Howdy from Texas! I joined the forum Tuesday, bought a Rebel project Wednesday, and today (Thursday) I'm starting this thread in an effort to introduce myself, and chronicle the build I have planned.
I'm a Ranger at a Boy Scout camp in Texas, and I've been riding motorcycles for 17 years. I've been wrenching for longer than that, and in August my brother and I finished our first bobber build, a 1980 xs650 hardtail. The photo below was taken by Hugh Owings of Hugh's Hand Built while we were riding in Ohio during the xs650 buildoff weekend.
Since acquiring that bike more than a year ago, my brother and I have bought several (meaning I lost count) more bikes with "potential."
A few months ago, I got it in my head that I wanted to build a small (450cc or smaller), twin cylinder, light weight, hardtail, lanesplitter. Something I could really throw around. An additional necessity is the donor bike had to be something my friend David, owner of Voodoo Vintage in Austin, TX makes a hardtail for.
So here's what I ended up with:
It's a 2005 Rebel, with less than 3,000 miles on the clock.
It's missing some obvious odds and ends that I was going to remove or swap out anyway, including the tank, bars (that's a piece of pipe in the first pic), seat (I do my own leatherwork), and headlight (I have a cool idea for that).
The PO said a mechanic friend of his "had it running last month." But there's no key, so I'm taking everything he said with a grain of salt. I'm hoping the low mileage means I won't have to go into the motor, but I'm capable of that if it becomes necessary.
There's also no title, which presents it's own issues, but having been down this road several times before, I know my options, I just need to decide which avenue to use.
I've already acquired several parts, including a nice painted Sportster tank, a used set of Mig Baron window bars, and a 1977 KE 250 rolling chassis. I plan on using the wheels and front end off the KE 250. The roller is pictured below with the window bars installed.
I just bought spark plugs and oil today (the whole no filter thing caught me by surprise). I plan on taking an evening next week to change the oil and plugs, bypass the ignition switch, and see if I can fire this thing up.
Assuming I can get it running, I'll begin disassembly, so a bunch of parts will make their way to the Classified section in short order.
A couple of things to note: This bike will be a true hardtail, with no suspension, and no seat springs. There won't be any blinkers, and I'm on the fence about a speedometer. There will be no front fender, and I'll be downgrading to a front half drum (stock for the KE250). I might even run and amber lens fog light instead of a headlight. I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THESE DECISIONS, AND WILL NOT ENGAGE IN DEBATE ON HOW UNSAFE OR DUMB THEY ARE.
That said, I'm looking forward to being a part of this community. I hope everyone is as cool and helpful as the folks over on the xs650 forum.