That is a really nice looking 500 Kennix.
What made you go vintage for your first bike?
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Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”
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thanks CTRider! I've loved the look of old vintage bikes for a LONG time & recently found a shop - www.burnupcompany.com - here in my neighborhood in South Florida. I stopped by & walked out with a bike a short bit later. they have, not only, some of the most beautiful barn finds ever - but the most amazing g customer service & prices you'll ever experience.
check out the stable of bikes that Dave has to sell on his website ( http://www.burnupcompany.com ) and let me know which one of the bikes he has listed on his site for sale is your favorite.
...plus I love wrenching on things. my first car was a 1968 Mustang I lovingly restored over about 5 years
Mark, the long flat seat on that bike is commonly called a brat seat. Benjy's Cafe Racers makes seats more in the cafe style. You can get ABS seats off of eBay for about $70, and they're not TOO bad if you work them and can get them to sit right. There's one in my driveway photo. The Benjy's seat is far better. Here's a couple of photos of mine:
I'd post some of the tank as well but I'm afraid I'll kill myself getting it down from my loft right now.
Your bike looks damned cool just the way it is with those clip ons. And you're very lucky those mufflers are in good shape. They rust out very quickly.
I put the "G" in Jihad.
...and for those interested, I've found another build I'm rather smitten over. I might try to incorporate some aspects of this into mine:
The Dark Art of Building a CB Cafe Racer | Bike EXIF
Here are a few photos from the page for those who don't feel like clicking through:
More photos on the EXIF site.