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Yeah, I do need one that's streetlegal though. I already scrapped
my turn signals and mirrors. Hassle by the cops is nothing I'm
not used to, I got pulled over almost weekly by them when I drove
the cadillac, the fins attract all the right and wrong attention.
But the bike has to be legal or else I can't ride it...Thanks
for the headsup on the Ford taillight though dude.

I have a pic of it when I bought it. Lots of surface rust. Plus a
fat hole in the exhaust. (Also gotta replace that)

-BULLITT
 

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I looked at that '39 Ford w/bluedot.
Is the actual light really that tiny? it looks like it's half an
inch around, that's way too small.

Hmmm.....I need something that's not square, but something
bigger than that.

-BULLITT
 

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the actual light is bigger and you could go with the ones without the blue dot if you wanted. denis kirk also sells a myriad of turn signals. like small gsxr style ones. also a cool look for a caferacer. there are always the smaller $12 after market taillights that ive seen that are kind of upside down house shaped. small and efficient. i used to have a friend of mine who drove a 69 camaro ss. he only drove it about once or twice a month. vette sidepipes. black with gold stripes and heavily tinted windowns. this was back in like 88. he lived about 3 miles from the gas station we all worked at. almost everysingle time he drove it he was pulled over. he pulled into the lot at the station "escorted" by police cars i dont know how many times. i on the other hand i think am blessed. i cant rememeber ever being pulled over in my torino gt. and only once in one of my camaros and that was for loud exhaust. the guy was just being a dick though. he said he could tell just from the sound it was louder than oem spec. and this car had a full exhaust on it with good mufflers.

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Well, I took all the turnsignals and mirrors off the bike, so they
won't like that first off. Plus I have a bigass Star on the back of
my jacket so that's sure to catch their eye.

I got that tank off and ready to paint. I think I'm gonna
take the fenders off next and get them ready to paint.
Gotta slice some slack off that rear fender though.

If I got some clubman flat handlebars on order, where do I find
grips for them? Or do the stocks just slide on?

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kick ass! a two page topic (no thanks to me, I know)

I used what I think is a cheap copy of a Lucas taillight on my cb550. replaced that huge-ass oem light, probably the same as on your twin. its small and neat, holds the plate too. got it from Hutch's shop.
 

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dennis kirk has piles of them also. they are good for stuff like that. grips that is. now all you need is a set of drag pipes and no one will be able to resist!!


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Drag pipes? I need new pipes, absolutely. These have holes
in them from the previous owner letting the thing languish,
and they are very, very loud. Oh, when I take a pic, if anyone
needs a seat, it's off of some kinda Honda Bike, it came on my
bike but obiviously is newer and doesn't fit mine at all, when
Bret comes back and gives me the scoop on a new seat/tailpiece,
I'll post a pic if someone needs it.

Where can you buy Lucas taillights from????
BTW: Thomaselli clubmans'll fit my bike right? I just ordered
some.

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i dont know how hard it is to find pipes for your bike. i know the cb350/2 is impossible. no one makes a set of pipes and mufflers. they have to be made or an old set has to be found. like from hooker or one of those comapnies. hopefully youre not in the same boat. aaron can sell you a lucas tail light. that big bullet shaped thing?? the lights not hard to find but they can be a little pricey. and why would you want to contaminate your perfectly good japanese wiring with something english. gee, on 2nd thought, aaron may NOT sell you one!

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What's the difference between the pipes that flare out kinda
at the ends, and the stocks that start out small, flare to a
bulge, and then slim down at the ends? (I have the stocks).

I want something loud so they'll know I'm coming. I just know
as soon as I get it on the road, one of these Michigan SUV
drivers will cream me... Maybe I should put the turn signals
and mirrors back on.....I found a site that sells cool lucas
taillights... But yeah, it needs to be electrically sound,
something I hear the British don't do well =(

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if youre really worried about getting creamed, loud pipes wont do a damned thing. ive been close on a couple of occasions with drags on my bonneville. the best thing you can do, and probably everyone who races will tell you, get really good front brakes. go to a place called vintage brake in california, vintagebrake.com talk to micheal, and he will have that thing stopping on a dime. nothing else will save your ass better than good brakes.


