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    Eric Y's build - Project Taka 92

    So, I've decided to finally post a build thread of my Hawk. I named it the Taka 92. Taka is Japanese for Hawk and 92 is the frame number. The last Ducati I owned was a 996 and before that was an SR21000. Both bikes had the same set of forged wheels from a HyperMotard S. Also the front end was from an 848. After parting both bikes out, I couldn't part with the wheels hoping to use them on another Ducati. A few months back, I stopped riding the 900rr and parted that out (still am). Bikeless, I started thinking about my next bike and thought about a Hawk as it was one of the bikes I regretted selling. I just never seriously looked until now. Reading around the forum, it looks like I can re-use the wheels and front end on a Hawk. That made the decision to go find a Hawk an easier one. End of October, I joined the forum again and started asking around for a frame. WildWhl came to the rescue with a box of goodies. It barely fits in the Mini!


    Unboxed the frame; looks good.



    Got a good swinger, shocks, cush and a bonus harness! Plus a few other pieces of hardware thrown in. Thanks again WildWhl!



    First thing I did was remove the hub and spindle as I plan to us my current Duc hub and a custom spacer.

    Hub was a bit of trouble to remove. When I pull out my 3 1/2 pound mini Thor hammer, it gets ugly! The spindle end is slightly mashed in but the hub is trashed as the axle was stuck in the rusty bearing. I might be able to save the spindle by machining off the damaged end clean.



    Gotta eat dinner now! I'll upload more after.....
    Last edited by eyhonda; 01-03-2017, 08:44 PM.
    Eric Y.
    1990 Hawk - Taka 92 in progress.
    https://www.hawkgtforum.com/forum/ho...roject-taka-92

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon/albums/72157675070162792


    2001 VFR800i road trip bike.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon...57666415263457
    Detroit, MI

    #2
    Work area in the basement was prepped with my trusty old Race Deck tiles.



    So the plan is to do all the design work, fabbing and fitment in the basement during the winter wrenching season, minus the motor. When the rolling chassis is complete, I'll take it apart in sub-assemblies hopefully before spring. I'll get a running motor, install it and ride it for the upcoming season. Next year, I'll have it re-built. I hope to have it ready to ride by Mid-Ohio Vintage Days, which is an annual ride for me and my boys.

    Here, I cleaned the frame and swingarm before I bolt it together. Also, the roller bearing races are pressed into the steering tube. The triple clamp lower is stock 06 cbr600rr. The top is a later 750 Monster that was bored to 53mm and 204mm cc spacing. The stock Duc spacing is 205mm so it wasn't too hard to change it. I changed it to match the Honda 204mm. The top is also 30mm offset to match the bottom.

    For the handlebars, I'll use my saved S2R bars (1 1/8") which are also cut down 1" on each side to narrow it a bit. Now it is 28" wide and feels more comfy for me. I'm only 5-6.

    The rest of the front end is all Ducati (Sorry Honda fans). 848 Brembos, DLC USD forks, 848 plastic fender, 320mm rotors.



    For rear end, I had a friend lathe up a spacer to adapt the Duc rear hub. I also had him make a 5mm spacer to center it.







    Now, I originally thought the hub centered this way would also center the wheel. When I put the wheel, their is barely a mm of clearance to the swingarm. That's with a 180 tire. I later read the wheel has +3mm offset difference with the stock wheel. This means the hub or wheel should be 3mm to the right. So, to fix it, I'll put the 5mm spacer on the right side instead of the left. It's not exact but I figure 2mm more to the right is better than 3mm to the left. I'll probably shave down the spacer a couple mm to center it all. Or maybe 2mm is not that bad??

    Eric Y.
    1990 Hawk - Taka 92 in progress.
    https://www.hawkgtforum.com/forum/ho...roject-taka-92

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon/albums/72157675070162792


    2001 VFR800i road trip bike.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon...57666415263457
    Detroit, MI

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      #3
      Here is the wheel and shock on. I modified an older Pit Bull stand to move the arm forward instead of rearward. I had a shop pipe notch the arm end and I re-welded it back on. It barely clears the left rearset. Now, I know why the new stands have an elbow bend on it!



