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    These bikes are kind of hard to sell running, I imagine even harder as a bare frame and a bunch of Rubbermaid totes.
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    cradle size is what i was referring to in my comments. don't really care about the seat construct as the "Thruxton" seat i'm putting on will require a different seat loop to be welded onto the frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjurek51 View Post
    cradle size is what i was referring to in my comments. don't really care about the seat construct as the "Thraxton" seat i'm putting on will require a different seat loop to be welded onto the frame.
    Do you mean "Thruxton" seat?
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    Name:  Engine Stand_done.JPG
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Size:  677.2 KB built a low budget engine stand. from here, started stripping the bike down, starting from the back to the front, including air and carburetor units.Name:  backend off.JPG
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    inspecting the gear case and subtransmission reveals complete separation, which means converting to chain will work. Name:  gearcase.JPG
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Size:  659.5 KB also, preliminary measurement of chain length (i.e. from primary axle to an estimate where a modified swingarm will be positioned) looks doable as well. once i have the engine out, i will be measuring all aspects of the frame in order to plan for any modifications. also, i will be putting this into a CAD program to make sure angles and measures are accurate. using https://cad.onshape.com/. Free and fairly easy to pick up.

    btw, found this simple, yet logical design guide. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/336081190919908677/

    yes, i know it's pintrest, but LOVED how this person discusses the things to do in designing a nice looking bike.
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    CB900 Cafe Racer project

    Whats wrong with a shaft? Maybe I missed it. I have seen some nice cafe builds done with shaft drives.
    By the way, I like your rolling bench. And this build looks fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hacxor View Post
    Whats wrong with a shaft? Maybe I missed it. I have seen some nice cafe builds done with shaft drives.
    By the way, I like your rolling bench. And this build looks fun.
    It's pretty much just a case of "I bought the wrong bike to start with - but it was cheap!"

    Seriously - he's going to spend twice as much converting this barge to a chain drive than it would have to just buy a CB900f in the first place. And it wont be as good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjurek51 View Post
    Name:  Engine Stand_done.JPG
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    Sweet! That's ever bit as nice as my Black&Decker workmate. With skills like that you'll have no problem at all converting a motorcycle from shaft to chain drive.

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    Engine stand will be the best thing "built" in this thread
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