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Old 04-01-2008, 12:35 AM   #1
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I've always loved these:

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Now, thanks to Jockey Journalist RDub, I'm building one of my own.

Last January Rob gave me (!) a CL450 basket case that's been cluttering his garage for several years. Said clutter collected dust in our warehouse while Billdozer put the finishing touches on his El Cheapo Sporty. When that bike rolled out of our shop under its own steam, I started banging away on the CL450 immediately.

The first task was to graft Billdozer's Sporty forks onto the CL's head tube.

This was accomplished by pressing out the steer tube on the CL forks and boring the upper and lower Sporty trees to fit:

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As you can see, this process was clean and painless.

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While Bob at Temecula Motorcycle Repair did the machine work on the front end, I ground off the buddy peg brackets and other extraneous tabs and mounts to make the frame is clean as possible.

The swingarm is off a mid-'70s Honda dirt bike of undetermined lineage. It's approximately 1" too wide at the pivot, so JJ member and friend Leoj is going to help me narrow it to fit the frame.

Wes at Four Aces is helping me make this thing a runner, and he got things off to a good start by finding me a race-prepped '70's CB450 motor at a shop in the SF Valley. Said motor was $800 sans carbs and electicals; I couldn't have rebuilt the two basket cases Rob gave me for twice that.

I'll post photos of this motor and more as the project unfolds. My goal is to finish this bike in time for the Chop Meet in SoCal July 19.

In the mean time, please enjoy the fiberglass bodywork the good Mr. latimer at GP Glassworks in WY is building for me this week:

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Very trick, indeed.

Thanks in advance to Rob, Wes, Joel, Chris and everyone else who is helping me build this fun little street tracker. With any luck at all I'll come in on time and well under my $2,500 budget. See you at the races...

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Old 04-01-2008, 12:36 AM   #2
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nice " brat style " there . . .
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Is that a fiberglass tank? I need one done. Will it hold up to gas without delaminating?
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Magoo that is gonna kick ass.
I was bummed i didnt get a chance to talk to you at the swap, I was to busy giving my money away. I wanted to go back and buy the Swazi pocket knife and it was gone.
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Is that a fiberglass tank? I need one done. Will it hold up to gas without delaminating?
..good question
..on the race bikes that sit, we always drain the 108
..high octane out. .. have dug fibers out of a mikuni
that made it pass da fuel filter. coating's are possible
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I like the tires on the top bike-what are those?
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I like the tires on the top bike-what are those?
The front is a spec Goodyear 19" flattrack tire. The rear is a Carlisle universal. This is a good set up for a very loose surface.
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Magoo, Looks bad ass man!!

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Is that a fiberglass tank? I need one done. Will it hold up to gas without delaminating?
when i was running my surfboard shaping shop
i made a view out off epoxy
never had any problems !!
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What the hell is that black shit all over the front of the frame?
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I wonder if I made one from fiberglass( pretty good at this) AND did a slosh coat inside , it might hold up and not leak??
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It's Greasy McFumblefingers...
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I wonder if I made one from fiberglass( pretty good at this) AND did a slosh coat inside , it might hold up and not leak??
I had glass tanks in a lobster boat I use to own.Rigid mounted 353 Detroit for power.Plenty of vibration and never a problem w/them.
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Billdozer: I don't get it but it's funny as hell!
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The front is a spec Goodyear 19" flattrack tire. The rear is a Carlisle universal. This is a good set up for a very loose surface.
How would that work on street/highway? Like an enduro tire?
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How would that work on street/highway? Like an enduro tire?
The front isn't dot approved and it is very soft so life wouldn't really be too good but they do grip while they last on asphalt.

The rear is a dot approved universal tread.
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looks like you are off to a good start. curious as to how much hp the 450 motor will have?
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NIIICE one! Im diggin it magoo. Never noticed that those frames have got a nice little wishbone under them. this threads going in my ongoing projects folder.
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Billdozer: I don't get it but it's funny as hell!
Ah, our friend Boylecom asked what all that black shit was and my only way to describe McGoo's dirty, frenzied working style was to call him Filthy McFumblefingers since that is a clean, sand blasted frame and he's got gobs of grease smeared all over it already. Hey, it works, he does really good shit even if it's not exactly a surgery ward when he's done.
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Biltwell Chris and I got the stance more or less sorted out two days ago...

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The Sporty legs will need to be shortened 2.5-3"

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The tire squeezes between those Narrowglide sliders with about 5/8" to spare on both sides... I think the whole front end turned out really good. Just ordered a front axle from J&P Cycles (I've got to remembers to solicit JJ2 members for this kind of crap in the WTB classifieds... I could have saved a couple Lincolns.)

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Our friend Kim sets the bar for rear shocks very high on every bike he builds or owns. I'm a cheapskate when it comes to following his wake. These are MIC sport bike shocks I found from an eBay dude in France for $200 delivered. Remote nitrogen reservoirs look racy, and the eyelets and clevis will fit the frame and swingarm w/o too much drama.

On the subject of that swingarm, I found out what it is: an early '70's t/o from a CB750. It's too wide for the frame, but there's a dude in San Diego who can take an inch out of its middle and weld it back together using the swingarm pivot bushing as an alignment aide. This photo also shows the buddy peg brackets in their final removed state.

Today I'm gonna fab my headlight bracket and maybe my frame-mounted foot peg brackets. The plastics didn't arrive last week, so I'm left dicking around on other stuff.
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