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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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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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Looking good!

Hey, on narrowing that swing arm one inch...

An easy way to do it would be to make up a tube with bushings that will fit in your frame. The inside diameter will have a bushing or bearing to fit the bolt. Then the outside diameter will fit inside the hole that is in the swing arm.

I'd then cut the tube looking part of the swing arm from left to right about hafway down.

After that... take a pie-cut on both sides to narrow the swing arm 1/2" on each side... weld those up.

Then weld the tube in the "half shell" of the swing arm.

TIG would be best to make it look nice... but a guy could do it with a MIG.

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Got the glass from GP Glassworks yesterday. Here's how it's shaping up:

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Apparently, a velcro strip is all these dirt trackers use to mount their seat. Mods to the frame and bodywork will be minimal, and everything lines up really nice. THanks, Mr. Lasiter.

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I reduced front suspension travel 3" over the weekend so I could put my stanchions where they belong in the trees, and I cobbled up some split bar mounts from a one-piece stock H-D riser set with the disk grinder, a hacksaw and the trusty scotchbrite wheel.

That's a second prototype of the Biltwell CNC'ed alloy throttle on the stock Sporty bars... I think I'm going to talk Chris Moeller at S&M into making me some 1" dirt track bars as soon as he gets the new mandrels for his CNC bender.

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Next step: ordering custom-cut spokes for the 36-hole rear wheel from Buchanan's and lacing up the back wheel after the EDR...

More progress next week.
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I really like where you're going with that.
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halwade,

Although this is my first post, I am very active with vintage Nortons. Fiberglass tanks were standard on Norton Commandos from 1968-1972. Unfortunately, modern gas, which has ethanol added, as well as other additives, has created havoc with fiberglass tanked Nortons. These are tanks that have served well for 30 plus years but can begin melting with the first tank of modern, ethanol-laced gas. This problem seems to have become most prevalent in the last 3 years or so and ethanol seems to be the primary culprit. Although ethanol gas used to be somewhat limited in distribution, it now appears to be everywhere. The melted resin from the interior of the tank will also enter the carbs and quickly candy coat your engine internals, requiring a teardown and rebuild.

The one fix so far that seems to work is to epoxy coat the interior of the tank. Caswell sells a kit that has been working on our Norton tanks. One kit will easily do two tanks if they are ready to be coated at the same time. Proper tank preparation is a must for this to work and good instructions are given at the Caswell site. I have no connection with and no interest in Caswell, but their product is one that seems to work when properly applied. I also understand that this same issue has run amok in the fiberglass boat industry and if you are near someone that is very experienced with fiberglass boat repairs, they may be able to do the proper remedial work on a fiberglass tank.

Recently built fiberglass gas tanks may have a different formulation that isn't attacked by modern gas but I would certainly confirm this with the manufacturer first and seek a warranty that the tank will withstand regular pump gas. I have seen several beautiful and expensive paint jobs of uninformed owners ruined in the last 3 years when the uncoated tanks began melting upon the first gassing up.

Sorry for my first post to be such a downer but it makes me sick to see good tanks ruined by modern gas.

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McGoo,

Mr Weathermann is very correct as Rob has had the very same ethanol issue with a new airtech cafe tank. get with Rob as he may have some caswell epoxy left from his mess.
FYI, I was looking into those same shocks but I didn't want the external reservoirs.
Lets see that motor?
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Mr. Lasiter at GP Glassworks made no mention of the gas dilemma... I'm too deep into the body kit for this bike to turn back now, so I think I'll follow the weatherman's advice and do the caswell epoxy liner kit.

Thanks for the heads up!

Re: motor, I'm gonna have it in the shop tomorrow... maybe. More news at 11...
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like i said on the first page
when i was shaping surfboards (still do sometimes)
i was also into making epoxy gastanks
overhere in europe whe've had that issue already with the
polyester and the "modern" petrol !!

so iff you go to a surf shop ...they will be able to help you
then can vacuum the inside of the tank to make sure it sticks were it needs
and will give the inside a perfect epoxy finish

don't let them tell you strange story's about delamination of the epoxy /polyester combination ......there's no need to worry
did that also a couple of times ,and it worked out great

good luck with the build ...it's real nice !
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halwade,

Don't be bashful about calling your tank supplier and seeing what he has to say about it and ethanol gas. If he is already using an epoxy resin, your tank may be safe. If he is using a polyester resin, and/or cannot or will not speak about the ethanol issue, call Caswell next.

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I need to say that I dont like that tank. From some 60's-70's cross bike you could find much better. Rest is brilliant!

