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Old 07-24-2014, 03:29 PM   #1
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Show us your Hanger Queens!

How many of you been tinkering around for years with a never-ending project bike you just can't seem to finish? Or maybe you got off to a good start but things stalled out indefinitely, and now you can't bear to admit you've given up on it, so it sits under a tarp in the back of the garage.

Here's a place to show 'em and either explain why its still a great idea, or confess the truth that it ain't never gonna happen.

I've been working on this custom Bultaco roadster slowly and (sort of) steadily for over 2-1/2 years (since 11/1/11), and it's still actively ongoing. It was always intended to be a "spare time/spare change" diversion, just for fun, so I fully expected it to take this long. It will most likely take another few years to complete it. Here's what I started with, and the point I was a at a couple months ago when I last rolled it outside...



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Old 07-27-2014, 05:58 AM   #2
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I like it! Totally understand stalled projects, hopefully I'll get a couple of pics up on here.

Hope you get back to that Bul, because it's a cool one!
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:52 PM   #3
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this thread will be a wall of shame for many... here's my unfinished shame

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Old 07-27-2014, 10:18 PM   #4
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71 CL 450 Honda, so far 2 years a queen.

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Old 07-28-2014, 11:06 AM   #5
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I've been working on this custom Bultaco roadster slowly and (sort of) steadily for over 2-1/2 years (since 11/1/11), and it's still actively ongoing.
2 1/2 years? Pffft. You're still a newb.

I've had this one going for at least six years now. The build thread (see sig) is five years old already. Started life as a 250 Monza. Now it has a 350 Sebring engine in it.


When I bought the Monza I was planning on a Mach (Mock?) 1 type build, but I ended up trading the first tank I had for some other parts. Then the second tank I found ended up being beyond my skills to save, and decided I had been saying "someday I'm going to get some bodywork by Evan Wilcox" for too many years and finally put my money where my mouth is.



I truly do plan on finishing it but progress the last few years has been very slow... I've been working on rearsets for it for a couple years now!
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Old 07-30-2014, 11:15 AM   #6
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Ugh. I've got one of these that's coming up on two years old now. No current pics (right now it's half-buried under a stack of Porsche parts) but here's about where I left off on my freebie naked GL1500 build.



I'm considering abandoning the EFI conversion idea for now and just slapping the carbs on it and trying to bodge together a minimal wiring harness just so I can at least ride it up and down the street and get some motivation back. I know it'll be a blast to ride when it's finally done but I just look at it in the garage and it seems like there's so much to do to get it that that it'll never get done...
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:25 AM   #7
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Yep started full of enthusiasm and got side tracked to another bike project which has progressed much further. I should have free time soon
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Old 08-01-2014, 06:27 AM   #8
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Yep started full of enthusiasm and got side tracked to another bike project which has progressed much further. I should have free time soon
What is it?
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:39 PM   #9
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What is it?
It was this 350 Alpina
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:44 PM   #10
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It will rise again (some day). I bought it new in 1977. Sold it to a friend in 1991 who promptly trashed it and stuck it in a barn. I have all of the parts to finish it but no time (for now)...

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Old 08-04-2014, 05:23 AM   #11
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Built this some years ago.

It took about two years to have a rolling chassis, then another 2 to get to the stage in the pics. Then it sat still for another 6 years till I got embarassed to keep seeing it in the garage and sold it.

I designed and built literally everything except the wheels, engine, front fairing, shocks & brakes.

The suspension is based on Norman Hossack's ideas. I would say Britten or BMW K series but I started long before they went public. In the time I had it my ideas on the perfect motorcycle evolved and I realised I'd designed myself down a bit of a blind alley, so basically I lost interest in it.

Out of the blue it appeared in one of the UK magazines recently with some very negative comments by someone who clearly didn't understand how it was supposed to work.

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Old 08-05-2014, 04:38 AM   #12
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85 RZ350. I have an R6 front end and FZ600 rear end ready to bolt up. The frame has been sandblasted since this pic and ready to paint. The only thing holding this project up is my lazy ass.





This is what she looked like before the strip down. My brother and I goofing at Little Tally before a WERA race weekend.
I got 3rd place on her! Now she's going to be a street bike again.

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Old 08-05-2014, 12:41 PM   #13
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85 RZ350. I have an R6 front end and FZ600 rear end ready to bolt up.

Hmm...does that mean you have a set of stock RZ wheels you'd like to get rid of?
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Old 08-06-2014, 04:28 AM   #14
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Hmm...does that mean you have a set of stock RZ wheels you'd like to get rid of?

Well, I hadn't really thought about getting rid of them but I'm always open to anything.

The wheels you see on the bottom picture are just sitting in a corner with tires that have one race weekend on them. Pretty sure they are Avons.
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