Been Around the Block
PS... my wife still doesn't know it's in the shed. Gotta figure out how to break this to her....
I think my favorite engine/bike of all time was my SL350 twin. I SO WISH the China Manufacturers would clone THAT motor instead of just the Honda Cub Singles, etc.... can you imagine? That would be a Whole New Thing for folks in this forum! The Savage 650 single would also be the bomb.It helps to stretch the swingarm 2-3". I built a similar CL350 twin many years ago following an idea seen in an old Iron Horse magazine. It was one of the Paladin plans originally for a Triumph twin. Didn't have a Triumph but I did have a neglected CL350! Stretching the swingarm provides more room for the battery/electronics and seat.
Even great companies like Honda can misread the market! Seriously, though.... if I was an Asian manufacturing plant, I would clone other designs besides the small engines that they have so far. To me, the Suzuki DR650 or Savage motors would be a good choice, and of course, Honda's 350 twin, and while I'm wishing...... Suzuki's GS500 air-cooled motor would make a sweet cafe/bobber base motor. The cloning of Honda's CG125 was SHEER GENIUS. That was a motor developed to be No-Muss/No fuss bulletproof.One of Honda's mistakes was replacing the 350 series with the 360s in their rush to compete against Yamaha and Suzuki. The 350s were a proven design and Honda could have added the 6 speed transmission and then increased displacement to 400cc for the win.
Hah! I just got a look at the XS250... not my cup of tea! You are so right about the spokes. Much better. Thank you for the heads up.I much prefer spokes. No real reason why.
If you wanted to look into doing this something like the XS250 might be a good place to start. Similar era and size.
It took a bit, but it's gloss black and plastic. They packed mine really well. The black on it is so nice. I'm going to feel shame when I attempt to paint it red to match the tank!Did you receive the fender yet? I bought a similar one that took close to three months to arrive (Chinapost Speedpak). It was packed in two plastic bags, no padding. Arrived with several dents as expected. Was listed as dilver, so I figured painted silver. I believe it is actually plated (probably nickel).