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I love this project!! lookin good so far, keep it up.
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I have not ridden my Yankee Z since 1994. Is there a way to get the epoxy to stick to a tank that was used with premix? I would sure hate to have my tank get buggered up. I was thinking about breaking it out to ride this summer.
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any colors picked out yet? this is just making me itch even more to do a street tracker. i am curious to know a total build cost when finished including all of the bells and whistles...
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What happened to this? Any more progress? I thought it was a bitcin project...
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08_08_08 progress report:

Things ground to a halt on this project over the summer, but my friend Duane Ballard have given me the hook-ups and motivation to start moving again.

First on the to-do list:

clean up the fork legs and do a little light machine work at Hippy Killer Garage. Kutty's got family biz this weekend, but I'll be going to his place next week and I'll take photos.

I may ask him to help narrow the CB750 swingarm to fit the CL450 frame, too... gotta see how money and time holds out.

Stay tuned, and thanks for the props.

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After a summer-long hiatus, I'm back on the StreetTracker project.

Sorry to RDub for the delay in returning the donor motors.

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Kutty Notebloom at Hippy Killer Garage narrowed the CB750 swingarm to fit in my '71 CL450 frame. He also trafficked the mill work needed to shoehorn that Narrowglide hub into those late-model Sporty forks. THanks, Kutty.

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I found motor mounts and hardware on eBay for the whopping sum of $11. Everything on this bike is eleven dollars: ignition covers, cam covers, throttle cables, brake cables, points, you name it...

Everything except the $389 electronic ignition, that is.

Not sure if I'm going to pull the trigger on this one. The whole bike's supposed to come in under $3,000. I think that target's going to be out the window!

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Rear view of narrowed swingarm with '75 Elsinore 250 dirt bike hub on 18-inch Excel rim. Tonight I'm going to build the arm for the backing plate on the drum brake. That should be easy enough, right?
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molto bene, signor. bravo !!!
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Holiday Street Tracker Update:

The essential ingredients of this seemingly easy build—'71 CL450, '75 Elsinore CR250 rear hub, '99 Sportster fork, '74 CB450 swingarm—all add up to one 1979 model year pain in the ass. Fortunately, I've friends in high places like Kutty Noteboom and Duane Ballard have come through for me when I needed assistance, motivation and guidance.

I have suspected since day one that the '71 CL450 steer tube might be too short for the head tube when I installed it in conjunction with the thick, forged alloy trees off Billdozer's '99 Sportster, and I was correct. To remedy this situation, I fabricated a one-piece steer tube slug/lengthener that might very well take my life when it decides to sheer off at the blistering 44 mph this roach will be capable of.

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As you can see, my lathe skills aren't the best ever. This plug started life as a piece of 1" OD cold rolled steel. After cobby machine turning, I ended up with this:

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I cut the steer tube in half, deburred and chamfered the ends and drilled both sections for rosette welds to follow.

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This is the assembly before welding…

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And this is how it will look when a real guy TIG welds it. I don't trust my shitty welding skills on something as important as the steer tube on a 400-pound death trap.
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Street Tracker Update (con'd)

When I couldn't find 11 pristine grade-8 metric bolts and matching nuts/washers to replace the rusty motor-mounting hardware on this roach, I opted to use hardened all-thread with grade-8 hardware. Someone much smarter and more experienced than me probably knows why it's a bad idea to use all thread instead of smooth-shouldered hardware for motor mounts, but since this bike will probably only be ridden about 500 miles before I sell it at a $3k loss, I'm not going to sweat it.

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When the bike reaches the cosmetic phase of development, its six motor-mounting plates will be polished and nickel plated to match the swingarm.

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Speaking of that nickel plated swingarm, it turned out glorious. Here's a detail shot of my $200 Chinese Ninja Scooter shocks mated to the swingarm Kutty narrowed for me. Next project: fabbing an drum brake backing plate arm. The way things are going, this shouldn't take more than 12 or 13 weeks…
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I am loving this build immensely man. Everything is looking good. I hope they don't close this thread down because of the jap bike thing, but please keep posting! I can't wait to see more.


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very cool buildup....thanks for posting the pics. The bike should be killer.
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for some reason the fatter I get the more I like smaller bikes....wtf is that?

This thing is killer!
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Power to weight ratio?

McGoo, that thing's cool. Gonna be a real industrial park terror...
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Well, my good doctor, I weight 200 pounds and the bike will probably weigh 400, so it looks likes I'll be pushing 2:1 when this thing explodes on the way to San Felipe!

