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    Jan/Feb 2022 Winter Project Bikes --> Voting!

    This month was a weird one I guess, but I thank all of those who participated. Pick your favorite story or project and vote!

    Voting closes at the end of the month.
    Captain 80s OfferUp Viffer
    wildwhl's collection?
    6's Son's bike
    Yoshihns' crunched Benelli
    hawkati's 99 problems
    joel has an RD500 I guess?
    Riot Fixed his architect's CB360

    The poll is expired.

    Last edited by riot; 02-11-2022, 12:07 AM.

    Captain 80s - He probably already has too many bikes (if that's possible), but he writes a good story!

    Originally Posted by Captain 80s View Post
    1990 VFR750F. Bought two days before xmas, 2021. From the OfferUp ad:

    1990 Honda VFR 750 $1



    Needs 1 small part. Make offer or trade.

    Well... shit. DON"T need another bike. But I gotta inquire.

    Message the dude thru OfferUp:

    "Is the title in your name? When was the last time it ran?"

    Response: "It just needs one small part"

    "Yeah. I read that. Are you the titled owner and how long since it has ran?"

    "Yah, I got the title. A few years. Started dumping fuel out of this part when I was trying to start it"

    OK then, we got some info to go on now. I call him and we talk and he seems like a decent dude. I tell him normally I would just come out and look and talk to you in person. But it was a pretty good trek to check it out, so I tell him that and ask, "so... what do you think you wanna get out of it?"

    "I don't know, five hundred bucks. I'd probably take 400, I just wanna get back the money I put into it before it got parked."

    It's on. We make arrangements for DEC 23rd, my first day off for the Holidays. It's a ferry ride over to Kingston with a trailer, so a $30 tab there. Then down the peninsula to Port Orchard. Couple hours easy. Get there and it's a beauty day, so I'm able to roll it out of the spot you see in the above pic. First thing... Fox Twin Clicker. Good start. The 8 spoke wheel is probably worth what I'm paying anyway, so no risk really. It's all there. Tank is off, but it is drained and 100% clean on the inside. Fuck yes. Original Honda key, owner's manual and tool kit. Asked about a seat cowl and he just looked puzzled... "never mind". New chain and sprockets (chain is pretty rusty). Essentially brand new (5 years ago) Michelin Pilot Power tires. Steel braided lines up front. 70K miles... doesn't really matter on these engines. Look down at the shiny oil filter and pop the dipstick. Oil looked like it just came of a bottle. Cool. It got ridden home from the shop and pretty much parked. Notice the drain plug and adjacent oil pan has been drilled... that actually makes me happy. It means somebody might have gone thru the front end to match the rear shock at some point for a track day or few. The forks feel like they have real springs in them and somebody updated to the later fork caps with pre-load adjustment.

    He shows me the "one small part" it needs. "I think it's some kind of fuel separator or something". I am playing dumb. "yeah? huh." It's a plastic vacuum valve with a broken nipple for the emissions that is gonna end up in the trash anyway. "Fuel was coming out of that broken off part". I know it's just dirty carbs at this point.

    "you said you'd take $400?" "yep" Exchange money and title / bill of sale and load it up.

    Not pretty but hey. Every piece of bodywork has issues, but that tank is really nice. Oh yeah, a Corbin... whatever. Decide to make it a big round trip and drive around thru Tacoma (over a toll bridge) and back up thru Seattle. I left around 9am and got home around 3pm. Pretty good day. At least it was a beautiful day for driving.

    Here's back home after a quick strip.

    So the winter plan is to clean the carbs and get her running. The carbs are already out and while not great they are not terrible. Very doable. I already have the PAIR system and emission crap eliminated. I bought a 2003 rear wheel to replace the 8 spoke for personal use on my 95 (likely). Then go thru the systems and make it ride-able.

    Brakes front and rear are sticking and need to be serviced. Hopefully the pistons aren't pitted.
    Flush the coolant system.
    I'm sure the fork seals are gonna start leaking the next time I just look at them.
    I have a plan for adapting a slip-on (D&D), I think it's gonna work perfect.
    Stock 1993 shock on the way (w/ rebound damping) so I can remove the Fox for rebuild (it still passes the critical seat-bounce test we all learned on showroom floors).
    New inner / rear fender to replace this hacked unit.
    Try and go thru the bodywork to make it mount better and look more presentable.
    Gonna modify the passenger peg brackets to remove the peg portions.

    And go from there...

    Well... there's my entry!


      wildwhl - he also has a lot of bikes. And a mill! So far he seems to be working on a CBR954RR:

      This popped up on Craigslist a few weeks back. Was a bit of a drive (3 hours) in snowy conditions but I've been thinking to myself: Self, you liked the 900rr and 929rr in the past, but you never tried 954rr? Hell - I only live once. She has low miles (12k) a rock hard front tire, leaking forks, dead battery, scratches but no

      Originally Posted by wildwhl View Post

      I'm thinking about which one belongs here...


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        6 - speaking of stories, this guy has all of them!

        No pictures tho....

        EDIT: got pics now... ~6

        Originally Posted by 6 View Post
        Give me a day to get pics... But!

        My son just turned 16. He has wanted a hawk since he could say the word. 69Falcon sold him (at a very generous price)a bike he has had around that was mostly complete but pretty much being used as a parts bike. Motor in the frame roller but missing everything from the frame and motor up/back. Its his first street legal vehicle.

