What to build....what to build. I know... How about 1/2 a Piaggio MP3 and 1/2 a Suzuki GN400. Hmmmm: Puki 400? got a pretty nice ring to it! Lets do it!
Step 1: get a Piaggio. Cut off the front end. Step 2: get a Suzuki GN 400 (preferably 2 of them)... strip and cut off the front end and chuck it. Step 3: scratch head, figuring how to get them together.
I go to the Davenport, Iowa motorcycle rally every year, usually around Labor Day weekend (end of August for you non-Yanks.) There is usually a group of guys who bring mechanical "contraptions" there, all are runners.
Motorized bar stools, bicycles with a motorized trailer mounting a small engine to push the bike, steam-powered bikes, rough-looking old truck bodies mounted on new chassis and running gear, stuff like that.
Always a fun weekend. It is amazing what ingenuity can create !
I finally got the frame sections fully welded. The bottom right side loops into the downtube, to clear the single exhaust pipe. The original Piaggio had four tubes going back to the chassis. I have 1 at the headsteady, #2, just under that, #3 and #4 on the side gussets, 10" long each, and #5 #6 are the lowers. Should be solid enough. Also shown, the little Dynamo pit bike got a HD bung and cap, so on with the skull logo. THIS way, I can say that I honestly use a DYNA (Dynamo) as a pit bike. lol
Frame now done. now to get it built up! Main body is a 1980 GN400 Suzuki. Anyone have a right side frame sidecover? ebag has tons of left side.... but no rights. go figure! thanks
the reason you don't have a right side cover is because that's where the battery was, and when the final owner took the cover off to unsuccessfully charge the battery he never put it back and the cover was lost.
i have a little honda CL100 missing the left cover. the battery is on the left, and there are bags of right sidecovers on eBay from the breakers, but no left covers, because the final owners lost them all.
"Are bikes so nice as all that?" asked the mole, shyly...
"Nice? They're the only thing," said the Water Rat Solemnly, as he leaned forward on the handlebars. "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about with bikes."
showing off the tilting front end. seems to be pretty well balanced. Removed the "stand up" lock stuff, too complicated. holds on side stand well, and centerstand of course. Going to install the engine Tuesday - thats the plan anyway......
Re: Its time for a"winter" project - Gawd help me.....
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