::: PROJECT : Honda CX650 Café Racer in Vietnam

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

  1. Iron_HawK

    Iron_HawK Farkle Enthusiast

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    Awesome build man! Great metal work. I love the looks of the single headlight! I wouldn't go with duals, but that's just my opinion. Keep the pictures coming (non HDR) :rofl
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  2. VietHorse

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    Thank you very much.
    We did the leveling of the bike quite hard, as I have changed the rear shocks twice, changed the front forks as well.


    Thank you. Now I stick with the single headlight, original one. But I will paint the headlight cup to black instead of chrome. That makes the headlight looks not too big to the bike.

    I will have the blended photos of the bike until the painting job done. I don't like the rusty color. :lol3.
    There will be just a few more blended.... Believe me. :freaky
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  3. VietHorse

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    A bit more for this weekend, before dis-assembly for painting...

    Rear view to the bottom of the seat:
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    Engine:
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    Side view:
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    Rear mudguard need to extend a bit to both side:
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    Well, waiting for the colors...
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  4. davesupreme

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    excellent looking work!..... i like the small single headlight, but i liked the dual buell ones better.... i was looking for some of those buell lights, but.... $$$$
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  5. VietHorse

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    Hhaha, you are right. My project is also facing with budget issue. :deal. It's good that I can keep quite numbers of stock parts :cry to save some cents.
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  6. VietHorse

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    Ok ok,.... Now it's the time of disassemble all the parts and ready for painting. Heart keeps tumbling.

    First is the the chassis:
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    This area is the most important one as well as the triple tree area.
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    Minimum job to the rear wheel, just get it clean:
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    The rear shock riser:
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    Close up:
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    And here's how we get it clear from water clogging:
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    This is also required minimum job:
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    This radiator sucks. Well, just get it refurbished to save some cost:
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    Front dual-disc and the shim plates - need to blast and repaint:
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  7. VietHorse

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    Some more stuff are ready for the paint job:

    Gas tank, view from bottom:
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    Battery housing, it would be underneath the engine:
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    This 's to secure the number plate:
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    You are looking at the seat and the seat hump. Those are removable type with some bolts underneath. The bike will have a different look with another seat:
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    The exhaust cans, will be painted matte black:
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    ...
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  8. Tracks1

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    Do you have fuel tank right to left crossflow?
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  9. VietHorse

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    No. I don't make that. The lowest level which the gas can freely flow between both side of the tank is the place near the seat. There is always some amount of gas which never been flown to ensure no debris to the carbs (even though My amount is quite significant :D)
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  10. VietHorse

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    Ok guys, the frame has been painted, so for some others:
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    The yellow spring of monoshock has been painted red to match with the front (Brembo) calipers. :lol3

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    How does the front end look?

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  11. Tracks1

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    Looks A+:clap:clap:clap
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  12. VietHorse

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    Oh, that's all!??? [​IMG]
    Expecting for some more... [​IMG]

    See the front view:
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    And a little side view:
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    Not too bad ass:
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    Gas tank is Adventure/Touring type. Coz it 's almost double capacity of a VFR gas tank! LOL....
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    Feel the look [​IMG] :
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    ..........
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  13. Tracks1

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    Have you taken it on a test ride?
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  14. blaine.hale

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    You've made yourself a drop dead gorgeous poor man's moto guzzi. I loooove it!
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  15. Iron_HawK

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    Awesome final product! Anxious to see some pictures of it in action!
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  16. VietHorse

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    Unfortunately Yes. And it made me crazy as I have too little time to test and have no time to ride until now, since riding her home for 5 days! Damn!!
    The riding feeling was great, I would confident say so. At first, quite strange as the two piston strike to two sides and make the bike a bit vibration. But then when I pull the throttle some more, bike came stable and.... damn, really happy.
    I have taken the bike on the city road for around 5miles home. Not too speedy as street was quite crowded.
    Bike handling was great. It's pretty light and easy to take it over the corner. Also the seat is quite low, the bike COG itself is also low, so that give me much more confident while cornering than the original bike.
    Front upside down forks was great. I can feel it. But the rear monoshock, I did not have a chance to feel how it performs as there wasn't bumpy road.
    Ah, front dual-disc brake functioned very well. Rear brake consider just for fun. :D.
    Damn, just want to ride the bike out now, right away, even though it's now midnight here in Vietnam! :lol3 :lol3 :lol3


    Thank you. Guzzi is lovely also. But I love my bike more, and really like your comment! :freaky

    Hopefully I can take the bike out for a ride this weekend, time and weather depending. :deal
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  17. IDRider

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    WOW!! I think that your project looks fantastic. Love the style, the lines, and the color scheme. I hope you have many happy memories on the bike. :clap

    Well done!
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  18. morena67

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    -Congrats...!!! :clap
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  19. JackJack

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    That looks sweet. I love the orange color and the tank shape is sexy. Great job!
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  20. Manos

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    Thumbs up mate:thumbup, very good work!!!
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