Archive for May 9th, 2009|Daily archive page

Woulda Shoulda Coulda (a.k.a. 1967 BSA 441 Shooting Star)

Sometimes projects go horribly wrong. Other times they fall by the wayside and never end up finished. I’m going to put this bike in both categories.

I did a little research about the head angle on the 441, and from other pictures, it appears like a bike that, in stock form, doesn’t exactly tuck the front wheel under the motor with a steep head angle. However, when I read the description in this eBay listing and saw that the frame had some non-stock welding around the head tube, I thought “Aha!” Then I read the question at the bottom of the listing where someone commented that it looked a bit raked out, and the seller agreed that the welding was probably connected to the relaxed rake, but that “It seams to go down the road fine though. thanks”.

This is all I ask. If you start a project, either finish it or don’t. You can’t stop building a chopper half way. It just doesn’t work. And don’t later try to sell it on eBay as a cafe racer. Please.

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Honda CB Oil Cooler

So you’ve got a Honda CB that you’ve converted into a cafe racer? And you’ve got it pumped up with a big bore kit or a jet and pipe combo? Or maybe you just ride it like you stole it?

I found this oil cooler on eBay that will help your motor stay cool and survive for the long haul. And it’s vintage NOS for that proper look. It won’t work on my SL350 twin, so I will have to find another solution and leave the bidding to everyone else. It’s currently at $76, with just over a day left in the auction.

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