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    My girlfriend has just asked me to build her a custom bike. This is man heaven I think. Permission to buy another bike. Check. Permission to spend time in the workshop. Check. Permission to buy tools. Check.

    She wants a SR400 style tracker. At least she thinks she does. She has a 28" inside leg, is tiny, and has zero experience (she'll be learning to ride soon). She got excited looking through Build magazine.

    Suggestions for the donor please.Think tracker style, super lightweight, hipster.


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    Default Re: Holy bajeesus Batman, I need a donor bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by fingerpuk View Post
    She got excited looking through Build magazine.
    No one is perfect mate

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    Default Re: Holy bajeesus Batman, I need a donor bike.

    Honda CB250, plenty of them customised as Trackers, Brats, etc, and they have yet to reach the cult status of their big brothers so still cheap. Check out Bikeshed, Bike EXIF and Rocket Garage for inspiration.

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    CB250 is a good shout. Cheap and would be a proper light giggle bike.

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    Default Re: Holy bajeesus Batman, I need a donor bike.

    Im sure there is a 400 version of the SRX


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    Default Re: Holy bajeesus Batman, I need a donor bike.

    She needs a high mileage Honda CB400SF, I might happen to know where there's one for sale for £800 that the owner has got bored of.

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    Ok you have man heaven, just to keep things sweet, share the love. Ask her to make a mood board*. This means the house can be littered with bike magazines while she cuts them up, and you get a few more clues as to what she is after. Dont buy anything till you are sure what she wants...


    * I only have the vaguest possible idea what a mood board is...

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    I run a design studio, I can get her running through the design process. :-)

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    Default Re: Holy bajeesus Batman, I need a donor bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by fingerpuk View Post
    My girlfriend has just asked me to build her a custom bike. This is man heaven I think. Permission to buy another bike. Check. Permission to spend time in the workshop. Check. Permission to buy tools. Check.

    She wants a SR400 style tracker. At least she thinks she does. She has a 28" inside leg, is tiny, and has zero experience (she'll be learning to ride soon). She got excited looking through Build magazine.

    Suggestions for the donor please.Think tracker style, super lightweight, hipster.
    Can you weld?

    Quote Originally Posted by Danny_Two View Post
    Honda CB250, plenty of them customised as Trackers, Brats, etc, and they have yet to reach the cult status of their big brothers so still cheap. Check out Bikeshed, Bike EXIF and Rocket Garage for inspiration.
    If you're thinking superdream or RS they are currently going for silly money

    Quote Originally Posted by 1888 View Post
    Im sure there is a 400 version of the SRX

    There is, one of my colleagues has just bought one and is planning to café it, the back end of the frame is fucking hideous once the tailpiece is off, I'll likely end up welding on a rear loop for him.

    Quote Originally Posted by fingerpuk View Post
    I run a design studio, I can get her running through the design process. :-)
    Are you familiar with wooden legs? aka ergo models? very, very handy for getting controls in the right place, that work, without needing more joints than most people have in their legs. Not to mention back and arm position.

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    Default Re: Holy bajeesus Batman, I need a donor bike.

    I've got a Harley MT350 that many have done up to 'scrambler' format. It's in bits - let me know if you're interested.


    And how many posts and no one's asked for pics of girlfriend? This place has gone to the dogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Pete View Post
    There is, one of my colleagues has just bought one and is planning to café it, the back end of the frame is fucking hideous once the tailpiece is off, I'll likely end up welding on a rear loop for him.
    Think it was the 400 but a guy i knew in Edinburgh who could not drive fell in love with them so much he paid me to hire a van and take him to London to some importer to pick one up. Got a night in a B&B also. Bloody expensive bike. He ended up working for a courier company and using it for that.

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    Default Re: Holy bajeesus Batman, I need a donor bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1888 View Post
    Im sure there is a 400 version of the SRX

    My first bike back to biking .....up there with XV 535 in terms of build quality

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    Default Re: Holy bajeesus Batman, I need a donor bike.

    Easy.

    Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/372042176203

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    Default Re: Holy bajeesus Batman, I need a donor bike.

    You can do cool stuff with a Cb two fifty too. Although it's not a 400.


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