It has been exactly two months since those photos were taken. Following that, a major change of strategy and a few more trials and tribulations but here we are with VERSION 2.0
I will just summarize the finished project, some of which I have detailed previously but much has been changed as well: CB 400f Handle bars, Original style chrome headlight and polished aluminum struts. Flat panel side cover (thanks to a narrow battery intended for BMW) Stock rear fender with Harley tombstone tail light. Small flexible LED turn signals. The big chrome Tach had to go for electronic interference reasons so a Trail Tech combination digital speedometer, tach, temp guage, clock and dishwasher has been substituted. (I really like this unit by the way, US made and reasonably priced with instructions you can almost follow).
I think the starter is going to have to come off and be cleaned or rebuilt (hard to start when hot) and I am still plugging leaks. But I am getting really close now. The looks are unlikely to change except for the possible addition of the original grab rail and a front fender if I can find one I like to fit the '87 front end.
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Bikes at present:
80 GL1100 Interstate: Now a Cafe Racer called DRAGON WING.
81 GL1100 freshly restored and up for sale BLACK BEAUTY
75 XL 250 just for fun
83 XL 600r with a 2004 XR650L engine in process
A fleet of parts bikes awaiting resuscitation or customization or abandonment