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NoRiders

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It's starting to look like a bike haha!
The seat unit is very similar to the one I chose. I made a simple padded seat out of 2mm alloy and 15mm yoga mat, doubled up to 30mm and then pro upholstered in blue suede...came out nice.
 

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briandk

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It's starting to look like a bike haha!
The seat unit is very similar to the one I chose. I made a simple padded seat out of 2mm alloy and 15mm yoga mat, doubled up to 30mm and then pro upholstered in blue suede...came out nice.

Nice! Good shape on the seat and not too thick. I am debating if I should get an actual seat made and upholstered or just run a piece of foam cut to size and glued on. Still not sure :)

How did you mount the fiberglass to the frame? Bolts hidden under the upholstery?




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NoRiders

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Nice! Good shape on the seat and not too thick. I am debating if I should get an actual seat made and upholstered or just run a piece of foam cut to size and glued on. Still not sure :)

How did you mount the fiberglass to the frame? Bolts hidden under the upholstery?




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Thanx...the yoga mat comes in various colours and can be shaped to look quite neat using 60-80grit sanding, the mat is rubberised and waterproof so could be used raw.

The seat pan is 2mm alluminium simply cut to shape and formed to follow the glass unit. I fixed/glassed/screwed in two timber subframe bearers to have it sit at the correct height (to align the seat unit and tank line) and recycled a subframe bridge (off my CBX550 project) to form a rear end brace, the two bridge feet sit in channels (which will be welded, cut from a drawer roller slider) so the seat can't move sideways. I then formed a raised rear mount (out of a bathtub support foot) and held with a single Deus clip. The front of the seat pad had to clear the rear tank mount, so I formed a 'mouth' from a cut up ear defender which worked a treat :)
The seat pad will be attached to the seat unit using acouple of strips of h/d velcro.
There will be a keyed switch mounted in the seat unit, with a quick release wire for when I need to remove the seat.
Hope this helps?
 

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briandk

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Spooned some Heidenau k60 scout tires on. 4.00 on the front and 140/80 on the rear.

First time I tried fitting tires on anything but bicycles and it was hard and frustrating and I ran out of beer but I managed in the end. Only broke one inner tube.




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ex119x

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The front end looks pretty raked out to me. Maybe it is an optical illusion, but with a lot of rake and the big front tire it might be a handful to get to turn. You might get away with raising the rear a little with longer shocks, but your swingarm angle looks pretty good as it sits.
 

briandk

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The front end looks pretty raked out to me. Maybe it is an optical illusion, but with a lot of rake and the big front tire it might be a handful to get to turn. You might get away with raising the rear a little with longer shocks, but your swingarm angle looks pretty good as it sits.

Part of it is that I’m missing the nut that sits above the upper steering stem bearing, so that one doesn’t actually sit down in the race. This makes the stem not centered in the steering tube and changes the rake. Hopefully when all the parts are there, it’ll be a bit more sensible - I like turning :D


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I will probably go with slightly longer rear shocks under all circumstances though. These are loaners and I need new ones anyway.


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briandk

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Spend a bit of time with the glue puller trying to remove the worst of the dents.

It needs more and I havn't really started on the large ones on the underside. But since it’s an aluminum tank, it’s quite a bit harder, steel just kind of springs back. Still, I am happy about the initial results.

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Oh yeah, that's coming along nicely. Great improvement.
 

NoRiders

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Maybe annealiing the tank will soften the alloy? Probs need to take it to a powdercoater to use their oven, or perhaps local flamed heat might work?
 

briandk

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Quick Photoshop to see how it would look with a number board and dual LEDs. Would prefer a single but I can’t find any combined low/high beam LEDs that are not ugly or too long. I am a bit worried this might break the style a bit and look too modern.

Yay or nay?

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NoRiders

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Personally...nay. You're right, it's too modern for the overall era/style of the bike and the way you're taking it. I wrestled with the headlight, small Bates style, round and built into a small fairing/deflector or a headlight cowl type thing. Ended up with the cowl as I liked a speedo my lad donated. But, go with what you like, it's your bike :)

The bars look ace :)
 

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briandk

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Thanks for the input on the lights.

I pulled the trigger on them and will see whenever they arrive how it works in reality.

In the meantime, I had an hour to spare and using it to do a bit of fabrication. I was missing both the speedo drive and all front wheel spacers. The bike-right side spacer was unavailable from cmsnl and kedo, so instead I bought two speedo blanking spacers. I used the left side as is to fill out the void from the missing speedo drive and then popped the other one in the lathe and turned it down so it would fit instead of the missing spacer and dust cap.

Result:


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