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    Flat-tracker type 450 custom - what do we think ?

    I was looking for ideas for seats for the 450, and was sent a link to this by a friend who builds bikes. It's not one of his btw, and was built to an ultra tight budget.



    More pics here"

    https://www.paulfunkdesign.com/bike-...-flat-tracker/

    What do you think - good/bad/indifferent ?
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    I like it. Don't love the paint but a minor quibble.

    Edit; I think the white background and the white of the tank is what looks off on the paint. It looks better in the link.
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    Actually, I think the paint scheme is creative... even goes pretty well with the tail section that I'm not overly enthused about, but is at least more subtle than a cafe bump. I could see that big old beast getting seriously sideways on a clay short track, it would have the torque to do it
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    Hmm, I'm kinda like it, even the retro colour scheme. I don't know much about track racing but everything is better than the stereotype café elements like hump, fat tires, no fenders etc. I'm so tired if it...
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    I like it. to me it looks compact ,clean lines and all business.

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    When someone says "Tracker" that's about what I have in my mind as well for one to look like.

    I like it! Well almost all of it, needs fenders but other than that I'd ride the crap out of it.
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    To really be a true flat track-styled replica, it should have a 2-1 exhaust exiting the right side for the continuous left turns... and an elevated left footpeg, which wouldn't be practical for street tracker use (leave the steel shoe at home, or try to impress people at gas stations if you wear it out)
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    Other than all the speed holes (not really a fan of them) I think it looks awesome. I wonder how that white coating (ceramic?) on the headers/exhaust will look after some use? Do they typically turn colour?
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    Not a big fan of speed holes either Perry - most overdo it. I've always wondered about the ceramic white myself... my silver ceramic coating is still like it was over a year ago when it was done, but then they're straight pipes too so no heat accumulation in them like a muffler would have
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    I like it. If it were mine I'd change the exhausts and give it some 19" shouldered alloy rims with iddy biddy disc brakes. That being said, I never liked how the 450 power slid in the dirt. My sr250 was way more easy doing donuts and such. You can almost tell by looking. 450 doesn't look right. Idk, maybe shorter shocks would help.

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