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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by ganze, Apr 19, 2010.
This is a nice example
+1 For both road and dual sport frames
I'm thinking there would be a pretty large market .........
Love the 70' & 80's bikes.
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...
Granted it's late 80's bike...
My next project:
The superbike it was supposed to be?
I keep seeing this 900F that has 1100F running gear on it. He says it rides well and handles pretty decently. It's stealthy.
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.
I always liked the Honda F-bikes and had a couple examples way back.
The newer sportbikes kick ass on the track but I sure can't live with one on the street!
I suppose the current sport standards provide a good compromise.
I'm casually looking for one, with the right price. My choice would be a silver and blue 900 F (like the pic Kbasa posted). I'm also partial to the GPZ's and GS 1100/1150 series bikes.
Make me a strong chassis that will accept the stock CB bodywork, but will carry better suspension and be more rigid and I'd be up for it. If it appears "normal", so much the better.
I thought long and hard about this topic
I've got a CB750 with a bunch of new parts.
but then I got a screaming deal on a CB900SF
AKA 919 or Hornet 900
Most of the style of the old bikes, in a new easy to deal with modern package.
I'm still trying to figure out a number 19 style paint scheme.
(But I did keep the old CB just because I like these bikes so much.)
Modernized KZ1000 Mark II
Still think I'd love to find a nice cean GS1000 and buld a 17" wheeled, upside down forked, Wes Cooley Replica.
IMHO, the best bike EVER. Letting her go (for peanuts) during a cash-strapped period is literally my biggest regret EVER.
Torque for days, electric smooth. Epic bike. Most underrated bike ever.
Not my bike below, but WHEN i get another Rex, this is my inspiration.
My father owns one. 83 (I believe) Honda CB1100F. Previous owner had done a bunch of great mods. Repainted the bodywork black. Powder-coated the engine black. Put exhaust wrap on the headers. Installed a 4-1 Vance & Hines exhaust. New Sargent seat. (I would post a picture but I'm at work. )
I rode it from Tampa to Miami earlier this year and it was a great day-tripper actually. Fast, great sounding and gets a ton of compliments, especially from guys who were about 19 or 20 in 1983 and know the deal.
Yes they were sold only the one year, before Honda got into V-Fours in a big way...and have now gone full circle. A shame as Honda missed the boat IMHO and the bike could have been offered a couple years earlier in North America, as could it's 900F predecessor before it was released. We read with anticpation about the "European" 900F... but Honda was focussed on it's technical showcase CBX six cylinder here, which I expect they didn't want to compete with.
I loved the ZRX big time. I wish that I had an option of buying a new zrx, a honda cb1300s and a few other big standards that just aren't available in the U.S.
Still, there's something uniquely retro-cool about a cb1100f (or gs or z1 or ...) air cooled beast with usd forks, ohlins shocks and a 190 rear tire. On a gs forum, I found a guy who wes cooleyed up an 80 model. He went with gixxer running gear and gusseted his frame like crazy. very cool ride. I someday need to learn how to post pics.
I do know that it's a ton of work to build one of these things.