TS185 cafe racer

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Re: TS185 cafe racer

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Nice work. I suggest Bridgestone BT45 tires for your project. Knobbies gotta go.....


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Re: TS185 cafe racer

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the knobbies have gone - replaced by a pair of Avon Roadriders which I got for a bargain price :up:
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Re: TS185 cafe racer

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Unsure that the standard-fit TS185 front brake compliments the cafe racer look I am trying to achieve, so a quick trawl of everyone's favourite auction site elicited this..........


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a period Yamaha front wheel, replete with twin-leading shoe front brake.

that should aid stopping the beast.................. :up:
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Re: TS185 cafe racer

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power bracing..............

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just got to find the power now....... ;)
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Re: TS185 cafe racer

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the Yamaha front wheel hasn't been an easy fit, but now it's in and the project is rolling along.......

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Re: TS185 cafe racer

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headlamp and fly-screen brackets on, headlamp shell and speedo fitted...........

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wiring next............
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Re: TS185 cafe racer

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I may be wrong, but to my eye, the shocks look short and the forks long. Probably just me, but it may turn slow with that setup. Of course, that could be a good thing. Nice work.


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Re: TS185 cafe racer

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rngdng wrote:I may be wrong, but to my eye, the shocks look short and the forks long. Probably just me, but it may turn slow with that setup. Of course, that could be a good thing. Nice work.


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I think the look is because of how much the rear fender has been lowered.
Is there now enough clearance?


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Re: TS185 cafe racer

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good observations guys :up:

in my defence-
the back end of the bike sits higher than standard thanks to the adjustable ride-height shocks.
the front sits 0.5" lower due to the smaller diameter front wheel.
the rear mudguard is deeply valanced and allows more than adequate clearance.

and, at the end of the day, its a fun bike, not a GP replica ! :D
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Re: TS185 cafe racer

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No defenSe necessary. It's your bike, do what you want. It's really looking good, and should be fun. That's the point isn't it?



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Re: TS185 cafe racer

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in a moment of reflection, it appears I have spent 160 minutes of my garage life just machining cap head bolts for this project......

anyway - I digress - having almost severed a finger using my home-made clutch spring puller, I ordered the correct tool for the job and it arrived today.....

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and it works a treat -

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still prefer bolts and springs to this method of pressurising the clutch though.......

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then, having cut 3 bolts to size, I wasted another 55 minutes of garage time turning 11 more cap-head bolts so I could attach the clutch cover...........

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the r/h footrest assembly.........

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and the kick start.......

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Re: TS185 cafe racer

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garry55 wrote:
anyway - I digress - having almost severed a finger using my home-made clutch spring puller, I ordered the correct tool for the job and it arrived today.....

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and it works a treat -
That same puller that comes in the box with a kids trampoline as part of the assembly. Don't ask how I know...
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Re: TS185 cafe racer

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but mine cost me $7 - cheaper than your trampoline? :D
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Re: TS185 cafe racer

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I have a spare set of DR250 indicators and wondered whether the "Rural Cafe Racer" (as the TS185 is now christened) should have a set fitted.
Having looked the bike over, I decided to trial-fit them and see if they gelled with the overall look I was trying to achieve.
First up, I needed some suitable bracket material. What better to use than a redundant Bimota Tesi battery box.............

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then I drilled and bent them to shape..........

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trimmed them to fit and attached to the rear shock mounts so..........

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voila...........

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I'll do the fronts next.............
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Re: TS185 cafe racer

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the front indicators are mounted on similar brackets............

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they are mounted to the bottom yoke covers, where the reflectors used to be.......

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just need final shaping and powder-coating black now........
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