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Author Topic: ** PICS OF MEMBERS RIDES ** - Official Before & After Thread  (Read 422068 times)

Offline Tune-A-Fishİ

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Re: ** PICS OF MEMBERS RIDES ** - Official Before & After Thread
« Reply #1665 on: Jul 11, 2017, 12:30:05 »
Scratch-built 1974 Norton 850 Commando monoshock cafe racer

This is the pile of leftover parts that I started from, although I only ended up using the chassis parts, and a few other bits...



I designed and built my own monoshock swingarm working with 2 standard swingarms, used a ZX9 inverted front end, Kenny Dreer VR880 front hub, VR seat/tail, MkIII rear hub & disc brake, .040 over pistons & rings, Megacycle 560-00 cam with radiused lifters, Sparx ignition, alternator, and regluator/rectifier, hand-wired the bike with each circuit individually fused, alloy tank cost an arm and a leg, Buchanan's did the excel shouldered wheels & stainless spokes, Thomaselli clip-ons, and lots more that I've fogotten off the top of my head. Anyway, it's the only Commando I could loft the front wheel with, throttle only.



Do the ton? Oh yeah!

Classy ride.


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Re: ** PICS OF MEMBERS RIDES ** - Official Before & After Thread
« Reply #1666 on: Jul 12, 2017, 11:17:41 »
1970 Norton 750 Commando chopper rescue.

No words needed.

BEFORE

AFTER
« Last Edit: Jul 14, 2017, 12:00:47 by grandpaul »
It ain't braggin' if ya done it.

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Re: ** PICS OF MEMBERS RIDES ** - Official Before & After Thread
« Reply #1667 on: Jul 13, 2017, 10:57:24 »
This was a better-than-typical starting point, I bought this unfinished rolling project from a friend in Macon, GA. Leo Goff of Memphis Motor Werks had done the engine build, my friend Ed had assembled it to a roller with a nice Norvil fully floating front brake.



I sourced some bodywork from ebay and Clubman Racing, installed an ARD mini magneto, new Amal concentric carbs, and had my painter spray the black Imron. The bike is a serious beast, doing the ton goes without saying; just a twist of the wrist.



Yes, the Dunstall long-range gas tank & dual seat are an acquired taste; classic.

It's for sale, although there is a "possible" buyer that keeps saying he's going to send me a significant deposit (going on 2 months)
« Last Edit: Jul 13, 2017, 10:58:55 by grandpaul »
It ain't braggin' if ya done it.

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Re: ** PICS OF MEMBERS RIDES ** - Official Before & After Thread
« Reply #1668 on: Jul 14, 2017, 12:07:10 »
This is my AHRMA Novice Historic Production Heavyweight roadracer made from 66/67/68/69/70 Triumph Bonneville parts. I scratch built it from stuff I've had around my garage/shop, some for almost 20 years. I obtained my racing license on it, on my 50th birthday, then treated myself to the adventure of a lifetime racing 2 events (4 races) in 2007, 13 races in 2008 (half the available races) including finishing 5th in the championship against 21 other riders on much faster bikes, and a record-setting run on the Bonneville Salt Flats, and 4 races in 2010 (including a podium finish). It is BONE STOCK, apart from the electronic ignition.

BEFORE


AFTER


Do the Ton? YES.
It ain't braggin' if ya done it.

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Re: ** PICS OF MEMBERS RIDES ** - Official Before & After Thread
« Reply #1669 on: Jul 14, 2017, 12:15:15 »
Keep em coming Paul!
Half the fun's in the get there...

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Re: ** PICS OF MEMBERS RIDES ** - Official Before & After Thread
« Reply #1670 on: Jul 14, 2017, 16:39:36 »
Keep em coming Paul!
One a day, and only on weekdays when I'm in town.

...but there are still plenty to come.
It ain't braggin' if ya done it.

