Go big or go home...I'm looking to do as close to a 1:1 build as possible.
Ever since I first saw this bike I was infatuated with it. I had never really been a fan of Cafe Racer style bikes, but this one had me. I immediately started searching for any info at all on the bike, its origins, what bike it was, etc. Luckily Classified Moto had a vague build sheet posted on their site with the parts used. It's main components essentially break down to 3 different bikes:
- 1992 Honda Nighthawk 750
- 08-14 Yamaha YZF-R6
- Yamaha XS650 Standard (I'm guessing a 1977)
First purchase: 1992 Nighthawk 750 with 9k miles on it. I searched for months to find the right bike, limiting my search to only the 1992 model as to keep it as close as possible. I eventually lucked out with this one that I found in Orlando. The guy said the bike hasn't run in about a month, my guess, the carbs needed cleaning. I met up with him to inspect the bike, front turn signals were broken, it had been in a front end accident, it had an aftermarket exhaust, and of course it didn't run. We attempted to start the bike there, but no luck. After much deliberation, I decided I could get over the flaws since all of that stuff was getting replaced anyway. But I couldn't pay his asking price of $1500. I talked him down to $1300 and I was on my way.
Getting the bike home was easy enough, unloaded the trailer, rolled the bike into the garage, and turned in for the night. The next morning I had a hunch. Before I took off the carbs to clean them, I decided to try and start the bike again. I played with the choke while holding down the starter and about 15 seconds later she fired right up. I let it run for about 10 mins and then took it for a spin around the block. She was still a little backup up, but after a quick zip down the highway, she cleared her throat and was as good as new.
Second Purchase: The exhaust. One of my requirements for buying the bike was that it had to have the stock exhaust on it. Well, the 92's that I didn't find with the stock exhaust either had very high mileage, or the asking price was well over $2k. So I hit up eBay. I was watching an auction that ended pretty much the same time I met up with the guy to buy the bike, they were asking $150 with free shipping. Considering the size and weight, this was a deal. It had been relisted a few times before, so I was confident nobody would buy it. I couldn't bid on it yet since I didn't know if I was going to buy the bike or not, so I took the chance. Of course, as luck would have it, I missed the end of the auction by about 15 mins. It ended without being sold. So I contacted the seller asking if he was going to relist, he was a total dick and said I should have bid on it when I had the chance and that he sold it. This was a little confusing since there were no bids and it said it didn't sell. But, the fates were on my side that day. I found another one that was listed for $300 with free shipping. It was more damaged than the first, but the damaged areas were on the part that gets cut off anyway. This auction had a "Make Offer" button though. I started low and offered the guy $100 with free shipping, he countered with $200, and we settled on $150 with free shipping. Score. So here is it:
Third Purchase: The R6 front end. I searched tirelessly for this, trying to find out the year bike it came from. Apparently there were a couple of gold fork years that arent compatible with others but it didn't take long to find out that the front end was from an 2008-2014 YZF-R6 with gold dot calipers. I saw some on ebay, but none were complete. It was either missing the wheel, the calipers, or the controls. I noticed though that some of the listings were from a shop that was close to me. I emailed the guy with my parts list and he said he had pretty much everything I needed, minus the calipers. I ended up getting the front wheel, brake discs, forks, trees, stem, and controls for $1k. The downside was that it was missing the front axle and calipers. I managed to pick those up on eBay for $20 and $100 respectively. I am currently waiting on those to arrive. My haul so far:
Fourth Purchase: The exhaust wrap and ties. For a while I couldn't determine the color of the damn wrap. In some pictures it looked titanium, and some pictures looked tan. Ultimately, I settled on the tan and ordered 50' roll on eBay for $30. In the reference photos it looked like 2" wrap, and based on the color it looked like DEI. There were some cheaper rolls on there, but hearing the horror stories of cheap exhaust wrap on the bike forums, I opted for the name brand.
Fifth Purchase: The handlebars. Classified Moto was kind enough to put SE CR Hi as the handlebars on the page..... At first glance, I was like WTF does that mean?? So I googled it, it stands for Seven Eighths diameter with a CR Hi bend. The bars are made by Pro Taper. So eBay once again, but next came the color choice...black or titanium? After showing everyone I could, we all came to the conclusion that it was titanium based on this shot. These ran $63.
So that is it for the big stuff for the time being. I am currently in a holding pattern waiting for everything to arrive. In the mean time, I need to identify some smaller detail stuff on the bike. This is where The RPF detectives come in to play.
First up is the perforated metal that is used on the exhaust and fork cover plate. The exhaust is about 4" in diameter at the end, my guess is that the holes are 1/8" and the metal is stainless steel.
Next thing I need is to find out what size mesh this is. My friend contacted Classified Moto and managed to get that it was some brass mesh he had laying around the shop. After some digging around, it could be the brass mesh that is used in fuel related applications. Not 100% though. From the looks of it, it is used in two places on the bike. On the exhaust, and on the crank case cover.
I also still need to find out who makes the brake light, the headlight, the mirror and the kick starter. So any help there would be amazing. I have tried contacting Classified Moto a couple of times, but I'm guessing they are incredibly busy. I was interested in buying the seat, the bag, and the custom upper tree they made.
So that's it for now. More to come.