tounds sound, but don't do what I do and start removing parts and then see another bit that really needs to be removed to clean it and while you are in there might as well cut a bit off here and add a bit there, and.... You may have the same "can'tleaveitaloneitis" that I suffer from. I have enough projects in hand that I could be busy until I'm 200 years old and that's pretty unlikely to happen, so I need to dump a few and clear some mental space.
May I suggest that you start with a few pictures of the bike from each side and sketch in CAD (Crayon Aided Design) the seat and see how much more you would need to change to make it into a simple project rather than a full on re-imagining.
Air cooled V twin for the other bike is a much better idea. I like that. It better fits the concept and is easier to implement.
Personally, I'd still be thinking about the 125 Yam TJ....I recently built this.....its a lot of fun.....and theres plenty of me to haul around!!
That's a fair point .... especially now I'm reduced to a sylph like 14.5 stones !!!! I've located an engine in the Midlands, complete less carbs - guaranteed as a runner for £240. When I called them they said that was less starter and side covers [ !!! ].
I told them I'm only interested in it complete as is [ has downpipes as well ] ....... waiting to hear back.
I should get than money back on the spare VF400 lump I got along with the first bike.
Convinced of Redditch .
Hearing you on that. Correction - the pix re-arranged themselves - it's actually the last pic for the position of the SU that's grabbing me at the moment.That engine looks much better with the chrome covers off the heads. I think a brass coloured carb set up would look good. Maybe even the valve adjuster covers and the intake manifold to give it more of an old timey look.
Join the club !!!!!!!!!Looks like I might be doing some posts here soon TJ!
A friend of mine runs a Sunday morning bike meet up and this turned up ......
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Its a Snake Motors Kitano K16 imported from Japan and seriously considering building a similar style frame either to take the 125/250 Virago motor or possibly a Sportster!