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You'd have more of a fighting chance with one of these:



The Yamaha's engine is a stressed member like the Vincent.
 

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There would be very little on the original machine that you could actually use without some very serious modifications...it would pretty much have to be a frame-up build. Unless you are some sort of mechanical wizard, I would chalk this one up as a daydream. Your profile doesn't say much about you, so I don't know what sort of skill sets you have, but if you are indeed capable of such a feat, I would love to see what you could come up with.
 

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Sorry all, I should have been more accurate with the doner bikes description. It is in fact a Sachs 800 Roadster, which does have the Suzuki engine, but the similarity ends there.
I don't know if this model was ever sold in Oz or the US. There's not many around in the UK.
The frame will need minimal mods just de-lugging and some brackets welded on for the seat.
As you can see in the pic the bike already has wire wheels, usd forks and Grimeca front brakes.
This build is a bit of a gamble. All the doner bikes that I have used up to know have needed a total restoration as well as any modifications. This time I'll be altering a perfectly good (not so good looking) one.
If anyone's interested I'll post some pics tomorrow.
 

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Instead of making it look like a norvin, why not get really crazy and restyle it with an original design? Something that speaks more to the roadster name. Get a little crazy like a one piece Tracy style body in polished alloy, or something more flat tracker looking. Challenge yourself.


In stock trim and painted black it isn't that ugly of a stock bike. It just isn't old looking.

Only a a norvin is awesome. Anything that tries to be but isn't is just a disappointment.
 

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OK, that's definitely a better place to start! Yes please...post some pics.
 

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I can see where you are coming from Geeto, but I'm already committed to doing the Norvin based build now, as I have had an alloy 5 gallon Manx tank made.
I have a Ducati Pantah project coming up later this year which may be of more interest to you. It's currently a box of bits..
The bike will need rebuilding to start with. I have been told that it runs, but there will be plenty of work to do on the carbs and the belts will need changing. I am sure there will be more engine work to do.
My first thought was to build something along the lines of a TT2 (full race fairing, seat unit, and Mike Hailwood style tank.
But I'm open to your suggestions.
I've already agreed to buy the bike, I'm just hoping the seller will wait for a few months while I finish off the Sachs.
Here's a pic taken before it was stripped down.
 

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Why do ppl ask if it's possible if they really have no intention of heading or even listening to the advice. You already bought the stuff you need...why ask????
 

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Why do ppl ask if it's possible if they really have no intention of heading or even listening to the advice. You already bought the stuff you need...why ask????
I may not have worded the thread very well, but the intention was to share with you my plans for this particular build.
On the other hand I posted a pic of the Ducati to ask for any of your ideas for this project before I started it.
I guess I had better apologise if this has upset you in any way.
 

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Doesn't bother me at all...what it does do is make you sound like someone who is not really looking for help but rather pats on the back. Wont change my day at all. It may prevent you from receiving any help when you have serious questions.
 

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At the risk of repeating myself I had already asked for ideas for the Ducati
I'm not sure how I can be looking for a pat on the back for a project which is barely started.
 

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I don't think it upset anybody.

I would like to get excited about this. Most of your stuff is very well thought out built, but another "manx" parts bolted to X chassis is hard to get excited about. Based on what I have read it's a good unique platform for a custom, but the other bikes you posted, the yamahas, they are pretty much the same thing - manx style parts on a more modern platform. I mean, I get that is what you like but it doesn't feel formulaic to you? I dunno, maybe you'll surprise me and it will be awesome, but if there was ever an opportunity to branch out, this seems like as good as any. Believe it our not but I actually care about your progress and development as a builder - the world needs more bikes like the kind you do and less of the hipster, let's throw some bars on it and some clear over the patina and call it a racer. Just saying it would be nice.....

that being said, give it your best go. No matter what happens it probably will still be good.
 

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Thanks Geeto that means a lot .
Your right I do really like the look of Manx Nortons /Tritons and I've built 6 up to now. It's getting a bit samey though. I think I've taken this as far as I can.
Thats why I've asked for some thoughts on the Ducati

Steve
 

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here is some better inspriation, modern "retro" bikes:










All of these bikes evoque the look of old bikes without actually being old or using old bike parts. They are more "Interpretations" than recreations.
 

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Thanks for the pics (is that you in the 3rd one)
This was my first thought
 

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