I've got pretty much the same engine and frame sitting in my shop waiting to be made into something.
So far I've collected a VFR250 front end (fit the alloy Duc trees), and a T500 drum that will be used on it.
Still has the alloy Akront flanged rims on it. Just need to order a couple of spoke kits from NHF racing for it and relace the wheels.
Might be racing by 2008.
That bike won The last Mods Vs. Rockers show in Chicago this past summer, as well as the Rockerbox show in Wisc.
From what I have heard the guy who built it NEVER rides it, except from his trailer a block or so into the show, then back to the trailer..
Hey Everyone; Thanks for both the positive and negative feedback! I never expected everyone to like this bike, especially the exhaust. It is refreshing to hear your honest opinions. The project has been fun and the bike actually runs quite well (JohnnyB: Not quite up to racing standards, but with proper jetting - a very lean main- it goes pretty darn good).
ProTeal55: Not sure who your sources are, but your "facts" are a bit off. First of all, I did not win Mods V. Rockers, a well deserving Vincent took top honors. My Duc won the Best Italian class. Second, this bike is not just a trailer queen. I do frequently trailer it to shows, along with my other custom Duc, for several reasons: 1. I find it difficult to ride 2 bikes at once 2. If the weather is crap, the time I spent cleaning it for the show is not wasted 3. It is hard to haul home most trophies on a bike this small. Had you or your "source" bothered to check with me or my wife or my neighbors (the only people who would know whether or not I ride the bike), you would have found out that I do ride it frequently around the Holy Hill area (north of Milwaukee) and other small backroads here in "Lake Country". It certainly is not my daily ride (Valkrie and Buell S2T) but it does get ridden, and ridden fairly hard. Sorry to rain on your parade...
dave, one of the things I find so attractive about the bike is that it is finely executed. The design is cleaner and the workmanship better than any factory could do, yet it is understated enough that you could belive that is the way the bike was made originally. the fit and finish looks beyond excellent.
Like I mentioned above...I have a 350 Scrambler (rolling chassis and engine) in the shop now. Your bike will pretty much be the "ideal" I'll be shooting for when it comes to looks (hehe...probably different exhaust though). I absolutely love simple, clean, functional.
Your bike is a beautiful piece of work, just what I picture the factory producing right now if they were to build 350's again.
And....even if it was a trailer queen... so what, it deserves special treatment.