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Lol Harold. Your avatar. 

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Lot of people love their 250s...

If I were shorter/lighter, I would snap up the Ninja 300...especially if it were offered in the naked version in the US. A kit like that would be a great alternative to a factory naked bike.

But alas, at 6'2, over 200 with gear on, and with an occasional passenger, I just don't think the bike would be the right fit for me...would have to step up to the honda 500 (which comes naked).
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Lot of people love their 250s...

If I were shorter/lighter, I would snap up the Ninja 300...especially if it were offered in the naked version in the US. A kit like that would be a great alternative to a factory naked bike.

But alas, at 6'2, over 200 with gear on, and with an occasional passenger, I just don't think the bike would be the right fit for me...would have to step up to the honda 500 (which comes naked).

I had a Ninja 250 and found it surprisingly roomy. The engine is pretty gutless though and is pretty much pegged at redline a lot.
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Eh . . . I like the one I currently have better:

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Originally Posted by MarioImpemba View Post
 

For all the Triumph and Ducati riders:

https://www.contextclothing.com/brands/bell/ss14-bullitt-helmet-matte-black


What's going on with that snap on the screen?

 

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Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 6/25/14 at 11:00pm
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It isn't often that an off-beat bike build leaves me speechless. This is one of those times.
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post

Was talking to my g/f's neighbour - real cool Vietnamese dude. As we sipped beers and talked bike talk he told me he used to road race. Then he popped open his garage and amidst a jumble of bikes including a K75 Beemer, a Sportster and scooters in varying states of disrepair was a pristine candy apple red Mike Hailwood Ducati MH900e. It was a friggin work of art!



http://www.pierreterblanche.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/MH900e.jpghttp://blogs.c.yimg.jp/res/blog-33-dd/bomber_shizuoka/folder/327558/84/31185684/img_3?1350114773

My jaw dropped when I saw that thing at the 2005 NYC bike show. That MH and the yellow Sports Classic were my fav bikes. I cant believe its coming up on 10 yrs!
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He is the original owner and put 4k miles on it.  The funny part is that everything else in that garage seemed grimy but there it stood in all its glory. 

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What's going on with that snap on the screen?

Magnet to help hold it closed. Four hundred for those is too pricey, though it'd be a nice companion helmet to my Bell Custom. I think I'd go with a Biltwell Gringo.
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Are Biltwell's still "novelty" helmets that offer no protection? Ironic brand name for a no protection helmet.
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Are Biltwell's still "novelty" helmets that offer no protection? Ironic brand name for a no protection helmet.

That's some of their model line, but they've got some decent ones as well. Another alternative is CE-rated Premiere models but though they make them here, no one seems to sell them in the US.
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Does anyone know of any custom builders in the Bay area? Been thinking about a cafe racer project for a while and surprisingly can't find anyone.
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Hey gents!

Been a while and life is crazy busy but here is an update of the bike. Ready to hit the road after some carb tuning and a plate.

I'm not totally happy with the upholstery ( I stitched it by hand, saddle stitch Hermes style icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif , no machine). It does not flow with the tail section as much as i would like. Maybe less padding in that section... confused.gif

Still some wires to tuck and tidy.

Not everyones cup of tea, but for those who are interested...




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Originally Posted by akatsuki View Post

Does anyone know of any custom builders in the Bay area? Been thinking about a cafe racer project for a while and surprisingly can't find anyone.
 

 

You'd get the most beautiful build from either Deus in Venice or Roland Sands in Los Alamitos. But those guys are PRICY. I can't speak for Deus, RSD quoted me at about $20k to slap on all their aftermarket parts and do some custom paint. Any prefab is going to cost more. I mean I guess I get it, if you've got tens of thousands sitting around for an image-enhancing toy you could wreck, why not? Me, I'd probably hardly ride one of those if I had one. Unless I was suddenly loaded or built/maintained it myself.

 

I think people getting into cafe bikes would be at a serious advantage by learning all the mechanics and metal working required. Isn't that the point, anyways?

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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

You'd get the most beautiful build from either Deus in Venice or Roland Sands in Los Alamitos. But those guys are PRICY. I can't speak for Deus, RSD quoted me at about $20k to slap on all their aftermarket parts and do some custom paint. Any prefab is going to cost more. I mean I guess I get it, if you've got tens of thousands sitting around for an image-enhancing toy you could wreck, why not? Me, I'd probably hardly ride one of those if I had one. Unless I was suddenly loaded or built/maintained it myself.

I think people getting into cafe bikes would be at a serious advantage by learning all the mechanics and metal working required. Isn't that the point, anyways?

Yeah, I am not necessarily looking for that level right now. I am actually thinking right now of doing a Ryca CS-1 as a little cruiser around town with a bit of additional customization. I'd do it myself, but I would undoubtedly end up with a half-finished bike in my garage.
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