Thanks for the votes of confidence, my friends, and happy holidays,

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01.12.09 Street Tracker Update:

Jason Timmy Balls at S&M BMX TIG welded my three-piece steer tube last friday. It bolted right up to the loose ball headset with little headache after that. Of course, Bob at Temecula Motorcycle Repair had to drill and install two 5/8-18 helicoils in the top end of the new steer tube so I could install a headset tensioning bolt on the top triple clamp. In my zeal to get this ballbuster rolling I failed to shoot photos of Timmy's and Bob's handiwork. I will do so when the forks come off after the dry build.

Here are some views of the stance from front, side and rear with glass perched on the frame to give you an idea of how it's shaping up:

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poor man's strobe fade

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Man and Machine?

Who am I kidding? James Dean couldn't look cool on this roach.

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For a few years in my early 20's, a CL450 was my only mode of transportation. It was damed reliable, and quite a bit of fun to ride. Gobs of torque. I bet your little lightweight project is going to be too much fun.
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did i spot one of those prototype biltwell throttle set ups in one of these pics....
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01.23.09 STREET TRACKER UPDATE

The combination of this bike's original brake pedal (for rod-activated drum), cable-activated CR250 rear hub and grossly oversized CB750 swingarm has been a stumbling block since I combined these disparate parts on the mock-up last December.
This week I cobbled together what I think will be a satisfactory brake arm within the tight confines of the area between the motor, the swingarm pivot and the right-side frame tubes.

PEDAL BRACKETS

When I grinded off the frame's original center stand mounts, I didn't realize I was taking the brake arm pivot with it. Two stamped metal brackets from the hardware store solved this problem nicely.

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This photo shows the brake arm mounted between the plates, which I booger tacked to the frame after securing the arm to the lower frame tubes with an A-clamp.

CABLE ARM FAB

A piece of 1" angle iron hacked and grinded to form the banana-shaped cable activator for the brake arm.

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After some hit-and-miss tacking, I finally got the cable activator where it belongs on the pivot tube of the brake arm. My friend Jason Balls at S&M BMX TIG'ed it for me during a visit to Orange County yesterday, so I don't have to worry about my shitty welding skills killing me. Two brass washers will shim up the pivot between the frame brackets for smoother operation.

BRAKE PEDAL ARM

Finished piece, pre-TIG

doherty throttle

I got my handlebar and cockpit sorted out this week, too. This is a pair of 7/8" "superbike" bars mated to some TAG MX bar clamps I dug out of my old stash. The two-cable throttle is a cast alloy Doherty unit with a really nice spun steel throttle tube. This steel throttle tube is so thin, I can run BMX grips without stretching them to kingdom come. The brake master cylinder is off a Raptor 600. 20 bucks on eBay is my outer limit for these jewels, and I find them all the time. I like using 7/8" moto controls because all the stuff is so cheap.

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STREET TRACKER UPDATE (con'd)

PILLION

The fiberglass bodywork on this bike mocked up nicely, and cutting the various slots and recesses into the glass was easy, thanks to a masonry disk on my 4" grinder. After hacking at it carefully, I sanded the edges with 200 grit. The painter can take it down to smooth when I send out for paint.

BACKING PLATE

Detail of cable-activated rear drum. Tonight I'll finish the pinch bolt and barrel adjuster on the brake arm. When I do, I will finally be able to turn my attention to the motor. First stop: fabbing a home for the battery…
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02.08.09 PROGRESS REPORT

With rain pummeling most of SoCal, I got some stuff done on the street tracker project this weekend. Friday night I whipped up these rough blueprints for the upholstery project:

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This is the top and side view of the glass seat base/fender. Duane Ballard visited the shop a couple weeks ago and said I should do the seat snap-on style, like Evel Kneivel's old Triumph. Last night Duane took possession of the glass, these drawings and an old chunk of dead cow I had laying around. DB said my dead cow was shit, so he's getting a new pelt from his super secret supplier in the southern hemisphere.

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With the bodywork off the bike I decided to tackle placement and accommodation for the battery. Between the brake actuation arm and the drivetrain there isn't a lot of room for the juice box, so I tried to keep things slim, simple and discrete. 1" angle iron hacked and grinded to form a tray will suffice for my needs.

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There isn't a booger weld I'm capable of murdering that can't be made more attractive with a bench grinder and a scotchbrite wheel. With the tray finished, it was time to build the brackets.

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1-1/2" angle iron form the two L-shaped brackets on the front edge of the battery tray. I'm bolting them to the outside of the rear motor mounts. This shot shows my janky jig work with the grounding clamp and a second A-clamp holding everything in place. After tacking stuff into place, I TIG'ed all seams and joints and took the finished piece back to the grinder for more beautification. The finished product isn't going to win any awards for fab work, but it will hold a batter behind the frame tube on my CB450 just fine.