        It needed a subframe, we had the spare WW one for the race bike, it got that. He bought a battery with his Christmas money, I'm going to make him a batt box, we are going to help with advice and wiring.. Other than that he will turn ALL the wrenches. Its a stout sounding motor. Apparently an ex race bike. Its getting the WW Subframe, RS 125 tail, braided lines, clip ons, new EBC's and a pipe, some misc bits and pieces that are laying around.. . Other than that, stock. He can mod as he learns how to.

        Oh, and we let him have the bodywork off the race bike (for now) I am not going to pretend that didn't sting chuck and i just a little... Maybe a lot.. But that set of well used parts means more to Wes than it ever could to us. so...

        Over thanksgiving he did all the work (with some help and advising from chuck and I) to get the subframe on and get it running. it started and drove for the first time his last night here. Wes was the piolet!

        Its going to need a lot. It needed a lot to become what it is now. With any luck it will be done early summer. His goal is to ride to to Utah. I advised to not do that too early in his riding career, it may kill the love of bikes forever! (highway hawks )

        I'm proud as hell of that kid. I remember riding him around the lawn doing house laps with him on the tank of my R6 ( I was a young father).. He could barely walk... Now here he is, not that far from being able to be out recklessly endangering his own kids.

        Pics, Wes getting the bike ready for the first ride.

        And we just scored that awesome can from John for it.

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        Last edited by 6; 02-26-2022, 09:07 PM.


          Yoshihns Benelli. A worthy bike for a project!

          Originally Posted by Yoshihns View Post
          I think I've mentioned it here before, but this is the next keeper that's on the chopping block waiting on parts.

          2005 Benelli Tornado Tre 900
          I've only seen two of these in my entire life. First one was maybe early 2000's at a weekly bike night meet. The second one was an ex racer out of Virginia IIRC who brought his collection of awesome up to PIRC for the MA race a couple years ago. So one day perousing the Copart salvage auction site, I'm going through the listings for bikes in the few cities around me. I nee one listing where the title was just "Bene". No model info or anything. Looking at the pictures, and I know exactly what it is. So I watch it and bid on it when it comes up. Good thing these things are rare and the people who listed it had no idea what it was, cause no one else bid and I got it for $700 with fees and everything.
          Now, this is my made up version of the back story, but I think it's pretty close to the truth so I'm sticking with it. The bike had fire damage, but it was really unusual damage. The seat and the front fairing all caught fire and melted, but the tail and lower fairings were all fine. Most of the other parts were fine too. Based on the squared off tires, the fact the seat was recovered with some gawdawful purple-y velvet fabric, some little LED things stuck here and there, and the name on the title, some hispanic guy with cash was swinging around and pissed off one of the ladies, who went and set the bike on fire to get back at him, and he was able to put the fire out sorta quickly. And insurance totaled the bike cause Benelli was out of business by then.
          Didn't (and still don't) have anywhere to really work on it. Sat for a bunch of years in a corner. Finally decided to just order all the parts for it since I knew it would take months to get them, and I saved enough play money to go all in. Make the list, find the vendors, put in the orders. My mistake for trusting the dealership in Belgium, cause I ordered almost $3k in parts from them may 2019, and haven't heard from them since January 2020. While waiting for funds to recover again, I drag it out to the community garage and start stripping away the damaged parts. Try to power it on, and feel that the battery gets pretty warm. Go through the harness and find where the wiring melted together a bit. Get that cleared out, and it start right up! Even with the melted dash.
          Now I'm waiting on parts from the German supplier. Just waiting on a new seat, they have the rest. And because I'm an idiot, I went full on Larry Enticer and ordered almost a complete set of CF fairings from a guy in Slovakia.

          So I sit here and wait for parts, wait for fairings, and wait for a non-stupid housing market so I can have my own garage and finally get serious about getting this beauty back on the road.

          Still worked enough!


            hawkati - I'd say he needs an intervention, but then I probably do as well....

            Originally Posted by hawkati View Post
            Ah - yes....rebuilds, I have a few but then again too few to mention...
            yeah nah - I've four bikes, Nun of which are going atm.

            996 - total rebuild after spannering it at Donington.
            Hawk - Africa twin engine is in the frame - got to sort loom and other leccy bits then a general tart up.
            Unklefukker- cbr400 with 918 blade engine. Up, running as a trackbike but I need to make it road legal for charity ride.
            hawkati - my original hawk, with 996 front end viffer rear, April aprillia mille engine & ducati clothes - so not being worked on that it's no longer funny.


              joel has all the 2-smokes, but few words:

              Originally Posted by joel View Post


                Riot - Restoring a CB360T in trade for Architecture.

                So I gave in and hired a local Architect to design my new super-garage. We get to talking garages, which leads to talking about bikes, and ends with me agreeing to fix his minty 1976 CB360T (only 2600 miles!) in exchange for a discount on my plans.

                The Architect is the original owner, and had not run the bike since 2006. It needed major rubber love, and a solid once over. The goal is to keep it as original as possible, but with mint condition functionality.

                Worst disaster carbs I have ever had the displeasure to clean. Apparently, the 2006 ethanol gas dissolves the rubber hoses and then deposits the goo in the floats:

                So much chrome polishing and scrubbing - apparently ultra rare survivor original mufflers.

                Rebuilt the brakes and forks. The forks won against my HF seal puller.


                Almost all back together
                Last edited by riot; 02-11-2022, 12:11 AM.