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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:16 pm 
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Not much of an update really. Got the front end put back together and put the clipons in position. I don't know if this is the proper position for them to be in, but it feels comfortable to me. Plan is to mock up the tank, extended swingarm and my seat pan, then tear the bike down and paint/polish/rebuild everything. Should get a bit accomplished on wednesday after I clean the garage up a bit. Might have to get a little creative with the tank mounts. Honda tank slips onto bushings mounted on the frame, but the rd400 tank is the opposite. I'll figure it out...

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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:30 pm 
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Ordered some cl360 forks yesterday, I hope they work. Should be about 2" shorter, so I can go a little lower up front without having 4" of fork sticking through the upper clamp. Also pounded out the tunnel on my rd400 tank and test fit it, looks rad. Should be getting my "seat pan" tomorrow, then I can start mocking up the tank/seat combo and get an idea of how it's going to look. Will be getting the materials for my swingarm stretch hopefully on thursday as well, so should have alot of progress this upcoming week :D.

Sunday was wasted cleaning up my nasty nasty garage. So much nicer now that I have some room to work. This side of the garage was mostly storage, so I never kept it clean. Unfortunately now that I am working on a bike, I need that second bay :D.

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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:16 am 
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Damn... I really need to clean mine up soon... :P


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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:39 pm 
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Off topic: why'd you change your username mang!?

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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:47 pm 
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Off topic: why'd you change your username mang!?



All the moderators/admins (with the exception of one) changed their usernames to their real names. We also made them appear in different colors to be easier to spot when help is needed. :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:21 pm 
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john wrote:
Damn... I really need to clean mine up soon... :P


I've been telling you that for months now.

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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:36 pm 
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Crappy pic, but here's a shot of my rd400 tank mocked up and also a rough draft of my seat pan. It's a 8.25" skateboard deck. A little too wide, need maybe a 7.5" or 7.75" deck, but this will work for test fitting, and I can use it as a template for the finished seat pan. Will be upholstered, but will still be very very low. More updates on Thursday :)

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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:50 pm 
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Big day! Swingarm lengthened 4" and also cl360 forks (2" shorter). Bike is low low. About 36" at the highest point (my truck has 37"s on it, so I used it to give some perspective in the pics). I just finished bolting the swinger in, so sorry for the dark pics, I did what I could :D. More updates to come. I haven't gotten a chance to mount the chain yet, this is a very very rough mockup.

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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:11 pm 
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Got a little progress today. My new shocks and shoes finally showed up, so I went to work and mounted them up. Also sprayed the wheels a matte black so I could see if I liked it. Plan is to powder coat matte black eventually. Shocks are 14.5" cb750 units. Extremely stiff. I also went with a slightly smaller tire out back for a little more seat clearance. I wanted to be able to take my wife out on rides too when this thing is done! Anyway, now I just need to finish detabbing and getting rid of anything else I don't need like that fucking huge horn and the brackets for the steering dampener. Then I can disassemble and start painting/polishing! More updates soon.

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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:38 pm 
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So I was detabbing my frame today, and started to get a little nervous the more I thought about how thin this metal is! Did I got too far? should I have left some more structure up by the backbone? I left all the support and metal around the shock mount. You can kind of see where I was going to spot some square tube in and then my plan was to weld about 8" of 1/8" steel on as well to ad some rigidity. What do you guys think?

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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:44 pm 

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1/8" or even 1/16" sheet on the top will do a lot for rigidity. square tubing wont hurt but honestly i think youll be fine with a 1/16" seat pan

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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:52 pm 
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Cut out some 1/16" steel to box in the seat rails. Just spot welding everything for now, will be welded more solid when I strip the bike down, but I am pretty pleased with how everything fits. Will have 2 cross sections for both support and to mount the seat to.

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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 10:09 pm 
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No pictures to post, but I have been working on this bike. Doing boring things like welding in seat brackets, replacing controls with simpler stuff, finishing seat hoop, and making a rear fender. Also sent my cables out to motion pro. So nothing cool to photograph, but still lots of important things getting done! Pics when it gets more assembled!!

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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 6:59 pm 
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Waiting on my cables to come in the mail from MotionPro. In the meantime, I've done quite of a bit of welding. Seat hoop is now on and I've put the front end more "together". Next on the agenda is wiring, then tear down for paint. Can't wait.

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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 7:37 pm 
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I can't quite put my finger on what it is, but I really dig this photo... :tu: 8)

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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 11:13 pm 
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Thanks man. It's actually just a cell phone pic glammed up in photoshop, but I kinda like it too :)

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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 6:49 pm 
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I felt guilty that I've been posting cellphone pics, so I went out and took some real pictures. Still kinda shitty, but better!

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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:56 pm 
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Just got my motorcycle endorsement today! So the fire has been reignited and I'm once again motivated to get this thing moving!! Pics. Will. Follow.

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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:36 pm 
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Lots of great shots. These 2 stand out to me.
Cool proportions; refreshingly original take on an old Honda. I dig it.


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 Post subject: Re: my '69 cl350 cafe/scrambler build
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:24 am 
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Did some work on the bike today. Stripped it down to frame and started finishing my welds. Next step is paint and reassembly.

Pulled the motor first.
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I don't think I'll be needing this...
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