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Yeah the brakes are definetly gonna get beefed up.
That won't save me from getting rear-ended, but nothing will..
...A triumph bonneville is my dream bike, you're lucky dude.
As for my pipes, I think the guy from loudfastugly.com might
be able to source me some.

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my bonnevilles a 68. it was my first street bike. it was seized with 1" of water in the jugs when i bought it. total mess. i rebuilt the entire thing. im working on getting the wheels complete. the wiring harness caught on fire last spring. there are no good brit shops down here so im kinda screwed. i have to mail order everything. it is by far my favorite bike. it handles great and is just a blast to ride. it hasnt been run since last spring. i need to find another wiring harness for it. i'lkl get around to buying another one at some point. i highly recommend you get one asap. the brit studff is a total pain in the ass, but totally worht it.

as far as your pipes go, i dont know what to tell you. tom at delux works did a set up for me a few years back. they are nice but not treally tuned for the bike. but hes a great guy and does some nice work. search delux works honda on the web.

later
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No need for alarm everyone, that loud POP! was just my head coming out of my ass when I realized you have to click the small digits at the bottom of the page to see additional posts to a topic. HELLOOOO! McFLYYYYY! Anyways.....
Bullitt, as I'm not real familiar with the CB450 frame I'm not positive which tank or seat will fit but I'd guess either BTA, BTC or BTD. Arron may be right about the Aermacchi/Ducati tank fitting but I'd need to compare dimensions to be sure. I did however just get done building a tank and seat for a customers CB550 4 cyl street Cafe bike. I slightly modified one of our existing tanks for CB350s by making the forward mounts wider and relocating the petcoks. Are they close to the same? Anyone know? E-mail me direct and I'll shoot you some photos as I still haven't figured out how to post pictures to the forum. Can someone help me with this? Arron? I've got some great ones of customer bikes and racers we've built.
The tank I built for the CB550 is on our website.(parts thunbnail page, left column, 2nd from bottom, part #HONFTA) This tank was a Honda CR750 tank that we sectioned out 4 inches of it's length and changed the tunnel to fit the CB350s specifically. We also added a small sump at the rear with a single petcock that drops between the 2 seat rails right above the carbs. On our site this tank is listed as a Norton Commando extra capacity because our webmaster is an idiot and a lazy Fother Mucker. Oops, did that come out loud?
Anyways Bullitt, give me a call and we can easily figure out what you need.
Bret @ Glass from the Past
503-657-7701 (office) 971-207-2824 (shop)
www.cafeparts.com
Hey Arron, your fairing nosecone and front fender leave here tomorrow. You were right, they look good in that shade of pink.
 

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Hey Bret. I'll give ya a call tomorrow, I can't call until after
4pm though. Hope you're still in the office/shop.

Is your email [email protected] or [email protected]??
You don't have an exhaust that would fit my bike do ya? I saw
you have some replica Dunstalls.

BTW, my Bike's a CB500T, rather than a 450, but the frames might
be the same for all I know...

See, we have plenty of activity on here now! Plus I've been spreading
the gospel to everyone I meet on the net, trying to get 'em to
post here and introduce new people.

Bedtime. (4:00am) -BULLITT
 

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Dude, forget it. I just checked your profile, and saw your email,
and it matches the one on the site, I didn't realize you owned the
place...heh, cancel that last part. But like I said, I'll call ya
tomorrow (Today) or email you. If any of the parts you have
on your site can be made to fit my bike, I'd be really happy,
I already see several things on there I want......=)

Joe, '68 must've been one of the best years for cars and bikes,
Especially muscle cars, and 67-69 Bonnevilles are really awesome,
I'm glad the bike finally got appreciated...

Later guys
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Well, I've found someone willing to fabricate a seat, tailpiece,
and fueltank for my bike. I have to say, I'm very excited.

-BULLITT
 
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