I have and had single piston, two pistons, and four piston engines in my motorcycles. Not three pistons. ”Three piston engine” is the best to ride said an old motorcycle mechanic once for me. It gives rounds like four piston engines and torque like in two piston engines. He had Triumphs and Kawasaki at his pit. Maybe… in the future… But here are my Motorcycles.
Suzuki LS 650 -99, Savage.
Bought, not built. Savage was my first motorcycle. Really nice built. Proportions and details were in the right manner. And the sounds! Wow! Single piston rules. Savage had a MOT on the road. A police motorcyclist had stopped a Porsche for some reason. He was watching me very keenly on the other side road when I was passing him. My guess was right. He came after me. I drove to the motorway. I manage to ride a very decent speed. After a wile Police passed me very slowly on the right lane. He was staring at me and my bike. Suddenly he nodded and throttled away. I thought ” Wow! My little bobber passed MOT.”
I sold the bobber to the guy who said to me that he only buy things he never sell them on. That’s why he was buying this Savage from me. So, he did.
XV 1000 SE Midnight Special -83
”There is always someone who rides Yamaha”. I heard this sentence in a Dyna happening with a sad tone. Yep, and mine Yamaha XV 1000 SE Midnight Special -83 is a keeper too.
XV former Virago is very good foundation for a café racer with the mono shock. But there’s a bobber soul in it. With the single carburetor tor manifold modified by Searayguy321 torque starts already at low engine rounds. Lights, exhaust and seat with the sub frame changed. Everything else is original. Bike bought in parts. The seller said: ” Hey, everything works. And you are gonna have wide smile riding this bike.” I hesitated bit, but he was right!.
It was on a year a go when the engine busted. It stopped totally. Luckily I wasn’t riding it. I was adjusting the carburetor giving lot of rounds… Thumgk! The reason was there was trash in the oil pump like rubber o-ring and so on. My fault. I did not open the engine when I was building the bike and check it.
Quite soon after that I bought new used engine from UK before Brexit (BBX.). But being too busy with CBX and 48. I have only assembled XV engine in it’s place.
Should I modified it to be bobber or café racer… I don’t know.
Honda CBX750 f -84
Modified as a café racer. I bought it 2018. Old CB350 fuel tank purchased from US. A friend bought and send it from Baltimore to HELsinki. The eBay seller did not send items to outside US. Engine fixed by previous owner. The engine sound is good. I mean really good.
Starter was at the end of its life. I got a used and fixed one from eBay Germany. I lowered original clipons. Changed headlight, fuel tank, and back frame with a bitwell seat. Carburetors were fixed by Prätkäpaja because I took off the big air intake box.
I really love riding this CBX. It’s easy to handle. It’s fast. I’ll always give her the best Honda motor oil till the end.
In the beginning in my motorcycle”career” I was not very interested of Harleys. More I was on Triumphs and my Japanese icons(my opinion). But, for my eye 48 is a very good-looking motorcycle. I read reviews saying it’s really good bike to ride too. So, I took the test ride in the summer -21. And totally different world for me. I love it.
I did like riding Bonneville bobber also. I won’t compare these motorcycles. They are so different. One of my best test drive was with Kawasaki Z900 RS. Some motorcycles are bad some of them are good. But you should noticed a good motorbike despite your notion. It’s like the song is good despite its genre. Some people don’t get it.
In early October -21 I was in nettimoto local website for selling motorcycles. I noticed this Harley Davidson Sportster 48 -2011 with only 3200 km on gauge. I said to my wife:” Now here’s a one motorcycle I would like to have ”. And she said: ” Buy it! You don’t usually say that about motorcycles or anything ”. So, I’ve been quiet, too quiet lately with my thoughts? There’s quite many bikes I would like to have and ride.
After +11°c, rain, 232 km, and 2 hr 50 min 48 was in her new home in HELsinki. The seller had taken the new project totally black Ford Mustang 2017 a beauty. We are both very happy and the reason is our new black projects.
My 48 is very loud, and with a bit extra horse power. I’m very happy with her. To care for her, she will have for next summer new tires, and oil change. 48 is in winter torpor at Freebird Herttoniemi.
Waiting dry asphalt and sunny days. I’ll take care my motorcycles and draw more Mummyduck Customs stuff keeping my passion alive during dark, cruel, and cold HELsinki winter.