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Old 11-27-2012, 07:20 AM   #5686
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:47 AM   #5687
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Why would we hate?...
Obviously you never followed one in the rain. Your visor would get splattered with 2-stroke residue, turn opaque, and wiping it made it worse - that's if you were still capable of breathing.

But that's not why we hated them, it was because a properly tuned one was very hard to get past. :)

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Old 11-27-2012, 07:52 AM   #5688
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... Haven't worked on it in over a year now, and it's number 2 on my bike project list. Here's the one I need to finish first:


...snip...

I don't think I'd classify that one as a cafe racer but judging by some of the other bikes here, I think I'm safe posting it.
I finally got my 160 Monza Jr on the road last year, just in time for the vintage festival at Barber. The details are covered in my build thread. I still don't think a 160cc bike can make much of a cafe racer, but I think it has a certain attitude anyway. And if it inspires just one person to do more to their CBwhatever "cafe" project than ditch the fenders, hack the back of the frame off, and paint it flat black, then maybe it's done some good...







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Now I need to get back to work on it's big brother...
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:39 AM   #5689
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That seat is genius. Very nice rebuild.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:10 AM   #5690
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that is verry sweet I like it!
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:46 PM   #5691
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I like that seat too. I've been trying to figure out what to do with the seat on my 66 YL1 rebuild. I think I now have the answer.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:00 PM   #5692
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Thanks for the comments. I have to laugh about the seat though. It is the one thing on the bike I did and then thought "holy crap, I really screwed the pooch on that..." If my toy fund had been healthier when I got it back from the upholstery guy, it would have been torn down and redone before it ever got used. The good news is it's surprisingly comfortable.

It looks better on the completed bike than I thought it would, but if I had it to do over again I wouldn't have made the bump so massive. The trim strip helped but I still think the seat kind of overwhelms the bike.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:41 AM   #5693
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Following posts 4974 and 4979, the final version!
That sure is a cool bike Arkwright2007, Well done indeed.
I also have a 2007 GS., And I have recently acquired an R75/6, needs a bit of tidying-up, can't wait to get it sorted.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:17 AM   #5694
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Thanks for the comments. I have to laugh about the seat though. It is the one thing on the bike I did and then thought "holy crap, I really screwed the pooch on that..." If my toy fund had been healthier when I got it back from the upholstery guy, it would have been torn down and redone before it ever got used. The good news is it's surprisingly comfortable.

It looks better on the completed bike than I thought it would, but if I had it to do over again I wouldn't have made the bump so massive. The trim strip helped but I still think the seat kind of overwhelms the bike.
I think it looks fine. Yes, maybe it's a little bigger than visually "optimal", but to my eye, that just gives it a little extra character. It's no where near being obtrusive or unappealing. Nice job.

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Old 12-05-2012, 09:59 PM   #5695
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Yeah, I know... it doesn't "qualify"... But I would like some suggestions on the tank. Its obviously way to tall, so I am going to knock an inch of the top and almost two off the bottom, shown in the last pic.









The seat will be cut way down and a bump put on the back. Planning on trying to make the first one out of cold rolled, but I would like to make one out of aluminum eventually with radiused edges. Got a sheet of al. to mess around with but that'll probably come much later. It's ugly.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:35 AM   #5696
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Yeah, I know... it doesn't "qualify"... But I would like some suggestions on the tank. Its obviously way to tall, so I am going to knock an inch of the top and almost two off the bottom, shown in the last pic.










The seat will be cut way down and a bump put on the back. Planning on trying to make the first one out of cold rolled, but I would like to make one out of aluminum eventually with radiused edges. Got a sheet of al. to mess around with but that'll probably come much later. It's ugly.









Smoother, slimmer, more organic. Lots of little italian bikes with and without laydown motors had beautiful tanks.
You could also google 50cc-125cc Yamaha racers to keep it in the family.

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:27 PM   #5697
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You want round.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:13 PM   #5698
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Sorry, I don't (can't... ) do round... Working on making a set of radius fingers for my brake though to at least get a few curves in it.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:32 PM   #5699
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modify an available tank unless you're going for the industrial urban thing
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:30 PM   #5700
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Saw this at a memorial service today, think its been in here before but it is beautiful especially in person!
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