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Author Topic: FZR600 Neo-Cafe  (Read 19297 times)

Offline The Limey

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Re: FZR600 Neo-Cafe
« Reply #10 on: Apr 08, 2016, 13:36:19 »
Thick greasy crud is good.  It looks awful and helps lower prices, but preserves the goodness underneath for those of us willing to go hunting for it. 
If it ain't broke, then I haven't been hitting it hard enough.

Offline Maritime

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Re: FZR600 Neo-Cafe
« Reply #11 on: Apr 08, 2016, 15:17:29 »
Yep.  My buddies keep coming over as I get a new bit cleaned and mounted and they can't believe it came of the crusty parts bike. ;D
The GL Rebirth: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68337.0
CX500 Low budget Bobber : http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43617.0
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Re: FZR600 Neo-Cafe
« Reply #12 on: Apr 08, 2016, 15:20:36 »
Been looking on ebay for an FZR 600/1000 for a while, there seems some good deals to be had.
Just being a nosey bugger, where in the UK are you.

Offline The Limey

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Re: FZR600 Neo-Cafe
« Reply #13 on: Apr 08, 2016, 15:55:23 »
Rural South Northants.
If it ain't broke, then I haven't been hitting it hard enough.

Offline semmins

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Re: FZR600 Neo-Cafe
« Reply #14 on: Apr 08, 2016, 17:02:01 »
Not a million miles from me.

Offline The Limey

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Re: FZR600 Neo-Cafe
« Reply #15 on: Apr 13, 2016, 12:14:30 »
Here's a before pic of the fuel pump.  Filthier than a night with Carol Vorderman and a keg of Guinness.



'After' pics due soon.

Here's the swigarm prepped and painted...



It's been sprayed with black Hammerite.  Now, I thought long and hard about the choice of finish.  Much as I love it, powder coat was out on economic grounds.  I seriously considered enamel gloss black such as PJ1, but I've decided I don't want a facory look to components, but more of a hand-finished look.  That's not to say sloppy or nasty, as I'm going to make sure everything is meticulously painted, polished or plated etc, but I don't want the components to look like they've just plopped off the conveyor at the factory - if I wanted that I may as well buy a new bike (and I am, that'll be the 650 Burgervan I've promised myself as a retirement pressent).  I want them to look like they've been done by an an enthusiast at home, but done well, with care and effort.

Well, it's done now!
« Last Edit: Apr 13, 2016, 12:16:42 by The Limey »
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Offline Maritime

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Re: FZR600 Neo-Cafe
« Reply #16 on: Apr 13, 2016, 13:05:37 »
I like the hammered finish, it hides flaws in the metal and is durable etc. Great for frames, swingers etc.
The GL Rebirth: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68337.0
CX500 Low budget Bobber : http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43617.0
"Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer" -Henry Lawson
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." - Thomas Jefferson

Offline The Limey

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Re: FZR600 Neo-Cafe
« Reply #17 on: Apr 13, 2016, 13:12:42 »
Thanks buddy - I'm liking you more and more!  ;D

I'll do the frame in hammered black as well.  It's a right royal ballache to reassemble without damaging paint, but nothing I haven't done before.  Everything else will be gloss black, except for the crank cases which I'm thinking of doing in wrinkle.

Tomorrow is time for a bit more rubbing of the tank, some more work on the rear wheel, and a tidy up of the man cave.
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Re: FZR600 Neo-Cafe
« Reply #18 on: Apr 13, 2016, 13:20:29 »
I have used 3-4 different hammered colours on bikes, Did a 450T frame and swinger in silver, My CX has a cast iron hammered paint and it looks great, best part is, you don't worry about runs or anything with the way it lays and it fixes itself. I have used both spray and brush. it is good for hangers, footpeg brackets and all that too. 
The GL Rebirth: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68337.0
CX500 Low budget Bobber : http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43617.0
"Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer" -Henry Lawson
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." - Thomas Jefferson

Offline The Limey

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Re: FZR600 Neo-Cafe
« Reply #19 on: Apr 14, 2016, 14:49:42 »
And today I have been filling and wet sanding the fuel tank cover.  A bit more priming tomorrow, then a final rub, then a final prime and leave to cure for a week or two before paint to allow for any sinking or shrinking.  It's a slow, tedious, tiresome, utter ballache, but there ain't no substitute for time and patience.  Anything South of perfection just won't do.
If it ain't broke, then I haven't been hitting it hard enough.