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Author Topic: Japan Meets Britain...  (Read 81850 times)

Offline Vince Lupo

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Japan Meets Britain...
« on: Dec 31, 2007, 04:34:28 »
Here are a few shots of the latest incarnation of my 1966 Honda CB77 SuperHawk.  The bike started out as a basically stock bike that had been little used for the past 30 years.  The engine and transmission were rebuilt about 4000 miles ago, new valves, etc, port 'n' polish the head, painted, polished and powder coated, electronic ignition, Amal 626's, fancy coils,  TOGA/Norman Hyde Gold Star mufflers, K&N filters behind the side covers, custom wheels (Akronts, stainless spokes, polished hubs with black painted centers, Dunlop K82's) with Bill Selby bacon cutters on the front (1960's items), custom front end, Hagon shocks, custom paint job with hand painted checkers on the tank and fenders, custom decals, pedestrian slicer from a pre-unit Triumph, and recently chromed footpeg assemblies (I'm sure I'm probably missing a bunch more!).  This past July I rode out to Mid-Ohio for Vintage Motorcycle Days from my home near Baltimore, Maryland (originally from Toronto), and rode to the CVMG's Paris show in 2005 (about a 1250 mile round trip), so this puppy doesn't get trailered anywhere.  It's super loud, and I've done the 'ton' with it -- with a recent gearing mod and the new K&N's it should be good for 110, and is surely ready to take on all those 500's out there.
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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #1 on: Dec 31, 2007, 04:39:29 »
Here are a few more shots....

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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #2 on: Dec 31, 2007, 05:02:11 »
And finally....
« Last Edit: Jan 01, 2008, 05:03:34 by Vince Lupo »

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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #3 on: Dec 31, 2007, 07:45:41 »
Very very nice!  I'm working on my own Jap/Brit hybrid.  Mine is a Triton inspired Yamaha XS650.  I'm sticking with Japanese carbs (Mikuni VM36's) though, but am also running Hagon's and a Lucas headlight bucket.

Gotta ask about two things - the stopwatch on the handlebar and the bacon slicers - where'd you score those?  Wouldn't mind the same on my front wheel (running a stock Yamaha TLS front end).
"Quality . . . you know what it is, yet you don't know what it is. But that's self-contradictory. But some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality. But when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes poof! There's nothing to talk about. But if you can't say what Quality is, how do you know what it is, or how do you know that it even exists? If no one knows what it is, then for all practical purposes it doesn't exist at all. But for all practical purposes it really does exist."

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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #4 on: Dec 31, 2007, 09:44:06 »
The actual pocket watch itself is a 1943 Elgin GCT US Navy comparing watch with a 24 hour dial (size 16, or about 2" in diameter).  That watch has now been substituted with a quartz movement watch -- all the vibration and bouncing just wreaks havoc on these mechanical movement watches, so the quartz one will actually last.  The holder came from PJ Speedos on the Isle of Man.  I tried to contact them via their website (www.pjspeedos.co.uk), but it seems that it's no longer in operation.  It's a chromed split clamp that attaches to the handlebars, and then there's a round chrome saucer with a foam pad where the watch sits.  There's four 'arms' made of spring steel that cradle the watch, and I've added a shortened steel pocket watch chain that wraps around the handlebars so the watch doesn't go flying out of the holder if you go over a big bump (only needed to have that happen once to learn that lesson!).  I know that there are handlebar watched available new (Formotion), but I know, they don't have that 'vintage' look you're probably looking for.  (BTW, all those ugly corroded handlebar mount bolts in the photo have been replaced ;D)

The bacon cutters/cooling rings were made by 'Bill Selby Products' and are actual 1960's items for the SuperHawk (try to find another pair!).  Don't know if you're a reader of Classic Bike Magazine, but one of the editors, Brian Crichton, found them for me through a collector in England (it's too long a story so I won't bore you with all the details).  I'd seen vintage photos of cafe bikes and noticed that several of them sported these rings, and thought they'd good for my 'art project'.  As far as trying to find some for your bike, one option would be to look at the ones for the new Royal Enfields, offered in North America through Classic Motorworks in Faribault, Minnesota (www.enfieldmotorcycles.com).  Their versions are called a 'polished wheel trims' ($100.00 pr.) and are similar to the ones that were offered for the 250 Continental GT back in the '60's.  However, you would need to call them to see if the hole for the brake drum is big enough (or small enough) to fit around the hub of your wheel -- before I found mine, I checked with them and theirs were too small for my wheel (I think I needed 9" for mine).  Plus, theirs attach by actually drilling into the hub (5 holes).  Mine bolt into each other through the spokes, so if I wanted to remove them nothing will have been affected. 

Another thing you could do would be to have a machine shop cut rings like this and drill holes to your liking (the holes on my rings have these scoops over them, so they probably couldn't do that).  They are made of aluminum, so I wouldn't imagine that it's a big deal for them to make these things up.  Probably best if they were laser cut, though I'm no expert.  The nice thing about them is that they do not affect the ride at all -- nothing happens in a cross wind or anything like that. They were supposed to channel air into the hubs to cool the front brakes, but I'm sure they're more fashion than function.   
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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #5 on: Dec 31, 2007, 14:02:59 »
Hey Vince,

Very nice!!.. I love the bacon slicers!!...
How do those mount on the front anythow?... Does it mount to the hub or the spokes?...

Great Job!! ;D

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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #6 on: Dec 31, 2007, 14:35:05 »
Hey Vince,

Very nice!!.. I love the bacon slicers!!...
How do those mount on the front anythow?... Does it mount to the hub or the spokes?...

Great Job!! ;D

the answer is in the post, but i'm gonna make you look for it ;)
"Quality . . . you know what it is, yet you don't know what it is. But that's self-contradictory. But some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality. But when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes poof! There's nothing to talk about. But if you can't say what Quality is, how do you know what it is, or how do you know that it even exists? If no one knows what it is, then for all practical purposes it doesn't exist at all. But for all practical purposes it really does exist."

Offline Vince Lupo

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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #7 on: Jan 01, 2008, 04:41:34 »
Thanks for the words of encouragement!  The bacon cutters/cooling rings through-bolt from one ring to the other in between the spokes --  there are long spacers that go in between the spokes and there's a bolt on the outside of each ring that screws into these spacers.  If I have a chance to take a closeup photo of this I will post it, though if look really closely at the front end detail shot you can see one through the spokes. 

As a final detail (for 2007 that is) I just replaced the old tank badges with a beautiful set from the Netherlands -- they are made using this wax mold process and are identical to the originals, done in plastic and with UV inhibitors added so they won't warp and crack like the originals tend to do.  The originals are going in the vault....



Shot from the Baltimore to Paris trip in 2005.
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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #8 on: Jan 02, 2008, 16:28:08 »
Finishing touches (for now!).....

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Re: Japan Meets Britain...
« Reply #9 on: Jan 12, 2008, 17:20:36 »
wicked ride vince :o ;D!
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