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Been a while since I have had a real project in the garage. I wimped out and just started buying aging superbikes that just needed good services to ride. Well were is the fun in that?
I have all of this pent up creative energy that I need a canvas to make my own. Something that I can so my inner feelings through.

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Looking to emulate this pure and simple machine. But go a few steps further. The wheels are WAY too bright, they should be black. The whole bike needs to be lowered about 4-6 inches to really get it down to the ground. This should lower the center of gravity and really improve the handling. Probably shorten up the exhaust a bit to increase power. Clip ons should be under the top triple for sure.

After doing some reading I found out that the frame started out as some POS Bimota DB3. Was not able to fine one of those, but did have a DB4 on hand. 4 is larger then 3 so it must be better.
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Its good that it already has a MonoShock, although I think it would be better if the shock was horizontal to the ground.
Will dig into it shortly. Charging the batteries on my impact gun now. Should have this stripped down to the bare frame in a few hours.

Does anyone know what drum bolts onto a GSXR front end? Really want that traditional look with this build.
 

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Well the 4LS off of a water Buffalo is OK... but super heavy.
Have you thought about going without a front brake? It would really tie in a cool bratstyle look
 

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Casting!

Now that could be a fun project!

I think I have a jar full of coins somewhere.
 

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The key to success is to never have real shoes....
 

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The key to success is to never have real shoes....
Smart. No one could ever fill your shoes if you never had them. 🤔
 
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Apparently 31 beer cans weigh 1lb. Let me know what you need for raw materials and I will get started mining the ore.
 

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Just found out a lot of the body work is made out of carbon? How fucking stupid is that? Its like literally a rock!

Maybe I can smelt them down to do the drum fins.
 
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Wholly Flailing Stick!!! What do you have against today’s traditional cafe racer styling?
Nothing. I love the idea of mud and road grime being slung up all over the motor and header/s by the front wheel - it has a kind of contemporary grunge feel to it. Kurt would probably have liked it too...and I think that 'today's traditional cafe racer styling' is a contradiction in terms.
 

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Jag, what are your plans for getting a good bone line?
 
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I hadn't noticed the shape of the connector pipe on the DB4. Does it have purpose or is it just another detail for the asthetics.
It is a beautifully styled machine, you'd have to be a pretty arrogant twat to think you could chop parts off and improve on it.
 

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I hadn't noticed the shape of the connector pipe on the DB4. Does it have purpose or is it just another detail for the asthetics.
It is a beautifully styled machine, you'd have to be a pretty arrogant twat to think you could chop parts off and improve on it.
That is just a CF heel guard, shaped for aerodynamics.

.....and you do realize who started this thread (and why), right?😉
 
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That is just a CF heel guard, shaped for aerodynamics.

.....and you do realize who started this thread (and why), right?😉
I knew it was Jags. I was just envisioning some guy headed towards it, angle grinder spinning 14k, about to create his vision. Of course in my daydream the artistisan trips on the grinder cord and dies with the cutting wheel embedded in his forehead.
 

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Jag, what are your plans for getting a good bone line?
Sawzall and cut off wheels. Picked up some straight angle iron ill JB to the frame. Nice and flat.

What happened to your chopper?

Did you sell it?
Nope.
It is still in my basement. It suffered as many projects do. It is all apart and stalled.
Bottom of the motor is ready to go back together. That was the death nail in the bike. The motor let go.

My real issue with the project is deciding the direction. If I am honest it has crossed the line from patina to ugly. So now the question is how far to go, what materials and finishes to use.....ect ect ect.

I would say I will get to it soon, but there are 4 new bikes inbound to an already over filled garage. Just keeping the superbikes on the road and good is a part time job.
 
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