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A strap will suffice to hold my cheesy $20 battery in place on the finished build.

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Here's a shot of the box bolted into place. I may put some speed holes in it before sending it to DMF plating in San Marcos for a dip in nickel. The six motor brackets will receive the same nickel-plated treatment.

Next week Duane Ballard and I are hauling the motor to Dennis Truddel in Perris, CA for a rebuild. While Dennis is in the middle of that mess, I'll send the motor parts out for sand blasting and anodizing. Friday the 13th our friend Rob Warren and a real welder from Intense Mountain Bikes in Temecula are coming to the office to do some finish welding on my frame… I don't trust my skills on stuff like brake pivots and seat mounts. Pipes, maybe…
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Cool project! Love to see 'em and they're way fun to ride. I built a couple years ago, both Sportsters.
For your fiberglass parts mount them with rubber grommets, bushings and bolts. Velcro is fine for the track but you want a secure seat for street use.
Also put thick rubber down in between areas where the tail section and tank contacts the frame you so the fiberglass doesn't rub on the frame. This will minimize cracking with normal riding.
Flat-track tires are great on the street but tend to wear fast, results vary. Most aren't DOT approved either.
I want to do another one, probably a BSA. When I get some funds or the bike gods drop one on my lawn. I really like the look of 19" rims which is the "standard" but I may go with 18's and a good street tire, (19" front and rear street tires aren't available as far as I know).
I can't wait to see your finished project.
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Cool project! Love to see 'em and they're way fun to ride. I built a couple years ago, both Sportsters.
For your fiberglass parts mount them with rubber grommets, bushings and bolts. Velcro is fine for the track but you want a secure seat for street use.
Also put thick rubber down in between areas where the tail section and tank contacts the frame you so the fiberglass doesn't rub on the frame. This will minimize cracking with normal riding.
Flat-track tires are great on the street but tend to wear fast, results vary. Most aren't DOT approved either.
I want to do another one, probably a BSA. When I get some funds or the bike gods drop one on my lawn. I really like the look of 19" rims which is the "standard" but I may go with 18's and a good street tire, (19" front and rear street tires aren't available as far as I know).
I can't wait to see your finished project.

The Dunlop K180's he has on there are DOT approved...They come in 18", 19" & 21"...
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Nice work!. I have a cafe'd RD that would look good like this. Thanks for the inspiration!
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Jason Timmy Balls at S&M BMX TIG welded my three-piece steer tube last friday.
sweet build. does timmy still ride? i remember him from bmx inferno.
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Timmy Jason Balls has an old Ironhead that keeps him busy, and of course he still spends plenty of time on his BMX bike.

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I am a really big fan of the angle iron weekend project. The finished product looks like a million bucks from the $3 in materials used to build it
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Velcro is fine for the track but you want a secure seat for street use.
Been riding a velcro'd seat for three years now... so far it hasn't tried to buck me off...

Nice build Halwade. Keep us posted. I want to see that thing air-born over a set of tracks!

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Don't get me wrong, Velcro works great and I've used it many times for seats and tail sections, (use lots and keep it clean). But, I had one tail section dislodge a bit after striking a pothole. When my ass landed back in the seat, it cracked and later broke. Piece of mind is worth the cost of a few screws IMO. But that's just me.
This thread is re-inspiring me to build another street tracker.
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STREET TRACKER FRIDAY THE 13TH SPECIAL:

In my mind I've been sweating a method for mounting the dirt track tank on this silly bike for months.

GAS TANK PERCH

This is my solution: a 3" long dog dick that sticks out of the frame's backbone at an angle sufficient to put the tank right where it needs to be within the constraints of the tank's tunnel design. I made it with an off-the-shelf 3/8-18 bung and a piece of 1" DOM tubing. It isn't pretty, but you can't see it when the tank's installed, and it does work perfectly. a rubber washer between the glass tank and the dog dick provided ample cushioning, and strategically located foam padding on the back bone of the frame relieves pressure between the chassis and the tunnel of the tank.

BODYWORK

Here's how it looks with all the bodywork buttoned down. I hate the gaping hole on the front of the tank, so I'm going to ask the boat shop down the street to glass in the nose of the tank before paint.

NEW GLASS TEMPLATE

This blue paper taped to the front of the tank shows where the new glass will go and the arch it will follow to cover the super-deep tunnel.

