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Smartwatches and wearables have been around for a while, but since the advent of the Apple Watch (Apple being english for hyped-up sales bonanza) the market has started to see some serious improvements with other platforms now in their second and third version. Not being an Apple user, the Apple Watch was obviously not for […]

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I used to ride a very nice, mildly customized Kawasaki Drifter. It’s the Vulcan that looks like an Indian Chief (long before Indian made a come-back). Like most of my bikes, I couldn’t leave it alone. Although even when I got it, it was a bit rough but I didn’t care because I already had […]

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It was with a heavy heart that the Drifter had to move on, but it was time. I hadn’t ridden it much in a while and had other endeavors I wanted to accomplish.

So enter the new member of the garage….

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On a complete whim, I picked up a Nexus Player. This device is Googles answer to the Apple TV; an attempt to capture the home entertainment/streaming niche. And with the recent launch of Australian Streaming services such as Netflix and Stan, it could be well timed. Except none of these services had a native app […]

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Coming into the new year, the Faculty needed to updated its teaching equipment for Android. And if we have it, then I need to support it… you can see where this is going… So within a week of each other I had in my hot little hands a Nexus 6, a Nexus 9, and a […]

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So I bowed to public pressure and ditched my homemade seat 🙁 Especially when my mate Simon made me an offer of a nice seat, with Honda printed on the back, and a good price. The seat is for a CB500/Four but with a couple of mods we knew we could make it work as […]

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I’ve removed this post given the negative feedback

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So things haven’t been completely dead. Although I was initially overjoyed with the seat, the longer I looked at it, the less I liked it. It was too long and too think. I started by shortening it a couple of inches at the rear to reduce the overhang. This was as simple as removing the […]

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Let me please preempt this post with a quick note. I’m not an upholsterer, nor have I ever made anything like this before. I’m sure there are a hundred different ways to make a cafe seat and this is simply the way I did it. The specifics of this are based around this: Off the […]

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The last couple of days haven’t been great in the shed. I still cant get the CB350 tank to sit how I want. Trying to reshape the underside isn’t working for me, as the CB250N has this horrid ‘bulge’ half way down the main bar. Hence why at the moment the rear of the tank […]

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After my work on the seat pan yesterday, I wondered outside in the evening and just wasn’t happy with it. Just way too wide. So after a quick trip to Joes for a fuel tap and a spare front fender, I set to work on narrowing the seat pan. It didn’t go well. The whole […]

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With Jess off with her Mum all day today, it was another great opportunity to get into the shed. First cab off the rank was to get the tank mounted properly. I had already marked out where the front mounts needed to be moved to. So out with the angle grinder and off with the […]

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Todays big job was lowering the front end. Thanks to a fantastic few posts from Greenhorn on The Bike Shed. Progress pics can be found there from Greenhorn, but the end result I’m REALLY happy with. Here it is with a test fit of the headlight and the clip-ons. After stripping them down the other […]

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A bit of work today Started with a trip to Joes. It turns out someone started a CB250N cafe racer project BEFORE testing the engine. Only to find the engine was cactus what would seem about 2/3rds of the way through. Proceeded to dump it Joes on a pallet. I managed to pick up: Tank […]

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Although I wasn’t planning on another project until the new year an old 1980 CB250 popped up on Facebook recently for a price I couldn’t say no to. I’d always wanted a CB250 as a Cafe Racer project, primarily due to their simplicity and reliability. Enter one 1980 CB250N Super Dream Judging by the for […]

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