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UPDATE: On Billy’s Bike

Forgive me if my posts have been few and far between, we’ve been having trouble with our internet. So this is my first attempt at blogging from my phone.

Anyway, Billy’s bike is starting to look pretty sweet with the all the brass accents! This project is so close to done that my next post on it will be of the finished product.

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1975 CL360

Here in lovely Spokane winter has set in; the rain, snow and wind has the bikes parked and all tucked in for the season. With that said winter projects has started! Nate’s digger has a final progress post coming up and introducing a new project for our friend Billy. A 1975 CL360 that Tony and Mike found way up north from and old lady. This bike is all orginal and very clean, when Billy stopped by one day it was love at first sight! He rode it around for awhile then decided for the boys to “cafe it.”

Tear down day.

No motor.

Down to the frame, ready to shave all that factory steel off.

Frame mods.

Engine soaking in alcasol.

Engine clean and ready for paint.

Billy went tire shopping and picked up a set of Coker Firestone repops for that old school vintage look.

Mike started piecing the tail and seat pan together.

UPDATE: Tail and tank mock up.

 

 

Nate’s Drag Cafe

A few weeks ago I posted my first motorcycle, a Kikker 5150, on craigslist. I don’t know if you’ve noticed that blue CB500 from our progress posts…. yeah, that’s going to be my upgrade! Going from a 110cc to a 500 is some upgrade huh? 😉 Anyway, we first met Nate Doggett when he responded to our ad on the cycle. Tony and Nate got to talking… next thing you know a new project has started. A raked cafe digger! I saw this work-in-progress for the first time today and I have to say, I am super excited about this project! So enough talking, lets get to the progress photos!

Honda CB650, ready, set, lets build!

 

All clean and ready for Mike to start shaving/cutting/welding the frame.

Modified and painted.

Engine clean and ready for paint

Benelli 360 tank

Beer box tail mocked up. Nate said, “Drop that bitch!”

So we did!

Carbs on, custom rear shocks, 4″ lowered tubes, 4 into 1 wrapped and on, emblems filled, gators on, custom aluminum tail, molded and riveted. She’s starting to look custom!

 

 

Pinstriped Orange Helmet

Yes, I do believe my posts come in twos!

This helmet was done for Tony, and I am very proud of it! I have only been pinstriping since December of 2010 and I am getting better with the more stuff I do. I hope you like this one! You can also see a few others on the pinstriping page https://vintagecycle.wordpress.com/pinstriping/

Honda CB500 – Progress Post Part 2

I know it seems like we’ve been working on this Honda forever. This is an off and on project because it will most likely NOT be for sale. I say most likely because… well in the end cash always talks! 😉

Tony really wants to keep this bike as my everyday rider and I keep telling him I want to see it finished first!

Tony’s Chopper

4 weeks ago, when I saw this bike for the first time in the shop, it didn’t really stand out for me. But last Saturday while at the park pushing my daughter on the swing set I caught myself watching this motorcycle rolling around the block, I didn’t even realize it was the same bike at first much less my own husband riding it!

The One That Started it All


The time has come to say goodbye to the bike that started it all.  This was the first bike Tony purchased, it started out as a 1977 CB750 and has turned into a Brat Chop Hardtail. This bike is louder than **** (insert inappropriate four letter word here). There isn’t much to be said it’s kinda a bittersweet moment.

Keep an eye out for my next post in the next few days. Tony’s new baby is finished and is ready to be shown to the world! Exciting!!