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Author Topic: '83 CM450e brat tracker  (Read 16509 times)

Offline D4N63R

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'83 CM450e brat tracker
« on: Dec 17, 2013, 12:55:46 »
Hi guys! Well little introduction.

I'm 32, race supermoto, ride dirt and while i love riding other peoples sport bikes they just arent for me.. Three summers ago I had a GS850 that I sold for a hell of a profit which got me my first supermoto, well kinda, a DRZ doesnt really count hahaha. then i sold that to build a bike for racing. Spent a summer without a street bike. I live in a rather boring place for bikes but the only thing more boring come end of summer then street riding, is not street riding at all!

So I hit up kijiji, There really isnt a lot to pick from around here and usually you either have cheap junk, or overpriced shiny junk.. There was a pretty neat GN250  but i'm 6'4 and had told myself no less then 40hp, I've also wanted a twin for years. After about a month I came across this gem, The PO built it as a little chopper for his wife, who recently became his ex-wife, $1800 later i had myself a pretty minty little bike. The bike was brought to Alberta from BC last winter and just passed its out of province inspection last summer. That means everything works and nothing leaks. The bike was basically completely rebuilt last winter.

The plans are pretty run of the mill, it needs to run (and run well) all the time, or as much as possible anyway, it needs to be able to get me around in the rain as its not uncommon for us to have crazy mini storms roll in at around 4pm right before im heading home from work. It needs to look good and be fun to ride.

I've already dropped roughly $1500 on parts, they're all in the mail but figured since i tore the bike down last night i'd get started on this.

PLANS

~24" long flat tracker seat (keeping the bike 2up capable)
4 cell A123 battery (making that myself)
super bike bars
super cheesy red 'honda' grips
after market levers
07+ R6 motion pro quick turn throttle (no right side switch on the bike)
aftermarket left side switch, horn, signal, kill
18" rear wheel
-2/+4 sprockets (something like that anyway)
520 conversion (If possible, waiting for JT to get back to me about sprockets)
integrated rear light, led front signals
all black shock/spring for the rear, boots for the front
CB360 tank
CL450 headers to custom mufflers (the damn headers already need a bunch of work just to fit)
off/on/start 4 wire ignition switch (no start button)
GM coil mod
Thinking 3.50-18 Shinko 244's but im not dead set on tires yet
I would like to eventually upgrade the front end. I'm really like the looks of modern conventional forks on old bikes. Especially with the smaller frame size of this bike, I think it looks better then USD. so maybe something from an early 2000's 600

I have uni filters coming BUT i'm going to smooth the air box out as best as i can and have it carbon vinyl wrapped. I have the canadian carbs which i hear are easier to work with then the american ones buuuuuuuut.... we all know how that goes. So i'll have the prettiest possible stock air box just in case.

I think thats it... anyway on to the pics!

how it looked when I picked it up (remember when i said it was mint)



those pipes on the stock headers have baffles and run great on stock jetting, they will be transferred to the scrambler headers.

close up of the sweet tank paint job




Im doing a 30 second interval time laps with the gopro of the entire build, here is the start and finish last night. Ill upload each nights work then a final complete video at the end.




a little inspiration



Fortunately im old enough to realize that most of the bike we drool over in a google search arent daily ridden, hell id be surprised if some are even ridden once a month. So I have realistic goals in mind for my little daily beater.

Thanks for looking and for the time being I guess ill go back to waiting on parts..
« Last Edit: Dec 18, 2013, 19:00:39 by D4N63R »

Offline D4N63R

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Re: '83 CM450e brat tracker ride it to work type thing
« Reply #1 on: Dec 17, 2013, 13:47:57 »
Removed parts, not shown are the cables and harness and all that junk



the first problem with the exhaust

« Last Edit: Dec 17, 2013, 14:00:55 by D4N63R »

Offline Joe Suzuki

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Re: '83 CM450e brat tracker ride it to work type thing
« Reply #2 on: Dec 17, 2013, 15:03:58 »
I'm on board! Can't wait to see what you have in store. Love your inspiration bike. Where can I find out more about that one?

Offline D4N63R

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Re: '83 CM450e brat tracker ride it to work type thing
« Reply #3 on: Dec 17, 2013, 15:57:36 »
I found it on this forum actually! hold on ill go find the link to the build.

here it is http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=36443.0

over the past few weeks ive been going through all the builds in this section, as well as the you bought a/now what builds for these terrible frames haha
« Last Edit: Dec 17, 2013, 16:06:30 by D4N63R »

Offline D4N63R

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'83 CM450e brat tracker ride it to work type thing
« Reply #4 on: Dec 17, 2013, 23:33:04 »
A better shot of the current state.


Offline JGHiggins1

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Re: '83 CM450e brat tracker ride it to work type thing
« Reply #5 on: Dec 18, 2013, 03:04:47 »
I am looking forward to seeing the new life this bike takes on. I just finished up the wiring on my cm450e tonight . I installed a cb400t transmission and kick start in so i could ditch the battery and starter. It makes me happy that folks like yourself are taking interest in these bikes.

Offline D4N63R

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Re: '83 CM450e brat tracker ride it to work type thing
« Reply #6 on: Dec 18, 2013, 11:19:48 »
It may have been your thread I was reading yesterday about doing that?, Kick would be great but I may just ride this beast to California this summer so the 6 spd will come in handy hahaha.

I realize a lot of people dont like these, but with a grinder and a welder you can make anything cool, The CB's are few and far between and people have just caught on to the XS650's around here so they are pulling 4-5000 which is ridiculous. These little guys are perfect, 400lbs 50ish hp. great for in the city and some little freeway blasts! If I wanna go fast I have the green devil sitting there, (the furthest from the camera) It's an 05 ZX10R with a fully built motor and good time gearing (pulls the front on command in 3rd) hahaha
« Last Edit: Dec 18, 2013, 11:31:30 by D4N63R »

Offline JGHiggins1

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Re: '83 CM450e brat tracker ride it to work type thing
« Reply #7 on: Dec 18, 2013, 11:51:03 »
I was a bit reluctant to give up my 6th gear at first but it seemed I was always having to knock down to 5th to get my guts when i needed them on the freeway. I must admit 6 was nice for long flat stretches. 

Offline D4N63R

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Re: '83 CM450e brat tracker ride it to work type thing
« Reply #8 on: Dec 18, 2013, 14:09:38 »
 If it came down to it i could always just swap the CS sprocket to lower the highway rpms the 1 or 2 times a year i would need to do it.. We are already planning a trip to Mount St. Helens. On a bike trip the idea is to take fun roads anyway right? We would trailer the bikes 3 hours south to Calgary (it is literally STRAIT south) then just head strait for the mountains from there so long, strait roads are minimized.

I haven't even ridden this thing yet but I can imagine 6th is pretty much useless with the stock gearing. Thats why i figured i would gear the snot out of the bike, make it use 6th gear and make it more fun in the city. Maybe i'll have a look for a scrap motor at the local wreckers. How is the bike to kick over? Is it like kicking a 4 stroke dirt bike? I can watch youtube videos of kick bikes all day but that doesnt really tell me anything.
« Last Edit: Dec 18, 2013, 14:13:12 by D4N63R »

Offline JGHiggins1

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Re: '83 CM450e brat tracker ride it to work type thing
« Reply #9 on: Dec 18, 2013, 18:34:01 »
It kicks over pretty smooth most of the time. It likes to be stubborn sometimes but then that's life with older engines. 9 times out of 10 the kick is smooth and it fires and the other 1 time is generally user error. I even tried kicking it over when it was below 32F the other morning and it barked right to life on the second or third kick.