Thursday, 11 June 2009

Wet Dream


Some hazey news just in... Seems like we have landed ourselves a new Sideburn project bike. A Honda FT500. (The Cagiva Elephant that we got excited for about 20 minutes didn't transpire). OK so the knee-jerk reaction of any sane being to this bike is "Ug Fugly! That sure fell out of the ugly tree hitting every branch on the way down." Inbred little brother of the Proboscidea even? But wait, don't be so cruel, despite/ becase of, the square instrument console and integrated body unit, we think it's kinda cool. What's more the Whizzwheel mags are 19" Woo Haa! Death Spray Custom are going to do us a special paint job too - but they don't know about that yet. BP

17 comments:

User.One said...

Time to start hunting out the hop-up parts for the XL's then?

sl4sh said...

I agree with you, don't listen to the haters... this has a LOT of potential... ;)

redlynr said...

ft500 inspiration... GL!

http://www.redpepperracing.com/gallery/d/186272-1/ft500_manxtank.jpg

http://www.redpepperracing.com/gallery/d/186269-1/DHFT500.jpg
http://www.redpepperracing.com/gallery/d/186277-1/MGAscotr.jpg

http://www.redpepperracing.com/gallery/d/186274-1/MGAscotl.jpg

redlynr said...
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#15 said...

Honda Ascot

taelstar said...

Err the FRONT is 19" there ben.... now try finding a 19" rear lol.

Mine started the same, http://sideburnmag.blogspot.com/2008/12/started-life-as-honda-ft500.html

Anonymous said...

No potential at all in that bike...

I think you guys should just give it to me.

Garrett B

Angostura Bitters said...

great starting point! the nice part about the project will be that a lot of the ugly stuff is fluff, like the bodywork and that sadly located rectilinear headlamp!

word is that the starter motor goes out on these things...my guess is you'll be removing that part anyway...so push-start? that would be the BOLD way to go!

Right on, looking forward...

Gary Inman and Ben Part said...

redlynr
those are all very cool bikes. We could bin most of this vehicle, chuck a lot of money at it with a whole new body, and titanium go-faster fitings, creating one hot (dwarf) biatch - we're all ears for XL tune-up info.
But, as I said already, I think it's fuglyness is it's charm. It's not a AJS or an XR750, or a Super Mono, it's a measly F(ar)T but a proud one!
BP

Russ said...

A bit of FT500 inspiration for you:

http://xtreme-action-images.com/sand/3011/pages/nov30_0154.htm

http://xtreme-action-images.com/sand/161108/pages/nov16_2890.htm

Get some tuning tips from Mr Lomas and get that fella down the beach!

User.One said...

All ears eh? Would you like an HRC exhaust design to work from?

Anonymous said...

A lot of comments for a "wet dream"........ we're sad fukkers ain't we !!??

Gary Inman and Ben Part said...

It never seases to amaze me which blog posts get people up on the soap box. Alternatively you think 'Oh Yay this'll be a croud pleaser', but then no one squeaks.
BP

Def Sprayus Customoza said...

pleeeeeeease keep the headlight, then gold metal flake the wheels like sheriffs badges

Gary Inman and Ben Part said...

-DSC
as long as you organize a troop of bikini clad Brazilian carnival queens to be out-riders it's a deal.
BP

Diplomate said...

Bollox - that the second FT I've been the under-bidder on - how did you get on with the trip to Exeter ?

Skylar said...

Piles of promise right there. Shit, be different. Do it.