::: PROJECT : Honda CX650 Café Racer in Vietnam

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by VietHorse, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. VietHorse

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    Following with previous posts, bike leveling almost done, front forks already fixed, rear monoshock also fitted with some dummy braces and plates.
    Last week, they was struggling with the gas tank. It 's quite a hard job due to my difficult requirement.
    However, today, they have done almost 2/3 of the tank job:

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    Right side view:

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    Left side view:

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    And the tank bottom would be done by next couples of day, then the tank cap and nozzle:

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    Front mud guard has been done:

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    Chopped of the rear frame to make a new rear frame - idea of a sport bike rear frame:

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    Those two diagonal braces toward the rear will be chopped off:

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    I have a try to get the right place of foot pegs, gear and brake pedals:

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    The gas tank supposed to be slopped to the front a bit more:

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    That's it for the bike for now. Next two weeks would be very productive weeks for the bike...
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  2. Manos

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    Very nice!
    Keep up the good work

    M.
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  3. killfile

    killfile 49/50

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    I've been following this thread since you started. Love the progress.

    I'm writing up the story of a CX500 build I worked on with sculptor Nemo Gould over in Some Assembly Required:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=856827

    Can't wait to see how your rear suspension ends up being finalized.
    Have fun!
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  4. Prmurat

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    Amazing what an artist can do with what was mainly a London courier bike!! Congrats!!!
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  5. VietHorse

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    Thanks.

    Thanks for your link. I have visited and found that you have really amazing aluminum tecnic. Your gas tank looks very creative. Unlike mine, I have copied from Ducati. :cry :evil


    Is it?! Never herad that the CX was London courier bike. Can't find a photo on net about that as well.
    There are a lot of better CX has been transformed here and there, I don't really know how is mine would be when all done. :evil
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  6. VietHorse

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    Ok, I know that the bike has been there for too long... Well, as I spent too much time out of the place so could not give the guys requests and supervision. Whatever, things gotta move.

    The rear monoshock, yeah, the most difficult part has been done, like this:
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    Holes are made on the steel plates to make it looks lighter:
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    How it looks?
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    The seat with seat hump is also made:
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    The bike now has the Ducati look :D :
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  7. Pablo83

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    The sheet metal fabrication looks great. Can we get some pics without the digital work done on them? What's the rear shock wrapped in?
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  8. VietHorse

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    Thanks.
    What you meant by "pics without the digital work on them"?
    Do you meant the original photos which are not color blended? Doh, took pix by cell phone, looks suck!
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  9. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    Yes, I would like to see what the bike would look like in person.
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  10. VietHorse

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    Well, with all of my respect:

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    Hope you are happy with those.
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  11. 408Fairmont

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    Sweet project! Its come a long way man, great job.
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  12. VietHorse

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    Thank you Sir,
    The progress 's still going on....

    Let me make a trial to see how's riding posture should be:
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    Obviously the foot pegs should be lowered. And the gear and brake pedals would be pulled backward around 15" or so.

    The guys are doing the job of making the exhausts:
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    They said my requests are so complicated - but hell, they can do them all... :clap :freaky
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  13. Pablo83

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    Awesome! Thanks for the pics. Is the bottom of the gas tank finished?
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  14. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Looking good, if it was mine I'd do something about the rad shroud... it just doesn't fit the theme.
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  15. Manos

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    The stance looks pretty good, if a little tilted backwards. How does it feel to you?
    Personally, I'd raise it a little at the rear, but gotta say it looks very good as is too!!!
    15'' would be waaaaay too far back methinks. You'd be practically lying on the bike - dragster like...

    Those cans look beautiful! What material are they made of? How much did they cost? Do they export?

    Keep it up :clap:clap:clap!!!
    M.
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  16. motocopter

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    The transformation is coming along nicely! :thumb

    After you start riding, I'd highly recommend frequent inspections of the security of the rear shock bracket welded to the swingarm.
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  17. VietHorse

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    Hmm... Sorry, I don't understand. My bad English...

    It's ok to me though. And further more, my rear monoshock still have some room for adjustment if I want the rear to be raised up a bit. Thanks for your reminder.

    Well, my bad estimation - exactly the distance I have moved the gear lever backward 10" - to the position just under my feet as shown in the photo.

    The body cans are made from galvanized steel, and the rear caps they are lathed from solid aluminum.
    Cost for a pair like mine around $300. They don't ship outside Vietnam.

    Thanks. Hope I could do frequent MPI :freaky
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  18. VietHorse

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    Ok guys, let's continue with the customized exhaust cans.
    There were two extension tubes have been added to connect from the headers to the cans, yeah, slip-on type.

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    Here's how the cans fit to the bike:
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  19. VietHorse

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    Well, let see what I could do with the front part of the bike.
    Ok, keep the ODOmeter and Tachnometer. I really love the idea to keep those, as it shows the bike's real ODO itself.

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    Just keep the neutral light, replace the ignition lock by a smaller one:

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    And just keep the original headlight, less thinking for the time being for the headlight configuration. Not too bad:
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  20. Geek

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    I love the lines of the tank and then the matching rear lines of the seat cowl.
    Outstanding work! :freaky

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