibility of being an accidental idiot. And then, well, there's everyone else on the road.

I'll still keep renewing it on my license since it doesn't hurt to have, but I don't really see one in my future.

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This talk of shifting reminded me of this C&V practice:

Damn! Thats bad ass!
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This was being dropped near my apartment for a very excited buyer. Motorcycle knowledge is not my thing but I figured someone would get a kick out of it.

VF1000 isn't it? Friend had one. Used to get on the interstate here going home each night and just fly. State trooper caught up to him at a light, showed him his radar at 137MPH. Said he wasn't going to ticket him, just don't kill anyone else when you wreck. Friend sold the bike later that week. Sucky part is he died of a stroke not long after.
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There's a terrible photo of mine, a '71 CB350. Styled after Mick Jagger's bike. I redid the whole thing from the frame-up, last couple winters. Still working out the kinks. Fuel starvation issues at speed, mainly. These little old Hondas always have something coming apart, falling off, or otherwise giving you trouble! The sissy bar is from a junkyard, is period-correct, and was put on by a friend as a joke at first, but it turns out to be really practical. The BMW R75/5 is my friend's. I rode it and didn't like it at all for backroads and gravel! There's not enough brakes for how heavy it is, the dry-clutch is grabby, and the front end geometry has pretty low trail, so it's a handful at low speeds. I bet it is good for freeway cruising though.


Mick Jagger's bike.
Never owned a motorcycle, but if I did this is one of my favorite styles. I love things with a minimalist look. Most bikes these days seem too large and gaudy, other than the crotch rockets, but those really aren't my style either. I've considered taking it up from time to time, but it would take something like one of these to put me over the hump.
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When I was in my early 40's I decided that I did not always want to be the motor for my 2-wheeled rides and got this:



and turned it into this:



A slightly modified 1978 Kawasaki KZ650 B2. Did most of the work myself, even re-spoked the rims like I do on my bicycles! Sold and delivered the moto to my brother in Chicago and am building another KZ650 custom in the similar vein of my first.

I also did a retro-modernization of this motorcycle a few years ago. Anyone with a "need for speed"?



a modified 1985 Kawasaki GPZ900R. Geared up for touring/camping . . . going to the 2015 World Superbike Races at Laguna Seca near Monterrey, CA in 2015. This bike would be considered a retro modern moto as I replaced the entire front and rear suspesion/brakes from a more modern Kawasaki to this one. Similar in vein to adding STI or Ergo to an older bicycle, but a whole lot harder.

My everyday go to motorcycle. Finishing a ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that took 5 days:


1999 Kawasaki ZRX1100. A modernized version of a classic Kawasaki raced by Eddie Lawson in the early 80's
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and turned it into this:

Hott.
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Before... 1989



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Not mine but I raced a 1976 Suzuki RM100 BITD that looked very much like this one. The laydown suspension was a huge leap forward and I added a pair of Fox Airshox, as was the style in those days. Quick, narrow powerband, and loud as hell. Wish I had pics.

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Not a "motorcycle", but a motorized cycle nonetheless. Sold it to buy a bicycle. The whole motor thing is overrated.

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