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Old 10-07-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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Default The Bottom Feeder. Shovel Build.

This is my first "ground Up" build.The wife has christened it "Bottom Feeder" because most of the parts have come from scouring the net and snatching up stuff others have discarded.
Here's day two, I didn't take a pic of the motor when I brought it home because i was so anxious to get it scrubbed and a peek inside and get the crusty rocker boxes polished. Speaking of polished, all of the parts shown in this thread were polished by hand. No buffing wheels, just files, sandpaper and Mothers.
This started nearly 3 years ago. I'd hoped to have it finished this spring but like so many others right now, money has been very tight. For now, I feel good knowing that it's still moving forward.
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Crusty Softy hub before/after. Wheels built: Buchanan spokes, 18" wm3 rear, 21" wm2 front:





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Risers. 1989 Yamaha YZ. Shaved sporty tree.



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Front MC 1992 Suzuki RM.



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Calipers, stock HD. Stripped, filed, sanded, polished.



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Fork legs. Shaved, -2" fork tubes.



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Building motor. Bottom already done (oil pump rebuilt, new gaskets, breather, shims, bushings, clearances checked, etc), jugs blasted and painted, heads assembled with new valve guides, valves.
I don't have tranny build pics. My ADD/OCD took over and as soon as I had it in my hands and it got worked over. It got some new internals, FX top, new covers, seals...





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Custom ordered. The gap between the top tube and the rear rocker box on most aftermarket frames bugged me so it took a while to get the numbers together. I wanted the top line as straight as possible and hug the rear rocker box and still be 30-0-0. They fookin nailed it.


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First slap together, I need to buy some more blue tape. Not sure about the tank, I have a couple more in mind. I won't decide until I get the others. The bars gotta go, too much rise and sweep.. plus, I can't cut them narrow enough to match the width of the pegs and still have room for the controls.


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New headlight.... don't think it's going to work.
I'm going to keep it as a reminder of the garbage you get from the net.


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Test fit another set of bars and the new headlight. These bars are perfect (third time's the charm) now they get narrowed and polished.

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I cleaned all of the logos off of the bars and after much agonising I've decided to put the polish beast back in his cage and leave the bars bead blasted. They look real nice and match the bead blast on the heads. The front end is getting a little over polished I think and a little bead blast here and there will tone it down a little. I may bead blast the calipers to match.

Edit: Polish beast is sitting in the corner grumbling... keeps saying something about the anodizing on the bars looks purple.

Edit #2 : Had a dream last night the the bike was finshed and I was pissed because the handlebars were purple... Mmmm... polish..


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Drilled the new bucket for idiot lights.

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She's a rollah!

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After months of agonizing over a tail light, like manna from heaven this little puppy popped up... it's perfect. I can't wait to make a mount for it.


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Great name, thats what I used to call my chevy...



Someone asked me if I was a proctologist and a gynecologist



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Fabbed up a couple fender tabs... I've gotta get a bench grinder.



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Fabbed up the tallight/plate mount. I actually got to use some semi-real tools (angle grinder,welder) but I still broke out the dremel for the hell of it. I actually managed to make this without cutting or burning myself.... I must be getting the hang of it. I did manage to grind a hole in my boot tho.



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Doing a little whitlin' on the fender.... looks like I'm gonna need a new rotary tool. She's been a loyal servant but I guess even loyal servants can only take so much abuse before they bow out.


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New oil tank. Or, for youse guys in Boston, new erl tank. Got it from Anything Goes. It's lovely.



Forgot to ask him to put in a bottom mount bung.... no problemo, got a spare.



I like it.


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Got this from Moore Sensible Products, cool beans.



But, where to put it?

Nope.

Not feelin it...

No way.

Ahhh yesssss....

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Kinky...




Like this:

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Battery box from Teach..


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Test fit pipes. Too long. Either cut them or get a shorter pair. Kinda dig the slash cut so I'll probably just go with a shorter set.


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Welding/Grinding time! She looks so pitiful...


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Man, these things are fugly. Sold as "polished" but it looks like it was just washed with some kind of shiny crap. Bought two, kept the better looking one.

