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Old 10-21-2011, 07:20 PM   #6241
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Bike looks nice Blaine. But... We're gona have to dock you a few points for helmet abuse.
Does it count that I hate that helmet with a passion? Because I do...
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:46 PM   #6242
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"Old school rides"..... I can add a few to this thread...

Smallest first;
1969 Honda Z50A K1. This is an ex-Shriner bike. All original. Always wanted one.... I use it once in awhile to run up to the mailbox.

My '71 SL350 K1. I'm currently working on refurbishing the side covers.. Again, all original.

My '78 Honda Hawk. 5,000 miles on it. I don't ride it. The one ride I just might sell...

1981 Seca 550. Bought it new when I was in college. Love this little sucker. Lots of great memories. Complete, and damn near perfect.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:53 PM   #6243
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A couple I no longer have...

CL 175. 4000 original miles. I was the second owner. All I did is take it apart and clean it up.. What an awesome little machine. Should've never sold it...

Another Z50A K1. This one I completely restored. Then sold it. Should've kept it too...

The other SL 350 I used to have... traded it for my 03 KLR650.....


There are others... but I can't find pictures....
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Old 10-22-2011, 04:50 AM   #6244
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Just a thorn in my side, didn't mean to ruffle your feathers!

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Oh no, my feathers aren't ruffled, and no reason to be concerned if they were.

There are just so many different ideas about what it takes to make a given bike fit a particular catagory. I like to think I am a live and let live type of person, but wanted to better understand what you meant and what bike (s) you were referring to when you said "FAKE".

I have been looking for a reasonably priced XS650 for a while. It was the first motocycle I rode at 100 MPH. I recently looked at a non running "street tracker" that I felt was $500 overpriced, so I know about the frustrating hunt.
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Old 10-22-2011, 06:04 AM   #6245
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"Old school rides"..... I can add a few to this thread...


1981 Seca 550. Bought it new when I was in college. Love this little sucker. Lots of great memories. Complete, and damn near perfect.

Tell me more about this bike. There is one just like it that has been on C/L all summer that looks nice but has a Vetter fairing. Is the 550 an oddball, Are parts hard to find?
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:52 AM   #6246
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Looks like an Amen frame. Good on you for keeping the old SOHC's going. I see one on the shelf yet even.
I have an Amen Savior framed chopper too, called Bitch.

I built her about 20 years ago and still own her.

Had an SOHC engine first but blew that up on a holiday in France. Replaced it with a Bol 'd Or 750.

Pics in different styles she has gone through:





Looong girder ( no altered headstock so only a couple of miles and one pic )



Totally different ( and the way she looks today ):



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Old 10-22-2011, 09:53 AM   #6247
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Tell me more about this bike. There is one just like it that has been on C/L all summer that looks nice but has a Vetter fairing. Is the 550 an oddball, Are parts hard to find?
This bike came out in '81 and was billed as a "750 killer". Great handling for it's day, good power for a 550, and fairly light weight. It was white/red in 81, red/white in 82, and black in 83.... and don't quote me on this, but I think I remember that the 83 was shaft...
This old girl has served me well. I'll most likely never sell it as it's worth more to me than anyone else, and with 17K on the clock, it's got a ton of life left in it. They are getting harder and harder to find in complete condition, the toughest to find is the OE exhaust as they rust out. I've still got mine in a box.
As far as parts go... I've never needed much for it.. About the only things I've changed on it are;
*I chucked the OE bars in favor of Superbike style bars
*Replaced the stock clutch with a Barnett unit
*replaced the front pads with Ferodo's

Recently, I had to rebuild the front caliper. Luckily, I had another set of Ferodos for it... The parts were readily available, and inexpensive. The XJ bikes have a pretty strong following.
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:34 AM   #6248
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My r90 fully loaded up:


Fully loaded? I can see some space on the back of the rack! come on Blaine, must try harder
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:30 AM   #6249
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That it's not one of the early attempts by the Japanese manufacturers at breaking into the market created by Harley?
Actually, the Yamaha XS 650 Special (shown above) is considered one of the very first (if not THE first) factory Japanese customs ever produced... and was the leading edge of a hoard of followers! How much they actually competed with Harley at that time is a matter of debate... as you pretty much had to be a mechanic (or so inclined) to own a Harley of the day.
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:04 PM   #6250
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Anyone want to take a stab at what this bike is/was?

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Old 10-27-2011, 12:19 PM   #6251
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Anyone want to take a stab at what this bike is/was?

If I'm not mistaken, it appears to be a very rare example of the Motaqua Barracuda. Motaqua was a short lived and little known Cuban motorcycle manufacturer setup by Fidel Castro in the early 1960's (shortly after the Cuban Missle Crisis). These bikes were marketed to the locals as the perfect mode of transportation for their adventurous trip across the gulf to Florida. Of course, as with most marketing it was all lies and the few fools who bought one for said trip strangely disappeared shortly after their departure.

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Old 10-27-2011, 12:40 PM   #6252
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I take your one and raise you a whole boat load:

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Old 10-27-2011, 01:48 PM   #6253
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:00 PM   #6254
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Norton 16H
BINGO

being a Britt, you prob know about the wreck anyway...

Thistlegorm was carrying munitions, tank mines, Lee Enfield MK-III rifles, about 100 motorcycles of the types BSA W-M20, Matchless G3L and Norton 16H. Jeeps of the brand Morris and Bedford trucks, as well as two MK II Bren Carrier light tanks and two Stanier 8F steam locomotives. Furthermore there was radio equipment, aircraft- and car spare parts, medication and rubber boots on board.
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:16 PM   #6255
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BINGO

being a Britt, you prob know about the wreck anyway...

Thistlegorm was carrying munitions, tank mines, Lee Enfield MK-III rifles, about 100 motorcycles of the types BSA W-M20, Matchless G3L and Norton 16H. Jeeps of the brand Morris and Bedford trucks, as well as two MK II Bren Carrier light tanks and two Stanier 8F steam locomotives. Furthermore there was radio equipment, aircraft- and car spare parts, medication and rubber boots on board.
No, never heard of it, mind there's so much from WW2 on the bottom. I like the fact it was going to Alexandria with rubber boots on board, typical Quatermasters, sending waterproof boots to the desert.

The bike's a pretty easy guess actually, it's obviously WW2 and British, which means its one of 3, probably not a Matchless as most had telescpoic forks, so I had a 50:50 chance
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