      I spend a lot of time on the Do The Ton forum since I also build vintage Hondas. I currently have a cb175. Anyway, a member over there makes rearsets and I picked up a set. They are also indexable. I mount them on oem 900rr brackets. I still need to make spacers for the left side to clear the swinger.




      For the levers, I re-assemble different CRG levers onto specific pivots. This way, I get what I want a little cheaper by mixing and matching sets.




      Now, to attach the Duc top clamp to the Honda stem, I made my first piece on my lathe. It's dimension-ed like the Duc top nut but internally threaded to fit the Honda stem (24mm x 1mm).




      I may cnc a hex shape on the top but it's not necessary. I still have to learn how to design it and make tool paths.
      Last edited by eyhonda; 01-04-2017, 05:34 AM.
      Eric Y.
      1990 Hawk - Taka 92 in progress.
      https://www.hawkgtforum.com/forum/ho...roject-taka-92

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon/albums/72157675070162792


      2001 VFR800i road trip bike.
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon...57666415263457
      Detroit, MI

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        #4
        Now, it's starting to take shape. I mount the lower triple and the forks in.



        You can see the right rearset here with the master mounted. It's a bit cock-eyed. I'll have to mod the mounting somehow. It still works but the plunger doesn't push in straight.

        I mount the top clamp on fresh from the Ducati forum machinist (he has a fixture for it). The Duc guys do this mod to mount SBK forks in their Monsters. Bars and front wheel mounted.



        The front rotors has since been removed and up for sale. They are 330mm and too large (& unnecessary for this bike). Plus, the calipers need a 5mm spacer. It's tight to remove the calipers without touching the wheel rim. I'll be mounting the 320mm rotors once I get them in the mail. I'm kicking around the idea of just going with a left caliper and rotor.




        This is where it sits right now, minus the 320mm rotor change. Also, I had to get a new triple lower as I accidentally bent the stem pressing it out. The 848 master and a 900rr left clutch perch are mounted on the bar with the CRG levers.

        On the rear, I have to make a shorty torque arm to mount the stock brake hanger. I want it flipped to the top side. Or, I may go to WildWhl hanger. Of course, I''ll drill the arm for the "line thru the swinger" mod. The shock is a place holder until I buy a proper shock.

        For a subbie, I've contacted BTT for one of his customs. For the tail, I'm thinking NSF100 Kitaco from Webike. They have one in stock. Just waiting to see if I can get a better discount.
        For the tank, I'll either go VFR400 if I can find one or go oem Hawk.

        I'll start procuring custom parts as I can get them. I'd rather get Hawk member parts than OEM. I prefer custom parts whenever possible. Starting from a clean slate - frame up build, I can view each part to see if I can go custom or oem as needed rather than go whole bike and remove/replace parts. As an (electrical) engineer by day, this is my preferred method - although more costly than starting with a whole bike.

        For the electric, I'll use a small Lithium 4 cell, do a custom harness with new crimped terminals and possibly a custom fuseblock I helped design at the DTT forum.

        http://www.vintageconnections.com I get terminals here.

        Finally, the exhaust I'm thinking a new M4 system.


        Eric Y.
        1990 Hawk - Taka 92 in progress.
        https://www.hawkgtforum.com/forum/ho...roject-taka-92

        https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon/albums/72157675070162792


        2001 VFR800i road trip bike.
        https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon...57666415263457
        Detroit, MI

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          #5
          Mad skills...

          Beautiful to see this caliber of work in progress.

          Keep those photos coming!