Before:


After a little love (alumiweld,drill,sand,polish). Don't want it too perfect, just un-junk.:

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Finally got around to final shaping the lower tree. I cut off the steering lock tab and shaped/polished it a little. Came out ok. Now to finish polishing it and shorten the front forks then the front end will be done.

Before:



After:

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Take one (more) inch out of forks for a total of -3.


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Waiting for the frame to get powder, killed a little time making these for my outer bearing support.. Not too shabby for a hacksaw/file/hand drill job.


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Welding done on tanks, now for the filler. Oil tank got a bung for a bracket on the bottom, bungs for external site gauge, and the drain moved to the bottom (old drain hole filled).
Gas tank got four bungs for the rubber mounts on the frame, small mount for the kill switch, tail end capped, and a crack welded shut.
Hopefully, they will be a little prettier after paint...


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Oh the Madness...

Before:


Sandsandsandsand...


Polish...


Sand some more...


Polish to this (more polishing once on the bike):

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Welding complete on the frame, some final fitting then off to powder...

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Frame back from powda.... now the real fun begins!

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Lay her nose down....


Lay your ol' frame on top of her and slide your bolts in...


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One last mock-up before hauling her bits up to the garage for final assy.




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Great name, thats what I used to call my chevy...



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Agreed with vorhese, great looking skinny hotrod.

The license plate on the car is what they were referring to...BTMFDR
Oh and the chebby belongs to a kid in Reno now. You should see it finished........unbelievable.


Back to the bike at hand, no more distractions I promise!!!!
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Man I like this bike! I like that your running a disc on an 18" rear too.

Well done man.
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I like it. All that time polishing and you didn't touch up the cases or the heads?

And whose bars are those. I need a set...
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Nice work all around!

I agree about shorter pipes, I think it'll make a huge difference!
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I like it. All that time polishing and you didn't touch up the cases or the heads?

And whose bars are those. I need a set...
The bars are pro-tapers 7/8". I removed the crossbar. IIRC, they are for a YZ80. The cases got scrubbed and the heads bead blasted but I wanted them left sand cast. That motor is plenty pretty as it is.

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I agree about shorter pipes, I think it'll make a huge difference!
Thanks. I'm looking forward to trimming them, probably in the next few days.

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Well done man.
Thanks Sandman. The 18" and the modern hub was one of the things that was a must from the beginning. I just had to do a little research on how to get it done. I think it looks great with the skinnier (1.85") front rim.

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Great looking bike, and a nice build thread too. Good on ya!

Where'd you get the pipes from in the photos? I dig em, and may need a set...

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Where'd you get the pipes from in the photos? I dig em, and may need a set...
Thanks Hudson.
The pipes are from Paughco, they are their 40" drag pipes. I may sell them and buy a shorter set instead of cutting them.
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Test fit pipes. Too long. Either cut them or get a shorter pair. Kinda dig the slash cut so I'll probably just go with a shorter set.

How about shortening the rear pipe so it is in line with the frame like the front pipe?
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Like that idea, maybe bring the front back to before the bend so neither protrude past the frame.

Would make the slash cut opening right where the white rag on the floor is and the rear pipe would be above the rear axle-ish.
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I hear ya, I was thinking about the same give or take an inch. About 6-8" off. I like the long pipes but they clash with the short fender. Whatever I do, they will be equal length from the head to tail.
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Are you going to run a sissy bar?
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Nerp, I chose the 7MW fender because it was thick enough to fly solo.
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No struts? I won't crack off at the bracket?

Never seen one before...

