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

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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Moem (author)2012-07-12

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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rush_elixir (author)2012-05-17

A yamaha V-max converted to a street fighter look

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Flumpkins (author)2008-08-21

I would build my own. It would have a Taco Bell, an Amusement park, and 2 foot wide wheels.

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skunkbait (author)Flumpkins2008-08-21

My kids are building one (slowly), but no Taco Bell.

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ElvenChild (author)skunkbait2010-12-29

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

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Flumpkins (author)skunkbait2008-08-22

their building a motercycle with an amuseement park?

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skunkbait (author)Flumpkins2008-08-22

They'll probably leave the amusement park off too (for handling reasons).

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Flumpkins (author)skunkbait2008-08-22

Nooo... how bout the 2 foot wide wheels?

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skunkbait (author)Flumpkins2008-08-22

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.

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Flumpkins (author)skunkbait2008-08-22

Cool. How old are your kids?

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skunkbait (author)Flumpkins2008-08-22

12 and 14. They've been working on bikes since they were little.

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skunkbait (author)Flumpkins2008-08-23

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.

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Rishnai (author)skunkbait2008-08-26

When you do the wiring, would you be willing to at least take pictures? I wire worse than the British...

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skunkbait (author)Rishnai2008-08-27

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.)

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Rishnai (author)skunkbait2008-08-27

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...

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skunkbait (author)Rishnai2008-08-29

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!

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Rishnai (author)skunkbait2008-08-30

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?

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skunkbait (author)Rishnai2008-08-30

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.

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Rishnai (author)skunkbait2008-08-30

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.

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skunkbait (author)Rishnai2008-08-30

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.

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Rishnai (author)skunkbait2008-08-30

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...

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skunkbait (author)Rishnai2008-08-30

I'd probably wire it shut before the emissions test!

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KentsOkay (author)skunkbait2009-04-09

on that note: those whistler things you weld into the exhaust, are they hard to do? *is thinking about giving Suzzy a little.. "kick"*

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skunkbait (author)KentsOkay2009-04-09

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.

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Flumpkins (author)skunkbait2008-08-23

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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Rishnai (author)2008-07-12

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

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skunkbait (author)Rishnai2008-07-12

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!

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Rishnai (author)skunkbait2008-07-12

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.

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skunkbait (author)Rishnai2008-07-12

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.

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Rishnai (author)skunkbait2008-07-12

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."

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skunkbait (author)Rishnai2008-07-12

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!

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Mr. Cowboy (author)skunkbait2009-06-28

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

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Mr. Cowboy (author)Mr. Cowboy2009-06-28

Oh yeah forgot to mention 215 Horsepower and enough torque to snap a 7000 pound towstrap in two (520 ft. lb. of torque)

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skunkbait (author)Mr. Cowboy2009-06-28

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.

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Mr. Cowboy (author)skunkbait2009-07-01

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

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Mr. Cowboy (author)Mr. Cowboy2009-07-01

My dad said he was at 'bout mmmmmm half throttle

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skunkbait (author)Mr. Cowboy2009-06-28

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.

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Rishnai (author)skunkbait2008-07-12

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...

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skunkbait (author)Rishnai2008-07-12

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!

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Rishnai (author)skunkbait2008-07-12

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.

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killerjackalope (author)Rishnai2008-07-13

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...

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I know this is way late but a 4.0 liter??? that engine must be small id go in the upper 5 liter range

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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...

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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!

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