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    Thumbs up Honda CB650

    Hey all time to start my build thread.

    Just got back from picking up my donor bike. Big props goto Otis who donated the bike to me. Awesome guy. Very knowledgeable and friendly.

    I'm not sure what system I'm going to use yet but I do know that i want to use headways. Im shooting for 60-65mph and between 30-50miles for distance. Work is 14 miles away 10 of which is a bridge that travels at 60mph (most do 70).

    All other aspects of the build are up in the air right now and i'd really appreciate any and all input. I've done other all E projects before but this is by far the largest.

    Again thanks goto Otis for the bike and here are the beginning pics.....as soon as i get my computer back from my wife. Tablet is not good w/ adding pics it seems.

    Mike C.

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    hehe, i just realized that the forks are supposed to come all the way up. i kept looking at it thinking...something is off. looked at a reference pic and realized what it was.

    guess it shows that i am starting off from scratch learning motorcycles. oh well this is a learning experience. start at the bottom i guess.
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    Adding picture of what the bike looked like before so I can have a long term comparison.photo.jpg

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    Hit up harbor freight today for some tools. Picked up an abrasive blaster and am in the process of building a blast cabinet large enough for the frame. Hope fully i can get it all cleaned up this weekend.

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    Is that a custom 1x2 pine hard-tail adapter I see?
    Sensei - Electric Ninja 250

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    Hehe looks like it. but that was not in the box of parts when i picked it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billmi View Post
    Is that a custom 1x2 pine hard-tail adapter I see?
    Yes it was. But that's the way I got it. Good eye though!

    Hey Mike, I think I forgot to give you those! LOL!

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    Always good to see more people converting CB
    Please post lots of pictures if you get a chance.
    i also didn't know anything about motorcycles when I started so I can relate on the front
    - Chris [1982 Honda EV650]

    "Just throwing science at the wall and seeing what sticks"

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    Should be soon that i can start media blasting the bike. Progress is slow because i have too many life events going on. This is the base of my blasting cabinet that i'm building. I threw the frame up there to ensure that it would fit before putting up the walls.

    Also working on another project where i'm converting and old water heater tank into a foundry, so i can recycle my own metals. In addition to that i'm building a CNC router table so i can then mill out the plastic and metals i'll need for the bike and future projects. So many projects so little time.

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    Cool looking bike. Ignoring the obvious obstacles, like seat fit and wood "shocks", it looks more like a modern sport cruiser or streetfighter than an old CB. Wish I still lived in the Tampa Bay area so I could help or at least check it out when you finish. Have fun!

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