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Offline Andrew-S

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Re: Hideous Modifications From Your Past
« Reply #30 on: December 11, 2018, 07:00:53 AM »
I modified my CB160 and fitted one of those hideous elasticated, reflective orange Honda headlight covers.




One of these



Ahhh yes, the good old orange plastic headlight cover - had one of those too, but mine was 'Yamaha', how cool were we....... :-\



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Offline Laverda120

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Re: Hideous Modifications From Your Past
« Reply #31 on: December 11, 2018, 08:38:48 AM »
Weren't they just great, cheap accessories, fit and forget or plug and play before the term had been invented 👍. Not only did they save my 17 year old life on many occasions (car drivers were too busy pointing and laughing at me to bother pulling out) but I also found when I got the CB160 up to it's theoretical 125mph chip shop top speed they kept the dead flies off the headlight glass 🙄.

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Re: Hideous Modifications From Your Past
« Reply #32 on: December 11, 2018, 09:42:38 AM »
I’d forgotten all about the horror of the orange elasticated headlamp cover, but the moment I saw the photos I got a flashback to my T100 cafe racer wearing such a thing with ‘Triumph’ on it.

Given the efforts of Joe Lucas, Prince of Darkness, having my lights on all the time was not an option, so it could be argued that the cover was a genuine safety feature, not so sure about them on a Honda, which had decent electrics as standard.
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Re: Hideous Modifications From Your Past
« Reply #33 on: December 11, 2018, 11:41:42 AM »
OMG is that a chin cup, forgot all about those things, good job everyone looked an idiot or we'd have really looked stupid. Like the full visor that clipped to an open face helmet but didn't flip up, OMG how did I not die  :)
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Re: Hideous Modifications From Your Past
« Reply #34 on: December 11, 2018, 12:13:27 PM »
OMG is that a chin cup, forgot all about those things, good job everyone looked an idiot or we'd have really looked stupid. Like the full visor that clipped to an open face helmet but didn't flip up, OMG how did I not die  :)

I had a bubble type visor that did flip up on an open face helmet, but if you lifted it just a little bit at any speed at all it flipped up all the way and nearly ripped your head off!
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Re: Hideous Modifications From Your Past
« Reply #35 on: December 11, 2018, 12:52:53 PM »
This wasn't my 70's masterpiece, but I do have the side panels and tailpiece for spares....

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Re: Hideous Modifications From Your Past
« Reply #36 on: December 11, 2018, 01:39:58 PM »
That should be "St Joseph Lucas Lucas Prince of Darkness and his Intermittent Electron"

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Re: Hideous Modifications From Your Past
« Reply #37 on: December 11, 2018, 09:14:42 PM »
My 500/4 sported a triumph rocket 3 Raygun silencer welded to a bsm exhaust collector when I got it, my dad heard the bike being delivered, had time to walk 250 yards from his stables back to the house, tell me he thought he could hear my new bike on it's way, then I had time to walk up to the yard and get a look across the valley to see my new wheels pass across the valley. At work they could hear me about half a mile off and that was in town, competing with all the other traffic. I fitted a laser exhaust system that basically had no baffles to make it quieter eventually. Once shes back on the road I am going back to the dragon setup, it never ran so well as with that exhaust and a k&n filter that retained the original phelenem chamber etc. Used to spin the rear wheel up on every corner if you gave it the beans.
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Re: Hideous Modifications From Your Past
« Reply #38 on: December 15, 2018, 11:49:44 AM »
I was proud of this ....... but those were different times :)



Z650B .... Gpz750 motor, which ended up with a Honda cb750 ignition cover, as the original had been smashed. Purchased from a breakers. I couldn;t afford the Harris pipe I craved...so the Motad got chopped, welded, and gutted. Sounded...er....interesting. Dresda swing arm, which was meant for a disc rear end so lacked the correct torque arm mount. Something I sorted later...once I had replaced the broken rear brake which had sheared the torque arm mount clean off. I discovered you can't bodge up brake torque arm mounts.....
The side panels were missing...but I grafted on a pair of GSX400F items I had lying around....which looked OK. Belly-pan was the bottom half of a Gpz600R fairing.
Paint was the result of too much clubbing. White primer base, with a crazy paving pattern in flourescent green, blue and yellow. The picture does not capture the glare...Top it off with some MX bars....and I was ready for anything.

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Re: Hideous Modifications From Your Past
« Reply #39 on: December 15, 2018, 02:28:26 PM »
I was proud of this ....... but those were different times :)



Z650B .... Gpz750 motor, which ended up with a Honda cb750 ignition cover, as the original had been smashed. Purchased from a breakers. I couldn;t afford the Harris pipe I craved...so the Motad got chopped, welded, and gutted. Sounded...er....interesting. Dresda swing arm, which was meant for a disc rear end so lacked the correct torque arm mount. Something I sorted later...once I had replaced the broken rear brake which had sheared the torque arm mount clean off. I discovered you can't bodge up brake torque arm mounts.....
The side panels were missing...but I grafted on a pair of GSX400F items I had lying around....which looked OK. Belly-pan was the bottom half of a Gpz600R fairing.
Paint was the result of too much clubbing. White primer base, with a crazy paving pattern in flourescent green, blue and yellow. The picture does not capture the glare...Top it off with some MX bars....and I was ready for anything.

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Re: Hideous Modifications From Your Past
« Reply #40 on: December 15, 2018, 05:22:51 PM »
I was proud of this ....... but those were different times :)



Z650B .... Gpz750 motor, which ended up with a Honda cb750 ignition cover, as the original had been smashed. Purchased from a breakers. I couldn;t afford the Harris pipe I craved...so the Motad got chopped, welded, and gutted. Sounded...er....interesting. Dresda swing arm, which was meant for a disc rear end so lacked the correct torque arm mount. Something I sorted later...once I had replaced the broken rear brake which had sheared the torque arm mount clean off. I discovered you can't bodge up brake torque arm mounts.....
The side panels were missing...but I grafted on a pair of GSX400F items I had lying around....which looked OK. Belly-pan was the bottom half of a Gpz600R fairing.
Paint was the result of too much clubbing. White primer base, with a crazy paving pattern in flourescent green, blue and yellow. The picture does not capture the glare...Top it off with some MX bars....and I was ready for anything.
Looks like a Brazilian carnival float !!
1971 cb750 K1

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Re: Hideous Modifications From Your Past
« Reply #41 on: December 15, 2018, 08:12:04 PM »
And there was me thinking the white wheels and matt black brush painted exhaust were coming back in ....
CB750F2 - in pieces
CB900F Hornet - the daily transport