Yamaha "Make or Break" XS 750 Custom

2_DONE_THE_TON

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Hi Forum!

Its been a long time since I posted on this glorious forum.I have been busy with life and learning a bit of metalshaping.Along the lines of restoring a Honda CB 750 and making my workshop actually work I have been slowly but surely working on this custom Yamaha XS750 triple project.

My plan is to challenge myself with every bit of metal I put onto the bike.The bike will have steel, aluminium and brass parts depending on the usage and shape i want to reach.
Motor-wise I plan on making a nice reliable,896ccm triple engine with triumph CVK carbs and all the good bits, but the main focus for now will be slowly producing the metal-body.

I have been working with my english wheel for quite some time and I´m slowly acquiring more metal shaping tools for my workshop. A very steep learning curve indeed.
 

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What I am currently working on is the headlight, and the mount of the headlight which will lead into making the front fairing (brass material).
All the metal parts will be rubber mounted so will the mounts of the headlight will be.
Also the exhaust mounts will be silent-rubber-blocks.

I also started making rough photoshop sketches how the bike will look like in the end.
The plan is to make a nice sporty, good handling sport touring bike (no clip ons but normal smaller bars).
 

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Jimbonaut

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I agree - I love these metal fairings and would love to learn how to use the english wheel. Looking great man, more updates please!
 

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Hey Jimbonaut!Really not that hard to learn especially with aluminium.Will have to do some repair work too on this fairing side, I rolled the thickness from the alu from 1.5MM down to 0.5MM this is how strong the wheel can thin the metal.
Shaping brass is even more satisfying, malleable but not as easily tearable as aluminium.
 

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I have a bronze jewelry business and work a lot with metals, but casting them more than anything. Back in a different life I was a silversmith and spent my days hammering away at silver rings and bracelets, so maybe an english wheel is somewhere in my future! Love what you're doing here. Couple of years ago I bought myself a shaping hammer and a sandbag and had a go and shaping some steel panels for a bike I was working on which was fun, but levelling-up to the wheel is something I'd like to do too for sure.
 

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One of the challenges for this project wl be mounting or better 'hanging' the battery between the end of the motor and the rear wheel.
I want to use stock Yamaha xs 750 bar clamps since I am not allowed to weld in this area for making this bike street legal.
I also want to mount the battery box on rubbers but I am not sure how to connect all the moving parts.
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I have a bronze jewelry business and work a lot with metals, but casting them more than anything. Back in a different life I was a silversmith and spent my days hammering away at silver rings and bracelets, so maybe an english wheel is somewhere in my future! Love what you're doing here. Couple of years ago I bought myself a shaping hammer and a sandbag and had a go and shaping some steel panels for a bike I was working on which was fun, but levelling-up to the wheel is something I'd like to do too for sure.
If you want to have a go and see if its youre thing I would advise on taking a course at Wray Schelins workshop near Boston (www.proshaper.com).Amazing guy, great learning curve.Was there last October.
 

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So I have a few parallel focuses at the moment.

I am restructuring my workshop which is in a basement to fit my metal shaping needs.The basemeent was completely restored by me, it was in a terrible state a lot of mould.
I already established a welding area (with a self built welding table that has adjustable slabs of steel), 2 motorcycle tables on rolls and a workbench.
The idea is now to build a small room into the room as a grinding room, so I keep the dust in check (with a suction system).
One wall will have all my metalshaping tools (english wheel, kick shrinker and stretcher and a 5ton press i am currently converting to be a stretching/shrinking device).The wall will also have special lighting.

I am at the moment trying to figure out how much travel I have on the front forks.I used a ratched strap for this and tightened down the front end as hard as I could.I need to find this parameter our because I want to mount my brass headlight and build a fork fairing around it.
Maybe you guys can point me in the right direction if this is the way to go?
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