Yeah, nice quote but when you're talking about cutting shit out of motorcycle frames and converting shitty twin shock frames to mono shock the time where you fail is usually at full throttle and it can be game over. Try again may not even be possible.Read this somewhere - Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Kinda liked it.
You of course realize there is no way you could ever collect on that bet... never is a mighty long time...your bike and I could care less what you do to it. but I got $5 that says it never sees the road. (under its own power)
This work? 16,000 miles, $1100US https://www.kijiji.ca/v-street-cruisers-choppers/mississauga-peel-region/1978-kawasaki-kz650/1328201975?enableSearchNavigationFlag=truethere was a few members doing kz650 projects. I need a 650 donor engine and complete wiring harness ( I know: good luck). for the CMR frameset. [/FONT][/COLOR][/LEFT]
Plan is to reinforce the current swing arm - triangulate the length in line with mono shock with prop(s) at lower shock mount.What swing arm are you going to use for your mono shock? The stock one is not up to the task of supporting weight without the twin shocks. With the bike torn down get that head off the motor and do a valve job. Super easy and will wake the motor back up. As long as the rings are good and rings on these last for many miles. Over the past 3 years I've done 14 custom CB500/550 rebuilds and if you don't do it just right you will hate it. You will ride it for 10 miles and then post it up for sale
Thank you, all of that I can live with.You of course realize there is no way you could ever collect on that bet... never is a mighty long time...
As for the frosty reception, I have to admit, when I saw this thread my first idea for a reply was 'What, no monoshock?" but decided to not say anything (then). I iterally LOL'd when I saw that little feature added. While it's new ground for the OP, it's more of the same around here. If you wander through past threads you'll see a lot of new projects where guys dove in head first and maybe lasted a couple weeks or so, but rarely have they amounted to anything.
Maybe yours will, who knows. None of us have any first hand knowledge of what you're capable of, but your thread has started out like so many others that go nowhere and just end up with another Craigslist ad for some CBwhatever parts.
I hope you surprise us, we could use that around here. As for the monoshock... in my book it's not worth the effort. The bikes that I consider to be the ultimate cafe racers (everyone has their own definition) have dual shocks. Nothing wrong with dual shocks on an older bike. Kinda like when people put single sided swingarms on their bikes. Why? Because they can. Ok... so what? As much of a Ducati fan as I am, I lost my fascination with SSS's years ago. But to each his own.
BTW - I also fully admit I'm jaded on the whole cafe racer thing. I hang around here to procrastinate from doing real work for the most part. Having said that, there's an Aprilia in my basement that could really use some race bodywork installed, I should get my lazy ass off the couch...
Thanks, I'll take a look and thanks for the useful advice and supplier/manufacturer names.You can search some of my posts that have some pics of a few of my bikes. The "just right"is the riding position. If your going clip ons and bump seat then clip ons are a requirement. Tarozzi and raask make amazing bolt on sets for your bike. Do go the cheap eBay route. Also suspension. Again stay away from cheap eBay specials. Great cheap shocks are Redwing. NO OVER SIZED TIRES. They have a vintage look but are very bouncy
Just as the woodsman said, that design has no more flexible junctions then the original stock setup, the heim joint connections are only there to make the geometry of the whole thing adjustable. Probably because the creator was faced with the same questions as yourself; what spring, travel and shock absorption rates are required to make it function. The Kinetic kit really isn't a mono-shock conversion, it's a rear shock relocation conversion only if it still utilizes 2 shocks simply mounted higher and forward on the frame. Handling is probably not improved in the least considering the shocks they are using, probably handles like a pogo-stick.Re: Kinetic Motorcycles suspension conversion kit - Absolutely NOT what I want.
I can not follow the logic of the design - so many flexible junctions in the configuration. One size fits all maybe? ...