In My Mailbox


No week passing by without getting some strange, weird or xxxx emails. Below an example.


“ Hi I am David originally from Seattle, retired and living in my wife’s home town, Chiang Mai, Thailand. I need some expertise in how to do something for my Motorcycle.

First let me explain Harley’s or anything of the same size and stature are very hard to get here or Import, as there is an Import tax of 300% plus Excise taxes etc. that blow the price of owning a new bike here clear out of perspective.

So most of us here chose to build or modify what we already own. In my case it wore down to a 1996 Suzuki Crystal. The frame was damaged (beyond any repair) but the Engine was in super shape, less than 15,000 KM. But it was electric start! And I could have the oportunity to get some rare parts from Suzuki Thailand and Japan.

Originally the bike was 110cc (RC110E) This is a 2 cycle engine. Suzuki was very much interested in what I was doing and located packed away in their R&D storage a Cylinder, Piston/rings and High Compression head, this included HD Head bolts and studs, new jets to feed correct fuel/air mix. Engine is now 138cc! Or what they say 140cc. It needs 95-100+ Octane to run cool. In Thailand to register we have what is called a Green Book, this book is a log of Owner info, Motorcycle info which includes Frame serial number and Engine serial number and yearly tax paid and license fee.

Since the original frame was beyond any successful and safe rebuild it was de-marked and cut up for scrap. The new frame was stamped with correct serial number and engine was installed in it. Wheelbase is now 67 inches and seat height is 25 inches. I replaced front and rear drum brakes with disc. Originally I had built it as a hardtail…

But as I road it I found I would more prefer to have a rear I remove the hardtail sections and located complete rear fork assembly (everything including the disc brake and hardware) from a Honda NSR 150. This gave me a Mono shock. I had built a fender that was secured to the rear fork. This has been an issue… not a problem. I had to modify two fenders to fit 17”x120x80 and 17”x4.25 wheel. These were one plastic and the other steel. I have since located a complete steel fender 6.5 inch width.

What I am asking here is I wish to extend the frame now to secure this fender to. So it will be rigid and wheel float on suspension.I have attached a drawing of what, I think will work. I need your thoughts here… I you think it will work… could you make me 2 pieces of both drawings?? The 26” tube will fit to top tube on frame and go back to fender. The twelve inch tube will attach to lower frame (same as where rear fork attach) and then weld to the 26” tubes equally on both sides of bike.”

Does not need to be super thick pipe as it only supports fender and after I shorten main seat maybe a button one for my wife…

If you can bend these tubes, Then send to me!
I will send you money to pay for…”

David Stipek
541/7 Kaiha
Chiang Mai-Lamphun Rd.
Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand

12 Responses to “In My Mailbox”

  1. 1 Rodent Nov 25th, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Tylanol or Aspirin?”

  2. 2 Capt. Al Nov 25th, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Boy this Guy needs to chill and enjoy the Wonders of his new Country in which he resides…. Tai Sticks!

  3. 3 Kirk Perry Nov 25th, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Tai Sticks!

  4. 4 Chris Nov 25th, 2015 at 11:02 am

    They have any Labrador down there?

  5. 5 Steal Your Face Nov 25th, 2015 at 11:54 am

    So, Cyril are you going to bend up these pipes for him?

  6. 6 Highrider Nov 25th, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Those massage parlors in Seattle are dangerous, look what happened to Dave

  7. 7 j Nov 25th, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Dude, you were hosed the moment your wife talked you into moving to freaking Thailand- just make it yourself out of bamboo, It’ll hold……

  8. 8 Zenaldo Nov 25th, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I only hope this guy didn’t give up his passport when he arrived…

  9. 9 Blackmax Nov 26th, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Whew !!!!
    Nuff Said !!!

  10. 10 Timmoking Nov 28th, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    I agree whole heartedly with the comment you just struck off your site. Publishing this letter for the amusement of yourself and others is just weak.Removing this criticism from your site is weaker still. Adios Cyril. I’m moving on…

  11. 11 Patrick Nov 28th, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    This request is weird because the guy should know. 1- Nobody can bend pipes without having the bike for perfect fitting 2- Nobody would dare to do this except scamming a client. 3- Sending pipes to Thailand? You think the guy has any idea of what it costs? 20 times the price of the pipes/\ 4- And the guy says send me the pipes, then I will pay. Do you know any custom builder who would take the risk? Weird, weird.

  12. 12 aaron Nov 30th, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I gotta say, I’m in the same boat as him. I want tubes bent for a build or two. not many locals do this kind of stuff, so I’ll have to ship it in. who does small order high quality custom bending of thinwall tube and will ship outside the us? (I’m in canada, but my attempts to contact american bending operations online have met with zero response)

    Cyril, can you recommend a vendor?

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