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Hi,
We built this bike on 2014 from Honda CB650 and it took us 4 months of hard working but full of joy. We named it as Night Roller :)
It's so great to ride it


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I'm sending that stupid video into these guys.
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lay off the shit okay?

how does it run with those pods?
do any math for that front end swap?

atleast it doesn't look like the frame will smash into the tire like most of the pipeburn shit
 

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I would have named it the night rider and put that little red, back and forth light on the front. Aside from the theatrics.........I like it's stance. If I remember correctly (I guess I could Google it) the 650 had a longer wheelbase than normal. That, along with the seemingly long exhaust all add to it. Like I said...nice stance.
 

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That Viet guy seems far too excited at the end of that video. I hope that's not sparks shooting out of his groinal area, into the night air. :rolleyes:

Danger, is my business."
 

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Is this a new trend to copy-paste a thread to separate forums. Found the same thread in customfighters.org forum. Its like a free publicity you guys are after? Or seeking new clients for your freshly painted brand new workshop?
For me it looks like a spam....
 

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Hi all, firstly I just want to share our work, we have worked so hard for this bike: making new frame, gas tanks, back seat, exhausted tube by hand. We are the custom motorcycle workshop, not a paint workshop. This bike's already been handed over for our customer, and he runs it 600 km without stopping (just stop to get fuel) at the time he gets it. We are so proud of it and yes, I post this in many forum I know about cafe racer just for share, not for sale. If you care about configuration or how we build this bike, please email us on [email protected], we are happy to share and to hear from you. If you consider this as spam, I think you missunderstand our purpose. Thanks for your time and your comments
 

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I like this project a lot.

Here's why. It was built in Vietnam, a country that is just emerging from pure communism and transitioning to capitalism. (And it is still very poor. Annual salary in urban areas is equal to $196 in U.S. dollars, and the country has just increased minimum wage from $14 to $18 a month -- yes, a month!).

So, this project represents a huge investment done by a group of young folks who appear to be reaching out to the West (including their old enemy, the U.S.) and embracing Western culture. It may be that they didn't get it perfectly right, but they got close.

And it appears they fabricated most of it rather than buying parts off the shelf. Did they do any engineering? Probably more than most builders, since this is a country that until recently got around on two wheels. Their engineering was likely seat-of-the-pants based on experience -- but then that's often the best form.

And why do I care about Vietnam's progress? Well, I lived there my senior year of high school (1958-59) and liked it. Then beginning in 1966 I went back for three tours with the Navy to bomb their country (137 missions). Finally, in 1996, I went back a fifth time as a tourist.

I was surprised on that visit how interested the young folks are in all things United States; everyone wanted to practice their English with my wife and me. The country at that time had just recently opened to the West, and there was a long way to go. Now young men are building motorcycles for fun. Progress, indeed.

So I'm a big fan of this project, no matter any imperfections. And to this newbie, it indeed does have a nice stance. These are some guys who need encouragement, and I urge those on this site who really do know motorcycles to reach out to these guys and give them guidance.

Larry
P.S. I have been trying to talk my wife into another trip to that country. Some of the most beautiful islands in the world are in Ha Long Bay (look them up on Google). In 1966, as I circled one of those karst islands (just outside the range of an 85mm anti-aircraft gun), I promised myself I'd visit that area someday. I'm an old geezer now, so I'd better hurry up. Perhaps this fall. And if that bike is near Hanoi or Haiphong, I just might try to find those builders.
 

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I was surprised on that visit how interested the young folks are in all things United States; everyone wanted to practice their English with my wife and me. The country at that time had just recently opened to the West, and there was a long way to go. Now young men are building motorcycles for fun. Progress, indeed.

So I'm a big fan of this project, no matter any imperfections. And to this newbie, it indeed does have a nice stance. These are some guys who need encouragement, and I urge those on this site who really do know motorcycles to reach out to these guys and give them guidance.
I have never been to Vietnam but when I was in the Navy I spent time in Thialand and off the coast we rescued Vietnamese refugees that were packed on small boats....twice. But at that time I can agree that folks in that region were fascinated with American culture. These refugees were very grateful, friendly and over all pleasant to be around. At first our C.O. would not pick them up because they were not in dire need. Then one older gent took off the small outboard motor and threw it overboard. Now our Captain had no choice but to rescue them.

