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Nader393

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I've never ridden a supermoto but they have always looked fun. Making the transition to sticking out the leg and purposely sliding the rear on pavement seems challenging to me
Sticking the leg out feels natural on slow tight turns, but sliding the rear on pavement is disconcerting. I race the 560 SMR on the big tracks in the Open Singles class, and I take the turns with a knee out like on a sportbike. Such a light bike on big hot racing slicks, the grip is tremendous, so no "backing it in." Though I've come close in hard braking zones for turn entry, since the front end dives so much (big squishy suspension) and the rear end gets really light.

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Duly Noted

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After 15 years riding a Vespa in NYC and having ZERO interest in motorbikes, I caught the biking bug big-time about a year ago. Now I'm gearing up to take 9 bikes (3 CB350's, 2 CB350f, a CB450, a CB650, a Nighthawk 450, a Nighthawk 650) with me when I relocate to Duras, France later this year, and open a vintage MC rental place in wine country. The budget only allowed for cheap and reliable Hondas to start with, I hope to add a couple of Brit bikes later as we grow.

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KamoteJoe

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Good luck on the new endeavor @Duly Noted ! I love the look of the old Honda CBs, that's quite a collection you have after just one year into the hobby. Unfortunately the one I purchased had a slew of problems (should've known by the cheap price grr) and I sold that to get a brand new Yamaha scrambler. If I'm ever up there I'm going to have to hit you up and take one those for a spin.
 

Duly Noted

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Good luck on the new endeavor @Duly Noted ! I love the look of the old Honda CBs, that's quite a collection you have after just one year into the hobby. Unfortunately the one I purchased had a slew of problems (should've known by the cheap price grr) and I sold that to get a brand new Yamaha scrambler. If I'm ever up there I'm going to have to hit you up and take one those for a spin.
Thanks KJ, that would be great, bring some friends! I originally bought these bikes to flip, but Colin my business partner - the mechanically inclined one - came down with a brain tumour (he's on the mend now), then I quickly learned that NYC's $100+ an hour bike-shop rates were not compatible with turning a profit flipping bikes - hence the change of plan. Getting all the work done in Milford PA now, saves a bundle.
 

Rumpelstiltskin

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After 15 years riding a Vespa in NYC and having ZERO interest in motorbikes, I caught the biking bug big-time about a year ago. Now I'm gearing up to take 9 bikes (3 CB350's, 2 CB350f, a CB450, a CB650, a Nighthawk 450, a Nighthawk 650) with me when I relocate to Duras, France later this year, and open a vintage MC rental place in wine country. The budget only allowed for cheap and reliable Hondas to start with, I hope to add a couple of Brit bikes later as we grow.

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Wow. I wish I had the balls or the vision to do this
 
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Nader393

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Took a pair of Ohlins shocks and made them fit my vintage race bike. Took a chance, took some doing. Had to swap out the upper mounting eye bushing, and fabricate a cleavis for the shock lower attachment point. None of this would have worked if I didn't already have a custom lengthened swingarm, otherwise the shocks would have been too long. Engine is out, BTW, for freshening.

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Had to drill out the too-small bushing and swap in a larger diameter piece:
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Machining up a set of lower shock clevisis out of 7075 aluminum (really good stuff):
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Machining up some fine pitch coupler rod to attach the clevises to the shock rods. Made it out Gr. 5 titanium (even better stuff).
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