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Old 12-09-2012, 07:52 PM   #5701
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Awesome! A real Kenny Dreer bike! Kinda funny, Googled "Norton ss880 Commando Sport Scrambler", and the first bike it found was this one. Belongs to former Cycle World editor Dave Edwards. Cool bike
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:03 AM   #5702
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KZ 650 Cafe (eternal) project

1977 KZ 650. A beast I've had for over 20 years. Over the last few years I've been messing with it from it's stock form.



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Old 12-10-2012, 09:24 AM   #5703
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:38 AM   #5704
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I did a total frame-off restoration and brought this girl back to life after she sat unloved for more than 28 years...



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Old 12-16-2012, 09:45 AM   #5705
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^ Wow,nicely done!
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:45 AM   #5706
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I did a total frame-off restoration and brought this girl back to life after she sat unloved for more than 28 years...
Dude, that's really nice GL cafe. Awesome color and build. Thanks for share!

I was planning to convert a GL into cafe as I love the bloody humble engine block.
However, I ended up with a CX650. The project is still on going....
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:51 AM   #5707
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needs more cylinders, like this one:



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Old 12-16-2012, 10:14 AM   #5708
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I did a total frame-off restoration and brought this girl back to life after she sat unloved for more than 28 years...


How did you get the case restored so well? It looked pretty oxidized in the first pic.

First rate job on a really nice platform. I did a '78 back in the day that was a basket case, but not really the same as yours IMO as far as looks are concerned.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:19 AM   #5709
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How did you get the case restored so well? It looked pretty oxidized in the first pic.

First rate job on a really nice platform. I did a '78 back in the day that was a basket case, but not really the same as yours IMO as far as looks are concerned.
Thanks!
I pulled the motor from the frame, sanded, primed, painted and clear coated it...and polished the intake runners, carb tops and a few other bits...
There's no other way to remove the 30 year old gas staining and oxidation...

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Old 12-17-2012, 06:56 AM   #5710
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Thanks!
I pulled the motor from the frame, sanded, primed, painted and clear coated it...and polished the intake runners, carb tops and a few other bits...
There's no other way to remove the 30 year old gas staining and oxidation...

I'm not familiar with Goldwings but on some bikes there are other ways.









No sanding, priming, or painting involved. Carb cleaner and stainless steel brushes are your friend, as are hot tanks and aluminum wheel cleaner. And time.

Nice work on the 'wing by the way!

**Full disclosure, I just remembered that when I sent the roundcase cylinders out to be bored they came back painted. But the 160 cylinder is the result of scotchbrite pads, a lathe, and some time.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:00 AM   #5711
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Wow!
That is some amazing work with Scotch brite pads!
Congrats!
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:22 PM   #5712
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Time heals the effects of...

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That is some amazing work with Scotch brite pads!
Congrats!
And TIME!
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:37 PM   #5713
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0000 steelwool dipped in aluminum polishing paste also does wonders.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:24 PM   #5714
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Xlcr 1000

I bought this XLCR while leaving in France in -79...was ugly painted blue, came from LA...redid it completly, moved to to SF in -89 with it... Moved back to Paris in -92.... back to SF in 2000. More cargo freight mileage than running!! I did not really like it: when it was not a valve guide seizing, it was 1st gear jumping out... My wife loved to ride it, it was "her" bike! Finnaly sold it...to buy a Royal Enfield Interceptot II (sold now... just bought a R80G/S (getting old or what!!)).

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Old 12-18-2012, 09:19 AM   #5715
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I'll add my compliments to the list - beautiful machine.

I'm wondering what's supporting the pipe out past the pegs - is it just suspended from the attachment point?



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