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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 05-02-2019, 08:16 PM   #471
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Yeah, I would've liked something a bit more offroad'y looking. Not many inexpensive/light options there. I should've just built a muffler.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 05-04-2019, 09:13 PM   #472
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Getting there...I wanted to start this thing this weekend but life got in the way. Prepare yerself for Krylon goodness. It's not half bad for $10 worth of paint and completely winging the striping. I didn't spend extra to get narrow masking tape for the stripes. I just trimmed down the tape I already had. The center strip is whatever width 3 passes of my tape equals to. Top shelf

I'll let it cure for several days ( it's 85-90 degrees here and humid) then I'll hand polish it. It might actually produce half a shine.




Picked up the wrong size t-bolt clamp for the exhaust, so gotta grab one of those and I reckon I could throw in a fresh spark plug. Shocks are somewhere in FedEx's loving care. Some decals for the tank are in the mail, too.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 05-07-2019, 12:51 AM   #473
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Cheap shocks are on. Fit and finish on them seem quite nice. The black bits are powdercoated rather than anodized like the gold bits, so they'll probably hold up to scrapes and scratches better. Sag numbers are good without cranking up the preload, so looks like I got lucky on spring rate. Not surprising as many reports claimed the springs were on the stiff side. This bike is light, but the swingarm has a lot of leverage against the shocks. Tank decals are on and finishes the look, I think. The shock reservoirs got in the way of the helmet lock and the exhaust, so I'm having to remount it. Gonna go for a heat shield combo with the new exhaust mount to help shed some of the cafe vibe. Planning to drill a matching pattern in it to go along with the heat shield on the head pipes.

Just had to turn up a couple washers for the top mounts. The shocks came with enough different insert bushings that they were an easy bolt on. Couple close up looks.

NOK seals is nice to know. Should be easily attainable. The other spelling doesn't instill much confidence.



These are kinda silly. But to be honest, they're not much worse than what Yamaha supplied with my FZ07. And these at least fit the lock rings, which is more than I could say for the Yamaha tool. Plenty adequate for the job though, as the rings turn freely.

Some guys complained their shocks came charged with air vs nitrogen. I honestly have no idea how you would even determine that, but I went ahead and recharged them anyway. Both shocks were showing 35psi out of the box. I shot 75 psi in the,m. 2 minute job. Not gonna fool with anything else unless I see a need to. Heavy seat bounce tests show pretty good damping characteristics ( no wild rebound) without feeling harsh at all. Curious to see what they do out in the real world. Hope to find out soon enough.





And why not add a skully.

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 05-08-2019, 10:28 PM   #474
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Got the exhaust remounted and added a heat shield. It's pretty thin. Just for looks, but I think it suits the bike. Thought about adding this emblem but don't want to overdo it. Still on the fence with that one. Been awhile since I used the bead roller, so it's far from perfect.





Put some gas in and went to start her up, but the bike had different plans. Petcock and accel pump both decided to start leaking. Still wanted to fire it up anyway, but as soon as I started kicking oil began to POUR out of this area. No clue. I'll pull her down tomorrow and figure it out. At least I know oil is flowing well...

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Putting a HONDA emblem on the heat shield is like the giant window banners saying CHEVROLET. How proud are you of owning a Honda?

Some holes or dimple die work will look better imo.
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I would love some dimple dies.
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And what better excuse to pick up a set?

The screw-together kind aren't too expensive.

Hypermotard 1100S the weight-shavening.
Bandit 1200 cafe/fighter that will never get finished at this rate.
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These are kinda silly. But to be honest, they're not much worse than what Yamaha supplied with my FZ07. And these at least fit the lock rings, which is more than I could say for the Yamaha tool. Plenty adequate for the job though, as the rings turn freely.
Rings that turn by hand are great, but those spanner wrenches are there for the purpose of wrenching the two nuts together to lock them, not for adjusting the lower. That's why they give you two.

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Rings that turn by hand are great, but those spanner wrenches are there for the purpose of wrenching the two nuts together to lock them, not for adjusting the lower. That's why they give you two.
True. Hey, I know I ain't much on fancy tools, but I do know how wrenches work
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I would love some dimple dies.
Don't you own a lathe? Could even replicate the same shallow dimple that Honda used.
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