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So, I wanted to have a display model in a shelf, and I asked myself; "what is the best looking set I have that is not too large?" The answer was obviously 8240 8420 Street Motorcycle However, as i finished building the model, I must admit I wasn't as impressed as the last time I built it. Some things had to be improved.. I'll just show the pictures of my modded model, and list the changes at the bottom. Hope you like it! Pictures are clickable for much higher resolution, or you can check out the Bricksafe gallery As was the case with the original; this is IMO the far worst angle to view it from So the most obvious visual changes I made were the following: -Sprung suspension on front wheel, while maintaining the dimensions of the original -Radiator in front of the engine -Some more panelling for the body, filling in the huge gaps there -Long, sleek panels along the seat area -Gas tank that doesn't leak as bad as the original -Large rear chain sprocket -More realistic and better looking exhaust (at least IMO) -Filled in the seat with some tiles -Reorganized the rear lights
I recently added one of my all-time favorite Technic sets ever, the 8420 Street Bike. The 8420 features many unique parts such as the rims and staggered width tires, printed windscreen, brake discs and rear shock. The overall look is that of an Italian superbike and the designers were obviously influenced by the Ducati 999 but also the Gilera CX as seen by the front and rear single sided wheel mounts. I added panels to the gas tank area to fill it in and a gas cap on top. I would do a full review but there is no way I could match the already excellent write-up by Starstreak found here. Having bought this set used I was curious if the set came with the rubber tires already on the rims in the box? I noticed the tires on my set are opposite of each other, with the tread pattern in different directions. It seems like a lot of 8420's have this same issue since many photos show the same thing.