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Thought that I had a "build" thread on this thing, but I guess not.

Bought this bike from Geeto a few years ago. Spent YEARS bugging him to sell it to me.
Has a cool story behind it, and to me and epic look.

After I got it, I serviced the crap out of it and started bar hopping.


Then parts of the motor started eating each other.


Kinda moved on to other things after that happened.
Bike got stored and semi forgot about.

Had been casually collecting parts to get it back on the road.
Right not I can not say it is my main focus, but I am starting to actively work on parts of it again.

Bought a "lot" of CB500/550 parts. Have a spare engine I might just toss in the frame so I can ride the bike again.
Currently has insurance and tags, so why let it sit?

The original engine will get rebuilt in a similar way to the Gentleman's Express.
Scored a cheap set of NOS CB750 pistons.
Will send the head out for a mild port job.
Have a CB650 Cam to install too.

Another KILLER part that will be used is an ARD magneto.
Never seen one that fit a 500/550, and the 750 units do NOT fit.

 

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just write it!
I started to work on it again last night but then fell into doing the title paperwork for the wife's vespa, paying bills, and editing dad's book about flying. and then I passed out. Also I had to make dinner for me and the kid and all the honey-do stuff like take the garbage out, etc....

I wish my work firewall didn't block my DT log in. I could work on it while sitting on boring ass conference calls where I speak for 5 minutes and listen for 60.
 

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What the hell are you doing with that freaking vespa?
 

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What the hell are you doing with that freaking vespa?
not sure. Might sell it. Might get it running and then sell it. Might cut it and make it into a desk and a chair:
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Wife is starting to make vespa sounds again, but I think she want's a new twist and go. She was even looking at a Honda metropolitan scooter but I think those are too slow.
 

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I started to work on it again last night but then fell into doing the title paperwork for the wife's vespa, paying bills, and editing dad's book about flying. and then I passed out. Also I had to make dinner for me and the kid and all the honey-do stuff like take the garbage out, etc....

I wish my work firewall didn't block my DT log in. I could work on it while sitting on boring ass conference calls where I speak for 5 minutes and listen for 60.
You need some sort of recording device to bring to the conference calls. Play some really loud static and then just hang up. Maybe a recording of vomiting or coughing a lung out and then just hang up. Try a recording of that scene from Harry meant Sally where she is doing the fake orgasm thing in the restaurant... this time don't hang up, just sit there and enjoy the silence. I used that sound bite for a ring tone on my work phone once the path to the doorway becoming clearer.


Failing that, write the story in Word so you can copy and paste it later. I'm not endorsing screwing the pooch at work, cause it's just wrong, but when listening to some blowhard pontificate on a conference call, it becomes fair game.
 

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Bought these.

Got a great deal on some NOS CB750 STD pistons.

Now need to find a local machine shop that can do this.


Basically building "The Gentleman's Express" motor.
 

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....Opens door slowly.....looks around......

WELL HELLO!

Long time no talk!

Been away for a while.

Figure it was time to get back in the saddle and screw some more things up!
Spent most of last year selling off almost everything motorcycle related that I had. Part of it was that the "stuff" just became a burden and very unfun.
I was not doing much with everything and generally didn't enjoy it any more.
Sure having some super rare and interesting bikes was cool, but I seemed to never get traction to do anything productive with them.

Also life was changing, as it tends to do.
Started a new job in a new field doing new and exciting things.
Bought a big dumb house in a neighborhood that is way too nice for me.
Got married about a year ago too.

With all the changes two things stayed constant with my motorcycles.

The CL125, because it is SO good to run around town one.

AND,
The Chopper!

I still would like a modern-ish bike to just "ride", but have not decided what that will be yet.
For right now I have a bike on the road and one project.
ONLY ONE PROJECT!

New house has a single car garage, but a huge full basement.
In that basement is a nice little shop space that will work perfect for me to tinker, and stay focused on the task at hand.


Can not have a work shop without a bench, so I got to work.






Nothing fancy, but will do the job.
Also will be nice to have a place to store bins and keep things organized.
We are trying to turn a new leaf here....


So here is the bike in it's current state.

Engine is still blown up, out and apart.

The big question at this point is what to actually do with the bike.
Personally I am starting to think that the "patina" has crossed the line into "ugly".
Exploring options of re-doing the chrome and having the tins painted.

Would love some input.
 

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It looks good from 10' away, maybe just remove some of the excessive weathering and call it a day?

If you want to go really crazy, do an americanized bosozoku bike... over the top exhaust and metalflake and a seat with a super high back to it
 

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I would love to do a lace job on the tank and metal flake the frame.

I LOVE the stance and look of the bike, so not looking to change much.
Just kinda freshen it.

Biggest issue for me right now is the frame is molded and where there is filler the paint is finally coming off in rather large chunks.
 

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I had the same deal with the filler on my chopper frame. I took it all off and I'm just going with the rust patina and calling it a day. As a period piece, it's perfect. Looks like an Amen hardtail frame. Is that what it is? I just traded for a CB550 chopper that looks like it may be an Amen clone, but I don't think it's the real deal. I'll know more after Thanksgiving when my buddy and I can meet in ATL to complete the trade.
 

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Yeah, it is an Amen frame.
 

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Bass boat metalflake FTW - orange perhaps. Pinstriping is old skool kool too. Good to see you back and congrats on the life changes.
 

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So I REALLY hate electrical work, wiring or anything of the sorts.
In the past I had dismissed the MotoGadget M-Unit thing as over priced and marketed to dumb Hipsters.

Well maybe I am actually a dumb Hipster as the more I read about it, the cooler it sounds.

I get that this chopper is going to be fairly simple as far has harness building goes, but maybe this M-Unit thing is the way to go for me and this bike.
Right now there are no wires on the bike.
What didn't burn (carb fire, or short from years of hacking) got ripped out a while ago.
Either way the whole bike needs to be redone.

Any of you guys use this fancy harness wiring thingy?
Worth it?
Opinions?
Thoughts?
Comments?
Foul words?
 

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Considering you only need like 5 fused circuits max on a chopper, if you go kick only, I think the M unit is a waste of money and unnecessary. A daily rider street bike or long distance tourer, I think it’s another story.
 
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