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Old 06-13-2013, 10:29 PM   #1101 (permalink)
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Speaking of cafe racers I really really really want to build a CR500 based cafe racer. As far as I can tell, they dont exist, and there's maybe 2 street fighters based on CR500s kicking around. It doesnt make much sense, that was a 70hp 2 stroke stock. With a pipe and portwork in a sub 250lb cafe frame it would be a monster.

And since that engine goes so easily into CR250 frames. I'd probably build it with a CR250 first and rode it that way while I figured out how to not kill myself with a CR500.
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:44 AM   #1102 (permalink)
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Speaking of cafe racers I really really really want to build a CR500 based cafe racer. As far as I can tell, they dont exist, and there's maybe 2 street fighters based on CR500s kicking around. It doesnt make much sense, that was a 70hp 2 stroke stock. With a pipe and portwork in a sub 250lb cafe frame it would be a monster.

And since that engine goes so easily into CR250 frames. I'd probably build it with a CR250 first and rode it that way while I figured out how to not kill myself with a CR500.
It would be a whole lot cooler if you just kept the pig in the steel frame.

Also, the CR500 tops out at 117mph in stock gearing. That's insane for a dirt bike.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:26 AM   #1103 (permalink)
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From what I hear, they had to gear it like that so that you'd have a gear where full throttle from a roll didn't mean wheelie.
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From what I hear, they had to gear it like that so that you'd have a gear where full throttle from a roll didn't mean wheelie.
If that was the idea they still didn't get it. I had the pleasure of riding one several times when I was young and good enough to handle the bike. You need about 300lbs on that bike (leaning over the bars) to keep the wheel on the ground if it hooks up. The bad part about a 500 was that you went through a rear tire just about every race day. it had soooooo much get-up-and-go-ahead that it would just shear lugs off if it ever found a rock or root.

An amazing experience, though.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:07 PM   #1105 (permalink)
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I don't actually know that much about the Daytona. I never pictured Triumph as a quality sport bike manufacturer.
Nah Triumph is the bees knees when it comes to innovative sporties... Their Daytona 675 is also a dream bike of mine...

3 cylinders... more torque than inline 4 and more hp than a twin... best of both worlds! and narrower than the inline 4 as well!

I like most of what triumph does, including their sportbikes.

And their cruisers are sweet too... I remember a spirited day against a Thunderbird 1700 parallel twin cruiser on the highway one day [me on the old VTX1800]... he didn't win, but it was close enough to merit much respect from me! And definitely enough to merit a smile on both our faces!
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:19 AM   #1106 (permalink)
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Picked this up recently. Missed riding with the triumph being off the road. It's been a long time since my last dirtbike. So far I haven't dumped it or gone over the bars, yet.
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:31 PM   #1107 (permalink)
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:41 PM   #1108 (permalink)
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Nice! Every single bike in that pic is on my 'want' list. I love the old Gold Wings when they're stripped down like that.

Ordered a custom Corbin saddle for my CB900. Feels less like sitting on a padded log, and my *** no longer goes numb after an hour or so. It's very very firm and supposedly takes about 2k miles to break in, but it feels way better than the old one already.

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Old 08-16-2013, 06:26 PM   #1109 (permalink)
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I've been laid up since March because I hit the back of a MiniVan on my Dyna Wide Glide. Shattered my left leg. Stupid unpredictable traffic. Long story but the wreck was all my fault.

While recouperating I've been working on my older Sportster to get it ready to ride when I'm ready to ride. Just won't be riding to work as often as I use to. My Dyna was a 2011 I got in December of 2010 and when I went down it had over 40,000 miles on it.

My Dyna before it went down...it was totaled. Loved that bike.



Then my Sportster.

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Old 08-16-2013, 08:29 PM   #1110 (permalink)
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My dream sport bike is the VFR/RVF 400 ...
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