still not a bad place to start...wouldnt you say ?Gee, I mean your on a much different level, your like Kung Fu Master,in your bike tastes, some are just grasshoppers.But I do like the bikes you hunt down they would all happily be on my xmas wish list.
I guess I see your point it isn't a bad place to put a face to the name. It doesn't tell you much about the bike espically ride quality or feel, but it does put some stats and numbers there for you. It is just enough information to be dangerous as the saying goes.
Personally the book I recommend is The History of Fast motorcycles by Roland Brown. I got this book off the bargan section of my local barnes and nobel for less than $10 bucks. It covers all the "milestone" bikes pretty well, really fair to all countries and covers bikes that are actually easy to acquire like xs650s, t500s, cb450s, etc... and gives a pretty good write up on each one. It'd out of print now so you have to grab it up from B&N before they ship it back. Amazon wants $18 for it which still isn't bad:
Roland also has a reall nice encyclopedia of motorcycles that he wrote and a book called superbikes of the 1970s which is also a pretty good start since most 70's bikes can still be had for cheap but are rapidly appreciating in value. They are also the mainstay of cafe racers right now since 60's brit bikes got too expensive for the average man.
There are also some books on cafe racers which I think are pretty good to look at:
But before you even start to chop down your bike it is MANDATORY that you read Keith Code's "A Twist of the Wrist". It really reinvents how to ride a motorcycle, not just how to ride it fast. I even have the video he put out in the 1980s.
NOw about the only thing I don;t like about the above ducati SS and NCR kit is that by the time you get one into this country from england it cost you $10K. That is not including the cost of putting it together or the donor monster you need. Figure you are spending $16K when you are done, maybe less if you start with a wadded 620 monster instead of a pristine m900. If a wrecked monster ever comes my way and I suddenly find myself with $10K, I am going to go for it since a new paulsmart will set you back at least $16K, an original SS is over $20K and the older bikes look hella cooler anyway. The only thing I will mis is the bevel gear drive window.
Bull, I have access to a few "old" frame designs for road racers from the 1970s for japanese bikes. Now figure if they get $10K for a replica ducati, do you think there would be enough of a market for say an old T500R or H1R road going replica kit (just add engine). How about a full cafe racer kit with unique trellis frame using early 90's sportbike suspensions and say a cb750 engine.
Edited by - Geeto67 on Nov 20 2005 7:49:52 PM