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Thread: XB12R cafe conversion

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    Senior Member mriulvr's Avatar
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    Video? Let us hear it!

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    Buffalo NY
    Thanks guys. I just wanted to say that not only was the build fun, but posting it up on hear was just as much. Thanks for being cool about this. I know some people are totally against modifying a Buell other than bolt on parts. Thanks for not harassing me. I hope I did a good enough job that even the Buell die hards don't mind it and appreciate the attention and full rebuild this bike got.

    As I always do, I set a budget. But the more I dug into the bike the more I liked it and decided this would be a bike I would keep and put some serious miles on. Because these are out of production I decided to not just do a revamped look, but fully rebuild the bike and replace things as preventive maintenance so when done I would essentially have a "new" bike. I also ordered some backups for down the road if parts get hard to find.

    I put together a list of the parts.... coming next.
    Last edited by nicholas900; 10-27-2016 at 04:02 PM.

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    You got it for 900... I'm super jealous

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    Senior Member nicholas900's Avatar
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    Buffalo NY
    Parts list:


    Fuel pump
    O2 sensor
    Cyl head temp sensor
    Fuel injectors
    Ignition coil
    Plug wires
    IAT sensor
    EBR race ecm
    Drummer SS exhaust
    Drummer one off spring joint
    Jim's pulley nut
    Full gasket set
    Oil and filter
    Primary chain shoe
    Primary adjuster nut
    Rizoma rear puller
    Pulley bolts
    Free spirits belt tensioner

    total $ 2090


    Fork rebuild kit
    Penske rear shock
    Dunlop Q3's
    EBR front rotor
    Rear rotor
    Ft and rear pads
    Spiegler custom brake lines
    Front caliper rebuild
    Brembo radial front master cylinder
    Rear master cylinder rebuild kit
    Brembo rear caliper and hidden bracket
    Woodcraft rear sets
    Vortex clip on bars
    Rizoma grips
    Rizoma fluid cans
    CRG folding levers
    Billet brake line clamps

    Total $3014


    Front wheel bearings
    Rear wheel bearings
    Swing arm bearings
    Steering head bearings
    Carbon mud guard
    Carbon can cover
    Carbon oil cooler
    Breather catch can
    EBR fuel cap
    Front axle
    Front and rear bearing spacers
    Kick stand new style
    Front motor mount
    Rear motor mount
    Rizoma belt guard

    Total $870

    Lights and Gauges

    LED day maker headlight
    Motogadget m-blace ice front signals
    Motogadget m-blaze disc rear signals
    Custom dynamics led licence frame
    Custom dynamics 13 led tail/brakellight
    Dakota digital gauge cluster
    LSL headlight mounts
    Ballistic 12 cell lith/ion battery

    Total $2050

    Custom fabrication

    Hand formed gas welded air box cover
    Hand formed gas welded fender
    Hand formed days welded seat cowl
    Hand stitched seat
    Tube subframe
    Wiring harness
    Electronics plate
    Headlight bucket
    Gauge mount
    Breather reroute 3/8" steel line
    Licence plate mount
    Top triple machined
    Fluid can mounts
    Wiring harness clips
    Polished wheels
    Polished engine covers
    Polished rocker boxes and covers
    Redesigned grounding scheme
    Polished rear sets
    Polished belt tensioner
    Polished belt guard
    Custom trans vent
    Nickel plated oil lines

    Total raw materials, welding wire and gas $300

    Powder coat

    Licence plate mount
    Triple clamps
    Clutch perch
    Breather reroute tubes
    Kickstand and plate
    All brackets
    Oil cooler frame
    Cyl head tie plate
    Lots of other little stuff

    Total $500

    So this leaves a grand total of $8824 in parts plus the $900 for the bike. That puts me all in at $9724. I believe to have 5-600 hours in it of my own time. Not all of that is wrenching, its sitting there scratching my head fiquring out ways to do things. All things considered, that's not that bad for a unique one off bike that is basically "new". Quality builds cost money. I don't intend to sell this one. Gonna ride it for many years to come.

    Took it out today for a ride. Its real windy and cold. But the roads were dry. These bikes are so fun. Although my bike looks different, I'm a Bueller now. These bikes are so simple to work on. Sound great. Handle amazing. Such a great bike with good "bones".


  5. #295
    It looks amazing.

    This is probably the best build thread I've ever seen as well. Kudos Nicholas! The only thing left to do is to post a video of you doing a ride by at high speed. :D

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    looks great man. the satisfaction in the end is so worth it. enjoy the bike. my build starts in the winter months here but im just doing a ton of preventative maintenance, paint/powder and some misc stuff. wont be anything too unique unless I come up with something cool.

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    Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca
    I just wanted to revive this thread. My bank account really didn't need me to stumble across this one!

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    Senior Member wickedchop's Avatar
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    You're completely right nicholas. That is a very small amount for such a machine, but the best part is you built it, you designed it. You didn't take your checkbook to some shop and have them build it. Hold your head up have impressed all of us here. Now go get those credit card sized chicken strips off that beautiful

  9. #299
    You sir have one of the coolest bikes on the planet! You did an amazing job! Congrats on your finished project. Jay Leno would love this thing.

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    The Alamo
    What brand and model is that gauge again? I love that thing!

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