SUBFRAME IN PROGRESS

The idea to hide electricals under the seat isn't new, but I'm pretty pleased with the solution I concocted on this bike for that purpose. There's only about 1" between the bottom of the seat/fender pillion and the bottom edge of the frame tubes behind the backbone, but that will be plenty of room for three fuses and two switches that need a home.

SUBFRAME WITH TABS INSTALLED

I grinded out the stock stamped steel crossmember of the subframe and replaced it with a 1" OD stick of 4130 chromoly. 5 tabs from Hank's hardware will support the sheet of brushed aluminum Rick and Rob from Intense have told me I can dig out of their trash can next week.

TEMPLATE FOR SUBFRAME COVER

Here's the template for the alloy piece that will be bolted to the five tabs in the previous photo. The leading edge of the alloy plate will be supported by the flange of the stamped subframe member behind the backbone.

REGULATOR BRACKET

Behind the new 1" OD crossmember I fabbed two small forks to accept the threaded shaft of the CB450 regulator. There's plenty of air beneath the pillion for cooling, and since I rarely ride any of the motorcycles I build or own, damage from road debris isn't a big concern.
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FRIDAY THE 13TH FAB WORK CON'D:

RICK IS A BADASS

Rick is a real welder. I am not. I deferred to a professional for all the stuff you can see, and Rick gave me some pointers and let me practice on the stuff you can't. I installed one bung like this on each side of the frame just above the swingarm pivot bracket… I'll use them to fasten the end of the exhaust pipes when I get that far.

CLEAN TREES

While Rick was welding important stuff, I lopped off the Sportster tree's unsightly eyebrow brackets with a 4" disk grinder and took a file to what was left. A scotchbrite wheel on the 8" bench grinder helped me get the shape of the trees back to normal. I'll let my chromer polish the alloy trees so they match the finish on the fork sliders.

I promised myself I wouldn't worry about aesthetics on this initial build, but that's not the way things are headed. Next week I'm taking the motor bits to the anodizer and getting the frame powder coated. If the boat builder can finish the nose of my tank in a reasonable length of time, I might take the bodywork to Uncle Bitchen for paint.

This roach might be ready for The Bash April 17 yet…
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You should see if it's possible to add "Winter Project" to the front of this thread so you can win a band saw.
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Livery Quiz:

I fully expect to get the usual "Fuck that shit—do whatever you want. Who gives a fuck what other people think?" comments for asking this, but here goes…

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Any of these float your boat?

How 'bout these:

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I've been staring at vintage dirt trackers until I'm damn near color blind, and I still can't nail the retro dirt track/Honda pride colorway I'm groping for. Any criticism and assistance positive, negative or otherwise will be greatly appreciated. My problem is this:

My favorite custom motorcycles are usually the ones that look grungy, unfinished and ridden, but I'm so far past the point of no return on this bike budget-wise, I want to do justice to its aesthetic. Thanks for all your help.
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3, 4 or 5. Correct factory colors from back then, I do like the silver worked in, not sure they used it on factory backed flat trackers (WERE there factory flat trackers??) but the Elsinores were silver/black, then red/black. I could be 1000% wrong, but I don't think blue figured into Honda colors until the 80s.

But really; fuck that shit, do what you want, who cares what other people think? haha. I don't think I've commented elsewhere in this thread but I've been following it, I LOVE this bike.
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number 4 or 5. . . looks good with yer black wheels
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#3. Lots of silver. But flip the paint, silver base, red panel, black pin line.
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What about going with the old Elsinore colors jist fer kicks... Silver base with a wide green stripe and black pinstripes on either side.

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I hear you guys loud and clear…

I just returned from the San Diego Supercross. Stomped around the pits for an hour or so just checking out bikes.

I did some tweaks based on great ideas from Billdozer and Boondocker, and did a couple more mock-ups based on their feedback:

TOP SIX

Anybody second my motion?

I think Winner #2 (the one on the bottom) rules: plenty of retro, no Red, White and Blue stirring up a fight between the separate-but-equal Elsinore MX and Evel Knievel vibes, and a tasteful old-school colorway on the new Honda stylized wing logo.

This baby's going to paint next week, because if it doesn't I'll NEVER shit and get off the pot.

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Anybody second my motion?

I think Winner #2 (the one on the bottom) rules: plenty of retro, no Red, White and Blue stirring up a fight between the separate-but-equal Elsinore MX and Evel Knievel vibes, and a tasteful old-school colorway on the new Honda stylized wing logo.
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You hit the nail on the head man... good ol' retro Honda race vibe without looking like you're trying too hard.

