This is a discussion on New build questions within the Project Builds forums, part of the Caferacer.net Forums category; [QUOTE=Geeto67;639703] Originally Posted by ruffrider This will be a daily rider, I’m looking for reliability over performance yeah....I wouldn't assume that just because something is ...
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As an aside...
I am slowly wrapping my head around "sprung for your weight" and what spring rates and performance means in a sport bike. It's not as obvious as one might think.
For a track bike, sag is a number that results from your set up of the bike to perform well. Not a baseline you start your tuning with.
For a street bike, on the other hand, sag is always described as one of the baseline "magic" numbers.
I agree with the above comments that if this is to be a daily reliable driver and not a track performance machine, money is better spent on something rebuildable, but less pricey than Ohlins.
One good thing about the GSXr forks is that there is SO much aftermarket support for them. Just about anyone could tune the forks, fit cartridges, change springs, adjust oil level etc. You can even gather tools to DIY, too. And they have the adjustability to be able to adapt to your particular machine.
One thing not mentioned was getting advice from suspension shop about matching the forks to whatever shocks you eventually choose. Matching the dampening characteristics front to rear makes for a much more finished end product.
This frame has been built according to the engineers design, as opposed to chopped and welded in some weekend warriors garage, note the "hoop" at the rear. More rigid and out of the way of the tire. Cutting your frame and adding a hoop will do nothing but devalue the bike, it's wasted time and motorcycles.
Somebody might know about the forks, somebody might know about the rear, but nobody on earth is going to know what a bitsa is going to need for suspension adjustments until they attempt to ride it.
The only thing we know for sure is it will be freakin long and heavy. (regardless of how many body parts are left off during assembly)
Hi, I guess I'll put my 2 cents in too. I did a '78 cb750f a few years ago , I swapped oyt the stock front end for a 1990 cbr1000 and realy like it. the 41mm forks give a much more confident feel and the dual disk brakes are a great improvement. I did some other mods that I'm still refining and would caution you to not do to much at once to your bike. For instance , i swapped the swingarm and went to the monoshock. I won't do that on the dual cam 750f that I'm planning to build, Ijust think it's too much and I believe the factory had it right. The trade offs for this mod didn't justify the need for it, I did it mostly because I saw a lot of people doing it and thought ,why not? I'm 65 years old now and dont ride like i used to, I mostly ride to commute. If I really feal like it, I have a TL100r to get stupid on. My favorite ride is my old 1980 cb750c, it's soft and easy like driveing a Buick. I suppose it boils down to what you plan to do with this bike, If it's a rider you should keep it simple, if it's for show, go for it? I'd like to see pics. of how it comes out so good luck!
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