it hurt. that is all.
I agree to an extent. If you have yourself a bike worth restoring or that's the way you want to go then by all means use period parts. But I know a few old guys who were building up cafe racers in the 60's and a few of them are still at it. For them it was normal to take the best bits you could find and make them work. That's how thinks like Norvins and Tritons came into existence. Hell! Look at the Rickman brothers they made it a profession. But back in the day the biggest twin leading shoe breaks you could find was preferable and sought after. So why shouldn't we keep the precedent and swap stock for bigger and better on our bikes?
I don't really think that argument is valid for our purposes. Let's step back and be honest with ourselves here. We're chasing a style. All of us. Anybody on this site who says they aren't, is a liar. If we were chasing performance, we'd be modifying more modern sport bikes. The average age of a motorcycle on this site is 35-40 years old. "Back in the day" they weren't taking 40-year-old bikes and fitting them with the newest, best parts they could find. A modern front end is all fine and dandy, but let's not BS ourselves and play it off like we're sticking true to our "roots". If that was the case, the most cost-effective route for performance would be a newer bike with newer mods. You're going to get a lot more for your money going that route, than reviving these old machines...
Has anyone had any experience with the front end from an SV650? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Here is a pic of my 68CB350 , I put a 2008 GSXR750 front end on it without too much trouble.. figure 1000-1200 to do the swap including the cost of the front end and front wheel , brakes ect.. feel free to contact me if you want a full run down of the process.
I thought about the 550 swap, but I'd still wind up with mediocre (disc) breaks, limited tire selection, and (most likely, depending on where they came from), worn forks. It would probably be a small difference in money for the swap vs the excellent breaks, excellent tire selection, and much better forks of many front-ends from the last decade.
I did the USD modern fork swap several years ago.......very easy to do.....just swap the stems.This bike is a 1969 CB350 with 1998 GSXR750 inverted forks.During mock up: