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1st Bike Build - Monoshock

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by SK8ORIDE, Aug 31, 2012.

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  1. SK8ORIDE

    SK8ORIDE XS400 Enthusiast

    Hey guys, I picked this '83 up for $150 not running and not knowing anything about these bikes. This forum quickly hooked me and I love these bikes now. Therefore I really want to incorporate the Monoshock and was lookin to build a Bobber style.
     

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  2. SK8ORIDE

    SK8ORIDE XS400 Enthusiast

    A good carb cleaning got it running. Thanks to all. The more I tear down the more I realize how this will quickly consume me. I am really enjoying it and appreciate all the different Threads and info here.
     

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  3. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    welcome, looking good :thumbsup:
     
  4. SK8ORIDE

    SK8ORIDE XS400 Enthusiast

    Cleaned up the Monoshock today. A buddy gave me a tank off a 650, Ill need some opinions as I have no idea if it will work or not. The tank that came with the bike is off a Sportster I think.
     

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  5. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    wow, that cleaned up nice :thumbsup:
     
  6. SK8ORIDE

    SK8ORIDE XS400 Enthusiast

    Thanks Drewpy. The coil clamp did the job. Any opinion on these tanks? Im leaning to the XS650...but open to anything.
     

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    Last edited: Sep 2, 2012
  7. wester

    wester In way over my head

    I'm leaning with you on that one...

    looking great!
     
  8. SK8ORIDE

    SK8ORIDE XS400 Enthusiast

    Thanks Wester. The 650 tanks is nice because it hides the frame. Not a pretty frame to expose in my opinion. However...the Sportster tank exposes the monoshock which is what I find so interesting about the bike in the first place.
     
  9. wester

    wester In way over my head

  10. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    not feeling any of them TBH. I think you need to be fairly "modern" in the fact you have mono shock.
     
  11. wester

    wester In way over my head

    Um....drewpy is pretty much my hero. So .... I would go with his advice.

    Lol
     
  12. SK8ORIDE

    SK8ORIDE XS400 Enthusiast

    lol - Got a modern example for me Hero Drewpy?
     
  13. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    just like the tabloids, build me up then knock me down :D

    when I get home from work I'll look around.
     
  14. xschris

    xschris XS400 Guru Top Contributor

    I thought this was your job:laugh:
     
  15. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    Hey Trav, where's me wages? :D
     
  16. wester

    wester In way over my head

    Drewpy - think i can be your agent? I'll send you my resume. (i believe you call them CV's???)

    SK8 - I think drewpy might be referring to something like an R1 tank? I'm not sure, but i just did some googling (yes, while at work. :laugh:) and i think that might really call out the monoshock and you'd have a really modern "middle section" while built on a sweet old school platform. I think that would be a cool look!

    Then again. I'm not hero status. So don't go buying anything quite yet :laugh:
     
  17. bentwrench

    bentwrench DOHC Crazy Top Contributor

    Check out the Seca tank - it should be a straight swap. More angular, if that's what you're looking for.

    Me? I like the 650. But then, I'm using the stock 400 Maxim tank on my build...
     
  18. SK8ORIDE

    SK8ORIDE XS400 Enthusiast

    For the tank Im not too sure what Im lookin for. Ive got a pretty good idea what Im after for the rest...tall clean bars, chop the back, solo seat, suicide shift...something really fun to ride. Hoping Ill find the right tank with everyones help now lol
     
  19. drewpy

    drewpy Excess twin Top Contributor

    what about an srx400 tank, might be too modern!
     
  20. bentwrench

    bentwrench DOHC Crazy Top Contributor

    I keep thinking about a hand shifter... might be awesome...
     

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