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What is the motorcycle of your dreams? Price is no object.

If money was no object, what motorcycle(s) would you want to own? For me it would have to be a Vincent Rapide, or a Brough Superior. Also, I'd like to own some historic bikes, like ones that belonged to : Pancho Villa, Evel Knievel, Lawrence of Arabia, Elvis, Bob Dylan, Steve McQueen, or maybe Peter Fonda's Captain America.

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Hack42Moem2 years ago
I'm either very boring or just totally content, or possibly both... but I'm very happy with what I already have. Not sure anything else could bring me more joy than this beat up, 25-years old enduro that looks like it's been ridden around the Sahara. Well, to be fair, it has...

I just want to keep it going for as long as possible.
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inertia182 years ago
A yamaha V-max converted to a street fighter look
indigocat3 years ago
A Carnot V-Twin. 'nuff said.
Flumpkins5 years ago
I would build my own. It would have a Taco Bell, an Amusement park, and 2 foot wide wheels.
skunkbait (author)  Flumpkins5 years ago
My kids are building one (slowly), but no Taco Bell.
One made of ducttape with an external combustion engine and maybe an endless supply of nacho cheese and a 100000000009077383737373747583738474747;74774&4&4&;&&;&&;&84&487475747 gallon chocolate fountain with peanutbutter for those long road trips
their building a motercycle with an amuseement park?
skunkbait (author)  Flumpkins5 years ago
They'll probably leave the amusement park off too (for handling reasons).
Nooo... how bout the 2 foot wide wheels?
skunkbait (author)  Flumpkins5 years ago
There's is actually based on a Schwinn Stingray. But, I am considering building one with 1 foot wide wheels. I have all the parts, but it's a matter of finding the time myself, or tricking the kids into doing it.
Cool. How old are your kids?
skunkbait (author)  Flumpkins5 years ago
12 and 14. They've been working on bikes since they were little.
Sweet!
skunkbait (author)  Flumpkins5 years ago
I'll do a slideshow of their projects one of these days. My oldest son swapped engines on my Bandit 600 this week. (The old engine had a fist-sized hole in it!) I have to do the wiring on my day off.
When you do the wiring, would you be willing to at least take pictures? I wire worse than the British...
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai5 years ago
Oops, Already did about 90%. It was pretty straight forward, but if I wire the '79 Harley, I'll definitely do pics. It'll be pretty much from scratch. I may get to it in October. So you wire like the British.... Have you ever considered a career in electronic arson? (Or at least something where you spend all your time in the dark.)
I've accidentally done a little electronic arson once or twice, like when I tried to build a remote control minisub and it caught fire underwater. Had to take it home anyway, stunk up the car for three weeks...
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai5 years ago
My best friend's muffler fell off his car. Still hot, he threw it in the back seat. The car caught fire (almost burned down) and smelled smoky for months!
Dang, that sounds like something I would do without thinking. Speaking of mufflers, I need to get a new muffler for at least one of my cars, and I'm thinking of pulling one from a late model Trans Am. Can you think of any others that sound good from the factory?
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai5 years ago
I dunno. I'm not really a "sound" guy. I like it nice and quiet until I need performance. Then any decibel level (short of an F-16) is fine. Look into "cutouts". You can run them muffled or wide open.
Funny, I didn't even know my Merc had an exhaust note until I floored it once, then HOLY CRAP! The other car's muffler is so shot that I've practically got open pipes already. Unless I can find cutouts at the junkyard, I kinda doubt I'm getting them. What I'd really love would be to look under a car at the local u-pull-it and find a Cherrybomb.
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai5 years ago
I knew a guy who made his own cutouts (for a motorcycle). He used a nail and a pice of metal shaped into a "butterfly valve" when he gave it full throttle it opened automatically, giving it a vicious roar and quite a few more horses.
Hmm, that could be worth looking into. I can just imagine the emissions guy deciding to floor it just for fun and nearly blowing his ears out in that little booth...
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai5 years ago
I'd probably wire it shut before the emissions test!
on that note: those whistler things you weld into the exhaust, are they hard to do? *is thinking about giving Suzzy a little.. "kick"*
skunkbait (author)  KentsOkay5 years ago
No, their pretty easy to put in. Although I'd see if I could make 'em removable. I think they might hinder the power on a small engine.
Hmm....
Coolioxidemelodicosiosis. Coolioxidemelodicosiosis- So amazingly awesome, that you need more oxigen, so you listen to some melodies. You can see it has the words "cool", "oxide" and bart of "melody"
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skunkbait (author)  Flumpkins5 years ago
Wow. That is cool.
yesh, I guesh...
