Donor for roadster/cafe/naked

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by minisoda, Sep 29, 2019.

  1. minisoda

    minisoda Been here awhile

    Jul 9, 2016
    As our riding season in Minnesota winds down over the next couple of months, I need a winter project. Love my GSA, but there are times I just want a smaller lighter bike with some retro flair for running around town.

    Would love input on a good donor bike to meet my needs. Here's what I'm thinking high level:

    - strip off fairings, plastic trim, headlight, etc
    - don't like the cafe style seats and will ride 2 up, so either build a simple custom seat or do something custom with the factory seat pan
    - low but useable handlebars (probably not clip ons)
    - remove factory exhaust to save weight and give it some bark
    - hopefully full disc brakes and ABS would be a nice to have
    - so many Japanese builds out there and I'd like to do something a little more unique like Guzzi or BMW
    - don't mind spending a couple grand on a donor bike running in relatively good shape

    Love to hear your thoughts! I did quite a bit of research on the R1100R yesterday, but that tank is kinda ugly and will become the focal point on this build. Also might be a little heavy. I find the GSA very agile and nimble... I think the right roadster build could feel even better for zipping around town!
  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

    Feb 11, 2005
    Alexandria, VA
    Meets none of your needs, but fun as hell!

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  3. minisoda

    minisoda Been here awhile

    Jul 9, 2016
    Check. Already got one and love it!
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