I do live in a cave on a rock though....
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I've seen a few... The fender is rubber mounted tho, just in case.
Once she's running I'll see how much the vibes move the fender. I may take another inch or two off.
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I'm thinkin' this, but a bit darker:

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Mine is almost that color...
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Ya got a pickie bruddah?
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Nope. I love shovels and love new builds. I get a kick out of tossing ideas around and watching the whole mess come together.
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Aye.
The coolest thing is seeing it in the flesh and realizing how close it is to the picture in my head many years ago.
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I completely understand.
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3 years ya reckon?
You've come a long way man.
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Thanks my friend. Can't wait to get started on the next one.
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For what it's worth, I'd just trim the top pipe level with the back of the disc, so you can see all of the spokes and tyre, without being drawn to the disc.
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Thanks for the input rem.
My original (poorly done) photochop job had it cut just as you describe, with some nice ally ends, or, I may try my hand at slash cutting them with a chop saw. That way I could still use the slider channel.
I found it:



I've been working with a local machinist to make smaller discs and caliper brackets also. I'd like to get them down to 10".
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Default On her feet...

Finally. Wheels/front end done so she can finally stand on her own. Mocked up a temporary exhaust for inspection. Stock Harley Dyna 80db mufflers should pass.

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That is one clean looking bike! Very Nice!

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Old 11-21-2013, 07:48 PM   #67
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Cool bike
What kind of title do you get for a parts bike?
I have a similar project starting
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Who built your frame?
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Nice looking bike. I agree with you on the pipes. Your photo chop looks perfect. I assume that rear fender is aluminum?
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Looks like a Santee..
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What kind of title do you get for a parts bike?
I have a similar project starting
Thanks DL. It will be titled "special construction" here in Ohio. Big pain in the buttocks. Has to have mufflers (not just baffles) turn sigs, horn etc.

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Thanks Cursed. Yep, aluminum from 7MW. Very nice.
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Default Another old part...

This time from a mid '80s Yamaha Radian. I needed a union for my rear brake line. It will be mounted under the tranny so it doesn't need to be dolled up:



Yeh... right..

A little filing....



A little sanding...



And just enough polish to make it imperfectly perfect.

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That's a very nice looking build you have going there. Very clean!!!!!

It looks a lot like my Panhead Bobber!!!
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Hey Motocrash, I just read this whole thread, you have done some fantastic work cleaning up those parts, that must have taken ages and made your fingers bleed!!

I also loved the way you shaved the fork legs down but kept a front brake. We have to use a front brake and I feel it is usually an ugly addition to the build but that disc looks great.

That colour will be bitchin, is that candy cherry or cherry red or something like that?

What about the tank? Are you planning on keeping that? I think a tank with a less harsh look to the underside, softer would look great but thats just my opinion.

Keep the pics coming, loving what you've done so far.

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That's a very nice looking build you have going there. Very clean!!!!!

It looks a lot like my Panhead Bobber!!!
Thanks Tattoo. I'd like to see your Bob!

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Hey Motocrash, I just read this whole thread, you have done some fantastic work cleaning up those parts, that must have taken ages and made your fingers bleed!!

I also loved the way you shaved the fork legs down but kept a front brake. We have to use a front brake and I feel it is usually an ugly addition to the build but that disc looks great.

That colour will be bitchin, is that candy cherry or cherry red or something like that?

What about the tank? Are you planning on keeping that? I think a tank with a less harsh look to the underside, softer would look great but thats just my opinion.

Keep the pics coming, loving what you've done so far.

Cheers Dan.
Thanks Dan.
The color is an HOK candy burgundy. I'm still on the fence a little, leaning a bit towards something with a little more orange. Still looking at colors. The sporty tank wasn't my first choice. I tried a couple others but none seemed to fit the build as well so it stayed. It looks much better in person, the lines and the dimensions of the tank match other parts of the bike perfectly. I like a tank with a rolled bottom better but like I said, this just works. The front brake was a must from the start. I come from a racing background so I rely pretty heavily on them, I plan to ride this bike so I wanted some decent stoppers. It has been a bit of a pain trying to make it look decent tho. I finally just slapped it on and it turned out to be OK. I do agree, most bikes look better without. The choice of discs was based on my love of old sportybikes, many of them had similar hole patterns. Simple, effective.
Hopefully, now that the holidays are almost passed, the build will start moving again.

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Here you go. I just put a single headlight on it. I don't have a photo the way it is now but the lines are all but the same, Other than a few of your upgrades...