Rishnai6 years ago
Maybe Burt Munro's record-setting machine? No, I couldn't. But I would love a fully functional replica! Hmm... I'd like a German WWII bike, a Vincent, and all the parts and time necessary to design and build my own deisel big twin. Not to mention more than my fair share of Indians. Fours, another Warrior, maybe a Six, a Chief factory sidecar, and a Powerplus or two. And Hopper's bike from Easy Rider. You don't see to many of those. And a bigger shed to store them in. Y'know, if money wasn't an object. :P
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai6 years ago
I've been strongly considering the deisel thing myself. If I could just find the appropriate (American or British) deisel to go in my '79 Sporty frame!
No German deisel? Well that does narrow the options. you could see about wedging a Cummins in there, but if that worked it might be the second-to-last thing you ever do. I've been tossing around the idea of taking a V-8 deisel motor and cutting apart the cylinders so I just have two at a time, then filling/rerouting the oil and water lines appropriately and then seeing how well it functions as an air-cooled V-twin. If that worked, I'd probably build three more full rollers and drop the other three motor sections into them and sell 'em to pay for the one I'd be keeping. Otherwise, each V-8 would provide four opportunites to tweak things. I can't help but think, there seems like there'd be a less roundabout way to git-er-done.
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai6 years ago
I'd go German if I had a Zundapp, BMW, or even Ural frame. I could go Asian and get an (indian) Enfield deisel. Problem is they top out at about 50 mph. Cutting up a V8 would definitely be interesting.
It'd be interesting to have a Ural, period. And while I was looking up things about diesel Enfields, I ran across the M1030M1 miltary diesel. I think I need to add that to my "dream collection."
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai6 years ago
Oh, I had also thought of getting a Boss Hoss rear end/tranny and making a full V8 deisel bike. Unless you're towing a mobile home, a V8 deisel seems to defeat the purposes of motorcycles. In my opinion, bikes are for going fast (at least accelerating fast), fuel economy and manuverability. A Boss Hoss deisel would accomplish none of those.... Back to cutting up a Cummins!
Actually a diesel has better mpg than a gas engine. Reason: MORE TORQ. And I would reccomend an inline 6 diesel (CUMMINS) for this: 1. Cummins has more torque at lower RPM's(good), 2. It also has more horseys at lower RPM's(good) 3. Less weight so if yer skinny legged it is easier to get the bike off the kickstand(good), 4. Much skinnier so no stretched groins(GOOD), 5.Louder(bad) but depends on exaust system. My dad has a Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins 24-valve Turbo diesel and that thing is LOUD(YEEHAW) but he has no muffler in the exaust sys. so it sounds like a semi is cominatcha but thats the only bad thing about that beast
Oh yeah forgot to mention 215 Horsepower and enough torque to snap a 7000 pound towstrap in two (520 ft. lb. of torque)
skunkbait (author)  Mr. Cowboy5 years ago
Wow! That's a lot of torque. Mine will pull just about anything I own, but I have to put a new hitch on it. I'll probably do that this week, as the kids want to use it to pull the boat.
Ah thats nothin. It pulled a 5 ton rv that had been sittin in my backyard for 5 years. No black smoke either but a very nice sounding alarm clock
My dad said he was at 'bout mmmmmm half throttle
skunkbait (author)  Mr. Cowboy5 years ago
Yeah, I love deisels. I have an old deisel 4x4. It gets great mileage. What I meant about defeating the purpose is this: If I'm going deisel (it would be for the sake of mileage, not speed), I might as well go for a smaller deisel- like a VW 4-cyl or something. If I'm going for speed, with something as heavy as an 8 cyl, I'd go for a big Chevy or similar.
Mwahahahaha! I'd kind of like the power to tow a mobile home or a "used car" wih a motorcycle (or maybe even an unsuspecting broken-down motorist), but I know that aside from the shock factor, it wouldn't do much but get me into trouble and not be terribly fun. But still, I'd kind of like to try. In the same way that I'd like to put a turbo'ed Hemi in a Geo Metro, and an '09/'10 Boss into a go-kart. A bike with an Olds 400 would be fun, if a little heavy...
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai6 years ago
That's funny, I'd thought of going with a souped up Chev 350 in a Metro! I've also got a 350 olds, but that is probably destined to go in my blown up Firebird. Although, building a bike around it (mounted transverse?) would be exciting!
So much for Metros getting 45 miles to the gallon, eh? Have you seen the bike that Jesse James built using a radial engine? I think I remember Paul Yang's version in a magazine a while back, with it mounted transverse, but Jesse's looks cooler. More... mechanical. Seems like it'd want to be lying on its left side all the time, though.
