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    Senior Member Noddy78's Avatar
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    CB350G Steampunk Cafe Frankenstein Thing

    I bought this little CB250/350G Frankenstein bike (250 frame, 350 engine) a few months ago as a project bike to tear down and rebuild to learn about bike mechanics and customisation. It looks like this (yes, some philistine painted it Cadbury's Purple and put girls pushbike handlebars on it):



    But, when I'm done.. it'll look like this! (well, hopefully):



    I'm about to head off to Europe for 3 months so progress will be slow, but I have managed to get the gauges done. Copper-plated the original housings, new brass faces (yes, I stuffed the numerals up, long story, but will be fixing it at a later date), and new needles from an old clock. They kind of give the 'vibe' of what the rest of the bike will be hopefully!



    Frame, tank and guards are all off at the sandblasters at the moment, hopefully have them back this week.

    Really looking forward to getting stuck into this bad boy!

    Cheers,
    Andrew
    CB350 Steampunk Frankenstein Thing called Isabel:
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    Re: CB350G Steampunk Cafe Frankenstein Thing

    That's going to be a heck of a build. Good luck.

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    Re: CB350G Steampunk Cafe Frankenstein Thing

    Real interesting concept, where are you going in Europe, Transilvania's nice this time of the year I hear
    Nige
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    Re: CB350G Steampunk Cafe Frankenstein Thing

    Now this is going to be a different build, can't wait to see your progress on this one.
    Perry

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    Re: CB350G Steampunk Cafe Frankenstein Thing

    I just love the steam punk Idea, so many ways to go so many little accents you can do. Will be watching for sure.
    Franz >>> 450 build >>>360 Build

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    Re: CB350G Steampunk Cafe Frankenstein Thing

    Also, be careful when "dropping" the front end.....
    It changes the steering geometry, and the tire/fender can strike the frame.
    As pictured is a little too much to be safe......

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    Re: CB350G Steampunk Cafe Frankenstein Thing

    Yes sir - I do enjoy a good steampunk bike build - my CB750F went a little bit that way, with brass fittings here and there, but not quite as far as you are going. I like the gauges already - and I have those brass hand grips in my box of parts (from India off eBay).

    Good luck with it - and check out the 'brass goggles' steampunk forum for inspiration.

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    Re: CB350G Steampunk Cafe Frankenstein Thing

    very nice gauges!,

    I agree with what Steve says. these 350's handle very nicely in stock trim...you'll be hurting handling capabilities and ground clearance dropping the front end that low. in race trim the common range is to raise the rear by about an inch and lower the front by 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

    it'd be a shame to do all that nice work then crash because you didn't have the proper ground clearance going around a fun turn
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    Re: CB350G Steampunk Cafe Frankenstein Thing

    Hey all

    Yeah, that was just the bike I used for the concept drawings. I'm planing to leave it at stock height initially, then have a bit of a fiddle. But I don't plan on changing much as far as height goes.

    And yep, I've already got those brass hand grips (if you can call them that). And the Carbide front lamp is on it's way! Planning to probably get another smaller one for the tail light too.

    Will post some pics when the bits start arriving!
    CB350 Steampunk Frankenstein Thing called Isabel:
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    Re: CB350G Steampunk Cafe Frankenstein Thing

    When I were a wee lad (coloquial yorkshire as I'm off to Leeds tomorrow for work, I need the practice ) my grandfather used to tell me about the carbide lamps he rode with, also the belt drives slipping in the wet.
    Thats a cool outline though I'm not so sure how effective the carbide light is when compared to a modern light, but for sure you wont blow any bulbs
    Nige
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