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Very nice Tattoo, I've always been a big fan of nice simple short chops. I like the touch of red... not too much, some bikes go a little overboard with it. I'd love the opportunity to do another Pan.
When I get a few minutes to myself I'm going to read your FXS redo thread, looks pretty interesting.
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Thanks for the input rem.
My original (poorly done) photochop job had it cut just as you describe, with some nice ally ends, or, I may try my hand at slash cutting them with a chop saw. That way I could still use the slider channel.
I found it:



I've been working with a local machinist to make smaller discs and caliper brackets also. I'd like to get them down to 10".
Motocrash,
If you'd like to go with a 10" disc set up, have you considered using stock 10" Harley stuff?

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If you'd like to go with a 10" disc set up, have you considered using stock 10" Harley stuff?

Geo.
Cheers Geo.
Yea, I'm looking into it. I have a newer rear hub with the bigger center so i have to open up the hole a little. I also have to engineer a bracket. There in lies the problem. To make a bracket that would fit a 10" I have to hang it under or on top since there isn't enough room in the "V" where the softy caliper is and that would defeat the whole hiding the caliper deal I was shooting for. I've been looking at smaller calipers that may fit in the space. Probably going to take a little fiddling but I think it can be done.
I have a feeling once this bike is done, it will never be. There will always be something I'll want to "fix".
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Very nice, I love the lines, love that color,
Hand polishing takes true dedication.
Keep the photos coming, love the inspiration.
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Very nice, I love the lines, love that color,
Hand polishing takes true dedication.
Keep the photos coming, love the inspiration.
Thank you 'Cruiser.
Not so much dedication as a bit of madness.
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Madness is not a bad thing.

I would be willing to bet that there is more than a few "mad" individuals enrolled here.
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I'd like to say at this point that I am mad and happy about it!
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def see the hours in there!!
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I would be willing to bet that there is more than a few "mad" individuals enrolled here.
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Aye, hours.... lots.... of.... hours....
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Well madness is spending ten/twenty or more hours making/modification a part, and getting it done and not liking it, putting it on the self, letting it set for a year or more, then pick it up again to "fix it," maybe with the same results.
And never regret, "wasting the time" doing it.
That is what most people consider mad, and most of us in here thrive on it and get enjoyment from it.

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Well madness is spending ten/twenty or more hours making/modification a part, and getting it done and not liking it, putting it on the self, letting it set for a year or more, then pick it up again to "fix it," maybe with the same results.
And never regret, "wasting the time" doing it.
That is what most people consider mad, and most of us in here thrive on it and get enjoyment from it.
The solution is to never put it on the shelf.
I have about 20 hours in the MC alone. 20 hours on a $25 part. I could have worked a day of overtime and bought just about any mc on the market but, it wouldn't be mine. Enjoyment indeed.
Much of the stuff most people will never see or notice, but I do every day.
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The solution is to never put it on the shelf.
I have about 20 hours in the MC alone. 20 hours on a $25 part. I could have worked a day of overtime and bought just about any mc on the market but, it wouldn't be mine. Enjoyment indeed.
Much of the stuff most people will never see or notice, but I do every day.

I understand where your coming from. I use to work many hours fixing or changing/cleaning a part that no one will ever see... Well that is until I started documenting it in a build thread..
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I normally think sporty tanks ruin a bike, but the lines on this one make it work. Keep up the great work!
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I'm happiest when I let the madman run amok.



Aye, hours.... lots.... of.... hours....
Thank you Wander.

Very clean machine. Soo clean, I'm not a slob in the shop but I'm not clean like that. .
"I am the happiest when I let the madman run amok."I love that. I'm stealing that line cause its soo true. Nice job. Great polished pieces
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I normally think sporty tanks ruin a bike, but the lines on this one make it work. Keep up the great work!
Funny how that works.... I've never been a fan of sporty tanks. When I started this build I planned on a narrowed, lowered mustang or a Wassell style peanut. I tried both and wasn't fuzzy about either. I had a sporty tank that I got from a friend so I slapped it on to see and at first I didn't like it. Out of curiosity I started cutting and welding on it and the more I worked on it, the better it fit. Now, I can't imagine it with any other tank. There are so many angles, shapes and dimensions that just plain fit. Seems like from just about any angle you look at the bike you see something that matches the tank.

