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Project Bike ideas for semi talented bike guy

Discussion in 'Modifications and Projects' started by Jez79, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. Hiya, Have been interested in doing a project cafe racer style naked bike and wanted to ask for suggestions from people for a good model of bike to start from. The main criteria is:

    -Cheap to buy initially
    -Easy to work on (simple engine gearbox setup etc, no fancy stuff)
    -Not in high demand (such as SR500 etc which seem to be quite expensive)
    -Common parts availability
    -Prefer Disks front and back
    -Not phased about cylinders but should be over 400cc

    Anyhoo, if you have any ideas, please let me know, just tinkering with the idea at the moment.

    Regards, J.
  2. Suzuki GS/GSX. Early twin shock, square styled GSX750/1100s are ever so cheap, basically bulletproof and pretty quick. Ugly as sin but as a project up for modification worth considering.

    Yam LC350 (or Suz RG250/Yam LC YamaGamma hybrid). Not over 400cc but an absolute hoot to ride hard.

    Some of the less desirable Kwak Zeds are still fairly affordable and can be turned into decent facsimilies of early Z1/Z650 (depending on model). GPz1100 still offers loads of go per dollar spent.

    Early GSXR with the fairing off. Toughest looking bikes on the planet.

    For simple Meccano set construction, it's hard to go past old, aircooled BMW boxers. Start with something undesirable and build yourself an R90S replica. Disadvantage is relatively high cost of raw material but parts are available and not as spendy as you might think. Upgrade the brakes and suspension and you could have something that outguns a Duke 900SS (the real one with bevel-drive cams) for significantly less money. Sound great on open megaphones too.

    Personally I'd avoid any Honda built between about 1978 and 1984 (and a few either side of that) as the materials they were using were crap and they pioneered too many dead end ideas and cheap production techniques to be worth consideration as worthwhile restoration/modification projects.