Do it!
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I also like winner #2, although when I see black and orange, I think H-D. Maybe replace the orange with a deeper red, ala the 70's XL's? The silver is definitely a keeper.
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winer number 1, but i agree with notso on the deep red
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You mean like this:

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Yup. Like that.
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Street Tracker Livery final:

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The jury has spoken, and a winner has been determined. I'm reserving the right to switch the forest green to deep red at the paint shop, but right now I prefer the green… it was the color of the first model year Elsinore CR250 as I recall, I lived in Lake Elsinore for 13 years, so it's kismet.

The swingarm and motor brackets are nickel plated; various engine bits and pieces will be sandblasted and gold anodized, with the motor cases and cylinder being the stock silver paint color per Dennis Truddel's recommendation. I'd been telling myself there was no way I would paint the frame black, but stock CR livery wins the day, and black hides a multitude of welding sins like no other color. Case dismissed.
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Dammit I hate being colorblind...I always thought the color panel on Elsinore tanks was black.
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Cool. Always been partial to the old Elsinore colors... red or green. The green'll look good. Can't wait to see it done.

You're not going to use the old Honda wing?
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This is a great project. Keep up the good work boss.
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02.26.09 STREET TRACKER UPDATE:

It was a good day on the Street Tracker project. My painter and plater finished their respective tasks, and both jobs look fantastic.

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Nothing spackles over shitty welds like a thick coat of gloss black paint.

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DMF in San Marcos, CA, polished and nickel plated the engine plates, foot peg brackets, kickstand and my little battery tray. Not too much bling; just a nice golden glow. I've loved nickel plated gizmos since I got my first Redline BMX forks in 1976.

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I wanted to get the bike up to roller status this evening, but I still haven't finished scotchbriting the triple trees to a satisfactory dull sheen. If I finish that filthy task at Intense MTB tomorrow, she'll be scooting around the shop on both tires. Here's how the rear end sussed out with the narrowed and nickel-plated CB750 swingarm mated to those cheesy Chinese scooter shocks. It's starting to look like a real motorcycle.

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It's too dark in our cave-like shop to set my camera at a sufficiently fast shutter speed, so all my photos are pushed to 1600 ISO… I'm sorry about the grainy images. The backing plate on the rear hub will get the same dull scotchbrite treatment as the trees tomorow, but this is how everything on the rear end buttoned down. I settled on a piece of 1" stainless steel plate stock for the backing plate arm, and it looks pretty nice. I'll take some pictures outside after the forks are installed this weekend.
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03.01.09 STREET TRACKER UPDATE:

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I bought a set of these innocuous-looking cast alloy headlight brackets on eBay last week, but their ungainly length stuck the headlight way too far out there for my taste. I lopped the tabs off both ears with a 4" cutting disk and shaped what was left on a scotchbrite wheel to create the stubby bracket you see here:

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A buffing wheel took the deep scratches out of the cast piece, and the finished shape complements the polished Sporty trees nicely.

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Two M7 Allen cap screws pass through the holes on the side of the light bucket and screw into the top hole on the mounting bracket to hold the headlight in place. My camera battery died before I could shoot the finished product, but you get the idea. When it's installed, the back point of the headlight bucket—a side-mount halogen Bates repop—rests about three-eighths of an inch in front of the frame's head tube… very tight and clean, indeed.

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Yesterday I fabbed two spacers from 0.120" wall x 3/8" ID tube stock for my twin side mount mufflers.

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I scored these cheesy jewels off eBay for $40 per can. They are aftermarket mufflers for a CRF50 minibike, and feature gaudy forged and anodized alloy tips. The muffler location shown here makes my plans for no-frills pipes fairly obvious: short, low and tight below the powerplant, just like the stock CB450 pipes of yore.
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blast the tip of the mufflers and have them ceramic coated
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I think anyone that asks questions about why Asian bikes aren't discussed should be pointed to this thread as an example ("Did your bike build look like this? Well, then...)

awesome stuff.
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03.01.09 UPDATE:

Better photos…

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The C/P headlight looks good surrounded by all that polished alloy. Don't let the dusty haze on some of these polished bits fool you—that's dust from the shop that I was too lazy to wipe off before shooting these photos.

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This one tells the story of the street tracker's stance nicely. Low…

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The light switch is off a chinese minibike. I'm locating it between the bar clamps to minimize the amount of wire that's exposed on the front end. Anobody know how to wire a kill switch? I've never had one on a bike before.

