Not sure where this belongs, a Ninja 250 and a Lambretta LD had a baby

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by ToPointsUnknown, May 14, 2013.

  1. ToPointsUnknown

    ToPointsUnknown Adventurer

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  2. Marco Moto

    Marco Moto Voyager

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    Sa-weeet!:clap
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  3. Luke

    Luke GPoET&P

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    Oh yes. Very nice.

    Any more pictures?
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  4. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Fix
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  5. pennswoodsed

    pennswoodsed lizards,bugs and me

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    I love it .
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  6. moparren

    moparren Been here awhile

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    Sweet!
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  7. flemsmith

    flemsmith lurk

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    You don't see that everyday.
    How's it perform/sound?


    roy
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  8. ToPointsUnknown

    ToPointsUnknown Adventurer

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    I've got about 500 pics from the build, I'll start posting interesting ones from the beginning of the project tomorrow
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  9. ToPointsUnknown

    ToPointsUnknown Adventurer

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    Sounds great, I'm just finishing the build so I haven't had it out for too many rides yet.
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  10. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    I've been wondering if that engine could be made to fit in a Lammie frame. A few years ago Scoot! magazine had a feature about a builder who stuffed one into a Fuji Rabbit Superflow. I need to retire early so I have time do do that myself :clap
    Awesome job :clap:clap:clap:clap
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  11. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    love it!
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  12. jantarek

    jantarek Long timer

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    OH HECK YEA!! super nice :clap


    I'm in
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  13. ToPointsUnknown

    ToPointsUnknown Adventurer

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    Why did I want to build this?

    I was deep in the throws of winter madness and needed something to do while I couldn't ride. Months earlier I was hanging out with some scooter riding friends (I've been on motorcycles only for 10+ years) that the only way I'd ride a scooter is if it had a motorcycle engine and a real gearbox. Browsing online I found a huge ebay auction for old rusty Lambretta parts not too far from me. Basically two full bikes worth of parts (some more some less) and a great way to get started. The seller had plans to come into my area that week so he dropped off everything at my front door for free, score!

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    Here are the best of the parts piled together to look kind of like a scooter
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    I then spent a week or two searching on craigslist for a suitable donor bike. I wanted to spend under $1k if I could. It didn't need to look good, just be able to run. I found a beat-to-hell-and-bike 1996 Ninja 250 one town over for much less than that. Big dents in the tank, rash on both sides, one handlebar broken, no salvageable plastics left on it; this was destined to be my bike.

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  14. ToPointsUnknown

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    So March of last year I officially started with tearing the Ninja down to the engine and frame

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    I also made sure to label the wiring harness, thank god I did!
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    One guy at the garage dropped a Triumph seat and tank on it with a note begging me to reconsider my project for a less ambitious one. It does look good but that's not the fate of this bike.
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    I did I rough layout of how the engine and wheel will fit under the Lambretta panels. Some stretching is going to have to be done.
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    Time for some chopping!
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    I ended up using that much of the frame and swingarm in the final build.
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  15. Entrepre-neer

    Entrepre-neer Ultimate Tight A$$

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    OH! Nice!

    The single curvy center tube frames are awesome in their simplicity.

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  16. ToPointsUnknown

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    Time to start the front end!

    I needed to mount the front tire so I could figure out how I'd line up the frame. The biggest issue was that the Lambretta originally had 8" wheels and I planned to use 12" wheels originally intended for a pitbike.

    http://tboltusa.com/store/piranha-aluminum-12-blackbrsuper-moto-wheel-set-p-343.html

    I had two sets of forks for the Lammy so I set about gettig a little extra length.
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    Welded a brace on
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    Chopped one set long from the bottom, the other long from the top
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    Welding them together to get about 2 extra inches of length in total
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    And mounted the front wheel!
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  17. ToPointsUnknown

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    Shorten the swingarm!

    I didn't take a ton of pics of thise but here you can see the line where I cut the swingarm to shorten it
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    And here it's welded back together, about 3 inches shorter
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    Here's a test fit of the new wheel on the swingarm, didn't have much more room to go shorter so this will have to do
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  18. ToPointsUnknown

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    Time to build the frame!

    I chopped the front off one of the frames and stuck the front wheel on it
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    Pulled the ninja guts onto the lift and started playing with alignment
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    This was the first frame I built, I ended up changing it a couple days later (see below)
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    Those braces were going to get in the way of the side panels so I put the piece of the ninja frame back on that I had cut off previously and removed the side braces.
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    I chopped up the seat area form both frames and started lining up the pieces
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    I think there's enough side panel to cover the length (hopefully)
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    Welded the pieces together to make sure the whole thing would fit together.
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    Started lining up the tail of the Lammbretta to get welded on
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    more bracing
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    little note here- I had to put that tube going up in the picture below because that's where my VIN is!
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    That's all I have time for right now, I'll be back soon to post more!
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  19. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    That is interesting. With that much modification to the frame I'd have thought you would need to have it registered as a special construction and get a new VIN.
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  20. Salsa

    Salsa Been here awhile

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    That is NOT a modification, that is a

    SAFETY IMPROVEMENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Don:clap
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