::: PROJECT : Honda CX650 Café Racer in Vietnam

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

  1. duckman

    duckman co conspirator

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    well done, very nice job.honda should build this bike instead of a retro cb750. i'd buy it.
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  2. Grouik

    Grouik Bike & Beer

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    I LOVE it as well, great job
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  3. VietHorse

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    Thank you very much.

    If Honda does, the price must be crazy HIGH.... :lol3 :lol3 :lol3
    Thank you for the nice words, guys,
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  4. VietHorse

    VietHorse Long timer

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    I am sure you guys like to see some more pix:

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    Not a big ass, but it's bad ass: :lol3

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    Do you see the return coolant reservoir??

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    Me and the bike after a short test ride:

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    Sorry for my little proud :freaky:

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  5. /dev/null

    /dev/null Been here awhile

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    Beautiful, nice work!
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  6. RAGBrian

    RAGBrian jonesing for a ride

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    Very nice build... From a fellow CX owner!

    Can't see it clearly but is the overflow tank next to the right side of the radiator? Good place for it. I also like the color scheme overall.

    My bike also has the side to side vibration @ idle. It also gets smoother at higher revolutions.

    phat fingered on my smarty pants phone with Tapatalk
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  7. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    Beautiful result, Mr Horse!:clap
    You have both my compliments and envy.
    Maybe a set of these on the tank?

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    or

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  8. VietHorse

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    Thank you.

    You are right. That's it. It is just a straight tube along side of the radiator. For looking, it's great location for the tube. But talking about performance, I think it is not quite good. You know what, because it is very near to the engine and the radiator, so the overflow tube is also quite hot.

    Thank you and sorry for making you envy.
    I was thinking of those signs since started designing the bike. However, now I am more on the choice that make the bike as simple as possible. Some days ago, I was thinking of putting two black line strips at the middle of the bike, from the tank to the rear hump.
    What you you think about that? I just put the black decal on.
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  9. VietHorse

    VietHorse Long timer

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    Rod this cafe racer to to work two days ago. Total for that day around 50km or so.

    Really happy that the bike performance was great.
    There are some issues discovered along the trip.

    1. Rear monoshock is quite hard. City travel should be fine, but for a long and continuous distance (let' say around 100miles or more). And of course it 's not a good idea for riding on bumpy roads. It may be because of the thin seat as well.

    2. First 10km I got the overflow of coolant. You can imagine traveling in city with max speed is 10-15mph with several stops at traffic lights... Ok, that may be an excuse. But I need to take it more serious with the bike itself.
    There are some suspected causes:
    - The radiator aluminum fins: it's damaged too much, and the air flow of the cooler fan somehow blocked.
    - The returning coolant reservoir (tube) design: It may be smaller than the original so it is easy to be overflown. Besides, I made it next to the radiator, and beside the engine, so that reservoir (tube) may be as hot as the coolant in radiator.
    I have stopped for a while to get it cooler before rolling again. I have checked the coolant level and found that they are okay in both areas. Lucky me, there was no overflow again for the rest of the day.
    For sure I will get this repaired.

    3. One of front fork has oil leak. It's minor but need to be considered. I found that the fork tube has a little scratch. I noticed that after cleaning the forks, but I did not think it would leak. Don't know how difficult for getting a replacement tube.
    Just did a search on Ebay, there is a right FZR1000 front forks is on sale for $100. Just a reference first, then I will take my time to search locally to see if I can find one here.

    4. The gears lever is a bit stiff. My left shoes, damn, that's my working shoes, not the riding shoes, it damaged a bit because of the gears lever.
    If you know this bike, you may know the different design of the gears transmission, that 's funny design.
    Thinking of making a longer lever with rubber covered.

    Other than that, all good.

    Should I expect more for a bike which is almost new designed. LOL...
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  10. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Nice lines, looks great. :clap
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  11. VietHorse

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    Thank you.
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    Today, I took the radiator off, to fix the issue #2 mentioned above.
    Yeah, it looks like this when the bike haven't painted yet. Really bad isn't it?

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    Brought to the mech shop where they are professional of repairing Cars' radiator and cooler system.
    They could replace the whole internal stuff of the radiator, just keep the external frame to fit with the bike/car as it should.
    They have all the brand new fins and tubes etc... just cut them in shape, and weld them into the frame. They can even make the radiator for the modern bikes, i.e. Ducati with curvy shape.
    The mechanic looked at my radiator and say "Damn, it still looks pretty good. You don't need to change the internal stuff, let me take care of the fins for you. Come back this time tomorrow."
    We talked about price. He said that if I replace with the new internal, it cost me almost $100. If not, just get them repair the fins, disassemble the frame and flush all the debris inside, then it's around $15.
    Well, see what I got today:

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    Close up:
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    And here, I can see the sky thru the fins:
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    That worth it for a try, rather than replace with the new radiator or even with new internal parts.

    Just a little repaint the frame after they disassemble for flushing:
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    Reinstated, fulfill the coolant, started the bike. I can feel the wind from the fan thru radiator, unlike before.
    Let the bike running idle about 20minsAll fine. No chance for a test ride out. Should be fine, I believe.

    :freaky
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  12. VietHorse

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    Rode to work today. 15km without any issue. Way coooool..... :rofl
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  13. doxiedog

    doxiedog Been here awhile

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    Thats some really fine work,you have done!
    I like it a lot. :D
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  14. VietHorse

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    Thank you.
    Some updated pix:

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  15. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    very well done, sir!....
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  16. sparkymoto

    sparkymoto Learning a lot here

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    Great work VietHorse! That looks like a fun ride :thumb
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  17. VietHorse

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    Thank you Sir. It's my pleasure to make it and show up here. :D
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  18. VietHorse

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    Howdy Sparky?!
    Long time not seeing you up here. Though you have disappeared for a very big Project.
    Thank you very much for giving me ideas from your awesome BMW cafe build and especially knowledge of monoshock.
    Yeah, it's really fun ride of mine. Love it.
    So what is your next Project? :freaky
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  19. sparkymoto

    sparkymoto Learning a lot here

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    Yeah, sorry it's been a while. Working on a 360 honda at the moment and still tinkering with the T500. Finding pockets of time to wrench and create has been tough. I'm keeping an eye out for your next creation ;)
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  20. VietHorse

    VietHorse Long timer

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    wow, that's too much work. Saw quite numbers of CB360 and SuzT500 cafe racer. But I dig the T500 as the CB360 machine looks small, imo. T500 would be great looking one with the long gas tank.
    Show us!