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Very clean machine. Soo clean, I'm not a slob in the shop but I'm not clean like that. .
"I am the happiest when I let the madman run amok."I love that. I'm stealing that line cause its soo true. Nice job. Great polished pieces
Thanks Loffer.
This build is in my basement, I'm normally not much of a slob either but to keep the peace with the wife (keep the grief about $$ at a minimum) I have to be a little extra clean.
I added your blog to my faves, love that stretched Trump! Seems we have similar tastes in machinery... and (ahem) women.
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Jealous here Lon.
Looks hot dude. Sweetness aplenty.
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Jealous here Lon.
Looks hot dude. Sweetness aplenty.
Cheers
Thank you Tony, high praise indeed.
Your companionship on this ride has kept me honest. Oh, and I may need your help picking a color. I've been agonizing over it for several weeks. As much as I like red, I feel metal colors (blues,silvers,greys) when I look at it.

Cheers my friend.
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Sometimes I look at natural objects to be inspired by color.
I don't want to clutter up your thread so I'll edit these back out.



Type into goggle image some color combinations.
Like "ice blue" "silver grey" titanium" "blue metal" "nipple pink"
Bam. Exactly what I was thinking! Nipple pink?
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I'm feeling this a little:



Falls into the "ice blue" area. Not sure if I want to go solid, or fancy it up a little with some lighter colors.
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Sometimes I look at natural objects to be inspired by color.
I don't want to clutter up your thread so I'll edit these back out.



Type into goggle image some color combinations.
Like "ice blue" "silver grey" titanium" "blue metal" "nipple pink"
I like the idea of nipple pink. Although not for a bike color. I just like thinking about pink nipples, well really not just pink nipples, I like any color nipples, and of course I'm talking about girl nipples, not guy nipples.
But seriously , I have to agree with the rest , you've done a really nice job with this bike, should be really fun to ride when you get her done.
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I like the idea of nipple pink. Although not for a bike color. I just like thinking about pink nipples, well really not just pink nipples, I like any color nipples, and of course I'm talking about girl nipples, not guy nipples.
But seriously , I have to agree with the rest , you've done a really nice job with this bike, should be really fun to ride when you get her done.
Thanks KC.
I'm having a little difficulty googling "nipple pink"... for some reason I don't recall seeing any paint in the results and the wife is pissed at me.
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I always call them bubble gum pink nips . Their the best .
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Always been a fan of the brown ones myself.... easier to see in the dark.

Whenever I look at chrome I see the blue sky in the reflection, maybe that's why I keep thinking blue for this bike. Silver clouds and blue sky.
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:35 AM   #101
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Awesome build bro! You must have spent an ungodly amount of time polishing all those parts. Anyway I like the red color you were originally gonna go with, I think it will look kick ass with the black powder coated frame. Are you planning on leaving just the solid color or are you gonna add some type of graphics, maybe flames, pinstripe or other effects?
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Have you seen der dopplers?
It can look pretty. Lay some of that sparkle silver on the tank.
2 tone it with the blue. What the fuck do I know mate
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Have you seen der dopplers?
It can look pretty. Lay some of that sparkle silver on the tank.
2 tone it with the blue. What the fuck do I know mate
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Aye, Der Dopplers paint is spot on. I'm still torn on solid or. I've been looking for a paint job that grabs me either way. I'd like to have some sort of stripes, either in graphics or pin stripes.
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Awesome build bro! You must have spent an ungodly amount of time polishing all those parts. Anyway I like the red color you were originally gonna go with, I think it will look kick ass with the black powder coated frame. Are you planning on leaving just the solid color or are you gonna add some type of graphics, maybe flames, pinstripe or other effects?
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Probably going to stick with a solid color, I don't want a paint job that will add too much flash. From the very beginning I wanted this bike to be as understated as possible, the kind of bike that most would walk by and barely notice, hence the agonizing over the paint. I've found a few colors that I like on HOK's website, all more "organic" colors. Not the normal colors you would see at a bike show.
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Organic? Share please.
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I think catfish are pretty.
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Especially by bonfire or headlight...
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Especially by bonfire or headlight...
Now you're getting it! Those iridescent olives, silvers and golds. They're bottom feeders ya know.
The more I dwell on it, the more attracted I've become to darker colors.
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I kinda thought that's where you were headed...

it is the "bottom feeder".

