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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by KeithDommirider, Jul 31, 2007.
Yep Thanks, i think i might get me a pair of those in the near future!
I am afraid I am a Honda tragic.
Not only do I have a XR650R, I am also the owner of two NX650s.
The first one was a 89 model I bought off a friend for $1000 who sold it to me cheap knowing it was going to a good home. The other is a 92 that I bought for spares for $200.
I have had a few great rides on the 89, the last being the Scrapheap Adventure ride this year,a charity ride to raise funds for Down Syndrome. http://scrapheapadventureride.com.au/
A ride that was over 2400kms of back roads.
The Idea of the Scrapheap Adventure is to ride a bike that cost $1000 or less.
I had so much fun on the ride this year I am going to do it again next year. This time I decided to see if I could actually get the spares bike to run and ride it.
The poor old thing stood in the weather for years before I rescued it and dragged into my shed and it was in a sad state of disrepair with many parts missing, including the seat and a myriad of bolts.
It would turn over but it had no spark. I robbed a few parts off the good NX and soon worked out the CDI was no good as I got it to fire and run with the donor CDI.
We cut the blown CDI open and resoldered all the joints and it works fine now.
Many man hours later I took it for spin around my yard and she goes well and doesnt blow any smoke at all and there are no rattles!!
I decided to run a XR600 front guard on it just to be different and I am toying with weather to refit the fairing to it or run it naked for the Scrapheap Adventure
It is slowly getting closer to a proper shakedown ride in the near future.
Great stuff you get over there
I like the look of newer side panels with the older model fairings it streamlines it and makes it look newer.
I have come across a couple of issues mixing and matching.
As it was a 92 model the indicators were originally in the fairing, the earlier model had them coming off the headlight mount so there is no where to mount the front indicators as the later model headlight bracket doesn't have the mounting tabs for the indicators. The earlier model fairings don't fit the 92 model fuel tanks either, so I used an older tank, only to find then I had to use an older seat, which in turn causes the rear rack not to fit properly and the side covers don't want to fit neatly without modifications either!
All part of the fun!
Dom in the Manheim auction dec 4 located in Rocky if your interested?
Does anyone have some nice modifications on the Dominator?
Post en Pics
I got myself some, Hyperpro expension's drive's fucking great!.
And the front fender for a high acerbis model, looks also great [foto is in a reply above]
Thats the issue I have with my 88, I got a black Acerbis 23 litre tank for the facelifted RD02 but ran into the same issues as you with sidepanels and rear guard and rack.
I have got some of the later fairings with the indicators built in and a new headlight surround and sidepanels but now have to chase down the rear guard and later version rack!
They are all different colours as well so unless I want a Noddy bike I have to paint them.
Any ideas for a good paint scheme?
I have a set of plastics that I fixed and sanded, and a local body shop wanted $1200 just to paint them! So now I will be doing them myself. I don't have much experience painting but it can't be that hard can it?
Its all about the prep. Make sure everything is as perfectly sanded and filled as you can get.
Yep I heard that the paint is only as good as the foundation. I've filled all the holes and sanded the fairings to perfection, but people I've talked to have all tried to steer me away from painting it myself. Apparently a spray gun is very difficult to get even coats with? The extra fairings I have are so junky anyway, I feel like I should just give it a shot.
Given a choice between 1200 and a few rattle cans, I would get the cans every time.
Practice, sometimes shops sell rattle cans in odd colours cheap.
Buy a few of these and practice on some funny shaped objects so you know how to keep the correct distance from a curved panel.
Generally lots of thin coats work better than thick ones that run.
If you start with primer then the topcoats should be easier when you get to them.
I agree with Bounder here and as was mentioned, get the prep 100% PERFECT.
Any small blemish will look 10 times worse while painting.
Are you painting with an air gun or rattle cans?
I would paint with an air gun, for a hell of alot less than 1200$ you could get a compresor, paint and air gun set.
Do a few test runs on old fairings form a breakers.
Prime, paint then lauquer and there are some good youtube tutorials and write ups on this subject.
Keep doing the old fairings until you have them perfect then attempt the actual fairings!
Try on paint them in a warm dry day and store them in a dry warm area to dry.
Then have a drink!
Thanks for the advice! I priced everything out, and I can do it myself, I only have to buy the gun and the paint. The problem is its winter here in the northeast, but at the paint store they told me even 50 degree weather is acceptable for painting. What surprised me was when I tried to color match the original "Astro Blue Metallic" paint. for 1qt it was $361. Honda dealer had a similar price. Kinda makes me look at the NX in a different way now - I thought it was just basic blue paint! I did like the yellow Camel bikes from the Trophy Cup video, so maybe I'll do it yellow or something else. I'll think of something, but the next few weeks are going to be spent getting those fairings sanded perfect.
If Honda still made the fairings, I def would reconsider painting old ones. But even websites overseas that sell fairings, don't seem to have a complete set in the same color. So even if I bought brand new fairings, I'd still have to paint!
No prob love that camel job!
Has to be done 100% BLUE FRAME!
Seat in blue too!
I didn't get to the fairings yet, but these are finished.
No one has mentioned residue. Please be very aware that you MUST remove all residue from your fingers, hair, dog, etc, anything that has touched those panels will leave an oily residue. Get the proper products to clean it or be very sorry. Good luck.
I had my fairings repainted few years back and Astro Blue was impossible to get here, A very close match and to my eye a nicer colour is Ford Mallard Green metallic.
Spraying is easy, just do thin coats but make sure it looks "wet" as you cover. When it just turns wet it is perfect, the next second you hold the gun too still it runs. hope this make sense. Definitely wipe with a grease, wax remover before hand.