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View Results: What should I do with the newest addition to the stable?
Leave it un-restored stock and ride the piss out of it 12 36.36%
Scrambler style mods and flog the hell out of it 11 33.33%
Cafe style build and wring its little neck whenever possible 8 24.24%
Sell it to a friend who wants a first bike and let him drop it a few times 2 6.06%
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:40 AM   #1
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Poll then Build: '76 CT360 (scrambler vs cafe)

So this followed me home today





So what say you, where should the project go?
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:56 AM   #2
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You lucky dog...

In this case the early bird, does get the worm. Good for you, for making the call first thing, and then showing up at his house with cash...
Can't wait to see it...
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:05 AM   #3
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It bears mentioning that I am enough of a sucker for unrestored vintage stuff that if I do mods the original parts will come off and go in a box and I'm not likely to do anything irreversible.

So weigh in you FF or I'll be forced to drink until I find inspiration
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:12 AM   #4
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A quick quote from an e-mail from the afore mentioned friend who wants a first bike

"What!?! You sonofabitch! I'll call you on my ride home! "Followed me home..." please..."



Actually that was the whole e-mail

Dan we'll just have to wait and see what the poll says....


Starbuck, I'm sure we'll come across something great for you too, and now you really need a good little vintage bike so we can start a gang
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:29 AM   #5
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Not crazy about the bike in stock form personally... I do like original classic bikes in certain cases but just not feeling it with this one....

I would recommend a good, cheap, used dualsport for a friends first bike. Easy to learn on and they don't worry about it when the inevitable drop(s) happen... and you're not risking damaging an otherwise good bike that are getting harder and harder to come by... Not to mention that with the suspension/drum brakes, etc, this might not be a great first bike... Of course that again is a personal opinion thing....

Now, the scrambler thing has been at the forefront of my interest of late so I'm definitely feeling that idea. I just don't know enough about this particular model to know how the conversion would go. I'd be more likely to look for a CL if I wanted to do up a scrambler. Of course this one may be easy enough to convert, that's your call.

I guess given your choices and this particular bike I'd probably go with Cafe, but ultimately your idea about drinking until inspiration hits is probably the best overall plan...

Have fun, take plenty of pics and do a good build thread...

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Old 04-10-2012, 11:46 AM   #6
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Nice lookin' 360!

I rode one for years... commuted to work, to college, rode on dirt roads, logging roads, even toured on it... Yours already looks cafe... doesn't need much (maybe handlebars?). I think one could meld the cafe and scrambler styling qualities quite nicely... use dual purpose tires, put a supertrapp spark arrestor on the pipe... good to go! The suspension and power band preclude heavy duty dirt use but all in all, it will be a versatile bike. If you want to put more into it, get good shocks.
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I had to vote "sell it to a friend as a first bike."
Such good bikes to start off on. I started on a 360T myself, and why not bring another petrol head into this world!

Any of the above routes, aside from cafe, is a cool option to me though.
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:54 PM   #8
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paging AdamMTB to the white courtesy phone (sorry it wasn't the Bandit 1300, I am saving that one for you)



oh yeah and here is one I saw in the most recent issue of Overland Journal which was the first scrambler style bike with a low pipe that I really liked and seeing the CT I bought made me think of it.

there are more photos at the link above but here is one

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Old 04-11-2012, 04:32 AM   #9
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Not crazy about the bike in stock form personally... I do like original classic bikes in certain cases but just not feeling it with this one....
Agreed, this bike is cool because it is stock but the stock form isn't particularly inspiring to me.

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I would recommend a good, cheap, used dualsport for a friends first bike.
That has been the top recommendation from the group of us who ride who know the fiend who wants a first bike. One trouble with that plan is that he is pretty short and would definitely need to lower a D/S as a first bike Best of all he takes his MSF course this weekend, after that we'll try to get him to try out a range of stuff to see what feels right to him

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I'd be more likely to look for a CL if I wanted to do up a scrambler.
I had this one a few years ago in cali, I liked it but this 360 was so fun on the initial couple rides that I fell in love.



