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locoR1

posted on 21/10/11 at 08:35 PM Reply With Quote
Loco's CB500T Cafe Racer build diary

Thought some of you would be interested to see how my latest project progresses.

The locost has been on the road 10 years now and evolved about as far as i can go with it so with winter coming and the boredom of nothing to do setting in i decided a while ago a cafe racer style bike was next.

Next problem was finding a suitable bike, decided from the start it would have to be a twin or single have spoked wheels and most importantly i wasn't going to take a nice bike apart so had to be a bit of a dog.

Found a very rough 1978 CB500 last Sunday at the right price so borrowed a trailer and set of to Norwich to fetch it!

Yes its a nice shade of brown to match the rust was told it hadn't been started for years although it was a good runner when last used guess i will find that out later.










And finally home just in time to get ready for a Sunday night shift....god that was a long day!








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steve m

posted on 21/10/11 at 08:44 PM Reply With Quote
oooooooooooooooohhh


I MIGHT DELVE INTO THE LOFT!!!!



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locoR1

posted on 21/10/11 at 08:50 PM Reply With Quote
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oooooooooooooooohhh


I MIGHT DELVE INTO THE LOFT!!!!



steve



Whats in the LOFT? funny place to keep a bike if you've got one

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steve m

posted on 21/10/11 at 08:55 PM Reply With Quote
a 500t suzuki 1973?
and a 1963 ish 600 panther, sloper, resides, in parents loft, from my younger days

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locoR1

posted on 21/10/11 at 09:01 PM Reply With Quote
Nice take some pictures while your up there, would love to see them.





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steve m

posted on 21/10/11 at 09:09 PM Reply With Quote
so would i!!!

Father doesnt know they are up there !!

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locoR1

posted on 21/10/11 at 09:13 PM Reply With Quote
....time to come clean me thinks!!!!!!!





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skodaman

posted on 22/10/11 at 12:17 AM Reply With Quote
Is that an Avon Roadrunner I see before me?
"so had to be a bit of a dog." Think you've managed that part of the brief.
Still a nice period piece from when bikes were bikes and didn't stop or go round corners. Nice alloy petrol tank, matching single seat,clip-ons, hack off any surplus brackets and fit a decent caliper and megaphone exosts and it could be fun. Just a weekends work I reckon.





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RK

posted on 22/10/11 at 12:29 AM Reply With Quote
cant wait for this. keep us posted
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Ninehigh

posted on 22/10/11 at 05:05 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by locoR1
quote:
Originally posted by steve m
oooooooooooooooohhh


I MIGHT DELVE INTO THE LOFT!!!!



steve



Whats in the LOFT? funny place to keep a bike if you've got one


But that would be an awesome place to start a ride






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welderman

posted on 22/10/11 at 07:21 AM Reply With Quote
I've got the urge to have a go now but need to Finnish current project first. Keep us posted on your progress





Thank's, Joe

I don't stalk people


http://www.locostbuilders.co.uk/forum/23/viewthread.php?tid=172301

Back on with the Fisher Fury R1

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Dangle_kt

posted on 22/10/11 at 08:07 AM Reply With Quote
looks like an interesting one - and as its low cost and has that oily wiff, how could any of us fail to be interested!

Keep us updated - and ref the comment above, I'm pretty sure that is MUCH more than a weekends work

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locoR1

posted on 22/10/11 at 08:38 AM Reply With Quote
Cheated a bit with the first post just to star the thread off,

Made a start on it yesterday, First job see if i could get the old girl running again!
Reccon its been a good few years judging by the state the carbs were in never seen the inside of a float bowl green before so with that done fitted the battery of my scooter sorted some of the wiring out cleaned the points up and put some fresh fuel in!

It surprisingly started quite easily and runs reasonably well

Now i know it runs ive made a start on striping it, will be doing a bit more today so will post up some more pic's later.

Dave.

[Edited on 22/10/11 by locoR1]





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welderman

posted on 22/10/11 at 08:56 AM Reply With Quote






Thank's, Joe

I don't stalk people


http://www.locostbuilders.co.uk/forum/23/viewthread.php?tid=172301

Back on with the Fisher Fury R1

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coozer

posted on 22/10/11 at 03:44 PM Reply With Quote
What kind of cafe racer are you intending to make it into??





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locoR1

posted on 22/10/11 at 03:57 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by coozer
What kind of cafe racer are you intending to make it into??


What do you mean by what kind? Im just going to make it up as i go along with the help of Google images for inspiration





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coozer

posted on 22/10/11 at 06:41 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by locoR1
quote:
Originally posted by coozer
What kind of cafe racer are you intending to make it into??


What do you mean by what kind? Im just going to make it up as i go along with the help of Google images for inspiration



Like this.. yum yum




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coozer

posted on 22/10/11 at 06:50 PM Reply With Quote
However, doing this to it would be cool.......










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locoR1

posted on 22/10/11 at 07:41 PM Reply With Quote
They look more like choppers to me all hard tail......doesn't float my boat sorry

Im thinking more like below














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locoR1

posted on 22/10/11 at 08:00 PM Reply With Quote
Starting to look a bit more like the look I'm after....seat brackets cut of frame ready for new seat when I find one or make one.

Going to be slower progress from here as i cant strip it right down to start rebuilding wheels engine ect until the seat and rearsets are sorted, looks like i will be visiting Newark autojumble in a few weeks and looking through ebay quite a bit.








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Mark Allanson

posted on 22/10/11 at 08:06 PM Reply With Quote
from the cartoon 'Ogri'





If you can keep you head, whilst all others around you are losing theirs, you are not fully aware of the situation

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T66

posted on 22/10/11 at 08:12 PM Reply With Quote
Can see the shape coming in already...


Just found this album - https://picasaweb.google.com/101411147233928518276/BubbleVisor02



check his other album aswell...

[Edited on 22/10/11 by T66]






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MikeRJ

posted on 22/10/11 at 08:13 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by skodaman
Is that an Avon Roadrunner I see before me?



Or Avon Deathmaster as a friend and I referred to them as. He had one on the back of his GT185, and the profile was so square (despite appearing to be relatively new from the tread depth) that he fired the bike up on the center stand and used a surform to "reprofile" the tyre, which apparently worked quite well

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Andybarbet

posted on 22/10/11 at 09:40 PM Reply With Quote
It might be worth searching for a Vespa race seat, you can get the fibreglass shell & cover it with padding if you want to.

They will probably be quite locost price wise.

Here's the sort of thing i mean on ebay - Item number: 160660354929

If you do a google images search for 'vespa race seat' it will bring up a few pictures, may not be what you were thinking but when i looked at those pictures you put up, it sprung to mind.

Good luck with the build, i think its going to turn out pretty tasty


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locoR1

posted on 22/10/11 at 10:17 PM Reply With Quote
Thanks, Just had a look very similar prices to the one i tried to bid on tonight but failed miserably i always bid in the last few seconds so im not tempted to up the price i had decided on, bet you can guess! missed the end by a second or so

This is the one i was going to bid on "LINK"

Would make a plug and mould to do my own but it just doesnt seem worth the time and effort when i can hopefully buy something like that and tweak it a bit to make it just how i want it.





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