The Basta**D, geez another bonneville?

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by 9thhope, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. 9thhope

    9thhope n00b

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    Hey are you guys sick of cafe builds yet? because I got this awesome cafe project.

    This is how the bike currently stands.

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    I have named it, The Bastard. Mostly because it only gets take off parts from this bike

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    The history of the bastard.

    I was bored at work and started browsing craigslist (the start of many projects) and I came across a listing of a peculiar Bonneville for sale. It had a different look, being that it only have one wheel. The price was right, and I already had a gsxr front end from another project laying around. I knew I can turn this one around pretty fast. I met the guy in santa monica, and true to form, the guy had the Bonneville in the back of his van. I asked if he could start it so I can hear the motor. He turned it over and it started right away, I signed the papers and the guy was nice enough to drop off the bike for me at my garage. This is pretty much how it looked ( I had cleaned it up a bit)

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    if you squint closely, you can see that there is another black Bonneville behind The Bastard, also missing the front end (yes i have problems). That one was a salvaged bike I had bought earlier for spare parts. I was in the process of trying to restore it until I found some frame damage and decided just to part it out.

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    this is me taking up all the space in our communal garage that I share with some of my friends. The bastard is on the front. The salvage bike is in the back. At this point the bastard still had a clean title if you can believe it. Also pictured is a cb360 that I had picked up for 500 bucks. I'm planning turning that into a electric bike, but that's for later.

    more to come after a quick nap
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    Please don't destroy a CB360.
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  3. 9thhope

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    It would be more akin to a unwanted resuscitation at this point :oscarpictures do it too much justice, it is VERY rough

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    back to The Bastard

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    I used to ride a sv650 and the GSXR forks were the go to swap. A little googling and I found out that it was possible for the bonneville also. All that was required was pressing out the bearings from the stem and steering neck and replacing with the correct ID. I also drilled new steering stops to the bottom triple clamp to accommodate the smaller triumph nub thingy.

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    here it is almost road worthy with a junk front wheel. I also had a set of sw-motech crash bars and rizoma handle bars and mirrors that came off the white bike that I threw on.

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    ordered a functional wheel and some new brake rotors so the front end would stop vibrating. Had it powdercoated a crazy color because whynot?

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    everything on, pictured with a cbr f3 wheel in the back sporting a 180 rear tire. I broke my bulky stock taillight so I replaced it with a British Customs unit. Bike rides really well at this point.

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    out for a ride with my friend who bought my old sv650. See the resemblance in the front end :D
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  4. 9thhope

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    Getting closer to being caught up.

    Shortly after I had some work done at the shop, a lady pulled out on front of me and caused me to drop the bike. Luckily it was relatively low speed and the engine guards handled the drop really well. I attributed this to my lack of decibels and promptly purchased a weslake 2-1 exhaust from australia. This is basically the same unit as a british customs 2-1 exhaust with out the british customs tax.

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    I also have been looking at too many 80s bikes on craigslist and really started to like the square headlight look. So I purchased a 7x5 LED unit on ebay and mounted it up with a makeshift bucket. Also the CBR f3 rear wheel had a failed bearing due to improper spacer clearance, I may try to attempt this again later, the down side to the cbr swap is that the wheel ends up being offset to the left side a little bit to clear the chain. Swapped in a 17x6 wheel that I had in the meanwhile, with a 190 rear tire.

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    The beam is way brighter to say the least. Also with the new exhaust, the bike now looks and sounds business.


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    I also started acquiring tidbits to get the bike more road trip friendly. Here it is outfitted with a MRA shield and some new foot pegs.

    So up to this point, I made all my decisions based on the bikes clean title status. Even tho it was crashed, when I bought the bike it had a clean title. However I just found out that the bike was indeed salvaged out by the previous owners insurance company and they were just slow to update the status until 4-5 months of me owning and riding it. This didn't come as a total surprise to me, after all, I did buy a crashed bike from a shady guy on craigslist out of the back of a shadier van. The price I paid for the bike was cheap, and the frame and engine is still good, so I think I am still in pretty good shape. So now we're up to date with the bike being salvaged. I've been trying to figure out a direction to go with this thing.

