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Offline cody2130

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So a local buddy of mine is getting ready to move and didnt have time to finish this bike so I bought it from him for dirt cheap. Here is his old build thread on it
http://www.customfighters.com/forums/showthread.php?t=54195
Pictures of how the bike looks currently



List of things I need to do:
Install intake cam and time the engine and break it in
Redo the tail and buy a seat

Increase rear spring rate
Buy/build new rear sets with shift and brake linkage
New tank mounts
Headlight/ taillight/ turn signals
Get a battery (realy want an 8 cell antigravity but I'm not sure if I can bring myself to spend that much)
Cut up the headers and build an exhaust that does not suck
Its a soild start to making a cool bike from something that was not awesome but it has a ways to go before being rideable. Hoping to have it on the road in the next month so I have most of the summer to ride

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Re: My cafe-ish kinda build thread, trying to make a nighthawk cool
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2016, 03:47:07 PM »
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Re: My cafe-ish kinda build thread, trying to make a nighthawk cool
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2016, 11:34:45 PM »
A friend from another forum threw together a photoshop of what the bike should look like all done. Now I just need to get the parts in to make this look happen

Please excuse the foward controls, I will be running rear sets

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Re: My cafe-ish kinda build thread, trying to make a nighthawk cool
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2016, 11:41:44 AM »
Love the mono.  Well done.

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Re: My cafe-ish kinda build thread, trying to make a nighthawk cool
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2016, 08:21:30 PM »
That looks scary.  I wasn't interested enough to read the 19 pages of his thread but I did see the part where he never welded before and this was his 1st attempt. I didn't get to the part about how he went about installing the mono shock.

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Re: My cafe-ish kinda build thread, trying to make a nighthawk cool
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2016, 09:37:20 PM »
Just have to say this; Nighthawks are cool, stock!  nice1

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Re: My cafe-ish kinda build thread, trying to make a nighthawk cool
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2016, 09:37:35 PM »
Some of the welds freak me out, they are not great, luckily I just got access to a TIG welder and was going to redo pretty much all of the welds that he did. I need to find a way to get some more preload or spring rate in the rear shock, currently with my 250lb ass on it I get probably 60% sag if not a bit more.

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Re: My cafe-ish kinda build thread, trying to make a nighthawk cool
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2016, 11:28:40 PM »
I read the entire thread on the other forum and didn't see the monoshock part. I'd be scared of it do to the welds, like others have said but, I do like the look of the monoshock. I'd be interested in how he pulled it off.

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Re: My cafe-ish kinda build thread, trying to make a nighthawk cool
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2016, 12:30:35 AM »
The metal for the shock mount is 1/4" steel so the metal should be strong enough, its just the welds that have me worried. I will grab some pictures tomorrow of the welds and what-not.

 

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