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    I work for Seven Cycles in Watertown MA. I also worked for Merlin for a couple of years in Cambridge. What are your thoughts for building bikes?


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    I work for Seven Cycles in Watertown MA. I also worked for Merlin for a couple of years in Cambridge. What are your thoughts for building bikes?
    watertown, thats where it all started
    well, I mean thats where aaron and I started caferacer.net
    ever go to the halfway cafe?


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    if you need parts for a 400 i know where there is one cheap
    tony


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    No, I've never even heard of it.


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    if you need parts for a 400 i know where there is one cheap
    tony
    thanks, always looking for parts. let me know the details. planning on using a 400 bottom end on my racebike. they have a better tranny and clutch than my 350, not to mention its a six speed. I think I'll be going to pick up those aermacchi motors on saturday. I'll let you know what exactly they are.


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    No, I've never even heard of it.
    its on main street, not too far down from the square where you cross over to newton. they've got some really great pub food there. the turkey tips were my favorite


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    you need a tach about as much as you need a speedo. rev til it doesnt make power anymore, then shift. i think it said that in the honda owners manuals. you may think you wont touch 9500, but you will. you'll learn how to ride it by the way it makes power. you'll feel when its power tops off, and you'll learn to shift it then. it probably goes a little flat before 9500 anyway. actually, until you get used to riding it and listening to it, you might want to keep the tach on there. then, as you get used to it, you can pull it off.

    hows that?
    you got 35mm fork tubes???
    or 32mm?? i have a set of proflos that are really nice. if they fit your bike, maybe we can make a deal. go to proflo for your clip ons. the problem with the honda stuff is that they from early on ran the wires through the bars. so with clip ons you need to re route and make clean. alot of it can be tossed out. the back lighting for the guages. neutral light, if youre not getting it inspected, ts indicators, and a whole host of other junk. you'll also need to shorten you brake lines probably. see some of my question posts to learn more about that in the tech section.

    goog luck

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    oooops, you have a 550, they are 35 mm. got to po-flo.com

    they have cool looking 2 part clip ons for 120 bucks i think. maybe 110. the ones i have wont fit your bike.


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    I have a bunch of 550 info on my webpage. Check out the articles (especially The Gentleman's Express and The Mantlepeice) for inspiration...

    Rob Lloyd

    http://mywebpages.comcast.net/roblloyd/Motorcycle/Index.htm


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    wow, great web site! all the basics seem to have been hit there. great pics and nice graphics. and yas got yerself some nice lookin bikes to boot!!! way to go. i love the guy at the track doin the burnout...what a sweet pic!


    joe






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