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Author Topic: Cafe ala Carte - LS650 powered ground up custom  (Read 8081 times)

Offline CrabsAndCylinders

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Re: Cafe ala Carte
« Reply #10 on: Jan 07, 2016, 18:36:34 »
This bike is friggin gorgeous, congrats!
Lighter, Quicker, Faster.
ZX-14, 900F x 2, 1100F, R100, CBR600, SR500, GT500, RZ350, KZ1000 x 2, Moto Guzzi Lemans lll, CBX550, RD 350, 750 SOHC police special, RG250, TL1000R, GT750, KTM Super Duke 1290 R, Harris/Z-1, Norton 750 Commando, Green 77 KZ650

Offline Habanero52

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Re: Cafe ala Carte
« Reply #11 on: Jan 07, 2016, 19:50:33 »
What an awesome build!!!!
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Offline smokin_blue

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Re: Cafe ala Carte
« Reply #12 on: Jan 07, 2016, 21:22:46 »
Thanks guys!  It was a long build but I was very happy the way it turned out.  Still need to get that tank badge done.

Offline Habanero52

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Re: Cafe ala Carte
« Reply #13 on: Jan 08, 2016, 10:02:51 »
If you have a picture of the underside of tail lights to get a better understanding on how you did them, would be great.
What do you have in mind for the tank badges?
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Offline smokin_blue

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Re: Cafe ala Carte
« Reply #14 on: Jan 08, 2016, 14:41:18 »
Which part of the lights do you want to see?  The lights themselves or the lenses in the tail section?

Not sure exactly what I want to do on the badges.


Offline Habanero52

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Re: Cafe ala Carte
« Reply #15 on: Jan 08, 2016, 14:42:39 »
How they attach to the seat itself.
You are very talented!!!!!
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Offline smokin_blue

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Re: Cafe ala Carte - LS650 powered ground up custom
« Reply #16 on: Jan 10, 2016, 17:39:17 »
Sorry for the delay, I had to dig up some old photos on the subject.

Here is how I did the tail lights.  I found that the SV650 lights had a slight curve to them that when laid on its side matched the curve of my tail section.  This allowed the lights to face straight back just rotated 90 degrees from how they are set up on the SV.



I then used a dremel with a cut off wheel to split the weld of the lens to the body



Here it is opening


Opened



With the  reflector removed



Note the stock wiring in the pic below



I hadn't counted on 7 individual boards wired together.  I assumed it would be one board up each side.  So at this point I had to make a decision.  I decided to cut each board.  But I had to cut each half leaving the screw to reattach it to the black backing.  This meant one side to the screw and the other side would not have one.   At this point I had to buy a second light so I could do the same to that one and have a set of boards with backing that still had the mounting screws.  Now had 14 individual boards and two back pieces.  Likewise I split the reflectors.  Then had to jumper each cut board so the circuit was complete again. You can see this in the pic below.

At this point I also bolted them back to back so that they would form a V shaped assembly.



I built mounts then on the frame to hold this assembly right above the rear tail loop.



From here I formed the lenses for the tail section and then cut the openinnings in the tail to line up with the lights.  The lenses were cut and fitted into the tail section. 


 I have the seat and tail section bolted together so if I pop the seat the entire tail comes off leaving the lights on the frame.

That all make sense?

Offline Habanero52

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Re: Cafe ala Carte - LS650 powered ground up custom
« Reply #17 on: Jan 11, 2016, 10:47:26 »
Thank you so much.
Great job!!!!
Habanero52
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Offline Pan1cReaper

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Re: Cafe ala Carte - LS650 powered ground up custom
« Reply #18 on: Jan 13, 2016, 20:47:00 »
That tail light setup is slick as dog shit. Really like the way you did that. Of course its only fitting for the rest of the bike, the whole thing is super clean.

Offline smokin_blue

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Re: Cafe ala Carte - LS650 powered ground up custom
« Reply #19 on: Jan 13, 2016, 20:54:58 »
Thanks Pan1 !

if you want to see another very clean build I did check out my old street fighter in this link

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68762.0

and for many more details go to my website at www.street-unique.com and click on the Bad Attitude link.