R100/7 Scrambler'ish bike, or Practicality wins out

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Houseoffubar, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. Houseoffubar

    Houseoffubar HoFmetalworks.com

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    Hey everyone, since I have changed direction with the modifications to my bike, I thought I should start a new thread to stop disappointing inmates looking for a Cafe Racer build. :huh
    Progress has been slow, but there has been some, and with spring on the way, I am going to make a big push to try to get her on the road soon.

    Here she is in the beginning:
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    I got this bike in a trade for this one:
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    I got this "connie" as a gift from my good friend James. This was partly repayment for helping him out on a few things, but mostly because he is a really good friend!:cry I however, am not a fan of the big Kawasaki, and always wanted an Airhead so......

    Next is to ruin my new Airhead, so I .....

    Did a little cutting:
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    Did a single shock conversion:
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    Then build up some new spoke wheels:
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  2. lemieuxmc

    lemieuxmc Banned

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    Is this a different /7 than the cafe bike, or did you just take a gigantic swerve in a new direction?

    I thought that you had done so much work already that you were past the point of no return with the concept.
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  3. Houseoffubar

    Houseoffubar HoFmetalworks.com

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    I grabbed a GSXR triple clamp, and turned down the neck to fit the upper bearings:
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    Started some frame bracing:
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    And installed the upper shock mount:
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    Then installed Suzuki Bandit 1200 forks, new bars, and mounted the new tires. Almost looks like a motorcycle now:
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    I've long been a Japanese bike guy, so when it comes to sourcing parts I usually have something laying around, like...
    Cb750 front hub, and brake rotor, Suzuki GS500E caliper, SV650 Master cylinder. Then I got some $25 Shinko "Golden Boy" tires to go with my $10 helmet! ;)
    Actually despite the crazy low price, the reviews for these tires are pretty good. I hope to concur!
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    Got some "low altitude" carburetors as well, Mikuni VM38 Roundslides:
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  4. Houseoffubar

    Houseoffubar HoFmetalworks.com

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    If your willing to get rid of lots of parts, your never too far down the road!:lol3
    Same bike, for better of worse.
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  5. cycleman2

    cycleman2 Been here awhile

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    A different change of direction, but I'm interested in seeing where it ends. You do very good work.
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  6. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ...me like...Edray will be proud :norton
    I think maybe a R90/6 tank might be in order...

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  7. adventure950

    adventure950 Anglo-Saxon

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    stunning welds and workmanship really impressed.
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  8. Houseoffubar

    Houseoffubar HoFmetalworks.com

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    Only a bit of progress, but I am on a tear! I sent my transmission out to be rebuilt, and it is estimated to be six weeks till it comes home, so this will be my deadline to get the work done, so I can plug the trans in, and ride.
    Wish me luck!?!

    My nephew give me a kick in the rear:
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    Trans out:
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    About half way done with the sub frame:
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    the new 1 7/8 lb lithium battery:
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  9. chasbmw

    chasbmw Long timer

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    great to the thinking and the workmanship that has gone into this one.
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  10. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Those wires look kind of, um, cookable. Are they fat enough to drive your starter?

    Nice work. Don't get too busy cuz I'm gonna need some 'zorst welding sometime over the summer.
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  11. Biebs

    Biebs BMW Airhead

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    Your welding work is beatiful but I see that is your business - also the fab work is beautiful I am very impressed by the monoshock design and implementation looks first class!!!:freaky


    IIt will be interesting to see how this handles / turnout but keep up the great work us non welding professional do apperciate quailty work / welds. I can only booger weld!!!!:puke1
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  12. Houseoffubar

    Houseoffubar HoFmetalworks.com

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    Thanks fellas! Yeah, the wires should be fine. The wires will be very short, and they are (I think) 4 gauge, so not too small.
    Either way, they start my van easily enough, so I'm pretty sure they can handle this old girl:lol3
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  13. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    Has that battery been tested in this application? Will it charge, etc...? Looks like a nice alternative to pricier options...
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  14. Houseoffubar

    Houseoffubar HoFmetalworks.com

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    Hey Diablo,
    I have not used this exact battery in a bike before. It has way more power than required to start a bike, or a V-8 for that matter. However, it is an experiment, to see how well it works, and charges. Many lithium batteries are being used in these applications, without any problems, but I have not seen this exact one used.
    That said, this is a very durable, and hi power battery. I don't see any issues, other than charging. It is a 14.8 volt and our bikes only charge to 14.4 ish?!?
    this seems plenty close enough to nominal that it should be just fine.
    I am buying the battery equalizer, to plug in every oil change, just to make sure the cells stay equalized ($10)
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  15. LoJack

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    Where's that popcorn?

    Oh, yeah. There it is.

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  16. knary

    knary sunshine and puppies

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    The LiPo batteries really only have one real downside. They can pop and burn. No biggie, right? :lol3
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  17. sparkymoto

    sparkymoto Learning a lot here

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    This bike is going to be so stinkin' cool. Glad to see more progress!!
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  18. bjames77

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    Looks great. Watching to see how it goes.
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  19. pennswoodsed

    pennswoodsed lizards,bugs and me

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    In ! before the lock,ban or forgetting where I left the best threads !

    Super work , wish I was as able.
    Regards,Ed
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  20. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    This really is asking for problems ... but you can bypass the voltage regulator ... at ~3,500rpm the voltage output of your stock charging system will be around 14.5 volts. At higher rpms ... it gets up there. FWIW.

    You'll probably cook other things ... but the bike *can* charge that high.

    I am NOT an electrician ... I just know what happened when my voltage regulator died, and I had a volt meter on it.
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