Back in 2006 when I bought my Bonneville I talked with Ol89r about trying to do a Gary Nixon themed street tracker. At the time I didn't have the space or the skills to even think about doing it right so I sold off the Bonny a couple years later to make room for my Ducati. I never lost interest in the idea of the street tracker though. I'm still not sure I have the skill to pull it off properly at this point but I figure the only way to find out is to try. So I bought my Agean Blue 2005 Bonneville back from my buddy Steve and decided to take a swing at it. If nothing else I will gain a whole new set of skills trying to work out all the engineering problems involved with doing this right, and I plan on doing it VERY RIGHT. I want to build it to Ol89r standards, and his bikes are gorgeous so it's a seriously high bar to shoot for. So as an opening salvo I picked up a complete 2011 R6 front end (with brakes) on Ebay over the weekend. This seems like the front end a lot of the dirt trackers use, and Richard Pollack from Mule Motorcycles has put them to good use as well. He mentioned in an article that he starts with the front end, gets the steering and stance correct and works back from there. So I figured this is as good a place to start as any. I'm shooting for something between these two bikes pictured below with a distinct Gary Nixon flavor too it. Sadly the little 690 Duke had to go to make this possible, but I'm thinking it will be worth it, and really fun to try and figure out how to build this thing and make it super trick. I need my fabrication skills to improve by a couple orders of magnitude like NOW !! I'll be picking up the Bonny in the next week or so, and Ol89r has kindly offered to help me as a voice of reason as I try and work out the various aspects of the build. The 2005 has carbs and is basically an analog motorcycle so I don't have to deal with any hairy EFI stuff ( my EFI turbo Dodge project is keeping me buried in that LOL) . I'll document it with pictures as I go along, and hopefully we'll all learn some new stuff along the way. This is what I am starting with. A great bike as is, but not quite what I have in mind.