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Old 04-20-2010, 10:43 AM   #16
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I used to have pics of a Suzuki water buffalo with USD's, modern wheels and rubber, and some nice expansion chambers. I'd love to have something like that.
A modernized RG500 Gamma would be very nice indeed

http://www.isk.kth.se/~isk_joan/Aprilia_RS500.htm
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:34 AM   #17
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:41 PM   #18
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A modernized RG500 Gamma would be very nice indeed

http://www.isk.kth.se/~isk_joan/Aprilia_RS500.htm
A little different take on the same concept:

http://hellforleathermagazine.com/20...onfi.html#more

And this was actually proposed by Aprilia themselves. If they ever build this bike, I HAVE to buy.
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:44 PM   #19
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As mentioned, the frame is the problem.
Installing new stuff front and rear is just window dressing.

I'd like to see an industry pop up (a small one) the way the chopper industry did. Take your engine and buy their frame and suspenders, and go do what you do with it.

For example, a CAD designed frame for a SOHC Honda 750 along the lines of a sporting bike would be "nathtee" to quote the ladies man Leon Phelps.
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Old 04-21-2010, 02:20 AM   #20
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As mentioned, the frame is the problem.
Installing new stuff front and rear is just window dressing.

I'd like to see an industry pop up (a small one) the way the chopper industry did. Take your engine and buy their frame and suspenders, and go do what you do with it.

For example, a CAD designed frame for a SOHC Honda 750 along the lines of a sporting bike would be "nathtee" to quote the ladies man Leon Phelps.
You mean people like Harris doing frame kits for old engines?

Tempting but it's generally cheaper buying & sorting an old Harris than it is to buy a new Harris kit & build it from scratch. It's a shame Specials went bust - for a while they were doing replica Z1 frames in modern lightweight tubing: looked identical to the original but much lighter & more rigid.

Given the number of places that have enough of a market to put old school go faster bits back into production, it wouldn't surprise if someone like Saxon, P&M or Rickman got back into the frame kit game.
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:32 AM   #21
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This is a nice example
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:35 AM   #22
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Or this
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:52 AM   #23
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As mentioned, the frame is the problem.
Installing new stuff front and rear is just window dressing.

I'd like to see an industry pop up (a small one) the way the chopper industry did. Take your engine and buy their frame and suspenders, and go do what you do with it.

For example, a CAD designed frame for a SOHC Honda 750 along the lines of a sporting bike would be "nathtee" to quote the ladies man Leon Phelps.
+1 For both road and dual sport frames


I'm thinking there would be a pretty large market .........
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:22 PM   #24
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:37 PM   #25
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:56 PM   #26
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I would love to see more styling along the lines of nighthawk 700s and GPz550
Love the baby fairing



Basically I want a new crop of ZRX's, but with some midsize offerings, 500 on up, maybe a two stoke...
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:07 PM   #27
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Granted it's late 80's bike...

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Old 04-21-2010, 08:14 PM   #28
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I would love to see more styling along the lines of nighthawk 700s and GPz550
Love the baby fairing

My next project:
The superbike it was supposed to be?


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Old 04-21-2010, 08:47 PM   #29
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I keep seeing this 900F that has 1100F running gear on it. He says it rides well and handles pretty decently. It's stealthy.



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Old 04-22-2010, 04:36 AM   #30
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You mean people like Harris doing frame kits for old engines?

Tempting but it's generally cheaper buying & sorting an old Harris than it is to buy a new Harris kit & build it from scratch. It's a shame Specials went bust - for a while they were doing replica Z1 frames in modern lightweight tubing: looked identical to the original but much lighter & more rigid.

Given the number of places that have enough of a market to put old school go faster bits back into production, it wouldn't surprise if someone like Saxon, P&M or Rickman got back into the frame kit game.
Yeah, but there are only so many Harris parts to go around, and a clean sheet design is better than one even 10 years old.
With companies scrambling to stay afloat, it seems logical that someone would do this.
After all, the chopper thing is dead in the water. There are a lot of fab shops twiddling their thumbs and trying to get in on the next big thing.
Selling a rolling chassis would be a great idea, imo. The market is there. There are a lot of guys who can't build a bike from parts, but can transfer an engine from one chassis to another.
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