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Kamchat

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Kamchat says:

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I like......:winkie:

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52 Black Shadow

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Looks lovely........................`

That  looks loveley, but would it really be any lighter or handle better than the original Suzuki frame?  If not surely this is just a cosmetic exercise?

 

Interested to hear what others think?

 

Shad.

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old(ish)git

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old(ish)git says:

they do say....

that the GSXR1100 was a bit of a pig in the handling department.I think that a lot of these hybrids are more cosmetic, than an exercise in better handling.

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Kamchat

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Kamchat says:

Thread here ..

with info on the bike and build.....

http://www.oldskoolperformance.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1543

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52 Black Shadow

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An exercise in better handling ....

These bikes (Cafe racers initially) were built from the desire to combine the best engine and frame available at the time into a bike which went faster and handled better than either donor bike.

 

Hence the use of the Featherbed frame with engines such as the Triumph, or Vincent.

 

In this case I'm not sure that's what they've ended up with?

 

Lovely bike to look at, and I'm sure it draws a crowd if that's what floats your boat, but perhaps not the full Cafe Racer for me.  Will read the article later, thanks for the link.

 

Shad.

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Kamchat

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Kamchat says:

Shad

No worries,

You may well be right .. I have no idea how it handles - but it looks fantastic .... and if I was buying 'art' I would rather have some that can be ridden too. :winkie: 

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52 Black Shadow

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Likewise......................

If I had surplus funds and could afford something beautiful which doesn't have to be practical then I can't think of many nicer things to have on a plinth in the front room than a nicely engineered machine like that.

 

To be honest, I don't doubt that it handles far better than an original featherbed (either Norton or Triton) with big wheels, modern shocks, modern forks and brakes etc.  My only misgiving is that all of this may be a bit too advanced for the simple steel loop frams, and that the thing that makes it a Featherbed special might be the one failing in the build.

 

Lovely machine, but perhaps the dsigner got carried away with the idea of a Featherbed special.

 

Ride safe and keep them coming.

 

Shad.

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Oncas

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Oncas says:

Norzuki

Bike is mine and she gets ridden all the time no trailor queen, as for the handling it aint no rice rocket, the frame is a Norton Featherbed, engine bandit 1200 bored to 1216 with gas flowed head polished & ported, kent cams, lock up clutch dual vented with RS38 carbs making 148BHP, frame copes well with the power and weight, she rides well pulls like a train.

Front end is Hayabusa radial with ISR master cylinders, rear is ZRX 1200.
Aesthetically i built her to look like a cafe racer come hot rod and personally i think i got the look just right.

Always good to read other views after all we are not robots

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Kamchat

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Kamchat says:

Oncas

Hi and welcome to the Forum ...

Congrats on the build .Love what you have created ....it must be wonderful to own and ride a bike so individual and personal that you built yourself.

I'm a tad jealous :winkie:

 

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fogie

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fogie says:

norzuki

I think it's a cracker too.  :biggrin:

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aehewitt

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aehewitt says:

Oncas..

We see many pictures of beautiful custom bikes on here..

Yours included,but very rarely get the chance to chat with the builder...:sunglasses:  Theres plenty on this forum that`ll enjoy picking your brains... Best get yourself a beer and a comfy chair..:biggrin:

 

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