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Blood Sweat Tears and Grease => Projects => Cafe Racers => Topic started by: DBrevit on Oct 11, 2017, 00:27:30

Title: Sportster Cafe Build
Post by: DBrevit on Oct 11, 2017, 00:27:30
Hi All,
New to this forum, started my Sportster build about 2 1/2 months ago. Picked up the 2002 Sportster about 3 months ago, has just over 2,000 miles on it.
Work so far, lace a 19x2.50 rim on the original rear hub, fab seat sub frame, make seat base/cowl, made rear aluminum fender, install rear sets, put speedo mount under top tree, tubes and tires, new exhaust, velocity stack, grips, cables and brake lines, put new bushing in Girling shocks and install, clip on's, tail and headlight, painted fenders, seat base and fuse cover couple of weeks ago,etc,etc. Aluminum LYTA tank should be here at the end of the week or next week from Legendary. Used to build cafe's about 35 years ago, now starting again, still fun.
Title: Re: Sportster Cafe Build
Post by: irk miller on Oct 11, 2017, 07:50:18
Awesome skills on that tank.
Title: Re: Sportster Cafe Build
Post by: Ryan Stecken on Oct 11, 2017, 09:48:38
Wow!these welds!!!amazing!im in sir!
Title: Re: Sportster Cafe Build
Post by: DBrevit on Oct 11, 2017, 10:28:32
The tank work is by David Ashenbrener, the man knows his craft. Tank should be in my hands in a couple of hours, will post a picture or two .
Title: Re: Sportster Cafe Build
Post by: doc_rot on Oct 12, 2017, 13:08:15
Nice work! that tank is outstanding
Title: Re: Sportster Cafe Build
Post by: killerx on Oct 13, 2017, 11:14:03
C'mon, let's see the tank o the bike!
Title: Re: Sportster Cafe Build
Post by: DBrevit on Oct 13, 2017, 20:16:16
Tank came in, it was/is 2" shorter than I thought it was going to be (product of hand made), I spent yesterday moving seat base forward and making tank mounts, today I started the prime and paint job I'm trying to do the job with no skim coat or filler (as per the rest of the bike). Just put the 4th coat of paint on after 1 etch and 4 coats of primer, will post some pictures tomorrow, if it don't look like dirt (black is a pain).
Title: Re: Sportster Cafe Build
Post by: DBrevit on Oct 13, 2017, 22:20:04
Went with this for tank badge. 1960 Harley tank badge, got a new set today.
Title: Re: Sportster Cafe Build
Post by: DBrevit on Oct 14, 2017, 12:07:29
Tank is just sitting on the bike not mounted, has to be wet sanded (when ready), then stripes and tank badges.
Title: Re: Sportster Cafe Build
Post by: jpmobius on Oct 14, 2017, 15:12:29
Looking nice!  Good to see a bike with proper fenders.  Is the seat base notched for the tail light?  Can't tell from the pics - looks good though.
Title: Re: Sportster Cafe Build
Post by: DBrevit on Oct 14, 2017, 17:33:35
Yes the seat base is cut for the tail light.

I'm trying for a 1960's cafe look, I see so many bikes called cafe racer that are nothing more (to me) than a bobber with a cowl seat, no fenders, high tank, etc, etc.
Title: Re: Sportster Cafe Build
Post by: Luugo86 on Oct 14, 2017, 19:51:05
 I love this bike. Well done man.
Title: Re: Sportster Cafe Build
Post by: killerx on Oct 16, 2017, 13:26:53
Looking real good.
Can't wait to see it finished.