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Old 07-03-2015, 04:19 AM   #1
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Honda SLR 650 Tracker Build | UK

I've always fancied building a bike, and after much deliberation I have chosen a Honda SLR 650... mainly because the engine is strong and the initial outlay for the bike was quite low (so if I f##k it up, I haven't wasted too much money). I was inspired by a couple of bikes that I had seen online (Daniel Peter's Honda build on here is perfection!) and at shows.

This NX650 Dominator at The Bikeshed Show in London recently...



I paid 700 ($1000USD for all the American's on here!) for quite a tidy 1997 bike, with 23,000 miles on it.






I'm not entirely sure of the direction at this stage, or even how clean I want to go with it but the basic style I'm going for is a tracker.

If you have any tips, advice or recommendations feel free to chip in as this is going to be a learning experience for me and there is probably a million things I hadn't even thought about yet that I should have!

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I began by removing all the plastics and stuff that is not staying on the bike, headlight, clocks old tank etc. I bought a 1985 Honda H100 tank of eBay which seems to fit quite well, and won't require too much modification to get it to fit. It will need a little bracket fabricating and welding to the frame to raise the back of the tank up about an inch (its current sat on the bungs), and then the bungs at the front will need moving forward on the frame by about an inch.







Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy the thread!
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Old 07-03-2015, 04:44 AM   #2
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Nice, trackers and scramblers are allways cool. Tank looks really good allready, fits nice like it is.

I didn't know the rear subframe was so simple on these SLR's.
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Old 07-03-2015, 04:49 AM   #3
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Nice, trackers and scramblers are allways cool. Tank looks really good allready, fits nice like it is.

I didn't know the rear subframe was so simple on these SLR's.
The tank is just resting where it is, so I need to make the brackets to get it to stay there.

Yeah, I'm thinking of shortening the rear subframe, and then adding a loop around it to fit nicely with a new seat. Will hopefully be quite easy to do with what's already there.
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Old 07-04-2015, 09:33 AM   #4
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Got the angle grinder out today to shorten the rear subframe, and to remove a couple of tabs from the tank that I know I won't need. Chopped the seat up a bit to get an idea of length. I'm hoping I can salvage the foam, and shape it into the new seat... obviously a long way to go, but gives you an idea!
















As you can see, this is definitely a 'shed' build!
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Old 07-04-2015, 11:09 AM   #5
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Nice, trackers and scramblers are allways cool. Tank looks really good allready, fits nice like it is.

I didn't know the rear subframe was so simple on these SLR's.
Kyns I think we found our common ground here. This is definitely cool !
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Old 07-04-2015, 11:18 AM   #6
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Kyns I think we found our common ground here. This is definitely cool !
Thanks! I hope it will looks as cool as it does in my head!
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Old 07-04-2015, 11:24 AM   #7
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What's the deal with the billboard of a license plate? That's ridiculous, I'd have to move to a new country or something...you can't build a nice looking bike with that road sign hanging off the back.


Cool bike though.

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Old 07-04-2015, 11:29 AM   #8
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What's the deal with the billboard of a license plate? That's ridiculous, I'd have to move to a new country or something...you can't build a nice looking bike with that road sign hanging off the back.


Cool bike though.

Awful isn't it! The plan is to run with a smaller number plate, around about 6"x4" and in black with silver digits like pre 1973 bikes did in the UK. Not strictly legal, but I've never been pulled over for a smaller plate in the past, neither has anyone I know for that matter!

And thanks!
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Old 07-04-2015, 11:31 AM   #9
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Awful isn't it! The plan is to run with a smaller number plate, around about 6"x4" and in black with silver digits like pre 1973 bikes did in the UK. Not strictly legal, but I've never been pulled over for a smaller plate in the past, neither has anyone I know for that matter!

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Oh, thank goodness that you have an option.

Love a nice street tracker.
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Old 07-04-2015, 11:37 AM   #10
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Oh, thank goodness that you have an option.

Love a nice street tracker.
If I had to have plates like that and it was heavily enforced, I wouldn't be interested in bikes! Have a look at the size of the plate on the first bike in the first post
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Old 07-05-2015, 09:48 AM   #11
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good thread. best of luck
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Good stuff!
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