At one point we nearly bought a 13 cyl. radial from an antanov, I can't remember exactly but the power was in the order of thousands of HP, we had plans already, something along the lines of an old style rac car like in the twenties except a million times as fast, it then occured to us that we shouldn't buy since it would spend years just being fired up at 5AM to annoy the neighbours and out do the guy with the harley in the street... On the downside some has beat me to a goal of mine, not to mention they've made it look great, guess I'm going to have to do the other plan, involving a 4.0L supercharged V8 and a a certain van...
I know this is way late but a 4.0 liter??? that engine must be small id go in the upper 5 liter range
Well it was going to be coming out of an old jag that was kicking about, a quick service would have brought it straight back up to the original 400hp, also it's a light engine, as I remember all aluminium 4.0 litre supercharged V8... Having seen a van with a 2.9 cosworth engine dropped in to it go it'd be enough for fun considering it was only running 370hp or so and went like the clappers...
Oh, shoot, then heck yeah
skunkbait (author)  killerjackalope5 years ago
It's amazing what can be done with a mid-size engine. And sometimes that's all the frame will carry (especially if you want to be able to steer!). My boys were telling me about some V-twins that were seriously rearranged. The rear cylinder was disabled and then turned into a "super-charger" of sorts, and only the front cyl was used for combustion. It had like 40% more power than it did before, while running on two cyls!
To be fair the 2.8 diesel was a tight fit and the turbo was fairly compact the 4 litre would have been tough to fit, probably had the battery in the footwell etc. if I'd have persuaded them to do it. To be fair this was a V8 supercharged going in to a van, it's not surprising. I've heard of such things and they interest me greatly, I understand how it'd work, knocking the compression stroke out of phase and changing the valve to send to other pistons but hmm... Oh by the way skunk I've had a plan for a while but I'm not sure if it'll work and I may blow up a bike doing it, see I've been considering what'd happen if I combined a bog standard 125 L bike with ether injection or possibly propane and a lean choke setting, though ether is more fun I'm wondering if that's too much for on of those engines, think a honda CG 125 or some kind of copy, not one of those overrun scooters, the centrifugal clutch would annoy me too much. But reason I'm asking is because my friend and I have developed a minor wager, because I reckoned I could do it without killing the bike, though it gave me an idea, see the world speed record for a 125 wasn't that fast as I remember and, ermm based on experiments with 50 and 35cc gopeds and butane ermm, well homemade ether injection looks simple...
skunkbait (author)  killerjackalope5 years ago
The propane is definitely a possibility. Lean is good, but not too lean or it'll overheat. Ether though.....? It is probably possible, but not advisable. A VERY SHORT blast of ether MIGHT not kill it, but I'd still be scared. If you could rig it to inject a little oil, just before the either, (without fouling the plug) it just might work. I've always considered doing the ether injection on a car, with the windscreen washer resevoir containing the ether, and the washer pump linked to the intake, but I'd never try it on any vehicle I cared about.
No, not on a vehicle I cared about... But my reckoning is that is you pump in some oil with ether and run it lean it'll live, I've been known to spray ether direct in to the intake of the forklift when that extra power's needed, sure you've heard of easy start, well that stuff comes in cans that fit in camp stoves so... I thought why not add ether injection and a solenoid valve, I do know it's hard on an engine and noticed that even butane in to the carbs will have most 4 strokes and 2 strokes overheating over anything more than 30 secs but if it survived somehow it would be epic, need and engine that's got a fairly low compression ratio and a fair good build to really test the theory but until acquiring I'll not now... Though skunkers, see about grabbing a wee goped, the engine's are invincible for tinkering with ideas like this...
Ah, but being the neighborhood alarm clock is so much fun! Although I admit I appreciate it when the neigbor's friend with the open pipes shuts off his engine and coasts the car through the neighborhood to the house across the way when I'm trying to sleep.
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai6 years ago
It's funny, when I first read 'radial' I was thinking 'rotary' ,(Wankel, Norton, and Suzuki have already done that.) I do have access to some used radials (cropduster rebuild-parts), but that looks like a beast to ride. Yeah, I think mounting it Jesse James' style would give some side-torque issues. Those engines are awesome. A friend of a friend proved you can fly a plane (albeit BREIFLY) without wings, but it was the torquing-over that soon ended his flight. If the tailwings and rudder had been just a bit bigger....
"Fly a plane without wings...BRIEFLY" lol. I have to ask; how'd he wind up in that situation?
