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  1. Howdy ya'll, it's been quite a while since I had a project on here, so I'm bringing you my current cashhole from Perth, WA. It's a 1998 Honda VRX 400. A water cooled v-twin bike they made for a brief period in the mid to late 90's as some kind of pre custom bike fad factory cafe. They were mostly Japanese market only bikes, and while there are a few customs out there they're pretty much all japanese shop bikes and there's no info etc online as far as I can tell. The bike is rego'd as an 88 here as pre 89 bikes enjoy lax regulations around importation, doesn't bother me much at all as it means it's easier to rego and keep on the road. This one came to me like this for only $2500 rego'd and running... First thing I did was put a bit more bend in the 1" bars, pulling them back slightly as the near flat angle was killing my wrists and felt gamy as fuck. Actually thats not true the first thing I did was melt my workboots against that unwrapped bottom pipe... but moving on, the bars feel alot better now and will make do until I order a set of Biltwell's 1" moto bar. I'd really like to fit a protaper or renthal bar on it but they all have 7/8" hand control areas and this bike is 1" from the aftermarket riser clamps to the hand controls. It's unusual to me being a small displacement jap bike but apparently common on Honda's cruiser stuff from 600cc upwards so potentially it has controls from a vt600/750. I also replaced the stock grips as they're fat squishy foam pieces of shit with plastic looking chrome bits and just generally look like try hard harley bits. Went with Biltwell Thruster in 1" and so far I'm happy with them even though the vibration to the hands increased slightly. They look like this now...
  2. Seeing as I'm doing some tidy up work on my bike I might as well share it with the OS crew and let you bask in its amazingness. To start off with I'd better run over the last 18 months. Chapter 1 - Purchasing October 2015. I'd just got my licence and was now looking for a bike. I was after something with some legs for touring, under 600cc for cheaper rego, classic for ease of maintenance, and under $1500. On trademe was listed "1986 Honda Rebel 450 - No wof, No reg, No worries!". The sort story is it was an insurance wright off which 2 owners previous had started to turn into a bobber. The bike changed hands a couple times with minimal work done on it. Then i got my hands on it. I went and looked at it, had a mate test ride it, did a bit of haggling, and by the end of the day I had it on the trailer heading for home. Over The next two months I fixed the issues with it including plugging exhaust leaks, replacing the front tyre, replacing the dodgy bar clamps, cleaning the carbs out, poorly tuning it for the modified exhaust, and making the speedo cable longer. A week before Christmas it passed compliance and was ready for summer cruising. My brother and I spend a few days riding all over Banks Peninsula. The weather was epic, the roads were quiet, and my bike didn't miss a beat.
  3. I was yarning to my boss about whether he might know of an CB's >300cc for sale and long story short he had this and I have this now As you can see, it has a skull and the tank is ugly and so is just about everything about it. However, it's a Honda and they can be made to look quite neat. I'm hoping for an end result in this kind of area. Top two of those pictures courtesy of TheBikeShed.cc, some neat stuff on there to stare at. I had also planned to pic up my brother's MC18 NSR today but he wouldn't answer his phone so none of that then. One day I'll have this on the road again also: ..but that's another story..
  4. so I got this last Christmas 1980 something honda cx500 with hopefully only a worn waterpump mechanical seal seller seemed to think it was dereg too (carjam was saying otherwise) so drove from Hamilton to napier and picked er up promptly went to the post shop and changed ownership and put rego on hold, best $10 i ever spent then we sold our house and moved to wellington and ive been super busy working and procrastinating until I figured I have a week off so should get some parts sorted saw that dime city had free shipping so ordered some shorter shocks, clip ons and smaller gauges (found some similar ones on trade me the next day for cheaper....grr) before after no more wheel gap also received a package of seals and gaskets etc from cxphreak in aussie got all the gaskets and orings etc that I need for same price as one gasket from Honda chur so I just need to get of my arse and put all the seals in then reassemble into something resembling this http://www.moto-verso.co.uk/motorcycles/project-cx-cx500-cafe-racer/
  5. So after living abroad for a few years and succumbing to small bike fever, I eventually got a Toy built in the way of a beautiful c70: Sadly, due to the mods there was little chance of making it compliant over here so I had to part with her before moving home. It was about that time that ol' c50 came into my life as a bunch of parts and the frame/engine all askew in the back of a station wagon. I moved home to meet her in pieces and then went to work and forgot put it to the back of my mind for a few months. A couple of weeks back I returned from a regular trip to Thailand with a whole bunch of goodies and thought it might be time to finally start the build. Here's what's happened so far. The bare frame as purchased, the last owner did a decent spray job, but for the life of me I can't figure out why they painted over the original decals. Hence the red patch on the tank: Next it was time to chop off the tail and get cracking on the forks too: The plans so far include the following: 4.25 inch front rim - Racingboy 4.50 inch rear rim - Racingboy Aftermarket Swingarm - Boushi Front disc conversion - Racingboy parts mostly 12 v conversion New engine build DBK Racing More....figuring it out as I go along All parts are sourced myself direct from the respective factories and shipped here or bought as luggage on my trips back and forth to Thailand. Swingarm comparison: Currently stripping the new hubs so I can get the rims laced up and ready to go: They are almost sorted, ready for polishing and a clear coat before lacing them up. (first time, wish me luck). Also the new tyres just arrived from Cycletreads in Auckland: Of course with the tyres here I became impatient and did a very very rough mock up, completely out of proportion and all: I'll post updates as they happen. New leg shield and engine are the next things to come, but there is alot of frame prep to go just yet. Fun times ahead! I post updates on https://www.facebook.com/mopednz often also. Cheers Admin for approving me and I look forward to sharing the rest of the build in the coming months.
  6. so basically I just need some lush wheels, to install a stereo (the car has NEVER had one) and maybe lower it a bit, OH, and to get a WoF and Rego. oh, and the paint on it is shat.
  7. Thought I might pop a thread up about the GB400 I picked up recently as I slowly try to tidy up some of the dodgy bits. Day one at home: Plenty of dodgy bits to choose from. First problem was there was zero rear brake. The seat had a big hole in the rear section and was held on to the bike with a nylon strap. The bar-end mirrors have stupidly long bolts that very nearly hit the tank, the battery was rooted, air filter was black, rear tyre was square, foot peg rubber consisted mainly of blue electrical tape, front guard looked to have been finger painted by a 2 year old and generally pretty grubby but was running well. After a new air filter, oil change, rear tyre, battery and fresh foot peg rubbers I started stripping the bike down to polish all the stainless bits. I chopped the huge front guard down a bit and painted it matte black to hide it a bit. And this is how it looks at the moment. Just want to tidy up the engine covers and casings a bit more, sort out the ugly exhaust box and bar end mirrors. Might also lower the clip-ons, guages and head light but just enjoying riding it for now.
  8. I picked up my C50 on the weekend, complete with a rego.. lookin forward to a summer of no wofs!