Rehydrating the Buffalo Project Bike

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by odbuffalo, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. odbuffalo

    odbuffalo Been here awhile

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    Well, its been awhile, slow progress but at least its still moving.

    Ive been working on cleaning up the frame, removing unwanted and non needed tabs as you can see in this photo.

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  2. odbuffalo

    odbuffalo Been here awhile

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    The frame is coming along pretty nice, I also removed the tail section where the turn signals mount. The side stand bracket was broken so I just removed the old piece. Amazing how sloppy the welds are on these old bikes, especially by todays standards, so I tried to clean some up.

    Im moving the electronics under the seat and have added a bracket for those.

    As you can see in the photo, the small round 3 X 10 inch oil tank I had custom made that will mount where the air box would go.

    Also I extended the swing arm 3 inches.

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  3. odbuffalo

    odbuffalo Been here awhile

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    Here it is with the swing arm mocked up to see how it will look. Those are billet Fox shocks off a HD. I think they look great.

    Im not going for a true Cafe look, but more attitude, low, salt flat, drag, style, kinda bike, sort thing. . .

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  4. odbuffalo

    odbuffalo Been here awhile

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    But the seat keeps getting uglier. Not sure what Im gonna do with that. Maybe just keep trimming it down like this?

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  5. killfile

    killfile 49/50

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    ooooh.. looking better in that last pic!
    love the oil tank, but is that going to be large enough?

    If you end up with a extra set of gt750 forks and triples that you don't want, let me know, I think I might have finally broken down and started considering swapping my T500 over to a GT750 front end..
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  6. odbuffalo

    odbuffalo Been here awhile

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    Thanks killfile, I will the set from the 74 (which I hear are the best years) and possibly the 72 forks, along with the a triple clamp set up from the 74.
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  7. killfile

    killfile 49/50

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    I post this in every Suzuki twostroke thread, but it appears I didn't post it here yet!

    http://www.suzuki2strokes.com/forum/index.php

    Sundial Suzuki Forums, mainly Buffalo owners, but a few Titan-peeps (like myself) and a all round good mix of people and information. They have helped me a lot over the last 10 or so years!

    Additionally, I am always a big fan of the 'open frame', so I run a speedcell battery on my CL350, tucked under the seat to remove the battery tray. I run the smaller one on the right, because I don't use a starter motor:
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  8. odbuffalo

    odbuffalo Been here awhile

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    That battery set up would be awesome and really open up that middle section. Although at that price Ill have to unload this 74 van I have.
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  9. nowhereman

    nowhereman I'm lost -don't follow me

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    something like this one?

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    Gotta love 2 stroke 750 triples, Whether they be GT750s, or H2's :D
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  10. motorcyclefanatic

    motorcyclefanatic The name says it all

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    Interested in seeing what you do with yours.
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  11. killfile

    killfile 49/50

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    I think I paid $125 or so for my smaller one. I also got the quick disconnect as my idea is to simply use this one battery on most of my vintage bikes, rather than having all my battery tenders running all the time...
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  12. odbuffalo

    odbuffalo Been here awhile

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    Thats not a bad idea if I could move it bike-to-bike, even for the larger one. Thanks Killfile.
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  13. stevegt738

    stevegt738 Adventurer

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    According to my parts book they're `77 B model forks, so the `72 sliders won't work.
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  14. One Eye Mike

    One Eye Mike Been here awhile

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    I just picked this up from a co worker for 800 bucks. It's been sitting for 20 years. The resto is in full swing. Cannot wait to see yours finished. :freaky

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  15. rskybizintrees

    rskybizintrees snorton Norton fan

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    I recently saw a pair of these and stopped to look and get a price, guy wanted a grand one was frozen and the better of the two was rough but had potential. What your doing is looking good if any of you are interested i'll see if the gent has them still, my pocket book was slim when i looked at them and my project list was long at the time. Looking forward to the progress and the sound!
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