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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-01-2011, 01:41 AM   #1
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ok so here's my current bike, its a 1990 ex 500. i bought the damn thing for 150 bucks. It was pretty rough looking, and as most of you would agree, ninja 500s are ugly as hell to begin with. so heres what i came up with. its not the prettiest fighter ive ever seen but i have about 500 bucks into it with insurance and stuff. its probably one of the more modified 500 fighters ive seen, but its still an ex, and there is only so much you can do with it. ive changed it like 10 times, and each time i think its missing something. I have been toying around with the idea to build my own frame for it for a while now and have finally decided its time. Click image for larger version

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ID:	18079 i recently bought a gs 500 race bike for cheap that i thought i could use parts off but it turns out that pretty much everything is slightly different. its got a works shock, race tech valved and resprung forks, 17" metzlers, good brakes, cr carbs, but the motor looks rough. So here's the plan: build a frame around the suspension off the gs, and use the motor from the ex. i figured that the best way to go about this would be to build a jig to locate all the improtant mounts like the swingarm, shock mount and steering head, directly off the gs frame. I would then cut the neck off while its in the jig and build a lightweight trellis style frame. sorry for the crappy pics, if anyones interested i can try to load some better ones in the daylight later on today, and maybe one or two of the gs frame and my jig so far.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-01-2011, 01:52 AM   #2
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Check out the custom EX500 frames from Julian Farnam for some good ideas.

His custom frames are billet aluminum/cro-mo, and totally sick!
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sick plans, I'll be watching. Oh and smoker deffinately knows his isht!!! Check out his thread (is smoking permitted) for ideas and a ton of useful links. Here's his thread.

http://www.customfighters.com/forums...ad.php?t=15799

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-02-2011, 12:03 AM   #4
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I like it already. Good luck with the build
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-02-2011, 12:59 AM   #5
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Very cool project. I love the ex500. Owned 2 of them. Great bikes. Good luck on your build!

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-04-2011, 02:13 PM   #6
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sick plans, I'll be watching. Oh and smoker deffinately knows his isht!!! Check out his thread (is smoking permitted) for ideas and a ton of useful links. Here's his thread.

http://www.customfighters.com/forums...ad.php?t=15799

Welcome to the site, you'll find a great group of stand up guys here.
yea i paged through smokers build, very cool. love the RZs. i will read through it all when i get the chance thats a long one.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-04-2011, 02:32 PM   #7
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i have been crazy busy the last couple days, between the bike, working and of course riding, so heres a couple pics of the jig, its almost done... then out comes the sawzall
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-04-2011, 02:35 PM   #8
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and another one
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Check out the custom EX500 frames from Julian Farnham for some good ideas.

His custom frames are billet aluminum/cro-mo, and totally sick!
he does have some cool shit. but this is where i really got my inspiration. its some kinda cromoly race bike, the others a rough idea of what i am gonna do.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-04-2011, 03:10 PM   #10
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Good luck man!!! looks good

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