::: Honda CX650 Cafe Racer - Made in Vietnam

Discussion in 'Vietnam - General Discussion Forum' started by VietHorse, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. Franz

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    Moving forward, will be a real nice bike once finished ! Very neat & clean welds, maybe we could send some Somchai's over there for training; this is a weld on my DR250, amazing difference to your welders:
    DR250weldbySomchai_zps2512d800.
    Keep up the good quality work ! Cheers, Franz
     
  2. VietHorse

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    Oh my... I don't think I would hand my bike to such kind of welder. That 's really suck! So sorry for your bike.
     
  3. VietHorse

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    Ok guys, the frame has been painted, so for some others:
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    The yellow spring of monoshock has been painted red to match with the front (Brembo) calipers. lol8.gif

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    How does the front end look?

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  4. Franz

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    BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!!!!!!!! I like the black and red. Makes the bike look a little more aggressive. Did you also strip down the engine and gave her new gaskets, piston, bearings, sealrings and clutch-plates or is she fine and you only had to ploish/paint her up ?
    As for the DR weld, well that was before I bought her, and I got her from a Thai mechanic..............you should hear the engine, rattling like a heavy smoker lung....
    Good luck with the work progress !! Can't wait to see the finished bike, cheers, Franz
     
  5. VietHorse

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    Come on guys, the bike is ready!

    See the front view:
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    And a little side view:
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    Not too bad ***:
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    Gas tank is Adventure/Touring type. Coz it 's almost double capacity of a VFR gas tank! LOL....
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    Feel the look:
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    ..........
     
  6. jimbobs

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    Wow that is beautifull. I wish i had the talent to build something like that..
    Good job
     
  7. jimbobs

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    What a strange thing to write Marcell that man has produced a lovely machine with up to date high end components..brembo breaks etc..and kept the cc range to a 650.
    Its a work of art and love..i have personally owned 1960s chops that where awfully made and still had great times on them..
    Please dont take my opinion as negative but give credit where credits due...
    I dont know viethorse personally but reading his threads he seems to know his shit...
    WISH I OWNED THAT BIKE
     
  8. TonyBKK

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    Bravo VietHorse!

    I know you put a lot of time and effort into this project and the result is beautiful and unique! :happy5:
     
  9. Ian Bungy

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    Yes, I agree with Tony. Well done VietHorse! That really Looks Cool and I mean everything! from the Idea, Concept, Engineering and the Paint is Beautiful. You should be very Proud of Your one of a Kind Bike. So how does it Ride, Sound etc. Be interested to Hear! Credit Due to You Mate!
     
  10. VietHorse

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    Thank you guys so much for your compliments.
    Yes, of course,I myself also have lots of concern while getting this bike to be totally transformed like this.
    My first test of the bike was just very short distance, around 6-7km only. However, the feeling was great.

     
  11. VietHorse

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    I am sure you guys like to see some more pix:

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    Not a big ass, but it's bad ass:

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    Do you see the return coolant reservoir??

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    Me and the bike after a short test ride:

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    Sorry for my little proud :

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  12. ronwebb

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    Your bike looks terrific VietHorse. What a great outcome to this wonderful project. Congratulations indeed.
     
  13. VietHorse

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    I am sure you guys like to see some more pix:

    DSC09026_zpsa24e5554.

    Not a big ass, but it's bad ass:

    DSC09038_zpsa59d09e5.

    Do you see the return coolant reservoir??

    DSC09058_zpsdee764d4.

    DSC09028_zps6dffd403.

    Me and the bike after a short test ride:

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    Sorry for my little proud :

    DSC09055_zps9296fc2e.
     
  14. TonyBKK

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    Actually no, I can't really make out the coolant reservoir. How did you sort that out?

    More pics please! :mrgreen:
     
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    VietHorse, what a beautiful bike this became !! I wish you many, many years of utter pleasure riding it !! Cheers, Franz
     
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    Lovely bike, congratz!
     
  17. VietHorse

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    Thank you guys. I wish I had sometimes to get the bike out for a photo session. Busy like a dog over here.
     
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    Great ideas plus talented hands = a fantastic bike. Congratulations on a job well done !!
     
  19. VietHorse

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    G'day guys,
    Some updated photos for your view:

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  20. VietHorse

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  21. VietHorse

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    CX was out for a ride:

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    With a cafe buddy:

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  22. Wald0

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    Lovely bike! seen this before on PKL.VN (and been curious what does exactly PKL stands for in Vietnam?? )
    Must have costed you arm and leg to ship that from U.S to Vietnam :) good job!!
     
  23. VietHorse

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    Thank you.

    - PKL: Phân Khối Lớn.
    - Phân khối: Capacity
    - Lớn: Big, Large.
    -> PKL means Big Bike.
     
  24. Iwantablackrz

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    Just stumbled across this thread and wow! Absolutely love it. I'm currently building up a k5 (1972) Honda CB450 as a cafe racer project and after doing a lot of the work myself I can really appreciate the work that's gone into this. Very unique and I'm sure it turns heads!

    How did you go importing a 'big' bike into VN? I was always under the assumption it was quite difficult.
     
  25. hs0zfe

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    @VietHorse: well done indeed!

    Care to share how much the import cost and how much red tape there was? At the post office, they would even look into letters I mailed off to the UK.
    A few years ago, I read a report by a biker who had flown in his Gold Wing six cylinder bike. Customs wouldn't let him ride it, not even for a month!

    Customs duty is lind of a gamble here in Thailand. Had some parcel intercepted and the officer set the customs duty to 1,584 Baht. No appeal process AFAIK. Was one unhappy guy!

    The one time I imported a motorcycle it was to California. What a desaster! Only got permission for 1 year. The NHTSA wanted to crash test the bike, as it wasn't on some list... NEVER AGAIN!
     
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