I decided that i didnt have enough projects going on, and since i never finish any, it must be time to start another one. Thanks to my buddy ridesolo, i havent been able to get the idea of a large cc thumper motor in an old cb frame outta my head. Its been done before, and it has gone around on this site and some others. There is a lady in Australia that shoe horned a xr600 motor into a cb360. I have been pretty consumed by the idea, and actively searching for a donor motor. I found one in Maryland on CL, and one of the great DTT members is gonna bring it up to me at Mid Ohio this summer. I was planning on putting the engine in my cb550 project, but after some looking and thinking i decided that its far from the "ideal" frame. I have an old cb500t frame from a part out, that if i can procure a title, will be much better suited because of using a top motor mount and having a single down tube frame.
I am going to rob some of the parts that i have already rebuilt and bought off of the 550 project and put them on the 500t frame, the biggest being the front end (i think it will swap out) I have lost all ambition on that project, just to have another cb550 four like many others =P (not knocking the bike, or you if you have one, its just not what im diggin right now)
As stated in the title, it will be a brat type build, (called it a bratard to pay homage the the ever wise xb33bsa) =) fairly flat seat, if i try to motorcross it, the rear tire may bump the fender, and it will be best suited running around town, pulling wheelies (hence the name unicycle) and having enough torque to pull out a stump. I am not building the bike to drag knees and push to the handling limit. I know many of you dont like this style, and think it is not functional. If you are one of these ppl, ive read many of your other posts harping on the same thing over and over again, so i pretty much got it. That said, i dont wanna die right away, so ima shy away from firestone champion deluxe tires, and it will have a fork brace ect ect. I am not much for drinking and riding, but for all intents and purposes, this will be a bar hopper type bike, and will be as well suited for the road or better than a hardtail bobber.
anyways, had to get the gt250 off of the table to make room for the frame.
Here she is, the blank canvas for my thumper=)
And here is the lump. I am getting the engine, carbs, some ignition stuff, and the exhaust (which will probably end up getting hacked up) it is all there supposedly, less the cam. It had the dreaded early xr600 oiling problem in the head and wiped the cam bearings. He bought another used head for it, but has not ever put it back together.
This is very close to how i want the style of the bike to end up. not a copy but close. As stated above, i will not be having the gripless ballon tires and there will be other need equipment ( fork brace and probably turn signals) but i can dig the clean look of this one.