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It's those damned chinese silencers again. If the one on the right side of the bike raises hell with my kickstarter, I'll build 2-into-1 pipes. I won't know for sure until I get the motor back March 15.
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Me neither, but I would connect it between your positive wire to the coil so when the electric circle is open the sparks would not have any current/voltage.
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I love this project. And bonus points to you, Halwade, for the proper usage and spelling of "complements." (Yes, I really am that dorky)
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Very cool project, can't wait to see it completed.
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Me neither, but I would connect it between your positive wire to the coil so when the electric circle is open the sparks would not have any current/voltage.
indeed that would be the preferred method of wiring a kill switch.

The kill switch will be after the ignition switch but before any of the ignition in series.

If you have electric start you can put in inline before the starter too, so that with the kill active you can't start. I am assuming though that you'll be leaving the e-start off.

That bike looks great. It's making me jealous that my bikes are in the garage collecting dust.

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C'mon man. This is killing me. I wanna see the tank!
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Hey Boondocker,

NOBODY wants to see the tank more than I do. I went to Butch's shop today, but he and the weather are under the weather, so he hasn't been able to shoot the paint as fast as he'd like. Now I'm told March 9. I hope so—I'm leaving March 15 for Asia and my motor is supposed to be finished March 13. That gives me one whole day in the shop to assemble everything before my trip. Crazier things have happened in less time…

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Look forward to seeing this thing all put together. Looks awesome.
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C'mon man. This is killing me. I wanna see the tank!
the glass work on that tank alone is amazing and i just saw it in primer its going to look amazing to match all that rad nickle
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That's cool man. The bike is coming together nicely. Can't wait to see it all together.
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this is looking fucking amazing, keep the updates comin
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FRIDAY THE 13TH STREET TRACKER UPDATE:

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Stopped by Uncle Bitchin' today to peep the tape job on my tank and fender. Butch nailed it, and the metal flake forest green stripe on the tank and pillion should be laid down this afternoon.

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I can't wait to get this mother scratcher on the highway. Dennis called this week to say the motor would be ready for p/u on March 25. I'll be in Asia on business 'til the 24th, so his timing is impeccable.

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The kidney bean shape beneath the white tape will remain silver. everything above that beltline will be forest green.

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Here's the man that's doing all the dirty work: Uncle Bitchin' Butch. Thanks for kicking ass.
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Fine. Now get HIS ass in gear. Then get YOUR ass in gear. We want to see this finished. Wife, kids, real life, job, bla bla bla, we don't care about any of that. Just get this thing done.


(and I hope you take this in the good-natured spirit in which it is intended)
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03.22.09 STREET TRACKER UPDATE (Taiwan edition):

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I'm in Taiwan for the big bicycle show this week, but Billdozer's been spearheading forward progress in my absence. Here's the tank paint with machine-turned gold leaf Honda wing detailing, pre multiple clear coats and hand buff.

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… and here's the rear seat base/fender assembly. Duane Ballard is working on the leather seat cover as I write this, and since I'm across the International Date Line, he's got an extra day to get it finished!

When I return to the USA on 3/25 Dennis Trudelle is supposed to be done with the motor. This bitch might be a runner by the Bash after all.

Thanks for helping out, guys. See you in SoCal next week.

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Thanks for the update. Can't wait to see it together.
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now that's a funky cool project. good stuff!
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looks like this project is going great. can't wait for the next update.
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Don't hold your breath… my painter and motor guy have dragged their feet and fed me BS excuses for siv fucking weeks. It'll be a miracle if this thing runs for The Bash…


I'm fucked…
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shit!!!, I was so excited to see this thread up top, I've been waiting for this and Boondocker's. Good luck, it'll be worth the wait.
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+1 to what Chuck just said. I've been havin' a hard time not bustin' yer balls for an update.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for ya.
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04.10.09 STREET TRACKER UPDATE:

Duane Ballard wrapped up his saddle crafting today, and it looks impeccable:

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Duane was the last guy to get the parts he needed (the fender) and the first guy to finish what he promised, on time and under budget. What a guy!

And as for the motor and the rest of the paint? Wish I could say the same. I spoke to both vendors this week and they have promised I can pick up my motor tonight and my gas tank next week. I'm holding my breath… the Bash is in 6 days!

Thanks, Duane and Lisa for kicking ass on the seat. It looks awesome.
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Man that 450 is gonna be Kick Ass!! Loose the front brake,and make the pipes low-tite-&-too-the-rite! (megaphones,reverse cone). Smitty
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Cool Hal. Dont know how this one slipped under the radar but sometimes you just gotta! BTW, thanks for the Muff blog
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Been waiting for this update... colors look good man. Can't wait to see this thing done!
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STREET TRACKER UPDATE 04.13.09

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Duane Ballard and I stood in Dennis Trudelle's garage for two hours today and pestered him to finish my motor. He got close, and at 5:00 pm we dragged it to the shop for some speedy scotchbrite work on the cases.