I really never liked to poo poo ones ideas or builds. But like a good father or friend....criticism is oftentimes warranted. So many folks who make cafe creations make the machines worse functionally than they were originally just to get "the look." Unsafe and dangerous bikes are nobody's friend. With that said looks like these guys are trying and we all learn (I'm still learning). Heck they already got the hipster video out and named the bike. They may be more western influenced than we think.
 

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I like this project a lot.

Here's why. It was built in Vietnam, a country that is just emerging from pure communism and transitioning to capitalism. (And it is still very poor. Annual salary in urban areas is equal to $196 in U.S. dollars, and the country has just increased minimum wage from $14 to $18 a month -- yes, a month!).

So, this project represents a huge investment done by a group of young folks who appear to be reaching out to the West (including their old enemy, the U.S.) and embracing Western culture. It may be that they didn't get it perfectly right, but they got close.

And it appears they fabricated most of it rather than buying parts off the shelf. Did they do any engineering? Probably more than most builders, since this is a country that until recently got around on two wheels. Their engineering was likely seat-of-the-pants based on experience -- but then that's often the best form.

And why do I care about Vietnam's progress? Well, I lived there my senior year of high school (1958-59) and liked it. Then beginning in 1966 I went back for three tours with the Navy to bomb their country (137 missions). Finally, in 1996, I went back a fifth time as a tourist.

I was surprised on that visit how interested the young folks are in all things United States; everyone wanted to practice their English with my wife and me. The country at that time had just recently opened to the West, and there was a long way to go. Now young men are building motorcycles for fun. Progress, indeed.

So I'm a big fan of this project, no matter any imperfections. And to this newbie, it indeed does have a nice stance. These are some guys who need encouragement, and I urge those on this site who really do know motorcycles to reach out to these guys and give them guidance.

Larry
P.S. I have been trying to talk my wife into another trip to that country. Some of the most beautiful islands in the world are in Ha Long Bay (look them up on Google). In 1966, as I circled one of those karst islands (just outside the range of an 85mm anti-aircraft gun), I promised myself I'd visit that area someday. I'm an old geezer now, so I'd better hurry up. Perhaps this fall. And if that bike is near Hanoi or Haiphong, I just might try to find those builders.
Wow, firstly thank you for this comment, it's so interesting that you are in navy in Vietnam war, my grand father and father are also but in difference site. War has passed for 40 years, our country is now changing a lot. it's so much difference with 1996 :). If you come to Vietnam again, please kindly let us know by email [email protected], we will be happy to take care of your bike, or take your around.

Halong is very beautiful with thousand of small island in bay, it's like a gift of god to our country. Please come, you will not be regret :)
 

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I just had a Vietnamese Army Officer in a 6 month course I finished in December, speaking of cross cultural sharing.

One of my dreams (that was stolen by Top Gear) is to do a motorcycle trip across the country.
 

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I just had a Vietnamese Army Officer in a 6 month course I finished in December, speaking of cross cultural sharing.

One of my dreams (that was stolen by Top Gear) is to do a motorcycle trip across the country.
I ride across my country so many times, and I will never get bored :)
 

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Wow, firstly thank you for this comment, it's so interesting that you are in navy in Vietnam war, my grand father and father are also but in difference site. War has passed for 40 years, our country is now changing a lot. it's so much difference with 1996 :). If you come to Vietnam again, please kindly let us know by email [email protected], we will be happy to take care of your bike, or take your around.

Halong is very beautiful with thousand of small island in bay, it's like a gift of god to our country. Please come, you will not be regret :)
I will indeed get in touch with you when we come. Thank you for the invitation. It may be in a year.

When we do come, it would be wonderful to talk with your father about his experiences. There is nothing like two old warriors exchanging stories. I have read many books about the Vietnam War (your country calls it the American War), but one of the best is a novel written by Bao Ninh called (in English) The Sorrow of War. It is written about the experiences of a fighter on your country's side. Very well done, with good reviews from major reviewers. I recommend it to anyone interested in that tragic conflict.

Thank you again for the invitation.

Larry Duthie
 
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