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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Yes, a shaft drive 750 Sport, one of 102. Not for sale, and I know it is way out of my league. Thought someone here might like to see it.
    It is coming back together, the bevel gear had failed, but didn't hurt the case, all fixed now.

    Now... in the same "barn" is a 69-70'ish 350 spring head Ducati that is for sale, and I'm having difficulty walking away from it, it cute as all get out. For me it will be basically a gift.
    (Sort of a cream yellow color it has been under a blanket for 20 years and looks perfect)
    What say the forum?

    I think I know a GREAT dirt road nearby...

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    That three fifty looks like a joyous round-town runabout - you could argue about the heightfthe bars but - "De Gustibus...."
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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    That three fifty looks like a joyous round-town runabout - you could argue about the heightfthe bars but - "De Gustibus...."
    Wasn't someone saying that this is the bike that almost broke Ducati? Crankshaft issues?

    Not wanting to be a spoiler... just repeating what I seem to recall. Worth checking on it.

    I never had mine on the road long enough to know. I had carby issues with it and as a poor uni student, couldn't afford a new carby. I do recall the lengthy process of building up the engine... trial and error shimming of all the shafts.... using the oven in the share house to do the shimming.
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Yes, a shaft drive 750 Sport, one of 102. Not for sale, and I know it is way out of my league. Thought someone here might like to see it.
    It is coming back together, the bevel gear had failed, but didn't hurt the case, all fixed now.
    The classic fix ....
    http://www.motoborgotaro.com/blog/ve...ain-drive-kit/
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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    Yes, but the thinking here is the shaft drive version is now rare as many of them have already been converted. This bike will be ridden but not raced, so it was repaired as original with new bevel gears, output shaft and bearings. There was an inherent problem with the oem output shaft bearing that can be "fixed" by substituting an angular contact bearing. (The original set-up used the same bearing as the chain drive models which have no significant axial load. I have learned a bit about these things in the last few weeks... from knowing only that they existed, to some fairly technical knowledge).
    So, before I start making one, where do we find "the" wrench that fits the exhaust pipe nuts? Or, even a picture of one? Those nuts are problematic, it seems most of them still in service have been mangled by pipe wrenches, channel locks or even a hammer and chisel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Yes, but the thinking here is the shaft drive version is now rare as many of them have already been converted. This bike will be ridden but not raced, so it was repaired as original with new bevel gears, output shaft and bearings. There was an inherent problem with the oem output shaft bearing that can be "fixed" by substituting an angular contact bearing. (The original set-up used the same bearing as the chain drive models which have no significant axial load. I have learned a bit about these things in the last few weeks... from knowing only that they existed, to some fairly technical knowledge).
    So, before I start making one, where do we find "the" wrench that fits the exhaust pipe nuts? Or, even a picture of one? Those nuts are problematic, it seems most of them still in service have been mangled by pipe wrenches, channel locks or even a hammer and chisel!
    You removed the photo????

    This one isn't converted either. I'm not sure how many Al has, but it's at least two. He used to display his collection, until he got sick of dealing with the public



    This is the same bike... before he opened the museum. I'm looking for a shot of the naked one he has... can't seem to find it at present

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bigfella View Post
    You removed the photo????

    This one isn't converted either. I'm not sure how many Al has, but it's at least two. He used to display his collection, until he got sick of dealing with the public



    This is the same bike... before he opened the museum. I'm looking for a shot of the naked one he has... can't seem to find it at present
    Disc Brakes...

    Drums were the (190mm) Grimeca 4-shoe from '72-'74? although rumor has it some towards the year end were shipped with Discs.
    For most of these the entire history of dealers and various owners are known.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Disc Brakes...

    Drums were the (190mm) Grimeca 4-shoe from '72-'74? although rumor has it some towards the year end were shipped with Discs.
    For most of these the entire history of dealers and various owners are known.
    and drum brakes. I seem to have misplaced the photo I took of the drum braked model on display. Here it is with the disk-braked one.... sandwiching a Munch Mammoth

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    I know that it's blasphemy to most of the posters on this thread, and I really do appreciate the wonderful plethora of antique and rare bikes presented, but I do have a soft spot in my heart for full-custom, not overly-radical choppers. And as I particularly like the old Honda 750 SOHC engine and the American Motorcycle Engineering sprung-hardtail frame, there is this one (Photobucket won't let me post the pic of mine, so I found this sorta-like-mine on the internet):

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    Frisco Choppers Rule! I used to know a guy with a Triumph twin in one.

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    Bump, because I'm tired of the top of the list being all Rep/Dem politics.
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    Nice drawing...
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    Swung by Backfire Moto last night. Monthly gathering in Seattle of café racers, vintage bikes, bobber rat bikes, etc.

    Saw this very nice looking hardtail build.

    Backfire Moto, Ballard, August 2017 by Nicholas Carey, on Flickr

    Backfire Moto, Ballard, August 2017 by Nicholas Carey, on Flickr
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    While I am not a fan of the practicality of hardtails, I do like the look. That is a nice build - very clean & tidy. I would worry about the hot pipes so close to the inside of my right leg, though. Some form of elegant heat shield (if there can be such a beast) would be appreciated, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    Nice drawing...
    It would be fascinating to be able to stand at a drawing board with a blank sheet of film and a brief to produce an engine for ( pick your choice of bike). To design and draw every last part and then, much later, ride the bike.
    We get to do something like that with the boats that we design and for me thats a wonderful thing.

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    I agree, John; it is a thrill to go for a ride on an idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    While I am not a fan of the practicality of hardtails, I do like the look. That is a nice build - very clean & tidy. I would worry about the hot pipes so close to the inside of my right leg, though. Some form of elegant heat shield (if there can be such a beast) would be appreciated, I think.

    Yes.

    I didn't take a picture of it, but the chain is about 3-4 feet from front to rear sprocket. Long enough to have extra idler sprockets in between to prevent chain sag.

    And no guard. A suicide chain, as a friend of mine puts it.
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    I didn't notice that (lack of) feature, Nicholas. I, too, would not appreciate the lack of chain guard.
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    This is for those who dislike cam chains.


    Last edited by P.I. Stazzer-Newt; 08-17-2017 at 03:41 PM.
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    Nice dickie seat


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    I shakes me head !
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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    This is for those who dislike cam chains.
    honda's rc51 was more elegantly simple
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    But much more easily mis-timed.

    For elegance, the TZ350 is hard to beat.
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    Saw these two versions of newer Triumphs - I like em both equally





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    Yep, I like the Thruxton!

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    I've always liked this mix.

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    Some Ducatis that look right










    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    They do indeed !

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