Offline goldy

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Re: ** PICS OF MEMBERS RIDES ** - Official Before & After Thread
« Reply #1671 on: Jul 15, 2017, 07:32:02 »
You do great work Paul...I really like the 'save' on that chopper abomination.
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1954 AJS 20B (project)
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1968 Triumph T100 special
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1973 XL350 special

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Re: ** PICS OF MEMBERS RIDES ** - Official Before & After Thread
« Reply #1672 on: Jul 15, 2017, 15:41:22 »
Yeah, great save on that chopper abomination!
Lighter, Quicker, Faster.
ZX-14, 900F x 2, 1100F, R100, CBR600, SR500, GT500, RZ350, KZ1000 x 2, Moto Guzzi Lemans lll, CBX550, RD 350, 750 SOHC police special, RG250, TL1000R, GT750, KTM Super Duke 1290 R, Harris/Z-1, Norton 750 Commando, Green 77 KZ650

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Re: ** PICS OF MEMBERS RIDES ** - Official Before & After Thread
« Reply #1673 on: Jul 20, 2017, 11:12:07 »
Before & After of a client's '72 Norton Combat 750 Commando with Dunstall bodywork - had got hit by a car 15 years earlier and the bike sat and rusted in the Florida salt air. It got nice alloy wheels laced with stainless spokes by Buchanan's, drilled and Blanchard ground the front brake disc, K&N dual neck air filter, Sparx electronic ignition (which to this day, after over 40 units installed, is the ONLY one that has ever failed me, TWICE!).

Client claimed he couldn't tell the restored bike from the original except for the wheels & pipes.



No question it'll do the ton, with ease.
It ain't braggin' if ya done it.

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Re: ** PICS OF MEMBERS RIDES ** - Official Before & After Thread
« Reply #1674 on: Jul 21, 2017, 13:37:37 »
These were the leftovers from 4 lot purchases to salvage (2) ZRXs, and an engine purchase to make it worthwhile to build the 3rd ZRX.

"BEFORE"


"AFTER"


Do the ton? Oh yeah, in 3rd gear (and its a 5-speed), and it's not even breathing hard.

(sharp eyes will note that I didn't end up using the inverted forks)
« Last Edit: Jul 21, 2017, 13:46:54 by grandpaul »
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Re: ** PICS OF MEMBERS RIDES ** - Official Before & After Thread
« Reply #1676 on: Jul 21, 2017, 20:09:58 »
These were the leftovers from 4 lot purchases to salvage (2) ZRXs, and an engine purchase to make it worthwhile to build the 3rd ZRX.

"BEFORE"


"AFTER"


Do the ton? Oh yeah, in 3rd gear (and its a 5-speed), and it's not even breathing hard.

(sharp eyes will note that I didn't end up using the inverted forks)

Nice job.  These are fairly easy bikes to work on imho.  I love that you brought one back to life instead of parting it out.  I have my original and another parts bike same color same year, just in case.  The Ton comes up pretty quick if you aren't watching for it.  Best all around motorcycle I've ever known.


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YZF750/1000R The Fly
KZ 750 Twin
ZRX 1100
The Shovelhead springer chopper
A bunch of KZ's...some Suzukis', and a disassembled CB550
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Re: ** PICS OF MEMBERS RIDES ** - Official Before & After Thread
« Reply #1677 on: Jul 21, 2017, 20:10:53 »
Another CB360 (now 378).  I have a weird love for these little guys.

Before:



After:






From fugly yard art to moto-glory!
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YZF750/1000R The Fly
KZ 750 Twin
ZRX 1100
The Shovelhead springer chopper
A bunch of KZ's...some Suzukis', and a disassembled CB550
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Re: ** PICS OF MEMBERS RIDES ** - Official Before & After Thread
« Reply #1678 on: Jul 21, 2017, 20:11:38 »
Best all around motorcycle I've ever known.
I agree!


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Re: ** PICS OF MEMBERS RIDES ** - Official Before & After Thread
« Reply #1679 on: Jul 24, 2017, 13:19:28 »
1956 Triumph Thunderbird

"Before" was a pretty sorry excuse for a bike...

It ain't braggin' if ya done it.