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Re: Flying J CB550! Second place again :(
« Reply #850 on: February 08, 2014, 01:40:15 pm »


If it makes you feel better, I doubt that bike has ever been started.

Well done!!

I've seen a video of Chris riding it.... ;D 8) ;)

Wow. I'm surprised. Most of his show bikes (Katana, Ducati, Suzuki Hayabusa Endurance Racer) have never been fired to my knowledge.

I'll admit that the TLR tracker has some trick kit on it, like most of his bikes, including all of the handcrafted aluminum. I'm not crazy about it personally, but it's still a very high end bike.

I think you'll find they have all been ridden or at least started. I looked but could only find a video of him riding the Desmosedici street tracker he built. I've seen a video of him riding the TL in the car park of his business and out onto the main road, if i find it i'll post it up... He also made the aluminum tank and seat on the TL bike, it was his first attempt at doing it himself and is probably the reason its so angular....
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Re: Flying J CB550! Second place again :(
« Reply #851 on: February 09, 2014, 05:45:44 am »
Should have posted this earlier.....any bike, or car entered in the GNRS that is to be judged has to start.  If it doesn't you don't get a sticker, and the judges just walk by.  So any of the bikes that Chris has shown have at least been started, if not ridden.
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Re: Flying J CB550! Second place again :(
« Reply #852 on: February 09, 2014, 11:07:41 am »
Well, if you've seen it with your own two eyes, then I might be inclined to agree.  I'm just saying that I have NEVER seen any of his showbikes fired and ridden.  In my opinion, the Desmo tracker was not a show bike, insomuch as it was an existing, running Desmo - crashed at the track and rebuilt (more cosmetically) as a tracker, since the original body work was damaged.  I also have not seen Chris in 1.5 years.

I've never seen the Katana (with MotoGP traction control bits not working) fired or run, his Hayabusa endurance racer or his Ducati "Silver Surfer" ever run or fired.  All of these have been to the GNRS.

If he's fired up the new TRL (Schwanz 34) street tracker, good for him.  And good for him putting that English wheel to use.  There are few people that can turn our their first attempt to hand form aluminum into a show quality bike.  It'll also save him some coin and time from having others form his metal (as with the Ducati Silver Surfer). 

The point to Flying J is that my impression is that his bike appears to be built to be ridden, and not just displayed.
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Re: Flying J CB550! Second place again :(
« Reply #853 on: February 09, 2014, 07:03:57 pm »
I know the Wes Cooley replica at least starts, as it was next to my bike at the GNRS in 2011.
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Re: Flying J CB550! Second place again :(
« Reply #854 on: February 09, 2014, 07:38:36 pm »
I know the Wes Cooley replica at least starts, as it was next to my bike at the GNRS in 2011.

Well, hey, that's news to me (if you're talking about the Katana, and NOT the GS1000, which I've ridden).  Now, if only the traction control was operational!

Don't get me wrong.  Chris makes some very trick, good-looking bikes.  He has more talent than many many other builders out there.  I think he really shines in modifying modern bikes with performance upgrades.  He also sells a great, modernized Yosh replica exhaust. 
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Re: Flying J CB550! Second place again :(
« Reply #855 on: March 28, 2014, 05:52:49 pm »
Im new to shows but i think there may be some behind the scene politics or something.
My guess is that the judges are a bunch of Harley guys who just hate sportbikes so much that they figure whatever they hate the most must be the best bike for that class.

His Katana was really awesome, but this TL is just awful in every regard.  Your bike is one of the nicest I've ever seen.

Not trying to make you sore about the results, just had to voice my opinion.  VERY glad that you had a good time. :)
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Re: Flying J CB550! Second place again :(
« Reply #856 on: March 31, 2014, 10:31:42 am »
Made a small spot in cafe racer magazine this last month.


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Re: Flying J CB550! Second place again :(
« Reply #857 on: March 31, 2014, 12:13:52 pm »
Made a small spot in cafe racer magazine this last month.

Congrats!  :D
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Re: Flying J CB550 Cafe Racer Magazine.
« Reply #858 on: March 31, 2014, 12:14:27 pm »
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Re: Flying J CB550 Cafe Racer Magazine.
« Reply #859 on: March 31, 2014, 02:34:57 pm »
Made a small spot in cafe racer magazine this last month.

Congrats!  :D

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Re: Flying J CB550 Cafe Racer Magazine.
« Reply #860 on: March 31, 2014, 04:06:03 pm »
Pretty damn cool!   8)
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"There are some things nobody needs in this world, and a bright-red, hunch-back, warp-speed 900cc cafe racer is one of them — but I want one anyway, and on some days I actually believe I need one.... Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba." Hunter S. Thompson, Song of the Sausage Creature, Cycle World, March 1995.  (http://www.latexnet.org/~csmith/sausage.html)

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Re: Flying J CB550 Cafe Racer Magazine.
« Reply #861 on: March 31, 2014, 11:35:39 pm »
Groovy, but it deserved the cover!   = ]

 

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