Which one do you like the most? Have you seen the black gold?
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I think the color in my head will take a little experimenting to get it right, But in pics, these look pretty close:




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Sweet. , you must be talkin "flatheads" . We got a couple good holes around here ...

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The colors spot on especially when their in the water.. cool.

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Great looking bike. Absolutely love the attention to detail and finish work on the parts.
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Oh man, that's almost like toxic waste green dried....cool.
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Oh man, that's almost like toxic waste green dried....cool.
Aye.... the more I look at the bike, the less I want to make it 'showy'. I want the motor to be the focal point of the build (I'm a motorhead ).

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Leaning heavily towards this. Trying to steer very clear of the "chameleon" looking paints. I have a little time to decide tho, I'm still doing the mundane stuff (wiring, brake lines, etc.). I want to have it ready for inspection as soon as the weather gets decent so I can finish it by riding season.

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Feeble photochop attempt....

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hmmmm..

More blue maybe..or darker?
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Yeh... it didn't come out quite the color I'm thinking, I'm trying for a more olive-gold. I've found a few more that are close but it's hard to tell on the net. If you've seen a bullhead in the sunlight it's what I'm thinking. When I was a kid we used to catch bullheads in a lake by my house, everyone considered them less than a catfish and only slightly better than carp. I always thought they were beautiful.



Here's one with a bit more blue.


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"bit more blue"

that's my vote. That is a stellar color...

Yes I know what catfish look like. I'm from Idaho.
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The blue cats here are a lot more blue but I did the green..

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They call them bullheads up north...

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that's my vote. That is a stellar color...

Yes I know what catfish look like. I'm from Idaho.
I agree. The blue is very close (if not spot on).

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We have blues to. They are more of a grey-blue and get huge. Bullheads are a lot smaller, we caught yellow bullheads that maxed out at about 2lbs. They seem to thrive in some pretty nasty water, I think that's why most folks consider them junk fish.... not for the table. Blues and channel cats on the other hand, omnomnomnomnom.
Lowly little bullhead, not fit to eat and too small to be a good game fish.
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Yup the more blue color and a simple Harley Davidson early style on the side. Maybe in gold leaf or ?
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Im kinda partial to the one that matches the tank profile with red..

http://www.retrocycle.com/CustomChro...57_Harley.html
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I've been bouncing around ideas about what (if anything) to put on the tank. May go with a few simple stripes in a lighter color of gold, or a custom painted 'feeder logo. Leaning towards a logo.
I'll have to have my painter shoot some test panels, I have doubts that the colors on the web look anything like the finished product. I found another gold/green that I think is a lot closer, maybe a little darker tho.. or maybe.... not...


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Old 02-22-2014, 05:21 PM   #128
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The blue green one from above with a touch more gold? That one looks too yellow.

Skin the catfish and glue it then lacquer over it so it wont rot.
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The blue green one from above with a touch more gold? That one looks too yellow.
Agree... not quite "olive" enough.

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I feel bad enough just taking them off the hook.


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OK, I've been down the pub, but I think a simple straight colour would suit it. Red, white, blue, black or whatever - you're only painting the tank aren't you?

That said, I stuck a bright metallic blue Sporty king tank on my shovel project to see what it looked like and I'm seriously tempted to try and get that matched. Have you not trimmed that rear pipe to show the rim and tyre?
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I too noticed the long pipes...I thought we discussed this already.

