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Old 04-14-2018, 12:42 PM   #31
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More info on gearing. My bike came with 17/46 originally, but every other year was 15/38. My bike has 15/52! No wonder it was topping out so low. Now I'm on the hunt for a new rear sprocket. Motoitalia in Petaluma gave me some leads, but it seems they are tough to find.

Next up today I'm going to make some decisions on the wheels. I'm thinking of getting the original rims blasted and powdercoated instead of buying new rims. Need to really think about color schemes etc.
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Old 04-14-2018, 03:37 PM   #32
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Nice looking bike, Daniel! The Melee was tough last year because of the heat on the first day (100+ degrees) and the crappy road out of Honeydew on the second day. I'm hoping 3rd time's the charm for my CL350!

The Melee is a blast.
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:42 AM   #33
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Nice looking bike, Daniel! The Melee was tough last year because of the heat on the first day (100+ degrees) and the crappy road out of Honeydew on the second day. I'm hoping 3rd time's the charm for my CL350!

The Melee is a blast.
Thanks dreamer! I heard about the heat last year. Definitely packing my cooling vest!

So I've decided I'm going to re-chrome the original wheels. I disassembled the wheels this morning. I'll pull the bearings out and send the hubs out to be vapor blasted or whatever is appropriate to make them look shiny and new, and the rims will go to a plater this week. New stainless spokes are on the shelf at MotoItalia so soon this thing will be back on the road and no longer be a five footer! Still haven't found the 38T rear sprocket but I'm hoping people will be answering there phones on Monday and I'll get one.

I've never laced up wheels before so looking forward to giving it a try. I took lots of pics of the spoke pattern and my MotoStylist, OaklandF4i, also know as Claude Jean will give me some pointers I'm sure.

Lastly I'm on the hunt for a clean stock front fender. After looking at a bazillion pics online, I'm convinced I can fit one under the fork brace and it will still look good.
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:49 AM   #34
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Such a cool project. Is it easy to find things like Brake Pads for this guy? I hope see it in person sometime.
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Old 04-15-2018, 09:05 AM   #35
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Hey Michael. Brake pads are not easy to find. In fact I was told to collect an extra set because you have to send them out to be relined. I’ve got two sets. I’m sure you will see it in person soon!
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Old 04-20-2018, 09:38 AM   #36
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Got my plate today from dmv! New rims and spokes are in the mail so will still be a little while until I can ride it. That will give me time to get the hubs polished I guess.
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Old 04-21-2018, 09:12 AM   #37
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It is a good idea to get them relined anyway. Reason being is that the materials used back then are inferior in every way to what Vintage Brake puts on there now. (Older has Less bite, more fade, more toxic)
Send your spares to vintage brake and have them relined so you aren't using 50 year old brake pads.

Also having them arced helps them perform at 100% contact from day 1, no more waiting for them to bed in.
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I'm 95% positive the set on the bike has been relined. The other set are clearly old and crusty and a different material as well. They will be sent out soon. Thanks for the input.

Also received my 38T rear sprocket the other day. Not much is happening until the rims and spokes arrive, but may start polishing some parts. Also hoping to hear back from these guys in the south bay about vapor blasting my hubs.

In the meantime I'm focusing on a 2015 sr400 we just got for mrs1962.
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Old 04-22-2018, 08:24 AM   #39
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In the meantime I'm focusing on a 2015 sr400 we just got for mrs1962.
... oooh, post a pic of the SR400 ...
(SR400s totally count as “vintage” amirte? )

... looking forward to hearing about
building the wheels ...
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It’s a fun bike for sure! She just got her permit and signed up for the cmsp next month so lots of parking lot practice time. Kick start only might be a problem but she has actually started it several times.
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Nice barn find...
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Old 04-22-2018, 10:11 AM   #43
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Nice barn find...
I know right? It looks brand new! Oh wait it is pretty much brand new! Woot!

We just rode it to breakfast and then to a parking lot for more practice! Go mrs1962!!!

Edit- she did great doing circles in the lot! Fun!!
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So stopped by Motoitalia again today. I picked up some new wheel bearings, and bought a new reproduction front fender. I'll be removing the fork brace and putting this fender on once I get it back from the local powder coater. They are backed up 3-4 weeks they said which is kind of a bummer but oh well.

Hoping rims show up today or tomorrow.
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