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Author Topic: Japan Meets Britain...  (Read 81781 times)

Offline ROne

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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #40 on: Aug 16, 2008, 00:05:37 »
I like the wheels you have going - they look like Dymags, but I'm assuming they're painted Comstars?

I was reading about the Moto Guzzi V50 in this month's Motorcycle Classics Magazine, and they said that the CX500's dry weight is almost 90 lbs more than the V50 -- where do you think all that extra weight is?

Hey guys......well the headlight maybe smaller than the original, I haven't really compared the two as yet.  I definately think it's not original, the previous owner has installed it and not sure what it's from but I intend finding out.

As for the wheels, yep standard Comstar, just been bead blasted and powdercoated Satin Black.  I think they came up looking a million bucks! ;)  They blend in more with the bike and don't seem to stand out as much as they used to, wasn't a fan of the Comstar look, I do like my 'spokes' but I'm happy with the result now.
Ride it like you borrowed it from ya Grandma!

Offline Vince Lupo

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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #41 on: Aug 18, 2008, 07:44:56 »
Well the White Rose VJM show in Spring Grove, PA was this past weekend, and about 80 bikes participated in the judging.  Really beautiful day in the upper 80's, and my ride from Baltimore was about 180 miles round trip.  The beast was awarded Second Place in 'Most Unique' category (so does that mean it was the second most unique bike there?).  First place went to some silly little Kawasaki drag bike (I hate it when then they show up and spoil things!), but overall it was a good event.

Offline Vince Lupo

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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #42 on: Oct 15, 2008, 16:17:48 »
Latest addition to the beast - a good friend of mine who is an artist added red coach lines to my rims.   Very sharp!

Offline ROne

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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #43 on: Oct 18, 2008, 05:32:02 »
def diggin the headlight setup.

is it just me or does your headlight seem smaller... 

You know.....I was just looking at the photo of my tow CX's together and I think the 'headlight' size is an optical illusion.  Because I have that stainless steel visor or peak over the light in this photo it seems smaller, also you don't have the 'ugly' fairing around the headlight which I think also adds to the illusion that the original headlight is larger.

Still, I'm not too sure what the headlight is from on my cafe.?
Ride it like you borrowed it from ya Grandma!

Offline Vince Lupo

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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #44 on: Dec 31, 2008, 15:03:59 »
Dropped by my mechanic's place to see the progress on the latest work.  New fork tubes by 'Forking by Frank', John Tickle headlight brackets from the '60's (got rid of the upper fork tube covers), more of the exposed spring showing.  The only things left to do are to re-apply the checkers to the top of lower fork units, new rear aluminum sprocket and, um, I think that's it!

Second photo is of the man who works the magic:  John Grainger with the creation!
« Last Edit: Dec 31, 2008, 15:06:50 by Vince Lupo »

Offline Vince Lupo

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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #45 on: Jan 01, 2009, 02:28:48 »
Thanks for the comments.  The silencers are Norman Hyde 'TOGA'  Gold Star Twitter mufflers, though I don't think they 'twitter'.  Very heavy duty quality, though I think that Armours makes a set that may even be heavier. 

Offline Vince Lupo

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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #46 on: Jan 15, 2009, 02:24:43 »
Just got the bike back from the mechanical guru, John Grainger, and it's exactly as I envisioned it.  Just noticed in the photos that the headlight bucket needs a bit of a tilt upwards.

Short of chrome plating the frame, I think we're....um, done?  Is that possible?
« Last Edit: Jan 15, 2009, 02:31:54 by Vince Lupo »

Offline ROne

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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #47 on: Jan 15, 2009, 06:30:58 »
Man.....that is one 'ssswwwwweeeeeeettttt' looking ride.  Well done to the 'Guru' and yourself.  ;)
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Offline Vince Lupo

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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #48 on: Jan 19, 2009, 07:34:59 »
Man it was a COLD day for a ride -- 37 DEGREES!!! But, it was nice to take the bike out for a 40 mile 'shakedown' ride to see how the front end works (40 miles is all that my fingers could handle).

While the 'old' front end used to jarringly ride over the 'speed bumps' on the Baltimore Beltway, the 'new' front end is much much better, and is sure to save not only my spine but also a few handlebar-mounted pocket watches. The 29 tooth sprocket makes a nice difference on the highway too, and the 'ton' is now easily achievable if so desired.  At an indicated 90mph it's doing 7500rpm in 4th, and with a redline of 9200rpm....

The only bummer is that I discovered (pre-ride) that the headlight bucket has a crack in it, just by the right hand mounting hole. It comes off the base of the 'domed' area of the hole, and extends from about the 3 o'clock position out about 1/2" (I seem to recall that the bucket was cracked there before it was chromed, so I guess the chromer's repair didn't hold). Hopefully I'll be able to mend it from the inside with some JB Weld or the like, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it won't spread. Figures that you'd get everything 'perfect' and some little stupid thing like this should happen! Ah well.....
« Last Edit: Jan 19, 2009, 07:40:22 by Vince Lupo »

Offline Vince Lupo

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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #49 on: Jan 19, 2009, 07:35:39 »
One last look....