Perhaps make it a trike, or a sidecar-hauler? I know the sidecar monkeys sure have some fun at the race to the clouds, if you could find someone willing to do that it'd be possible to still ride it very sportily, and the three wheels would solve its tendency to torque on its side. But mounting it transverse would improve the aero, and the side-torque-ing. Hmm. I now feel the need to aquire a cropduster engine and build an entry for the Hill Climb a couple of years from now.
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai6 years ago
Well, cropdusters are the cowboys of the pilot-world. Adventure often takes priority over common sense. My freind can't seem to fly unless it's low and fast (or somebody's shooting at him). They were rebuilding a pretty hot spray-plane. I think it was a souped up Ag-Cat. Anyway a 'discussion' broke out about flying under shear power, with no lift from wings. (My friend's a chopper pilot too.) Somebody said "prove it!", and it was a challenge this fellow couldn't refuse. It was his plane, and before they put the wings and the spray gear back on, he hopped in and fired-up, to prove his view correct. He got up (quickly) and near the end of the runway before the torque flipped him over. He slid around a bit, destroying the fuselage and walked away, proven right (and wrong). I think he passed away in a less adventurous incident a few years later. I'll have to ask my friend the "rest of the story".
Sheer power alone, eh? Reminds me of a story I heard once about a guy who got a Bug to do 260, at which point it lifted off, hung for a bit, then crashed. I have never known a cropduster to exercise common sense. I think that they should let cropdusters moonlight as wildland firefighters, since it seems right up their alley, if a little dangerous, especially given the sorry state of all twenty-odd firefighting planes in the nation.
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai6 years ago
My friend just finished a stint with a "contractor" in one of the unmentionable terrorist would-be hot-spots. He's doing post-flood recovery work in Iowa now. (He's supposed to help me start flying when he get's back.) He's an awesome pilot, but the common sense thing seems to have evaded him entirely. BTW- It's amazing how many of those flyboys are die-hard motorcyclists too.
Might be part of the pilot license exam: "Do you have common sense? Check one: yes or no." Both pursiuts do involve traveling fast in a situation where a small mistake can mean the difference between big fun and a world of hurt, and in both cases the operator is far more "in tune" with the machine than a car... cars don't crash themselves if you get distracted for a bit.
Rishnai Rishnai5 years ago
Speaking of Burt Munro's epic machine, the Broadmoor is hosting a highfalutin' show and a tribute to the Unsers this weekend. One of the bikes they expect to have is the Munro Special. I'll try to get as many pictures as humany possible and then some.
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai6 years ago
I understand the shed thing! My 30'x30' shop is full! 3 Harley 2-strokes (and one more frame), A Kawasaki S2, A '01 Suzuki Bandit, an XS1100, 2 Sportsters, a '73 Bultaco, a KE 100, and a Suzuki Moped. Half of them run, and the rest are all 1 day and $75 bucks from running. THose are just mine I also am babysitting (working on) my sisters Chinese moped, and a friends Goldwing and Lifan 250. Then there's my kids bikes. 2 Chinese pocket bikes, '70 Kaw 90cc, a customized 250 Harley XS, a '73 Kaw F7, and a Ninja 250. I can hardly walk in there! A friend is supposed to buy the XS1100 this week (I hope)!
skunkbait (author)  skunkbait6 years ago
Oops, forgot my little JR 50!
Man, that is full. We've only got nine in our garage, but then there's the odds & ends pile o'parts that we just couldn't get rid of, like broken bits of two crashed Fours, half a destroyed car transmission, some bike mufflers of unknown origin, the top end of what might have been a Honda 350, the bottom end of what might have been a Scout, at least two frames which may or may not be Indian, and five(?!) spare spoke rims. Barely space to park a bicycle in there and have space to do much else, like work on any of the Nine.
xACIDITYx6 years ago
My dream cycle would Transform like a Transformer and would help me solve problems and drive me around like an integrated chauffeur who doesn't obey the law. With a red light that goes left to right and back again like that car in that TV series.

And talk to me.

My dream bike would consist of a Cummins ISB Turbo diesel engine(old 12 valve) and it would have a super duty rear axle(to account for torque) and it would have Sportster Tires and a custom paint job. :) fun...
an integrated chauffeur who doesn't obey the law

EPIC
skunkbait (author)  KentsOkay5 years ago
But who gets the ticket? Integraqted chaufer?
I dunno
Confederate Hellcat special edition. Or something else...
skunkbait (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
Oh, I saw one of those last time I was in New Orleans. They are slick machines. They should collaborate with Indian.
That would be awesome!
