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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 03-15-2018, 11:40 AM   #1
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Well, when I say 'in the works' what I really mean is 'just joined the line of bikes that will, at some point in the future, be in the works'...
It's nothing like approaching a complete bike, and hasn't been for some time,
currently just a frame and engine that, so I'm told, was once upon a time a '79 (ish) XS650 Special.
The plan (such as it is) is to chop it, I have a pair of GSX-R1000 K4 forks that may be used, and a funky old Honda trials bike fuel tank. It may get hardtailed, or it may retain the swinger in an FLH, laid-down short shorts kind of way...
Don't hold your breath.
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the possibilities are endless there boss, minimalist kool , you have my number for when you get going ... (not before TT turbo bike tho)
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Cheers fella, and TT turbo bike is top of the priorities, followed by TT back-up turbo bike (yep, the much-maligned "5WF") and then the XS. With some fettling to the other half's Bandit and the Hack SV too...
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the never ending story
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No work done (quelle surprise!) but some bits obtained - a rear wheel and a hardtail conversion kit. Whether the latter gets used will remain to be seen, but it may be used or be hacked up and made different or just ignored...
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we need more xs's...

they look pretty good with new forks..
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'Snice! R1 forks? And what's the swinging arm? Motocross bike?
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R1 front, yzf 600 out back.
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No work done but a lot of thinking... Going to try and find a drum front hub to match the rear, preferably a conical twin-leading shoe Triumph or BSA one, as that'd look really cool with the GSX-R USD forks. But they seem to fetch premium prices, and the wallet is focussed on the turbo Zed and the SV650 race bike projects right now...
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After looking into the paperwork side of things, I think I'll need to mock it up into a stand-looking bike in order to be able to get a registration document. When I say 'standard-looking', it'll not have to look like the original XS, but like a 'normal' bike - ie rear suspension, mudguards etc. I can then get around to cutting it around properly after that.
The advantage of getting a registration that ties in with the age of the original frame and engine is that it'll not have to have fripperies such as indicators, and once it is 40 years old, there's no requirement for the yearly roadworthiness test (MoT) or road tax...
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