"A Bird in the Hand" take 2. DR650 Deadtail Bobber

Hurco550

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impressive work
Damn fine work bud. All worth it.
Looks great. Maybe just do it for buddies and beer???
Thanks Fellas.

Got something neat in the works for a cowl. Will post more pics as I go, but here are a few early on pics.

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Hurco550

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Got the headlight mount wrapped up that I will build the aluminum cowl around. I couldn't find a flush mount headlight like I wanted so I cut the mounting ears off of a klt200 headlight and turned up an aluminum retainer to mount it to a backing plate. It'll likely end up sitting about an inch forward as well as tilted a bit forward, but you get the idea. Now to start bending up and rolling out an aluminum cowl...
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Maritime

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Slick, I would have maybe done 2 screws on the mount to prevent bumps and vibration from making it want to move but with a cowl it may be a moot point.
 

Hurco550

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Yeah... There is going to be a top mount once the cowl is done. No way one bolt would do the trick.
 

Tanshanomi

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How are you handling beam alignment? Or is it just a case of bending the mount until it's not pointed at the sky or the pavement and calling it good?
 

Hurco550

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How are you handling beam alignment? Or is it just a case of bending the mount until it's not pointed at the sky or the pavement and calling it good?
I think the bottom mount may get changed out with a pivot and the top may be mini heim joints. I haven't 100% decided on that yet.
 

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Hurco this is great stuff man, skills to pay the bills and all that. Are you leaving the bike frame unpainted like that (please say yes please say yes)
 

Rider52

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When you change the mount, you will be very happy. I had a long cold ride home one night after a headlight decided to divorce itself from a motorcycle. Flimsy mount, a moderately heavy light and a lot of vibration created the perfect opportunity for failure. The trick light you whipped up is awesome! I'm planning to nominate that bike for Fuel Cleveland next year! So you now have a challenge to finish it!
 

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I'm planning to nominate that bike for Fuel Cleveland next year! So you now have a challenge to finish it!
Oh wow. I just saw a bunch of pics from that show. I've never gone, but would be humbled by a nomination if you think its got the stuff. I'm not so sure. There were a bunch of REALLY nice high end bikes there. Sounds like a worthy deadline for sure!
 

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I got the top end pulled apart and degreased about as well as I could in my hillbilly hot tank. Pretty sure if you walked in my garage a less informed person would've thought there was some "breaking bad" going on. They will get shipped out to @irk miller for vapor blasting. Once they are back, I should be set to get the motor put together. You can also tell the wife is at my in-laws. Nothing like rinsing the parts off in the kitchen sink..

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Of course you cant take a head apart without having to extract a few screws. The intake spigot is held on with two Philips head screws that are loc-tighted in. I think they are made to be assembled then never removed. A hammer impact nor extractors did the job. I ended up just having to drill the heads off.
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A tip I picked up a while back for grounding a welder on a susceptible surface to avoid arc strikes. Use a piece of copper cable stripped as a buffer between the ground clamp and the surface. It's saved me many a times where little arc spots aren't an option.
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This little chinese tig has paid for itself time and time again and in many ways, but bolt extraction is one of the biggest.
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