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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Drif10, Sep 5, 2004.
I knew there was something familiar about those
Do your bikes have stock forks , just polished? Fork brace?
Stockish , They are progressive sprung with XL350 springs which are 1/2" or so longer than '72 XL250 forks, which are actually the same as '72 SL350 forks but different than '74 and later XL250-350 forks. They have custom billet preload adjusters made by TTR400 in South Africa for vintage racing CB750s. Those adjusters add an additional 1/2" of preload even in the fully out adjustment. So all toll the forks have about an inch of additional preload on the S&W progressive springs. They are filled with 15W Belray fork oil. The brace is a Tarozzi modular. All this together makes the front end feel completely different than stock and much more balanced with the Works Shocks in the rear which both bikes have but in that pic only the rear bike had installed at the time. The bikes handle really really well on pavement which is more what I built them for. Off road, my 250s would probably be a bit rough, but do amazingly well on potholed and patched pavement. These bikes will lean near the chicken strips in tight turns full of pits and big globs of asphalt that would take out most sport bikes. Which is pretty impressive for non-cartridge spindly 35mm forks and a twin shock steel swingarm.
We be talking later dude!
My CB350 will scare the crap out of you in those patched corners if you aren't ready for it. Of course if I lost twenty-five pounds it would help
Got any pics of the GB in your sig? That bike intrigues me except that its a thumper not a twin. They seem to fetch big dollars these days.
Yea, the CB350 is a whole order of magnitude more spindly than an XL which actually have forks just a touch more stout than CB750s of the day, remember these were offroad bikes and built to be beaten a bit. The big difference between a 750 and an XL is that the XL uses 4 bolt caps vs the 750 which uses 2 bolt caps, the rest of the fork is pretty similar, to the point that, obviously, it shares the same cap. At some point I plan on doing a 350 based Café racer out of my spare parts, with a sleeve and an XL500 piston, I'm planning on using 750 lowers which will give me enough space for the beefy CB450 Double leader hub . But for now I'm building the bike carrier:
Which follows a familiar theme, take an off road vehicle and convert it into a canyon carver :huh, honestly I don't know why I do these things.
BECAUSE IT'S FUN!!!!
I've got a 74 CB450 I'm working on in the garage now. Just dropped off the carbs to be ultra sonic cleaned and rebuilt. Seems I always have some sort of project going.
Very nice looking bike. I love a clean look.......(this from a man that just bought a KLR)
Sweet factory cafe that's a good looking bike! Love the tank with the knee spaces. If I could find one I'd graft it on the 74. Always heard they were slightly underpowered but I'll bet you could swap in a XR650L RFVC motor (or NX650) and nobody would know the difference. Here's one I rebuilt back in 09. Looks like the same motor except for the kicker. There are a number of folks like Procycle that sell block off kits for the 'smog octypus' if you ever wanted to remove it. Really cleans up the look. There was one for sale in Georgia back during the winter for seven grand. Seems they were around four new. Pretty good investment.
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I love the W650, it's a very capable retro twin. Rides like an old bike, runs like a new one.
Good'ol Fritz brings back old memories too.
Never saw a trail version of the w650. Did you mod it yourself?
By the way, nice piece of desert riding.
Oh I like your Racing Kuh
She is definatley underpowered i test ride one a couple of weeks ago in Miami to buy one ( price was ok 5500 ) but after a test ride i left its not my kind of Bike maybe for a Girl but not for me . I love my 550 and 750 Cafe Bikes they keep you grin all day long for way less Mula
The Swap sound a good idea btw !!!!!
From Yamaha Enduro Fest, here are some old rides that got some miles put on them in the Moab sun!
awesome to see all those old bikes out and being ridden like they designed to be rather than sitting in some un-ridden state! Good on ya!