Can't buy one, so I built one!

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by CharlieT, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. CharlieT

    CharlieT old school

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    After the fairing the next big ticket was the tank. Found some nice metal ones very close to the original, but they were in the $800-1000 range. So I went with a much more reasonable option in glass. Close to the original in appearance. Got it from Airtech. Had nver gotten anything from them befoer and I was very impressed with their quality.

    I also was going to need a seat of course. For that I went to a company down in Florida that I had bought other seats for, Hotwingsglass. Very good quality and very reasonable prices.

    So here's a mock up with lots more things in place:

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    Seat and tanke set in place, front of fairing mount in progress, clip-ons on, and rear-sets in rough position. Wasn't easy finding the clip-ons for the darn 33mm forks. Lots of 32-34-35mm ones out there. As for the rear-sets, boy are folks proud of those things and price them accordingly. Found a set on eBay that were reasonable, but forgive me Pappa Honda, they are from a GSXR!!

    Speaking of rear-sets, had thought about welding on a couple of tabs and mounting a flat plate. However in looking at pics online and in my collection of coffee table books, I noted that on the factory bikes, they were all mounted on tubular mounts, either one piece curved or two-piece with the ends flattened and welded together. SO it was off to the scrap heap. THere I found a set of rear passenger peg mounts from a CB750 that we had cut off when we turned it into a street tracker. Just held them in position where I wanted the rear-sets, marked the length needed on each tube and then cut them off and welded them in place.

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  2. CharlieT

    CharlieT old school

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    BTW in the pic of the bike above,

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    You will notice a tube running from the steering head down along the edge of the tank.

    THis is a pic of the tubes just after they were installed. Was one of the more difficult items to find on the original bikes. The majority of pics of the RC GP bikes were action shots taken during races, not the best for finding details in the bike. Even stationary pictures typically had the fairings in place. Fortunately I came across a couple of pics taken of one of the bikes in the pits with the fairing and tank off. The tube is an apparently serving two purposes, as a frame stiffener and also a rest for the outer edge of the tank. SO it was off to the tubing bender.

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  3. adiablolex

    adiablolex Lost again

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    gold wing timing belt covers? :wink:

    great build
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  4. MODNROD

    MODNROD Decisions, decisions

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    I had a 70s CB500/4 with 4 open megs when in my "street hotrod" days.
    The look of shock on peoples faces when you went by was a sight to behold, and the yellow methanol fog at the lights was amusing when you were next to one of the "beautiful people" at the lights in their soft top.......:clap
    Just love the sound, makes your hair stand on end.
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  5. CharlieT

    CharlieT old school

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    Good eye there! Yup Goldwing covers and floor boards from another bike we built.

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  6. CharlieT

    CharlieT old school

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    Getting closer and closer to the end. Finished up bending the tubing and making the front fairing mount. Originally had tried mounting the tach off the top of the triple tree, but it didn't look right, SO bent a couple of pieces of tubing and welded up a mount that put the tach in a better position, both in terms of function and looks.

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    Fairing mounted, metal work for the fairing done, pipe brackets and hangers done. Finally found a front fender. Found it, surprisingly, at a motorcycle "swap meet' at the local hockey rink. You know, one of those traveling swapmeets, where admission is $10, $15 if you are not wearing black leather and there are more pieces of black leather in various shapes and styles to cover, or leave uncovered various areas of the human anatomy than there are motorcycle parts!! Where 90% of the actually bikes/bike parts are for older American V-twins.

    Well there between a row of leather thongs and ass-less chaps was a row of fenders. A few looked ot be close in width and curvature. The guy only wanted $20 for one, so I walked away with an unknown vintage front fender from a Harley Sportster!!!! Ended up to be a near perfect fit!!

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  7. CharlieT

    CharlieT old school

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    One of the last things was wiring. As there were no lights, just did away with the factory wiring harness for the most part and made one to fit my needs.

    Therear of the frame behind the shock mounts was cut off. A piece of tubing was bent and angled so that it would fit just inside the tail of the seat and be at roughly the same angle as the bottom edge of the tail. A piece of flat stock was welded in place between the loop to provide a hidden location for the battery and electronics. Another piece of flat stock was bent to give it the right height to serve as the brace/mount for the seat.

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    The only other electronics were an on/off switch and a push-button for the starter.

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  8. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    Sweet bike Mr T. I still can't believe I bought a 360 twin in 76 instead of the four. I'll have to get down to your man cave one of these days.
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  9. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    Nice build.
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  10. Storm Shadow

    Storm Shadow Thread Ninja

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    great read, you make it sound oh so simple.

    inspiring me to get off my arse to finish my cafe racer cd250 my self. although it is 430am in the morning after a long long night shift right now..
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  11. CharlieT

    CharlieT old school

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    Might as well get around to finishing the thread off. Pretty much all that was left to do was the painting and detailing. Headed down to the local NAPA store with the paint supplies. Thumbed thru some of their books and settled on a red and a silver that looked pretty close to the original colors. Both happened to be from early-mid-90's Ford Trucks!!

    tubing, mounts all painted black and fairing back on
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    btw, all the tubing for the fairing and for the frame stiffeners etc., were made using this old homemade tubing bender. No fancy equipment here.
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    The red and silver came out as a pretty good match to the original colors.
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    The numer plate back grounds are from plain large rectangular sheets of number plate vinyl. TO get the round shape and size.....just stuck a dinner plate on the sheet and traced around it.....a number *plate*!!
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  12. CharlieT

    CharlieT old school

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    So here it is in all its splendor.....one of the dream bike's of my youth...or at least my version of one.

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    Of course, I had to geta pudding bowl helmet and paint that to match the bike, too!


    Entered it in 3 bike shows that summer, including one of the biggest in the midwest....and took home three 1st place trophies. It was also selected to be on display over the winter in a public museum that was doing its own kind of "The Art of the motorcycle" thing. Here's a couple of museum pieces!!!
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  13. Cat Daddy

    Cat Daddy Cob Artist

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    I'm gonna take this empty seat in the back row and watch the progress. :lurk
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  14. joenuclear

    joenuclear Planning.....

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    Very nice! Thank you.
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  15. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    Nice job, Charlie! Looks great! Congratulations on the trophies! :clap
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  16. Skowinski

    Skowinski Eukaryote

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    I lived in Houston for a few years and raced a Yamaha SRX600 in CMRA. I had one of those Jemco reverse-cone megaphones on that bike, and it was LOUD! :lol3

    Very cool build, I am impressed. :bow
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  17. CharlieT

    CharlieT old school

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    I have another one my my FT500 ascot single....and you are right, they are loud.


    Now just imagine four of them :evil
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  18. CharlieT

    CharlieT old school

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  19. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    Awesome! Thanks for posting this.
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  20. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    Wonderful build! Thanks for sharing!
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