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I drove on a desert road once and a snake passed the road in front of me so I stopped. Its underside was the most beautiful green/gold/metallic pearlescent color I have ever seen.
The sun hit it perfectly and I watched in awe as all 5 feet of it slithered across the 2-lane highway.
It was also probably deadly poisonous.
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I rekon it would look good Dark Metallic Maroon with Black Highlights and everything else polished.
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OK, I've been down the pub, but I think a simple straight colour would suit it. Red, white, blue, black or whatever - you're only painting the tank aren't you?

That said, I stuck a bright metallic blue Sporty king tank on my shovel project to see what it looked like and I'm seriously tempted to try and get that matched. Have you not trimmed that rear pipe to show the rim and tyre?
Aye, just painting the tank. I thought about painting the oil tank to match the gas tank but I think it looks better black, especially with darker colors.

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I too noticed the long pipes...I thought we discussed this already.

You're slackin!
Don't worry fellas, the pipes have already been cut. I'm using them with mufflers to get her through inspection then they'll (ahem) fall off and be replaced with a shorter set.

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The sun hit it perfectly and I watched in awe as all 5 feet of it slithered across the 2-lane highway.
It was also probably deadly poisonous.
IMHO, there's nothing more stunning than the yellow/green that some fish and reptiles sport.

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I rekon it would look good Dark Metallic Maroon with Black Highlights and everything else polished.

I found quite a few reds and blues that I liked but they just feel too flashy.... they're just not "bottom feeder" colors.
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I had planned on running the speedo off of an electronic pickup on the rear wheel but it looked too cluttered and added more wires so I added a drive gear to the tranny, slapped on a drive, ordered a short cable from Barnett and viola, Bottom Feeder's happy.

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Been playing with the photochop again...





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Not feeling real fuzzy about using the 11mm mc with the HD caliper, I scrounged up an old 14mm GSXR MC, filed, sanded, polished. A lever from a junk Honda TRX mc that I had in my stash was neutered, slimmed down, shortened and polished to more closely match my clutch lever.



Still agonizing over paint, silver is really starting to grow on me. Saving up my pennies.... when I get enough I think I might give Rich (Ryzart) a call....

I SO dig this...








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Hey Lon, don't worry about it.
I think I have a bike project too.
It looks good paint or none.
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Cheers Tony!
I'm beginning to think our bikes are somehow cosmically joined so that one cannot be finished before the other and I was smited (smote?) for trying to finish it too soon.
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Nice job I like it.
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Take yer time....hurry.
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Sweet little bike.

I took the liberty to 'fix' this for you...

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nice build with some interesting details

can't wait for updates
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came across this bike that is for sale here locally that fits the catfish color you were looking for!





the ad says that its "green metallic with gold pearl and egshell clearcoat"
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Oooooohhh. That is catfishy.

Maybe a tad more blue, just a tad.
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Now that the weather has turned crappy, I don't mind so much that it isn't at least at the painters. The delay has given me time to re-think a few things, things that were a bit rushed and would have been changed eventually.

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Thanks Thomas. Going to do my best.

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came across this bike that is for sale here locally that fits the catfish color you were looking for!.
the ad says that its "green metallic with gold pearl and egshell clearcoat"
Those invaders...... lawd have mercy....

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Oooooohhh. That is catfishy.

Maybe a tad more blue, just a tad.


I found an HOK color that I liked, but after spraying a test panel and seeing it in the sun it just didn't give me the vibe I was looking for. Sprayed another panel in a silver that looked somewhat steel-blue (blue catfish blue ) and it spoke to me. If the money situation gets better, I'd be ok with some Ryzart slathered on her. Rich's stuff blows me away. Unfortunately, I now have more time to decide.
Still wrapping up some of the smaller (inexpensive) stuff. Made brackets for the rear brake junction and breaker box, the aforementioned front MC, and started on the harness.

Thanks for watching guys and, thanks very much for the support.

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I like it too, great build.
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I like it too, great build.
Thanks Dan. I just checked out your Trump... great job and congrats. I love loop frames. Seeing the first pics reminded me how much I wanted to put a short girder on the bottom feeder before the funds got slim. Maybe......

