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Meet Godzilla...



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Café racers never really floated my boat personally, but I have to say....nice conversion. Clean and tastefully done.
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Good looking bike, have fun with it.
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I like it, but the side panels just look too big on a cafe racer? maybe if you painted them two tone (Lower part black), it would break it up a bit. The thing really does look great, but those side panels just make it look big & heavy to me.. :D

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thrasherg wrote:I like it, but the side panels just look too big on a cafe racer? maybe if you painted them two tone (Lower part black), it would break it up a bit. The thing really does look great, but those side panels just make it look big & heavy to me.. :D

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You're right, maybe a horizontal black stripe that mimics the seat above it?
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Here's another angle...

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The sidecovers are from a 77...
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I like it too and would consider a side cover alternative, either black lower third or later slim cover. You may also consider saving that nice front fender and getting one suitable to paint matching black. Have you ridden her much, be nice to know what you think of the handlebar.
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Fred... Typical crotch rocket position. Anyone used to riding around on a lazyboy probably wouldn't like it too much.

But it's not about how good you feel but how good you look!
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I like it as is...there is always something you can do different to match everyone's style.
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Front angle...
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I think it looks like a cafe racer"zilla". Just like you said. Almost like what a little cafe racer that finally grew up would look like. Awesome.
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Agree, it is about how you look, not how you feel. Precisely lol.
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I finally finished the number plate....


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Oh my, love the number plate. Can you provide a few details about how you did that? Great look.
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Thanks! It looks as good as thought it might!

I started with one of these...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-ROYAL-ENFIE ... de&vxp=mtr

And bought some of these...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/321157610743?ss ... 1439.l2649

Masked it off and added some gloss enamel and ended up with this...


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Fits the theme of your bike well, time to update the avatar.
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So you had half the summer to ride her, what did you find out you liked and what might be modified? Sure is a nice package.
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I put a little over 7k on the clock! It certainly draws A LOT of attention. Most people can't figure out what it is. A lot of people thing it's an older BMW... It's what I call a "ten footer" meaning it looks really nice from about ten feet away but when you get a little closer you can tell that it's no trailer queen; this bike is ridden! Things I don't like/need to change/fix.... It's too quiet! Can't hear the engine over the road noise! Headers are too low! I've had to ditch the header tape from shredding it from cornering too aggressively. It develops a miss at the top of the power band; I need to go through the carbs. She let me down on the last day of the season when the clutch cable let go about twenty miles from home. I was able to nurse it home.
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Plan to switch my clutch to a 1200 Hydraulic clutch soon. Have all the parts, just need the time.
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Where did you get the cafe knee pads for the side covers...ebay?

Was thinking of putting some on mine
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Yup! Ebay! Got them pretty cheap too.
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Well spookytooth I did it.

Finally got around to putting a number plate on the front mudguard. Thanks for the inspiration.

I haven't put on any knee pads yet. Still tossing up about those. Thinking they won't stand out on the black enough.
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Ha! Looks fantastic! I would definitely get the tank pads; they aren't just aesthetic. I find myself grabbing ahold of them in the twisties. They really enhance the feeling of being "one" with the bike.


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