Motorcycles

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Tck13, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. gnatty8

    gnatty8 Senior member

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    thats the one haha I wanna custom it a bit tho. Change the bars, straight pipes, maybe even wrap the pipes. What colour do you have ?

    Edit: nvm saw yours, nice bike!!


    Kept mine stock, although the V&H short shots look great on the Iron. What bars are you thinking of doing? Hope there aren't a lot of potholes where you live, there's almost no travel in the suspension of those bikes, you'll probably be needing some spine surgery in a few years. I actually think the '48 magnifies this, but love hurts..
     
  2. Gravitas

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    Here's my project bike: [​IMG] It's an '85 Suzuki GS700. As with many people I desired a budget project, but soon had visions of greener pastures. I posted a shot a few pages back of three rolls of fabric: carbon fiber, kevlar (though I think the seller sent me carbon/kevlar, not a big deal, i'll just use that up first) and texalium (aluminized fiberglass), with these materials i'm doing lost foam molding of a seat and tank (texalium being the outermost layer). The main issue when I picked it up was with the carbs. Wanting something a bit easier to maintain, I decided to go for EFI. Hmm, this part ended up being a bit more costly than I had initially realized, but hey, it's what I want, right? [​IMG] On its way currently is a MicroSquirt Fuel Injection Controller to go with a set of GSX-R throttle bodies and fuel pump. I also picked up a Bosch Wideband O2 sensor and a 14point7 controller for that. When I purchased the bike it had a Dynatek Dyno 2000 aftermarket ignition box, which i'm going to leave that duty to right now. As far as gauges go, it had one from a bicycle (Trek, no joke) so I decided to order a Veypor digital gauge. I'm hoping that with the MS, Dyno2000 and the Veypor i'll be able to get some tuning in fairly easily. All of these things are going under the seat, with the stock one traded out for one cafe styled. For the seat pad, i'm using black stingray (almost went with graphite Alcantara, but figured the stingray would be more interesting visually and texturally). The swingarm is from a Yamaha Maxim 400. I wanted the rear suspension to be a bit more visible, it certainly is, but also sits a good bit higher (might get the suspension shortened). I need another few inches on my kickstand. As far as lighting goes, i'm switching out the current light for a 5 3/4in housing fitted with an HID projector from a Cadillac DTS (nicely made for a lot cheaper than an S2000 or TL setup, but a bit bulkier) with an "angel eye" CCFL trimming the edge of the lens (the sort of accent lighting seen on BMWs). I'm using LED 'Busa turn/brake lights at the rear, with the stock pod turn signals at the front. Hopefully this all gets finished before it gets too cold (then again, as long as there isn't snow, fuck it!). Once it does get too cold, i'm going to take everything off to powdercoat/paint or replace (spraying the frame black at my work, i'd like an overall black and silver bike). I hope in the end looks brutally elegant. I'll upload more pics/progress later if you guys are interested.
     
  3. rohde88

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    Poser factor...? Could you please elaborate on that?
    And as far as beginning to ride, what are some other bikes to consider then if Triumph's are that much looked down upon.


    People who like to buy things, stand next to them and "pose" without really wanting to ride out on the open road.

    It doesn't really matter, get a Triumph if you think you'll ride it. Just buy it because it "looks cool" and it would justify a leather jacket...
     
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    This bike is somewhat close: [​IMG] Here's a sketch I did before the swingarm came (I have more accurate drawings though I haven't completely decided dimensions): [​IMG] Texalium with unmixed Silmar (made a sheet with it that turned out well despite a leaky bag): [​IMG] Stingray close-up (I need to pick up a macro lens for my phone): [​IMG]
     
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    I love my Bonneville - it's a great bike. Right now its in the shop getting all sorts of work done, but it should be back just in time for the fall weather.Here it is pre-mods: [​IMG] Here's my old ride - fun but in a different way [​IMG]
     
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    Big A Senior member

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    I'm in, PM me and we'll work something out.. Some of the routes through the Smokies would be great..



    Hope he heals soon, sorry to hear that..


    If you guys actually do this and don't mind a straight twin tag along, let me know.
     
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    anyone watch the GP? poor nicky [​IMG]
     
  8. Flambeur

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    Anybody here do Dual-sport/Adventure riding?
     
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    Anybody here do Dual-sport/Adventure riding?
    I have the bike (F650GS pseudo-Dakar) for it but have only taken it on one trail over the Mountain Loop highway when I first got it, which was rather dumb, but I made it through. Otherwise it's been mostly on-road and occasional gravel/dirt that any bike could do.
     
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    I have the bike (F650GS pseudo-Dakar) for it but have only taken it on one trail over the Mountain Loop highway when I first got it, which was rather dumb, but I made it through. Otherwise it's been mostly on-road and occasional gravel/dirt that any bike could do.

    Me 2. Don't think I'll try it out anytime soon.

    By the way, did you in the end get the single or the double?
     
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    I have the bike (F650GS pseudo-Dakar) for it but have only taken it on one trail over the Mountain Loop highway when I first got it, which was rather dumb, but I made it through. Otherwise it's been mostly on-road and occasional gravel/dirt that any bike could do.

    Me 2. Don't think I'll try it out anytime soon.

    By the way, did you in the end get the single or the double?


    You gentlemen don't like getting dirty? [​IMG]
     
  12. gnatty8

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    If you guys actually do this and don't mind a straight twin tag along, let me know.

    That'd be a blast, let's do it.. I have a little place up in Gatlinburg, and there's plenty of great roads to ride near there, so we can call this the official SF southeast meetup or something like that.. I've got a T-100, so have nothing but [​IMG] for the straight twin.. Any weekends better for you?
     
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    I have a KTM 640 Adventure, but to be honest, on anything like single track, I'd be faster on a DRZ 110.
     

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