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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 04-17-2020, 10:51 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Been a while since I was on here.

A couple years back I sold off my XB9s because I wasn't riding it due to work / kids / life, then my step son said he'd ride on the back of something lower. So I bought a cheap cruiser. It was down to a vlx 600 or a vstar 600. Just cus I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on a bike just to be able to occasionally ride 2 up.

Found this:



Then I moved and was able to ride again, rode it a lot. Got bored with it. Tried it as a bagger and rode it over a winter. Got bored with it. Chopped it.



Chopped it more, then moved again, nearby. It sat a while like this.



Got bored and frustrated with trying to fit a sporty tank on the double backbone frame. Though about trying to custom weld a tank with a bottom contoured to the frame, but that doesn't really solve the problem. So I cut out the backbone, then it sat. Then Covid! I'm furloughed for a month at least. So after doing some more pressing things around the house I got some motivation and cleaned up the neck area for welding. Broke out a 2' 1.5" tube I bought for this, and started mockup with 1.25" thinwall PVC. The 1.5" dom tube fits perfectly inside so it makes for a faster mockup to ready.

Here is the mockup:



Here it is without the tank. had to go up to allow carbs to clear:



I'm planning to use a holesaw to cut a circle into the tubes right in front of the seat so I can sink the backbone at least an 1.5" into the tubes and weld it inside and out. Then from the side weld on plates that come up onto the side of the existing cut tubes and onto the back bone at the base. Maybe a small gusset under the angle. I figure the top tube on some bikes is just welded to the neck and that does just fine. I just don't know if the back end of the top tube by the seat sees different forces than at the neck?

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Bob

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i like the second pic best
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Ya, the goal is to make it more like the second pic but with a sporty tank. No rear seat / pegs. Simple fender.

The bars on at that time were a pair of old dirt bars that I've had on just about every bike I've owned. I may go with clipons though to see if I like it.

2nd pic was still soft tail, so after a little foam it rode pretty good.

3rd pic was with a hardtail strut, so I was seeing if I could get a king/queen - ish seat together that would make it comfy enough.

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