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francois
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PostSubject: New member   Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:06 pm

I've lived in NZ for two years, enjoy tinkering in the shed but just found this forum. I also have a closet addiction to motorcycle blogs. My latest build is here: http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=925506

I'll upload future updates here on this forum as no one at that forum seems to answer questions or generally care about my project. I'd prefer to have some outside opinions and input, as not all my ideas are good ones.

My favorite current blog? Knucklebusters:

http://www.knucklebusterinc.com/features/page/1

I love his old school machining articles. Def worth a read throug his archives.

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PostSubject: Re: New member   Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:33 pm

Hey Francoise - welcome. Cool thread. Nice work too. I'm keen on the Heiwa influence and the whole Jap Brat Style scene. Next project's going to be Harley-based.
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PostSubject: Re: New member   Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:50 pm

Hey Francois. Excellent bike. Keep the updates coming.

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PostSubject: Re: New member   Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:22 am

Thanks. I suspect I bought the original frame and motor off someone who is on this forum. It came from Auckland.

It was really the motor and assembling all the parts from overseas/machining that took forever, the rest of it has gone quick. It took me about 6 months to get the engine all sorted and because the modifications were so severe. With the stroked crank (which Hawera Auto did an awesome job on) I had to get a custom cam chain for the damn thing. I'll start a build thread and give everyone the gory details. The only thing stock on the bike is some of the electrical components, the oil drain plug and engine side covers. Everything else is either modified, handmade, or off a completely different model.
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PostSubject: Re: New member   Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:55 pm

that is a really nice small bore bike & definitely looks like a Heiwa. I really like the rebel 250 he did.
you've been doing a nice job.
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PostSubject: Re: New member   Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:05 pm

Thanks again. While I do really like Heiwa's stuff I'm also partial to Reynal. I just really like the japanese aesthetic. The Heiwa rebels are absolutely sick, have you seen the green Honda they had at Mooneyes? Christ that thing is sexy.

I'll try and take some detail shots tonight and post them in the build section. I'll also give all the gory details. My last bike was very Wrench Monkee, which is ok if you really like the look, but just looks cheap to me when you stand back and take it all in as an entire bike. It's sort of like "I couldn't be bothered to replace parts with new or give them a prper clean so I left them dirty and/or sprayed them in black".

I'd get a Harley but:
1. I'm a wee man
2. I couldn't ever justify the purchase price with the missus.

Harley's are like Ducati's. Beautiful to look at but I could never afford one and if I did buy I'd probably drop it or get in an accident and cry.

I have an uncle who lives in Tallahasse and is a HA. He has beautiful bikes but I'd have to mortgage my house just to by one of those engines. Plus, I don't have patience to polish that much chrome.
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PostSubject: Re: New member   Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:13 pm

Go to:
http://heiwa-mc.jp/

Click on Custom, then Honda. It's the CB77 from the Yokohama show. You will drool over the detail shots.
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PostSubject: Re: New member   Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:38 pm

mean bikes on that HEIWA link.cheers
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PostSubject: Re: New member   Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:11 pm

francois wrote:
Go to:
http://heiwa-mc.jp/

Click on Custom, then Honda. It's the CB77 from the Yokohama show. You will drool over the detail shots.

yep +1 on that cb77
& the rest of them !
they make a nice change to a lotta the stuff that comes outta the US, not so predictable looking
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