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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-16-2014, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Jedi Cafe Racer Build

This is a first attempt at a Café Racer build and yes, I am a Star Wars fan, so there will definitely be an influence. I purchased an '06 Ninja with only 1300 miles for a great price of $1500.

As seen in the pics, it is in my basement and the first thing I did was strip off all the plastics. Yes they are all for sale and in great condition. Left side panel has the bottom plastic insert broken off.

I will update with pics and description as I progress. This forum has already been a great help!!
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-16-2014, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight and front signals

Just installed headlight and signals.

Look pretty decent and was very easy to wire.
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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-16-2014, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Mirrors.

Mirrors in and installed.
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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-16-2014, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Electronics & Under Seat

Finished fabbing electronics storage. Some aluminum sheets and angle from Home Depot combined with some rivets produced a nice industrial look. Everything should be tucked away nicely when my tail section comes in.
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Coolant Resevoir

Wasn't sure what to do with the ugly coolant reservoir. Solution: CO2 for paintball, drilled and tapped for brass fittings (look closely at right side), found a place to make an R2-D2 wrap. The brass on top is what came attached, I pulled the guts and will drill it for the suction tube to the radiator. It is already vented.

Just have to find a way to mount with style. Probably look into a NOS mount of some sort. I hope this will be one of if not the coolest part of this whole project!
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Nice! Liking the creativity so far and the sheet metal work to cover the wiring and underseat.

One thing I'd like to see attempted by someone doing a build like this on a 250 is to get a different gas tank. I think the brackets on the tank for mounting the upper fairing just stick out in a weird way.

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Vapor installed

Just got my Trailtech Vapor and installed it today. Still have to wire up the tack, speedo, and temp. Power and indicator lights went very smooth. Spent most time in fabbing the mount.
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Key Switch

Had to move the key switch to make room for the Vapor. Left side of bike, got an extended bolt off the frame, cut off one of the key switch ears, and bolted right up. Works great.
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Haven't seen someone relocate the ignition switch before. That's cool!

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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-03-2014, 07:02 AM Thread Starter
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Tank Bolt Holes Solved

A hard brake line and some right angle compression fittings. A little time and ugly bolt holes are covered and definitely add to the build. Very satisfied and might add some more of this look to the tail section when it arrives.
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