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The finished mill has the look of a 40-year-old off-road race motor: dull black ano side cases look like cast mag parts, and the stainless-steel motor hardware looks nice against the dull, mottled finishes.

Tomorrow Duane, Alex and I will chronicle the wiring and I'll shoot photos of the bodywork and motor installed and ready to go. I worked till midnight on pipes for the bike, and tomorrow those should be finished, too. I'll worry about plating after the Bash; right now I just want to ride this mother scratcher!
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i like the bike i just dont understand the honda paint work. why not embrase the triumph name.
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i like the bike i just dont understand the honda paint work. why not embrase the triumph name.
uh, maybe cause it's a honda?
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wow, this thing is amazing! cant wait to see it done.
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STRET TRACKER FINALE:

04.12.09: I routed and buttoned down the wiring for tail light, brake light and headlight/switch. Pretty boilerplate stuff; no photos required.

04.13.09: Alex pieced together an ignition system from the dozen or so wires that were hanging out of the stator, the coil, the condenser and ignition switch. After convincing ourselves the charging system was wired correctly, we called it a night.

04.14.09: Uncle Bitchin' delivered the tank and fender. His work exceeded my dreams and expectations. I built pipes from the stock headers back, which amounted to welding a 10" straight section to each exhaust bend, then scotchbriting the assembly to a uniformly dull raw sheen. Eventually I'll have the pipes professionally polished and nickel plated, but not this week…

Duane and Alex picked up where we left off on the electricals, this time to suss out the coil and points. After getting spark to both plugs, I moved into the solderer's position and DB mounted the fuel tank and rear fender.

At 9:00 pm last night, Alex video taped the carnage as I kicked the CB to life ON THE FIRST KICK!

Granted, it sputtered and gagged like a fluffer at a donkey porn shoot, but she breathed fire on the first kick. Amazing.

We've got some tuning and carb balancing to do, but she'll be a runner for the Bash this Friday. Without further ado, here's the finished product:

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Thanks to Rob Warren for giving me the original CL450 basket case project.

Thanks to Wes White for stoking the early inspiration on this project, and for finding the donor motor.

Thanks to Hippy Killer Garage for narrowing the CB750 swingarm and shortening the Sporty fork stanchions.

Thanks to Bob at Temecula Motorcycle Repair for installing the helicoil on the steer tube.

Thanks to Jason at S&M for doing the welding on my steering neck.

Thanks to Butch for paint.

Thanks to Duane for all the warehouse grunt work, and of course the crazy snap-on EK style seat.

Thanks to Dennis Trudelle for turning my two decrepit donor motors into one respectable powerplant.

And last but not least, thanks to Alex for doing the wiring.

I'm looking forward to thanking each of you personally at the Bash this weekend.

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Granted, it sputtered and gagged like a fluffer at a donkey porn shoot, but she breathed actual fire on the first kick. Amazing.
you sir, are a poet.

That turned out badass!!!
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So sick! It's just perfect.
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Wow, very cool!!! Brilliant.........now go get it dirty.
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me likey. glad to see this one from beginning to end.
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that BITCH better getting sideways on kuttys dirt track!
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beautiful.
let us all know how she handles.
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Damned nice.
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Old 04-16-2009, 02:38 AM   #128
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Whoa, that thing looks tuff!

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Old 04-16-2009, 08:46 AM   #129
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that turned out great, nice job
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:00 AM   #130
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how's the power on that little bastard?
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44 horsepower according to the shop manual, with a redline of 9,100. It's throaty-sounding, but I've yet to get everything dialed in for a first real ride. I'll keep you posted…
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:24 AM   #132
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Sweet! I want one.
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Old 04-17-2009, 04:39 AM   #133
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That turned out great, and it's the perfect engine for that kind of bike. It was an unusual (and expensive) cylinder head design for it's time, with DOHC and torsion bar valve springs, but when built right they pull cleanly to 12,000 rpm and beyond.
I always felt mine was like two bikes in one. Low down, it felt soft but torquey like a 500 Triumph, but above about 8000rpm it turned into a different beast altogether.
You'll have a lot of fun on that, and it'll sound like hell at the top end!
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Old 04-18-2009, 07:04 PM   #134
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Damn, that thing turned out nice.
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Old 04-20-2009, 07:35 AM   #135
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nice. good job on following through with it.
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Looks great.
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