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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Chopper/bobber/cafe racer. What about resto-mod?

I suppose a chopper, a bobber, or a cafe racer could all be considered resto-mods. However, I consider a resto-mod to have the look of the original.

A friend of mine has a 750 chopper, he calls it his "death trap". He thought about finding parts to make it into a bobber. While his bike is beautiful as it sits (that's all it does), I think it's a waste of a perfectly good T140 engine. I told him we should find the parts to make it into a resto-mod. Make it look as original as possible, with better handling capabilities.

One of my bikes is a Kawasaki w650. It's a great bike (the handling is amazing), it just doesn't have that sleek look, or the sound of the real deal. What do you all think. Has anyone done this? Photos???

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I don't know, I believe "mod" can mean ANY type of mod. Actually, "resto-mod" is somewhat of a misnomer, unless you classify "mod" as modifying a bike without restoring anything on it.

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not really clear how you would resto-mod a bike --- easy to do on a car because you can keep the body ,interior and wheels completely standard (all the parts you can easily see) - but then upgrade the engine / brakes / suspension etc with modern stuff -- similar to a "street sleeper" --- but on a bike all the parts are visible - yes you can change forks /wheels / suspension etc but they would be instantly recognisable - so it would just be a modified bike --- unless my interpretation of "resto-mod" is incorrect
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Not meaning to mence words, what I meant, is in automobile terms, for example 67 chevy with disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, LS1 fuel injected engine, with a stock body, and interior. So, in motorcycle terms may mean a 67 bonneville with disc brakes, performance shocks, dry primary drive, 5 speed, and whatever we can do while leaving the appearance of the bike stock.
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go to the Members Restorations and rebuild Projects section and look up - o1marcs 1970 Tiger 650 -- thats seems to cover the type of bike you are referring to -- its still unfinished but very far advanced - he has kept the overall looks of the bike but changed the wheels and fitted disc brakes -- closest i have seem to what could be called resto-mod -
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go to the Members Restorations and rebuild Projects section and look up - o1marcs 1970 Tiger 650 -- thats seems to cover the type of bike you are referring to -- its still unfinished but very far advanced - he has kept the overall looks of the bike but changed the wheels and fitted disc brakes -- closest i have seem to what could be called resto-mod -
I agree Wol, I think mine definitely fits the RestoMod definition.

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Time to get that sucker running for spring!
Have a weeks worth of powder coating to do this week and then pack my operation for a move to Ocala,Fla. on Mon. Been so broke lately I had to make a decision at the same time my buddy called and needs me to come manage his trailer repair business shop while he's out selling.He has 2 bays so I can move my PC operation into one and start making some money. The last few years have been dismal and I've just been going in the hole. So hopefully 2017 will pick up and I can finish both bikes, ride the TR6R, set the class record with my XR and make some more skydives on my birthday.

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Have a weeks worth of powder coating to do this week and then pack my operation for a move to Ocala,Fla. on Mon. Been so broke lately I had to make a decision at the same time my buddy called and needs me to come manage his trailer repair business shop while he's out selling.He has 2 bays so I can move my PC operation into one and start making some money. The last few years have been dismal and I've just been going in the hole. So hopefully 2017 will pick up and I can finish both bikes, ride the TR6R, set the class record with my XR and make some more skydives on my birthday.

Ya'll realize that spring is tomorrow.
Hang in there Marc. Alot of us have been through our own personal version of financial hell over the past few years....Hang in there. A very smart man told me " We all spend time in homes of good fortune and homes of bad fortune in our journey of life......the truth is we don't stay in either home forever..." Head up chest forward move along....yes today would have been my Dad's 93 birthday but he left last May. He could right reams on the subject of fortune and loss.....he died very fortunate......
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