          Maybe you can teach wildwhl how to take nice pictures ...
          Last edited by SPA; 01-03-2017, 10:06 PM.
          "Hawk Porn" http://picasaweb.google.com/11124379...eat=directlink 1990 NT650-Penske 8981, Race-tech Springs & Gold Valves, Steve Lenac six-piston caliper & EBC rotor,SS Brake lines Ft / Rear lines through SSA ,VFR brake lever, F2 front wheel, F-120/70 R-160/60 Dunlop Roadsmart, Full-Supertrapp Exhaust, Stage 1 Jet kit, K&N Filter, Corbin Seat, Pro-Tec Clip-On's/ Past Rides...1986 VFR700F2 Interceptor / 1979 Yamaha Rd400 Daytona Special

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            #6
            Way awesome
            Being able to ride from point A to Point B does not mean you have skills.

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              #7
              Thanks, Spa & Slo! I hope to learn more from the forum and add more to my skills. I still think the work I see here is better than mine. I need to be pushed!
              Eric Y.
              1990 Hawk - Taka 92 in progress.
              https://www.hawkgtforum.com/forum/ho...roject-taka-92

              https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon/albums/72157675070162792


              2001 VFR800i road trip bike.
              https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon...57666415263457
              Detroit, MI

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                #8
                OK.......seems all you need is some advice..........damn! Take the ball and run...........I didn't bother with the trim ring......I used a set screw though.....keep it from rotating....I did the same on the Duc top clamp.

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                  #9
                  this is going to be good Keep up the great work!

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                    #10
                    BTT--

                    I'll likely do that too. I remember you telling me that about the set screw. What size did you go with? I'm thinking 5mm. Have to check the local hdw store to see what sizes they carry. I went with the trim ring cuz I wanted to fix the position. I suppose the clamping bolt applies enough pressure. I can remove the ring and adjust the hub position exactly to center the wheel. Thanks! The top bushing is threaded so it doesn't need it. But the Duc version is slotted. I'm thinking it's to compress it.
                    Last edited by eyhonda; 01-05-2017, 04:52 PM.
                    Eric Y.
                    1990 Hawk - Taka 92 in progress.
                    https://www.hawkgtforum.com/forum/ho...roject-taka-92

                    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon/albums/72157675070162792


                    2001 VFR800i road trip bike.
                    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon...57666415263457
                    Detroit, MI

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                      #11
                      Excellent start.

                      WW
                      Engaging safety squints -> WW#Store

                      wwresto.com

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                        #12
                        Originally Posted by wildwhl View Post
                        Excellent start.

                        WW
                        Thanks Bill! Hope to be until it's finished too.

                        Eric Y.
                        1990 Hawk - Taka 92 in progress.
                        https://www.hawkgtforum.com/forum/ho...roject-taka-92

                        https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon/albums/72157675070162792


                        2001 VFR800i road trip bike.
                        https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon...57666415263457
                        Detroit, MI

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                          #13
                          That frame you have there has history and soul - really good on both accounts. The first picture is a shot of the very first build I finished with her...and I built that black bike 2 more times after that just because I wanted to. 2nd picture is my finial iteration...with that frame at least. It was too pretty and clean to use in this 4th incarnation of the WW/R Blackhawk

                          Take care of her.

                          WW

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                          Engaging safety squints -> WW#Store

                          wwresto.com

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                            #14
                            Wow, those bikes look great! Nice work! You sent me those pics before I believe in PM. I will definitely take care of her. I was going to polish out the few scratches. Now, I'll keep them there for "character". It doesn't have to be perfect.
                            Last edited by eyhonda; 01-05-2017, 04:51 PM.
                            Eric Y.
                            1990 Hawk - Taka 92 in progress.
                            https://www.hawkgtforum.com/forum/ho...roject-taka-92

                            https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon/albums/72157675070162792


                            2001 VFR800i road trip bike.
                            https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyuzon...57666415263457
                            Detroit, MI

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                              #15
                              I am interested in the front end work you did. Can you provide some more information on what you actually did with the triple? What are DLC USD forks?

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