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Old 08-24-2012, 08:35 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Ordered Excel rims and stainless spokes as well as stainless exhaust piping to build a custom system and two reverse meg shortys. Also found a company that make a hydraulic clutch conversion that I am seriously looking into. This will ease the clutch hand and balance out the look of the hand controls by adding a clutch master and bottle.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:14 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I assume that it's a custom bike?

With the E, clutch system and the front brake as standard has the switches built in, so adding a hydraulic clutch also means different/cut switchgear.

LP Williams does the psp designed system and this uses a Magura cylinder + reservoir.
You can balance it up with a brake one.

I run a 7 plate clutch and it's pretty smooth and light compared to standard.
( alloy clutch pressure plate, 7 plate conversion and featherlight cable)
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:50 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I made a tank cleaner today. Its a electric scooter, handy chair lift hybrid!
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:31 PM   #24 (permalink)
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you aren't seriously planning on reusing the bread bin tank are you? Nasty things!
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Perhaps you can enlighten the rest of us as to why bread box tanks are such nasty things.
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:52 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Each to his own, but most of my bike mates have always preferred the US tank to the UK home tank.

But beauty is in the eye of the beholder..... I find it interesting that several US owners also mimic the huge UK number-plate, while again most guys that I know ( on more modern T140's, are trying it on with a smaller plate as we think that it looks nicer.

Life would be boring if we all liked the same thing
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:17 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Plewsey's breadbox looks great done in metallic charcoal. Or is it Gun metal?
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:33 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Knowing Plewsy,
it's probably some concoction that he knocked up himself on the cooker!
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:46 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Love watching this build first-hand, Milo. Shame is we can't ride our Bonnie's together until you finish.....sad thing is I know you'll whoop my arse when you get this beaut back on the road....

Hey, guys......do I get a reward for bringing Autotek into the 'Rat family??????? He's a great builder and does some beautiful work.

Best thing is he lives less than a 15 minute ride from me!

Wonder what happened to 72BonnieCafe I brought here a year or more ago???
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I prefer the original look of the traditional Triumph tank on a traditional Triumph. But I also like the breadbox tank in the right application. I think the tank is quite handsome and works well for a cafe application. I give your choice of tanks for this bike a hearty thumbs up.

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Old 09-06-2012, 09:53 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Hey thanks for the kind words Gaternapper, you should see the KZ, it will be done in a about two weeks and im going with a green candy paint that looks stunning in the sun.

Regarding the breadbox tank. The Bonneville in question was originally sold in the UK and the tank is original. I like it over the american round for two reasons. First, I'm building a one off custom cafe bike and the square tank fits the lines of the design, and second, it holds a lot more fuel, nearly 4 gallons. I like having a 200 plus range.

Update, I am planning to run a hydraulic clutch on this bike. I found a company that makes an internal slave cylinder. www.flatlandcycles.com Now I can use brembo masters up top on both sides for a real sweet look.

Side note: I have been doing a mild restoration on a 76KZ400 over the past two weeks (filling my need for wrenches while the bonne is at the engine builder/ powder coater) and although I think this is a cute little copy of a triumph, it simply is not. You get what you pay for rings true.
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