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10-28-2013 06:44 AM
Chicagobob We've long wanted to switch to a tubular handlebar for this bike, so we could lower the front end a little, and take advantage of all the different 7/8" bars that are available. Also, we wanted wider bars than stock.

We had a Renthal ultra-low handlebar in the shop, and a pair of Outlaw Racing bar mounts, so after a lot of measuring, we drilled the triple clamp and got to work. There's not much to work with on the pregen triple, unless you are able to fab something to translate the stock mounting holes to 7/8" bar mounts, so we decided to just drill two holes in the center section and mount the risers there.

Seems to have come out well, and I like the feel and look (my daughter hasn't tried it yet, but she thought the clipons were "a little reachy," as she put it. If we decide to switch back to clip-ons, we can plug the new holes with plastic covers.

The Renthal bar is lightweight and has good vibration-absorbing properties, so the absence of bar-end weights doesn't seem to be an issue. The width feels good. The bike is probably too sensitive to rider inputs with the front this low, especially with wider bars, so ee'll probably raise the front an inch from what is shown in the pics. We wanted to see the maximum before making final adjustments.

05-06-2013 07:05 AM
Originally Posted by Gitter View Post
did you have any issues with your l.e.d. tail light not lighting up when you hit the brakes? (current issue I'm having with a cheap led tail light i bought at cyclegear)

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Yes, I had to disassemble it and re-solder a couple of broken connections. If I'd bought it from a US retailer, I would have returned it.

The build quality is pretty sketchy, but you get what you pay for. I've been to China, and I swear I saw a couple of guys in Guangzhou making these while sitting on a sidewalk with cigarettes and jars of tea.

Another problem with that LED light is that the mounting lugs are very fragile, and if you over-tighten them or attempt to use them for any structural purpose, such as holding a license plate mount, they'll probably pull out of the plastic base.

As an alternative, I bought an FZ1 taillight on eBay, trimmed off the sides, covered the openings with sheet plastic painted black, and cut a hole in the bottom to illuminate the license plate. It fits the space (but is bigger than the LED light), is bright, and mounts with three self-tapping screws, which are more secure than the screws on the LED light.

For now, however, I'm still using the LED, because it's been working.
05-05-2013 11:15 AM
Gitter did you have any issues with your l.e.d. tail light not lighting up when you hit the brakes? (current issue I'm having with a cheap led tail light i bought at cyclegear)

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02-15-2013 07:25 AM
Chicagobob The rims are stock. The tires are Bridgestone BT45s, rear 130/90V-16 and front 100/90H-16, both from Motorcycle Superstore (good prices and fast free shipping).

I could have gone smaller to save some weight and get the bike a little lower, but these were a good deal and have gotten good reviews from other riders. They were also pretty easy to mount.
02-14-2013 04:33 PM
louiec Great build. I did the same thing with my side fairings but i really like how you took out the seat latch. Makes it way cleaner looking. And are those your stock 16" rims? I like the tires you have. Where'd you find them? I want to modify my bike to take the new-gen 17" rims because the tire selection is way better and i like the overall stance the 17's give. Like i said though, great job your bike looks great.
02-06-2013 06:18 AM
Chicagobob Thanks. It's a $12 eBay LED taillight, which I chose because it was cheap, small, shaped to fit with the bike's styling, and lightweight. It's brighter and less weight than the Lucas-type knockoffs you get from cafe racer suppliers.

I've used these on other bikes, but the manufacturing quality is iffy (probably soldered together on a Chinese sidewalk after dinner). You sometimes have to take them apart and re-solder a wire or two, and the mounting bolts are fragile. If you get a good one, it will work fine. I also have an FZ6 taillight that I've narrowed to fit under there.

I mounted the light on a piece of sheet aluminum that I had cut and bent to fit onto the frame tubes behind the crossmember. I can't remember the gauge, but it's thick enough that I had to bend it in a vise. Any thinner, and the light and license plate would wobble. This acts as a mudguard. It keeps the bottom of the seat dry and also holds the license plate. The plate is painted black and bolted to the frame tubes:

Here's a before and after view:

Good luck with your project. You really can't go wrong with a $1,500, seven-year-old bike.
02-05-2013 08:53 PM
Pregen extreme diet

awesome build so far. this and a 250 from a local forum have spurred me to start looking for one to turn into a cafe project. I'd be interested to see more about how you mounted the tail light, also what kind of tail light it is.

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01-29-2013 06:34 AM
Chicagobob Thanks. We recently decided to remove the seat latch mechanism and its frame tabs, which gave it a cleaner look and reduced the weight by another 1.5 lbs.

Here's the bike now, with the seat latch gone and the turn signals and helmet lock moved further back on the frame. Note that we also trimmed the front fender and a little more off the side covers.

Here's the new "fender," made of sheet aluminum. Note hole for seat bolt.

The seat is held down by this brass bolt, with a wing nut under the rear fender
01-28-2013 09:42 PM
Ronald Its frame is looking very pretty.
11-01-2012 06:48 PM
silas08ninja250r thats sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so retro/cafe /naked i like it , i like it alot , well done my friend!
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