    And thats when I stumbled across this magical thread,

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...modifications-triumph-bonneville-t100.240251/

    So here I am. I'll be posting updates of the black bike here as I go along. Hopefully it'll turn out into something cool, and not just something different. I've ridden for 10+ years but have never done any kind of long distance trips or dirt riding so this will be interesting if not the least. :D
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  5. Pezz_gs

    Pezz_gs Cant ride for crap

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    Nice and understated @9thhope :thumb

    So can you still ride it as a salvaged title?

    Down under here if they are 'written off' its kinda permanent so the Chassis VIN is dead in the system. I did hear of one fellow who got his frame engineered after he had a small bracket welded onto the frame and it cleared the title.

    Have you thought about having a second swingarm extended 100mm. some longer rear shocks, and a nice longer front end and maybe some knobbies :D

    Buts that the sort of stuff I do to old and unwanted bikes :lol3
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  6. 9thhope

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    Thanks! The salvage thing is different from state to state here, but in Cali you can rebuild and fix it and get it back on the road. It has to go through a brake and lights inspection and they have to check the vin number but thats about it. I'm actually going under this process right now, once it passes the title will denote salvage or rebuilt, and I think it'll make it harder to sell. Have to finally put some blinkers on it now :lol3.

    I've read about the extended swing arm on other threads. Do a increased wheel base help a lot in terms of dirt riding? I have a few swingarms laying around but not sure if I want to do major surgery to them. As for the forks, the bike sits way too low right now. But since I'm now setup for suzuki front ends, I was thinking of throwing a Vstrom DL650 front on it. It'll come with a nice 19inch front rim also that I can throw knobbies on.
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  7. Pezz_gs

    Pezz_gs Cant ride for crap

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    Longer swingarms make them more stable on the dirt, can make steering a little slower on the black top.

    On the CB400/4 I made into an XR460/4 it handled surprisingly well :-)
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  8. 9thhope

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    small update

    I just passed the brake and lights inspection and did the VIN verification at the DMV. I have to go back and surrender my current plates and the bike will then be legally allowed back on the roads!

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    Note the giant turn signals, DOT approval matters in this case. I couldn't pass the lights inspection with my LED turn signals and brake lights, so up goes the stock stuff. Ironically the crazy LED headlamp is actually DOT approved.

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    Also the clutch started to slip after I had the bike rejetted for the 2-1 exhaust. Most people just replace the springs, but I figured at 40k miles already its probably not a bad idea to get a new clutch altogether. Also ordered a TTP safe start to mitigate the starter boss failures that sometimes happen to these bikes.

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    Norman Hyde racks compatible with some GIVI hard panniers

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    PSR roll n click levers, I'm holding off on putthing these on because I may be getting rid of the GSXR front end for something longer.
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  9. Cereal KLR

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    Just did the clutch last month on my bit of everything Truxton. Simply lean it over and didn`t even spill the oil lol. IMG_0087.jpg
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  10. 9thhope

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    is that all you need to lean it? I might still be on the stock gasket so probably will have to drain the oil first. nice bike btw, did you shave the passenger pegs?
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  11. Cereal KLR

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    Hard to tell in the picture but it doesn't take much angle to keep oil in sump. Do yourself a favor and buy the side cover gasket before disassembly. It will not come off in one piece. Yes I cut off the rear peg and muffler mounts that were just hanging mid air after switching to Arrow knock off 2-1. I bought mine much like your donor with front end torn off. I had a Triumph 1200 trophy with dead motor in garage so swapped on that front end. It is four inches taller so I could then run 14" Progressives on the rear. Lots of travel now and can go anywhere.
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  12. 9thhope

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    broke open the clutch cover last night to install a new clutch. Its been slipping at highway speeds pretty consistently. Figures that at 40k miles its probably due for a new one. One I popped open the cover, found out that I needed a special tool to remove the carrier. =( At least I managed to install the TTP safestart, and its going to have plenty of curing time.

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  13. Cereal KLR

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    If you are gentle ,use of an air tool will remove the basket. Do not, not even a little, pry on the spring supports. You can reinstall the basket and plates/steels without the triumph tool but needs patience.
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  14. 9thhope

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    I do have an impact wrench but have a history of accidentally breaking important things
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