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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 02-28-2019, 02:07 PM   #1
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Saw this back in 2012 and took some pics, guess I never posted em here. Thought of it because of the 250 thread that dodgerdad posted. Not exactly a fighter but still some nice custom work.











and then what the builder posted after I started a thread on a local forum
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I was having coffee with a good friend of mine this morning when I was told somebody posted my cafe racer here. Thanks for the kind words everyone. I built the bike from a 2007 Ninja EX250. My brother is building one of his own and is only about a month from having it on the road. The idea was to have a design challenge. We personally love the little Ninja 250's. They seem to have a bit of a cult following similar to the classic VW Beetle...only with about half the horse power . The stock body design is outstanding in all its practicality, but we wanted to show its other side, the fun side...

That seat really is made from actual solid strips of bamboo. I spent weeks heating, bending, glueing, shaping, and finally fiberglassing the seat cowl. I have over 150hours in fabricating the seat alone. The whole build process so far has taken about 6 months with school and other distractions.

The things on the bike I personally built are:

-Seat, seat pan (also bamboo), and locking mechanism
-Rear frame section
-exhaust headers and reverse cone mufflers with baffles (rolled by hand)
-tank originally from a ZX1000 (shaped knee cut-outs, and entire bottom pan)
-painted fuel tank
-overflow bottle for fun
-Tach cut-out to incorporate bicycle speedo and wiring

Currently working on the headlight that will also be bamboo based. It's in its early stages but I am excited to see it finished! My brother is an mechanical engineer and I a student of mechanical engineering so we're building things all the time. This has been both mine and my brother's first bike build. The whole process has been very humbling and inspirational. Thanks again to everyone for enjoying the photos.

If you want to see how the idea came about and how the build began please visit our website www.LivTID.com. We would love to hear any comments or questions you have. We are working hard to update the footage of the build as fast as we can. Please check back from time to time.








A steering damper dampens steering oscillations. If it starts to leak, it may become a steering dampener. There's no such thing as a dampner.

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 02-28-2019, 02:27 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting those pics, always looking for ideas and inspiration.

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Does anyone know what tachometer/speedometer combo is being used here??
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He said in his post (that I quoted) that he cut out the tach to fit a bicycle speedo. You can see part of the bicycle speedo sticking out the bottom in the final pic. Not sure what the tach is from though.

A steering damper dampens steering oscillations. If it starts to leak, it may become a steering dampener. There's no such thing as a dampner.

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Damn, it's a real shame that the website they were using is no longer active and the YouTube channel they once maintained hasn't been updated in seven years. If you know any other way for me to contact the builder please let me know I have quite a few questions for them.
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https://bayarearidersforum.com/forum...d.php?t=391522 is where I saw it before, you could try registering and PMing him there in case he still has notification emails turned on. https://bayarearidersforum.com/forum...5&postcount=18

A steering damper dampens steering oscillations. If it starts to leak, it may become a steering dampener. There's no such thing as a dampner.

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