Wednesday, January 6, 2016

RC305: Chapter 2. What was I thinking?

   I dug deep into the Iphone archives to figure out what I was thinking about doing over the last few years with this bike.  
Fooling around, pulling the engine.
I think around this time I was still playing with the CB160 engine and did this while waiting for parts.

It wasn't always going to have a stretched swing arm and 5 degree rake.....  I was obsessed with the GN400 gold snowflake rims for a while and thought about putting them on the cb77 but in the end I just didn't want another little short frame bobber that bounced all over the road because it was too light.  I am sure there is a way it could be done but I decided to let them go of the idea in the end....and the rims as well.  Thanks Joe!  I may still use this xl70 tank in this picture but was hoping to have a little more range....
I stumbled upon tons of bike related photos from the last couple years too.  
Hutch, Nate, and the pony.
Zac battling the roach
I convinced Kuramo to take a noise spin.  Bosozoku!

The first bike my dad ever bought us (I had to use the fence to climb on and kick start it!) was an old KLR dirt bike for the yard and trails.  I can't remember that much about it because I was way to short to ride it...mainly for my older brother.  I think he got rid of it after only a short time.  I am sure my parents just figured that the 4-wheelers were safer.....

Dad loved taking us to Max Pitts when we were little so he could dream about purchasing a new motorcycle.  He may have been a salesman's worst nightmare though.  I remember we would spend so long looking at multiple bikes and he would ask all the right questions that make someone think he was truly considering purchasing his next motorized toy with them.....

One time in particular he talked about looking at a Honda Magna on the way there, and actually I think this time we went to Ehlerding motorsports in Fort Wayne.  Once we got there he played his game with the salesman, sat on all the different sizes, compared all the features, and then was debating whether or not to get the smaller or larger model.  Although I had no idea what size they were at the time, my guess is that he was debating between the 750 and the 1100 models.  This time he even had ME convinced he was going to buy one!  I even offered my advise, which was to purchase the smaller model since it wasn't as expensive and he didn't need to go that fast.  I distinctly remember what the salesman said though - a larger displacement engine would allow my dad to get out of the way faster if someone was being reckless, and you can't put a price on life.  In the end, we didn't take anything home.  My memory isn't super clear but I am pretty sure he took the "I need to run it by my wife first," route for an excuse.  I miss going shopping with dad, sometimes he surprised us and actually bought whatever he was looking at, especially as we got older.  
Atlas may never experience that with me since newer bikes aren't really my thing but at least he gets to do this while I am working on mine.

2 comments:

  1. Not to be THAT bike-nut ha-ha, but your pic link is of the later, '90s-Y2K+ VF750C "SUPER-Magna" not an '82 model as the link states - Fact is, in '82 the only VF model in the Honda line-up was the VF750S SABRE. But I'm not just nit-picking about the date, 'cause they're fundamentally different bikes. You mention a bigger version and smaller version, 1100cc's and 750cc's - These would be the earlier, mid-'80s stuff you're talking about. Which are INFINITELY more cool. Though, I've gotta admit I've fantasized about taking the '90s version and making a board-track racer style pseudo-replica of the famous V-four racer from AJS, back in the '40s etc. The earlier stuff fills my head with ideas of a pseudo-replica of the '60s Czechoslovakian Grand Prix racer the CZ Type 860, or the Honda tube-frame prototype V-four racer the RS950, or some such. It all revolves around some wheel swaps and a wee bit of body-work, maybe a shaft-to-chain/shaft-to-belt conversion (ala Magni MV Agusta or Yam' XS11 etc) perhaps keeping the shaft but a "weld-up hub" wire-spoke conversion for the CZ thing? Been cooking up these ideas, but I'm stuck in the middle of a couple of other bike projects right now so it'll have to wait. My point being, even at their core basic elements like engine & frame, this is very different stuff. It's too bad there wasn't any 1100cc version of the later V-Four Honda - I guess the VT series TWIN was supposed to suffice? ANYWAY - Just thought you might wanna swap out that pic link for something FAR far more awesome, perhaps including several different versions of Honda V-four platform - VF750C & VF1100C Magna, VF750S & VF1100S Sabre, VF750F & VF1000F Interceptor, & the VF1000R Homologated Endurance Racer - Not to mention the aforementioned RS950....

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  2. Not to be THAT bike-nut ha-ha, but your pic link is of the later, '90s-Y2K+ VF750C "SUPER-Magna" not an '82 model as the link states - Fact is, in '82 the only VF model in the Honda line-up was the VF750S SABRE. But I'm not just nit-picking about the date, 'cause they're fundamentally different bikes. You mention a bigger version and smaller version, 1100cc's and 750cc's - These would be the earlier, mid-'80s stuff you're talking about. Which are INFINITELY more cool. Though, I've gotta admit I've fantasized about taking the '90s version and making a board-track racer style pseudo-replica of the famous V-four racer from AJS, back in the '40s etc. The earlier stuff fills my head with ideas of a pseudo-replica of the '60s Czechoslovakian Grand Prix racer the CZ Type 860, or the Honda tube-frame prototype V-four racer the RS950, or some such. It all revolves around some wheel swaps and a wee bit of body-work, maybe a shaft-to-chain/shaft-to-belt conversion (ala Magni MV Agusta or Yam' XS11 etc) perhaps keeping the shaft but a "weld-up hub" wire-spoke conversion for the CZ thing? Been cooking up these ideas, but I'm stuck in the middle of a couple of other bike projects right now so it'll have to wait. My point being, even at their core basic elements like engine & frame, this is very different stuff. It's too bad there wasn't any 1100cc version of the later V-Four Honda - I guess the VT series TWIN was supposed to suffice? ANYWAY - Just thought you might wanna swap out that pic link for something FAR far more awesome, perhaps including several different versions of Honda V-four platform - VF750C & VF1100C Magna, VF750S & VF1100S Sabre, VF750F & VF1000F Interceptor, & the VF1000R Homologated Endurance Racer - Not to mention the aforementioned RS950....

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