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    Sep 2016

    Default And now for something completely different.

    Hello all,

    A bit about me, I am from the UK and I have had quite a few bikes over the years but took a break for 10years and now I am back as a true middle aged born again biker........luckily I am a hoarder and havent sold any significant bikes, I therefore have a few bikes here to select a base from. When I was younger I always struggled to find the space and couldnt afford to buy many tools. As I grew up I gained space, tools and experience, On the flip side I lost time. Dont expect this to be a quick build or a straight forward one. Life always finds a way of getting in the way.

    I realised a few months ago that I dont suit any bikes, I am 6'8" and weigh in at an anorexic 140kg. So I got to thinking that I should build a bike to suit me rather than trying to find on 'off the shelf'. I have a few basket cases here that would definitely suit the bill from an '81 gs750l, an '85 xj700MaximX to a '72 Cb750K2.

    I therefore took the obvious choice after reading through the build threads on here and researching the easiest starting project that has been done a hundred times before I chose an '89 PC800 Pacific Coast .....

    To be fair to the bike I hate it with a vengeance, it ruined a best friendship and everytime I look at it I want to set fire to it or attack it with a sharp object. It has sat here for around 15years, taking up valuable space and having to roll the piece of plastic shit around whenever it needed babysitting......That was me being fair to it.

    I can see a lot of potential with it now I have taken the time to look at it, it is a twin cylinder 800, but it is watercooled. I like the look of the 15"rear and 17" front wheel but it is shaft drive, it has hydraulic tappets but a very tall engine with downdraught carbs adding to that, it is a low mileage bike but has sat for a very long time(in 20years it has only done around 3000miles, all of those done at least 15years ago). It has a distinctive style but it has an underseat fuel tank.......there is a pattern here, for every positive there is a negative but I hope to turn these around to my advantage.

    I have looked at all of the build threads here and dream of building a stretched chopper look but I know my limitations, time being the main one so I figure I will express myself by building a cheap(free) bike from whatever I can find knocking around here. I'm hoping to ride it for a while and then rip it apart again when I know it is reliable and building the bike I really want.

    I am a grown up and understand that my way of doing things won't be for everyone. I'm hoping to get some advice here from more experienced builders and also to get some general guidance on what looks 'right'

    I will update this thread as often as I make some progress(and figure out how to post pics), it will be slow and irritating for the rest of you so I apologise in advance........

    Last edited by Robzki; 10-04-2016 at 5:57 PM.

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