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all your hard work has paid off. Now imagine all those other bikes in Japan you saw that were customized and those scooters. Big difference between America and Japan. They really take things apart and put it back together. It all starts with one shop doing a custom and bam the whole nation is doing it and companies begin to make parts from scratch.
 

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Yup! That is one thing I always liked about Japanese culture, that is, making things custom and one-of-a-kind. I like it because I have always been that way myself. All of my vehicles are pretty unique and customized, so the bike is no different. Vehicles are definitely an extension of your own personality, and can say a lot.



I really want to build another bike now!!! I need to finish my other vehicles first, but my next build will be a RD400/500 most likely.



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Great Job!



It came out so awesome! I love the all back, looks bad ass!!!



What K&N filter is that? Does is attach directly to the carb or did you use the original rubber tube to connect them? I can't really tell from the pics..
 

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Thanks, the filter is a RB-0510.



Look at my post here for better pics:



http://osakacustomstyle.blogspot.com/2012/12/finished-home-made-filter-hanger.html



You have to pull out the tube from your airbox. The filter came as a kit when I ordered it from Japan. It came with a clamp to punch a hole in your original rubber tube and metal collar so it has something to clamp down to. If you just buy the filter, you will have to punch the right hole yourself and make a collar of some sort for the hose clamp.







So now I have a question for you. What is the process for rejetting? I think I pretty much need to now.



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Thanks for the info Bart!



Here is a link to everything you'll need to know about jetting your carb:



http://tw200forum.com/index.php?/topic/647-carb-tuning/



I'm right at sea level so I'm running a 130 main and four .05 neddle shims...Although I know I can go even a little bigger and richer still..



I feel the 130 Main jet would be a good place to start and take things form there...



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That's a handsome machine!
Thanks!!



Kwizard said:
Nice work Bart. You've got a good eye.

I think this might interest you. If you don't like the carbon look; just paint it.
You know, I don't mind the K&N sticking out for some reason. It doesn't really bother me. That one is cool, but you are right, I am not a fan of farbon ciber.



Kwizard said:
http://www.amazon.com/45mm-48mm-Filter-Motorcycle-Scooter-KAWASAKI/dp/B009GX0DJU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2NUNZXUEJTCY7&coliid=I21F9HXMPT62GZ#

I also think you might want to take a look at those little half fenders that attach to the swingarm. Very minimalist; but also effective at keeping the wet road crud off your back, and dare I say it again; Chainguard.
Out here in Reno, there isn't much to contend with on the road. I usually ride in good weather, no need to muck around in wet stuff and gravel, if I can avoid it. I know what you are talking about, with the half fenders on the rear, but I just don't care for them. I like the bike as naked as can be. I almost left the front fender off!!



Now a chainguard is something I would like to have. I suppose it wouldn't be too hard to make one, and tack weld on some threaded studs to the swingarm. I suppose I could find a couple long bolts and go all the way through. It is something I would like to implement for sure. I don't need to tear anything up, especially myself.



Thanks- Bart
 

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That is sweet lookin! Very cool and I love the seat.



I wonder what a bike so stripped down looks like with a rider on it. I've seen a few naked builds but rarely see a rider attached for scale reference. When someone takes a pic with you on it post it up for us. I think I would look like one of those clowns in the parade!
 

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Are you running a straight pipe?
Yup, Nitroheads Drag Pipe. All it has is a (much needed) baffle. Fucker is loud!



Bart
I wonder what a bike so stripped down looks like with a rider on it.
Don't worry, that photo shoot is coming next. I will be doing a whole blog post about my gear very soon. And if my bike gives you any hints, my gear is much the same!!



Keep watching the blog and you'll see.



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Nice job osaka! I really like the street fighter look. If I can make a suggestion, the bar-end mirrors attached on the underside of the bars and a larger headlight would complete the package imo. Did you rattlecan the tank? All in all, nice custom!
 

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Nice job. Whether a person likes this style or not, it's gonna be a head turner!
 

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Nice job osaka! I really like the street fighter look. If I can make a suggestion, the bar-end mirrors attached on the underside of the bars and a larger headlight would complete the package imo. Did you rattlecan the tank? All in all, nice custom!
Yeah, the mirrors the mirrors the mirrors. I think I am going to try these and see how they look:



http://www.ebay.com/itm/BLACK-3-FOLDABLE-2-ROTATION-BAR-END-MIRRORS-HONDA-YAMAHA-SUZUKI-KAWASAKI-BUELL-/180984627782?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2a23864246&vxp=mtr



I actually prefer the smaller headlight, but that's just me. I am going to make a cage for it though. I don't know why, I just don't like big headlights.



The tank is not rattle can. I've sworn off painting with spray paint. You might get an ok product at first, but it will not last. Here is a pic of the parts I painted myself:





It's premixed Nason "flat" black. Imo, its not flat, its more matte or eggshell, which is what I wanted. True flat is like chalky and ugly looking, like primer. I bought a paint gun kit from Summit and it came out nice. First I sandblasted the parts down to bare metal, then used an etching primer, then epoxy primer, then the Nason black. First time I ever tried painting something with real paint. I'm happy with it. While I had the bike stripped down, I brought a boat load of parts to my local powder coater and had them done in black, including the pipe, which they used a high temp ceramic on, so it should last. I'm sure you noticed the wheels are black as well, that sets it off for me. Black spokes look wicked. The swingarm was already black so nothing to do there. I'm very pleased with the outcome.



As for the tank, I just want to get my OCS logo made into a sticker for the side. I am thinking I am going to have to make one myself. I don't really need 250 and it seems buying in bulk is the only way, if you want decent quality. But I am starting to like the straight all black look. We'll see how it evolves. Right now I just want to get it rejetted and running right!



Bart
 
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