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai6 years ago
I once saw a concept bike called a Vindian. It was a (replica) of a stripped down Chief, with a Vincent Black SHadow engine. I'm not really into bastardized classics, but that was awesome.
Yeah, I prefer restoration, too, but as long as nothing irreversible is done, I love cutsomized classics. That Vindian sounds pretty cool. I saw some Vincent Black Shadows and some Radpides (spelling?) at a show the local British club put on last year. Way cool bikes.
How about copying, lately a lot of interesting bikes are coming out of the woodwork here as the petrol prices put more on them, yesterday the oddest convoy passed, a 125cc scooter followed by a fireblade, another scooter, then at the very end there was one of the hell's angels of our town, funny in itself since he doesn't ride the harley during the week, instead opting for a little 250 or some japanese make...
And speaking off odd groupings, when my friend gets her motorcycle endorsement, we're going to look awful crazy, with me on a Big Chief and her on a 49cc scooter. But we're good friends, so I forgive her for the scooter thing.
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai6 years ago
My son and I look funny going down the road. I'm on the '73 Harley, and he's on the late-model Ninja. We're trying to get a moped going for the youngest boy, as his real bike isn't street legal yet.
He has a Ninja?!??!?! A: tell him he's a lucky git B: PICS PLZ!!
skunkbait (author)  KentsOkay5 years ago
Here's the Ninja!
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Strike out A and tell him he's a lucky b****** That's a rockin' bike either way!
skunkbait (author)  KentsOkay5 years ago
Skunkbait Jr. got a neat little bike last month.
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Way cool! CC's?
skunkbait (author)  KentsOkay5 years ago
It's a 100cc. Originally a 90cc, Someone put oversized top-end on it. It's pretty fast. I can ride wheelies on it.
AWESOME You make me wanna put my 148cc from the Whizzer on a decent frame...
skunkbait (author)  KentsOkay5 years ago
Visiting AR anytime soon? I have a frame or two that'd be perfect for that sort of thing.
It's all I can do to resist hitchiking over... But alas, much to much to be doing. School, jobs (or the lack of) etc... My 2 year goal is to generate cash flow to purchase a Corvette Stingray in less than perfect condition and bring it to life, as TPTB seem to like the idea of me in an airbagless hunk of fiberglass better than straddling steel.
skunkbait (author)  KentsOkay5 years ago
Yep, better start saving. Even ratty ones are expensive these days. I have an '85 vette, but wish I had an old Stingray. Mom had a '69 Stingray when I was a kid. She was way cooler back then. She also had a GTO, an MGB, and a '67 Mustang. Now she drives an Impala :-( At least I've kept her away from mini-vans!
Jeese.... My mom said she almost bought a 67 Mustang back when it was only twenty years old. I'm looking for something between 75-82, preferably 80-82. I saw one in halfway decent condition for 15 grand from 78.
Awesome!
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai5 years ago
Yeah. He has another one almost like it, that's set up for on/off road. I want him to make a cafe racer out of one of them.
skunkbait (author)  KentsOkay5 years ago
We got the bike registered and insured yesterday. He'll probably get his license next week. He could've gotten it a year ago, but we didn't have a running 250cc. Before 16, (in AR) you're still not allowed to carry passengers. So if he goes on a date, I guess he'll have to drive the tractor!
Only in the US.... >Daddy, can I go on a date? >Sure darlin', but only if he picks you up in a tractor! >Why's that? >Maxes out at 30, impossible to miss, the winner in a crash, and the passenger area is completely visible!
skunkbait (author)  KentsOkay5 years ago
As a side note, tractors do have one advantage for teenage guys. They are one-seaters, so she'll have to sit in your lap.
Didn't think of that....
skunkbait (author)  KentsOkay5 years ago
Yeah, it's pretty sweet. I like sportbike performance, but I hate all the "plastic". He's got the original headlight and tach/speedo assembly, but I think it looks awesome the way it is.
Awesome!
skunkbait (author)  Rishnai5 years ago
He's had it for about 7 months, but we're just now finishing the paperwork. It really moves for a 250. He's begging for a Ducati, but that's just not going to happen anythime soon.
skunkbait (author)  KentsOkay5 years ago
I'll try to get him to post pics. It's a 250, with low miles, set up like a street fighter. Very little plastic and a round headlight. Someone had dropped it, and he got it for just $1000. I rode it home for him (65 miles) at 70 mph. I was very impressed.
Building (and then riding or modifying like there's no tomorrow) a whole "classic" from repro parts is one of my life goals. Specifically, to use repro parts instead of original parts to fill in all the gaps in my incompletes.
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