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Author Topic: '75 Yamaha XS500 Cafe Project - Open Throttle  (Read 95452 times)

Offline SrgtBear

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Worked on the controls this weekend.  I didn't want to buy new ones but the old switches looked like crap.  So I taped up gold emblems and painted over it.  Then I lost the high beam, "Hi / Lo" knob so I used a rivet instead.  Cut it down glued it in and wahla!  This image doesn't do justice but it looks really clean granted the paint job on the control switch isn't the best, but it is still way better than before.



Finally, I was debating sanding down the engine fins for awhile so I eventually said screw it and went for it.  I think it makes it more eye catching now.

« Last Edit: Jul 12, 2010, 21:38:26 by SrgtBear »
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Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - 700cc Bore Cam Rocket - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39748.0
75 Yamaha XS500B Cafe - Completed - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=14392.0
74 Honda XL 125 - Original - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=25706.0

Hey whatever works!!  Pictures do the same to my bike too, I think it looks really awesome then snap a pic and it's like "this looks kinda gay ..."  I am sure it will do ... Are you going to do all the fins or just the middle?  I think it looks pretty rad just like that.  Good work!
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Offline JRK5892

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fins look good!
Joe
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recent builds: Hd street bob, TX cafe, KZ bratt, Goldwing tour, bratt wing, st fighter, road king, vriago bobber, chop, FXD, 1200 sporty, 1200xl sporty, GSXR, Royal enfield.. and more

Offline beachcomber

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Agree re: taking loads of pix for referrence / eyeballing.

AND downloading other people's pix works when you're toying with an idea!

I had been toying with the idea of highlighting the fins on the barrels and heads - looks good !

I collect my 2 project bikes tomorrow - can't wait to get stuck in.
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

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Offline SrgtBear

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Hey whatever works!!  Pictures do the same to my bike too, I think it looks really awesome then snap a pic and it's like "this looks kinda gay ..."  I am sure it will do ... Are you going to do all the fins or just the middle?  I think it looks pretty rad just like that.  Good work!

fins look good!

yeah im going to stick with just the middle fins.  it def looks cherry.  thanks btw!
Ted

Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - 700cc Bore Cam Rocket - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39748.0
75 Yamaha XS500B Cafe - Completed - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=14392.0
74 Honda XL 125 - Original - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=25706.0

Offline mdfergus

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Wow the sanded fins really look good, that'll go great with the chrome covers
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Offline SrgtBear

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Chrome covers came in.  I haven't seen them yet but my pops said they look "Magical".

Will take pictures this weekend.  Bling Bling.
« Last Edit: Jul 16, 2010, 16:08:21 by SrgtBear »
Ted

Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - 700cc Bore Cam Rocket - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39748.0
75 Yamaha XS500B Cafe - Completed - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=14392.0
74 Honda XL 125 - Original - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=25706.0

Offline JRK5892

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stoked to see em man!
Joe
"your life is an occasion, Stand up to it"
www.thepowderpro.com

recent builds: Hd street bob, TX cafe, KZ bratt, Goldwing tour, bratt wing, st fighter, road king, vriago bobber, chop, FXD, 1200 sporty, 1200xl sporty, GSXR, Royal enfield.. and more

Offline SrgtBear

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Fresh Chrome!!!  Check out these bad boys.  I can't believe their the same parts that I sent out.

Before:


After:

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Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - 700cc Bore Cam Rocket - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39748.0
75 Yamaha XS500B Cafe - Completed - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=14392.0
74 Honda XL 125 - Original - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=25706.0

Offline SrgtBear

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My little fire engine.  Looks like one, doesn't it?

Ted

Kawasaki Kaiju (怪獣) - 79 KZ650 - 700cc Bore Cam Rocket - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=39748.0
75 Yamaha XS500B Cafe - Completed - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=14392.0
74 Honda XL 125 - Original - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=25706.0