Lovingly restoring the worst bike I've ever ridden.

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Mullet5, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. nanno

    nanno Been here awhile

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    I admire your dedication and *err* strong will to solve problems the only way you deem them to be rectified.

    Please keep it up like that.

    Cheers,
    Greg
  2. Africa woody

    Africa woody Adventurer

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    What an awesome read, keep up the good work..
  3. beerbuzz

    beerbuzz Been here awhile

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    So what ever happened to the minsk?:ear
  4. r60man

    r60man Been here awhile

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    I spent many fine days in Junior High learning to work a lathe. That was a great class and the high point of my day for sure. You are doing great. I will keep on checking in, but I ain't sending you money. I need it for my own money pits.
  5. b1pig

    b1pig Been here awhile

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    i realize i came into this 34 pages into the game...

    as far as registration is concerned, they bike truly was "assembled" by yourself. why not look into registering it as a "kit bike" or "homebuilt"?

    that would work where I am, but have no idea if its doable there.
  6. Blu_Vue

    Blu_Vue Been here awhile

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    I commend the determination. Hang in there, you can DO IT!
  7. westerlywinds

    westerlywinds Two Wheels-Ride it

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    Hey Mullet I'm Part way through your thread.I jumped ahead to say Great stuff.Like how you talk about this machine and your rebuild.Just think how fast the next two will go as you are an EXPERT.:earDo you know the words to the song" I DID IT MY WAY". I watched and handed beer to a guy who did a body off frame up rebuild to a 1960 land rover. his daily driver. His coffee cup says 0-60 Same Day! keep writing.
  8. Kevan Garrett

    Kevan Garrett Been here awhile

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    I believe our intrepid builder is currently running around Baja on 4-wheels. This info was passed on to me while drinking our 1st few Guinness on the new year on 1/1/14 so I may have garbled some of the info. Or even all of it.

    Cheers

    Kevan
  9. Rango

    Rango Phaneropter

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    Guinness is an excellent way to start the new year. Cheers.
    :slurp
  10. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

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    The build looks fun and good to see you are slowly getting there.
    i would of cut off the f@cked headstock and welded a new one on as a new one would be from a bike all ready on the road plus be strong and less likely to brake.
  11. Bill 310

    Bill 310 Poser Emeritus

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    You realize that you are assembling likely the perfect motorcycle to be entered in the 2013 Iron Butt Rally as a participant in the Hopeless Class. :clap:clap

    The 37 MPH top speed may be a limiting factor. After a certain rider (Ed Otto ) finished the IBR on a Honda Reflex scooter minimum speed requirements were introduced .

    In 2009 2 Suzuki RE-5 motorcycles (the rotary ones) started the Rally.

    Every time I read thread like this it makes me want to find a Honda 50 Cub and restore it for my wife (Her first ride). This thread is inspiration, educational and extremely entertaining . Thank you.
  12. MotoDaveL

    MotoDaveL Been here awhile

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    epic build I just love it.
  13. CLynn85

    CLynn85 Adventurer

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    OMG how have I missed this thread?!? I've just spent [literally] hours reading this thing through and am still only 1/3 of the way there. The bit about the soda blasting had me laughing so loudly that my wife came to see what was so funny, at which point she ALSO began following the thread with interest, despite having no real interest in motorcycles whatsoever.

    Cheers to you, sir, I can't wait to see what's next! :freaky
  14. Ed_in_miami

    Ed_in_miami Cubicle Traveler

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    Same here... will keep an eye on it! :clap

  15. fahrenheit

    fahrenheit Been here awhile

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    Every time I see this thread bumped up I get excited to see if any more shennani..err...progress has been made.:D
  16. rodteague

    rodteague Enjoying the ride

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    Our intrepid OP hasn't posted since July '13. Has he met his demise on the lathe? or is he still roaming baja with a cold war compass?

    Mullet5, next telegraph office you stumble across, give it a few taps. Let us know if you still have yer thumbs; or, if we need to send an inmate or two down, to break you out of some "south of the border" jail. :lol3

    Lovin' this thread. Seriously, hope all is well; looking forward to any updates

    Regards

    Rod
  17. Mullet5

    Mullet5 Adventurer

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    July '13? Seriously? I really know how to milk a project for all its worth, don't I?

    Well, I have put in a few evenings at Motolab since then, but they have all amounted to nothing more than me making a chunk of metal slightly small using a lathe. I didn't have it in me to write about that again.

    However! A few weeks ago I spent an evening at Motolab "working on" the forks, and there were some startling/hilarious findings. I will come back soon to write a post on that. With pictures!

    Also, I received a PM from a guy in Australia who might be as financially irresponsible as I am, check this out

    Mr Westlaus, I hope you see this and post up a couple pictures of your Minsk. I would love to see an assembled one for a change. Motivation!

    I hope to get moving on the Minsk soon, I feel a real sense of duty to push this project through for the good(ish) people of ADV!
  18. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    Have you seen this photo over in the What bike do you want today thread?

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    You got possibilities on your hands.

    Looking forward to seeing what you've done lately.

    jdg
  19. Rango

    Rango Phaneropter

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    Got a sixpack ready.:happay

    Beers :slurp
  20. XR400R99

    XR400R99 Adventurer

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    What size (cc) is this Minsk, the intended market and how much $,£,€, et.

    Thanks for any information you can provide.