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Re: Yet another cafe bike build
« Reply #125 on: February 19, 2010, 01:44:35 am »
emulators do exist, but I'm not sure if they'll work for that specific fork tube diameter- check out the ones from Mike's XS650 site (best to just google it I don't remember the url)

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Re: Yet another cafe bike build
« Reply #126 on: February 19, 2010, 04:55:11 am »
I nominated you for BOTM, but it looks like submissions might have closed already for March.  You definitely deserve to be in the running.  If not March, maybe April?

Yeah, closed for March, but if you nominate for April, I will second.   :) :) :) 8)
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« Reply #127 on: February 19, 2010, 06:04:04 am »
http://www.mikesxs.net/products-19.html#products

there ya go there!  as long as you've 35mm forks, these will fit.  make sure to use single rate springs with these.  or you could call race tech and talk to someone for some free advice.  they really know their stuff!!

you can get some progressive shocks for a couple hundo, and those will really make the ride better. 
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« Reply #128 on: February 19, 2010, 07:06:10 am »
so even the progressive shocks are a big upgrade over stock? I wasn't sure about that that's why I asked, you can find progressive shocks just about anywhere.
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« Reply #129 on: February 19, 2010, 07:09:43 am »
hell anything will be a big upgrade over stock!  think about it, your stock shocks are what, 30 years old at least??  and they're non-rebuildable, so they're just sticky and crappy, plus they weren't that great from the start!  i've found progressives awhile back for like $200 or so, and i mean, they're new, look good and people on here have used them with good reviews.  the main thing with you being on a budget is keeping it cheap.  you probably won't notice a huge difference between a pair of IKON's and progressives, so why spend the extra money? 
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Re: Yet another cafe bike build
« Reply #130 on: February 19, 2010, 08:24:26 am »
cool then those go on the list. I will keep my eye out for a set of progressive shocks 13".
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Re: Yet another cafe bike build
« Reply #131 on: February 19, 2010, 09:06:38 am »
I'm looking to copy your electrical tray location under the seat.  What metal did you use to fab up the tray?  I just picked up remnant sheets of 14 and 16ga mild steel.  Did you end up going steel and, if so, did you weld the tray to the bike?  If not, how did you secure it?  Lemme know.

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« Reply #132 on: February 19, 2010, 11:38:32 am »
Its aluminum it is easier to form and no rust issues not to mention weight. It actually just sits in there but the seat ends up holding it down. Since the seat bolts down there is no problem with it not flying around. The nice thing to is I only had to change the wiring to the battery everything else stretched or fit fine.
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Re: Yet another cafe bike build
« Reply #133 on: February 22, 2010, 08:52:31 am »
So I believe the vibration I have been chasing is from a sloppy swing arm, seems I missed getting the plastic washer in there, now no more play but I won't be able to confirm until later when I ride it again.
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Re: Yet another cafe bike build
« Reply #134 on: February 22, 2010, 09:27:40 am »
I've been lurking...wanted to just stop in and say that I'm very impressed with your ride.  Also, to answer an earlier question, $1400 (Including the bike itself) is not only a budget build, it's a down-right penny-pinching one.  Well done.

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Re: Yet another cafe bike build
« Reply #135 on: February 22, 2010, 12:57:34 pm »
I used Progressive fork springs ($80) and Progressive rear shocks/springs (13") ($258) on my CB500 and couldn't believe the difference they made! Really compliant and actually functional now. A fork brace, steering damper and bronze swing arm bushings should give you an excellent handling and stable, at the ton, bike.

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Re: Yet another cafe bike build
« Reply #136 on: February 23, 2010, 04:38:19 pm »
I dang near blew coffee outta my nose when I saw this on CL.  For a second there, I thought someone jacked your bike and put it up for sale!

http://denver.craigslist.org/mcy/1603638359.html


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Re: Yet another cafe bike build
« Reply #137 on: February 23, 2010, 05:43:00 pm »
very close to mine.. I still like mine better but I am partial.
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« Reply #138 on: February 24, 2010, 07:04:38 am »
$5k for that cb550?  i don't think so scooter!!! 
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« Reply #139 on: February 24, 2010, 11:12:55 am »
You price high so you have some wiggle room right?  ::)
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Re: Yet another cafe bike build
« Reply #140 on: February 24, 2010, 11:17:17 am »
Yours kicks that one's butt!  I was surprised to see how much he wanted for the CB550!  Too much of Colorado's now-legal medical marijuana being consumed by that guy!

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Re: Yet another cafe bike build
« Reply #141 on: February 24, 2010, 11:38:12 am »
Yours kicks that one's butt!  I was surprised to see how much he wanted for the CB550!  Too much of Colorado's now-legal medical marijuana being consumed by that guy!

Mary Jane aside, that is certainly the issue we all have to accept with our CB builds:  We're never gonna get back what we put in them, much less what they're worth (to us.)

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« Reply #142 on: February 24, 2010, 01:30:15 pm »
Thats true with almost all vehicles though custom or not.

Although on my build I am sure I could get more then the  money have in it if I sold it, the time I have in it is another matter all together.
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Re: Yet another cafe bike build
« Reply #143 on: February 24, 2010, 06:27:59 pm »
Heh...reminds me of what people say about Linux:  "Linux is free if your time is worthless."

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« Reply #144 on: February 24, 2010, 08:27:52 pm »
my oem gasket kit came, paid $25 for it and it came with everything needed to redo the top end! As soon as I get time I am going to fix my leaking head gasket.
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Re: Yet another cafe bike build
« Reply #145 on: February 25, 2010, 05:45:25 am »
Sorry if I missed it before - where did you pick it up for that killer price?

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« Reply #146 on: February 25, 2010, 06:46:32 am »
x2!  do they have 750 kits too??   :D
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« Reply #147 on: February 25, 2010, 07:17:55 am »
off of ebay, I was wrong about them being oem though, they are manufactured by Britton Supply but they
 are made in Japan. All the gaskets seem to be of really good quality. I think the seller just had this laying around not being used.
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« Reply #148 on: February 25, 2010, 02:14:07 pm »
Finally a shot where you can see the pearl!

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Re: Yet another cafe bike build
« Reply #149 on: February 25, 2010, 08:51:51 pm »
Now That is a sick bike! Very nice work.

 

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