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Of course this one may be easy enough to convert.
Have fun, take plenty of pics and do a good build thread...
the project is at least half the fun, I might even try to put together parts to be able to do both Cafe and Scrambler with an afternoon of swapping parts.

The only part of the plan that is fixed at this point is plenty of photos

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Yours already looks cafe... doesn't need much (maybe handlebars?).
the bike came with an extra set of bars that will be perfect for a cafe set up

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use dual purpose tires, put a supertrapp spark arrestor on the pipe... good to go! The suspension and power band preclude heavy duty dirt use but all in all, it will be a versatile bike.
That is kind of how I am leaning at the moment. as for heavy dirt use it is parked next to these so really the CL won't get much more than a moderate fire road run



I'm off to DMV, wish me luck
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:23 PM   #10
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So yesterday I needed to either get drunk or ride "it" out. I had to go to a meeting later in the day so ride it was. I took the little CT out and while I did have to apologize to her when I got home, the ride was just what I needed.

With Alex Clare's "too close" pounding in my ears I probably pissed off more than a few neighborhoods with the completely unmuffled backfires under engine braking but the little geisha spoke to me. So...

FYYFF's and poll results be damned, the first mods to this newest member of the harem will be cafe-ish

the next few days off work will see things started.
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The metamorphosis begins

I recently moved and the shop photo above is my old place, now I can walk to work but the new garage/shop is much smaller. So before work could begin in earnest I had to get the shop set up.



While doing that I shot a quick message to a fellow inmate to see if he wanted to help with the project. He swung by and we got right into it. First we checked out the shape of things where they were at the start.



We started to check things out and played around with another set of bars that the previous owner passed on with the bike to see if we liked the lines. The headlight was cracked open and the first order of business was to get the new aftermarket blinkers off.



The switch wiring on this bike runs though the bars so we had some labeling to do and then be old bars could come off.





Then the new (used) bars had to be drilled for the wiring at the new flipped orientation.





Once all the holes were made and the edges beveled it was time to start threading the wires.





Then it was time to see how the new bars looked





The new bars need to be cut about and inch narrower on each side but rather than chopping away with a hacksaw we decided to wait for the next time we were working on it to use Steven's pipe cutter which will be neater. He was out of time for the day so he headed out and I moved back a bit to pull the side covers and air boxes off to see what it would take to open up that space and tuck things up under the new seat.




That's the end of the work for today and a bit of a teaser of things to come.

Oh yeah, and for those of you that voted to keep it stock as stated previously I won't be doing any mods that can't be reversed so here is the pile of stuff to save so far:
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Some questions for the collective wisdom:

How small a battery can I get away with for a kick start only bike? I want to hide it in a new tail cowl

what do you think I should put on in place of the air boxes? stacks, cone filters, foam filters, flat metal filters, nothing? time to weigh in again.
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:18 PM   #13
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It bears mentioning that I am enough of a sucker for unrestored vintage stuff that if I do mods the original parts will come off and go in a box and I'm not likely to do anything irreversible.

So weigh in you FF or I'll be forced to drink until I find inspiration
phew. Too many people are all like "LOL SAWZALL" and ruin a perfectly lovely UJM for no reason.

anyway, can i have your taillight cover?
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anyway, can i have your taillight cover?
as best I can figure giving away parts would fall under "irreversible modifications"

I am thinking about these in place of the airbox,

I also like the idea of a simple disk filter that would leave that area even more open if I relocate the battery, but haven't found anything suitable yet.

Speaking of the battery anyone know how small I can go on an old bike like this if I don't have blinkers or a starter?
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Pulled some more stuff off yesterday



and found a loose throttle cable mount on the carb so it had to come off



you can see how stripped out the screw head was, and someone had cross threaded it. So I chased the threads and used a bit of loctite.

I found that as I was working on rerouting the throttle cable but now the bars are all the way on.

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