I'm not much of a Harley guy. They just never could take the beating I give a bike, but I do like a couple of models. Like this one.
I'd love to have one of the old flat trackers from the 80's.
Those were really cool. I remember going to see them race and I really liked the 750 class.
I've been working on a couple of my bikes.
I also picked up a cheap 1976 KZ900 today with 1800 original miles.
It took a hard hit to the lower frame and engine case, but I have another 76 KZ900 frame with matching engines cases.
Oh boy, another pos to work on.
Im not sure what model that is . Its got the touring bag supports , a inverted s1 type front end. it has the wider seat from the 2000 or so models an up. I bet si a lot more comfortable to rife than mine .Nice Buell!
I'm not much of a Harley guy. They just never could take the beating I give a bike, but I do like a couple of models. Like thi
the Buels have there limits but they will out handel a lot/most of bikes out there. I used to got to the batteltraxs events buell would sponsor that are basicaly a auto cross in a parking lot an the buells would eat prety much any thing that came along . There are limited to what they can take but they are pretty damn reliabel . I have about 20,000 on mine an its been stone cold reliable including a few track days. I dont baby it . its never going to be a rice rocket an was never intended to be .
I had a M2 buel wit axtel cylinders an all the good stuff an it made 130+ HP at the rear an won a few dyno shoot outs in its class . was built as a street legal drag bike . I never got it dialed in for gearing but it was pretty damn good . It needed a extended swong arm an I had it built but I sold it all off a few years ago .
I like mine it looks good sounds good is accepted by the sport bike guys as well as the Harley crowd , goes fast enought to get me killed an does awsome wheelies.
a lot of my buddies road rased them about 10 years ago . at Road America an Blackhawk. Im 50 years old now an I have little to prove.
some were burried in the shop is a 2000 honda XR 100 , big bored to 120CC with nig vlaves, custom cams , 30 mm makiuni running alcohol an 13-1 compression an has 16" slicks an MZ font end disk brakes on it that I raced in a mini Motard calss on a go cart track that had 15 turns in a half mile . It made about 22 HP . i ladt raced it in about 2005 . It won the class champion ship that year I had about $5000 tied up in a stupid kids trail bike LOL
I have had some newer sport bikes includig a 955 triumph daytona , a 929 honda , a few ninjas an as far as riding on the street have always perfered the buell .
as my late road race buddy said its more fun riding a slow bike fast than ridding a fast bike slow . Ridding a 180 MPH bike on the street is sort of boring IMO .
I had a Honda 1976 cb 750f SS back in the day had a big bore kit , flat slides kerker drag pipe it was pretty damn fast an used to eat those green Kawasaki 900 at the drag strip . it had drag bars an a cool for the era square custom head light . I wish I had it back .
I was working on a Yamaha 650 street tracker project but I gave up an sold it off . Im not realy tall an I always wanted a flat track type bike that was street legal . sort of a lowered down Motard .
That Kaw must have only been firing on 3 of the 4 cylinders. lol
Ron Cook held the worlds record for many years as the man who lived after a 200 mph crash on a Kawasaki 900 back in 1989.
Two weeks before, he walked away from a 185 mph crash.
Last edited by gwailo; 10-27-2013 at 04:55 PM. Reason: added info
I have owned bikes for a number of years from a 1966 CB 250 Honda 1970? Suzuki X6 Hustler and T-350. Harley 1957 750 KH model. A 1971 Sportster 1000. Then several touring bikes and then nothing for a number of years.
I bought a brand new., but cheapo Bandit 1200 naked in 2002 two days after Christmas as it was on sale in Moon Run, Pennsylvania for $4,999 + $150 dealer prep etc.
I added dual headamps., a pipe and a few motor tweaks and have ridden it to 25 states or so. 42,000 on the original motor and parts etc. Still runs strong.
Earlier pic here>>
At Mt Rushmore Monument>
A few motor tweaks. I do that also. lol
I have a friend who is a big Suzuki fan. I think his dad and older brother raced for Suzuki in the late 70's.
I like really like my old bikes, but the newer ones sure do handle a lot better.
It's nice to not have to fight a bike in a hard corner and the brakes are much better.
That's why I'm mocking this up for myself.
It will be something like this when it's finished.
In the mean time I have this, if I feel the need to go real fast.
NOPE THE HONDA WAS RUNNing on 4 big cylinders . I forget what the big bore kit made it . It had cams an was running pretty high compression.What, a Honda 750 beating a Kaw 900?
That Kaw must have only been firing on 3 of the 4 cylinders. lol
I cant recall what Kaw 900 they were they were green . this was in about 1983 0r 84 . they were doing some magazne shots at sears point race way that day on the new Kaw there was like 4 of them that they had brand new with a pro rider an all that . we unloaded the old 1976 750 out of my 65 Elcamino an beat all of the bikes the magazine gys had there that day . LOL .
I sold the honda when It started having some transmission issues an bought a Suzuki gs 1100 I think it was a 1984? it was the last of the dual rear shock models .
it would go into a death wobble at 99 MPH if you didnt have the tank full of gas an the were leaning on the tank . i was about 145 pounds back then. I almost got pitched off it a few times I changed tired an added a stablaizer an that helped . It was fast but a tank handled like crap . it was stone cold reliable however i but a lot of miles on it. It was great bike to sport tour on an ride a passanger .
I really like the black ZRX above .
MY late buddy had one of those bandits he could ride an was a local road race legend . he had side an tail bags on his an used to do stoppies an wheelies on it that would blow your mind . man that guy could ride . He decided to kill him self for some reason Ill never know .
he had a MZ 650 single he road raced an he was fast on it . I had a MZ scorpian that unfortunatly my X wife got in the divorce . they ran a 650 Yamaha raptor atv motor basically. Mine had 60 HP at the rear after I piped an jeted it an a few things . fun bike to ride
gwailo., you have some very nice scooters and a good deal of talent. Nice builds.
My buddy has a 2008 Triumph Speed Triple 1050. That is a sweet naked bike and handles like a gyroscope. Very nice to ride.