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    Forward mount and clip ons? Feedback sought.

    3 and a half years! fuck me. so version 2 of the custom cafe racer ish paolo tex fairing bike is waiting for the frame to come back from the frame man, and the 659 engine for it is all assembled, so i'm at a bit of a loose end play time project wise and i figured i'd drag this turd out from...
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    Monster Version 2

    got back into it - replaced the crankcase bearings.
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    Show us your Eyetalian Eye Candy......

    cool as. has it got the bracing under the seat from the later year models? stops them cracking. i bought some a few years ago for a customer's bike.
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    Monster Version 2

    no idea, never used it. i did these just to see what it looked like and see how it lasts over time. i think irk posted a comparison at one point between traditionally blasted and hydro/vapour blasted. hydro/vapour blasting is sand blasting with water instead of air.
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    BSA Lightning Bobber

    a single leading shoe it wouldn't worry as one shoe is trailing anyway, but wouldn't a twin leading shoe become a twin trailing shoe if the rotation was reversed?
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    Monster Version 2

    the vapour blasted heads. really does shine in a way sandblasting just doesn't. the spare parts man i've followed around a couple of dealerships has left the industry, which motivated me to get the engine bearings ordered before he left. some are on back order. the mains are pretty...
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    Monster Version 2

    i got my gears. so now it's up to me to get my shit sorted and get the engine back together, then get the bike together. next is cutting out the primary drive cover and ordering all the engine bits i need. going to replace the bottom end bearings, and the mains are pretty pricey. need to get...
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    "A Bird in the Hand" take 2. DR650 Deadtail Bobber, now with a sidecar

    cool. love the waterjet. the router table is one tool i don't have.
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    Monster Version 2

    a fellow put an original rear section of frame that everyone cuts off on a facebook page, so i bought it to return the frame to original (apart from the bracket welded on the front). i cut off and drilled out the aluminium bits that had been stuck in the ends of the frame and then cut the frame...
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    "A Bird in the Hand" take 2. DR650 Deadtail Bobber, now with a sidecar

    that stand is a great fab project. learning's a lot better when there's cool applications at hand.
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    Honda Shadow 750

    he doesn't care in the slightest.
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    Monster Version 2

    out in the sun a day later. it's a funny sort of colour, hard to work out what it really is. won't really matter once it's assembled and in, you can't really see much of the cases. just hope it stays there.
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    Monster Version 2

    got some paint on the cases. this is vht sp995 - cast alloy. it has quite a bit of metallic flake in it, which i wasn't expecting. will see how it goes off when it's dry. one of the heads i had chemically cleaned because it was a mess, but now am not sure if i can replicate the cylinders...
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    Monster Version 2

    when i go to someone who does something i don't i tend not to tell them how to do their job. i expect them to know. otherwise i'd go somewhere else. i'm sure we did gear tooth design at some point in the 4 years of mech eng, but that was 30 years ago and fucked if i can remember any of it...
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    Monster Version 2

    depends what you call expensive i guess. he did quote me, but i've forgotten how much it was now, a few hundred each maybe. i don't really see it as that relevant. the cost is long forgotten when the result is right. the gear man did explain it all to me, and he says some of the profiles are...
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    Monster Version 2

    i rang the gear man yesterday to see if he'd got anywhere with the gears, and he'd rough machined the blanks. he sent them to me to have a look at, but really i don't know wtf i'm looking at in terms of whether or not they'll cause any issues. the idea is to add a tooth to 1st driven and 6th...
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    Monster Version 2

    we'll see how it looks when it's got the silver on it. the paint guy in my block of factories told me to put a heap of coats of primer on so i could then rub it back to make it smooth, but that's so outside my attention span. paint is just not my thing.
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    Monster Version 2

    over 6 months later, i actually touched it today. making use of the summer heat to get some paint on the cases. etch primed, then primed. used the whole can of primer, will need more for the head. it's a start. i've forgotten which of the colours i bought i was going to use. i'll have to...
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