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OK Crash,
I gotta tell you, I'm a triumph guy, 56 T-bird, 68 Bonnie. But I like the F outa your bike! I would be proud to own that jewel!
I can appreciate all the polishing.
And you and I are somewhat in common in that we don't have a lot of the tools that make doing this easier. Kind of like being blacksmiths. Just makes the finished product that much more special.
Keep up the art, brother! That is one smokin' Harley! Mike
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Thanks Mike!
I would be lying if I said that this build wasn't influenced by many a Triumph.
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pick a color, any color!

yule time updates?
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Not a whole lot going on right now, sorry.
Making a few small parts and getting ready paint. Will be rolling again real soon. Found an old vice that I've been getting back to usable condition so I won't have to stand on stuff to drill/grind on them anymore.
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Unfortunately, not a whole lot to catch up on my friend....

I got the brake lines on and tested the smaller RM master and with DOT4 brake fluid it feels pretty good so I'm sticking with it. It's a lot smaller and fits the build better than the gixxer MC IMHO.
Got a bunch of wire and connectors laying on the floor next to it so the loom will be next.
I bought one of Bison's Bird catchers and am in the process of making a rudimentary filter to go under it (pics soon).
I sent the seat back to Doug Haifley to have it re-shaped and re-covered. I have it mounted so low that it was hitting the frame when the springs compressed, and, I decided to go with a smooth cover. I love the rolled cover but I think a smooth one will fit the build better.
The tank is getting a bit of work done so the 'Feeder is pretty much nekkid right now.
All pretty mundane stuff. Looks like it will be wrapped up in the next few months.... if I can decide what color to paint it.

I think the slow down (lack of funds) has been a bit of a blessing. It's allowed me to go back and re-do some of the stuff I wasn't 100% on board with. I'll post some updates/pics as soon as she's back in one piece again.

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I know the color will be perfect. Thanks for sharing the build, I am enjoying since mine are not.
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amazing dedication to polishing! i like toothbrushes and handcleaner...
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That's how I got my grimy engine clean!
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Don't you teeth git durty......
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Nah.... I use the wife's toothbrush.
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Ummm....

In the midst of making the wiring harness (boring) I figured I pause and make a clutch cable or two......

The Honda-Davidson clutch cable.

1. Buy brandy-new clutch cable.



2. Measure once... cut twice. (I think it's supposed to be the other way 'round)



3. New ferrule.



4. Makin' ends...



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(continued)

5. Dip home made cable end into home made ($2) solder pot.



6. Harley clutch cable, Honda CR250 lever/perch.

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LOOKS NEAT, SOLDER POT/
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Finished dolling up the carb. There's a rudimentary filter behind the Bison Bird Blocker.



Sorry no other updates. She's in the garage now getting reassembled and touched up. Making a secondary harness for the "must haves for inspection". Boring stuff really.
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I like it, use what you got, massage it and make it work... who cares what it came off of as long as it looks at home where it ends up and you certainly pulled that off.
"Neutered".... cracked me up... lol

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great build so far. I dig that cover on your CV carb. Who made it?
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Very cool. Glad you are still at it.
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I like it, use what you got, massage it and make it work... who cares what it came off of as long as it looks at home where it ends up and you certainly pulled that off.
"Neutered".... cracked me up... lol
The front master has been changed (again). I couldn't warm up to the Gixxer master, and the little RM master was so powerful it made the caliper flex with just one finger and had zero "feel". It now has a Honda TRX 13mm squeezer. I had to make a lever out of an old fourtrax lever I had lying around, came out pretty good. The TRX is a bit bigger, but has much better feel. It's the same master I used on my last few supermotos so I already had some parts for it. I'll post a pick when I get rolling again.



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The cover came from Biltwell. I think it sits pretty well with the rest.

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Aye, still at it. Med bills really put this behind but hopefully it'll get wrapped up here soon.
Thanks for hanging on for the ride!
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Looks like a Biltwell
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Front master cylinder part trois.
Back to the old stand-by TRX450r mc. Made a new lever out of an old one.

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Sorry, not much else to report. Finished building it back into a motorcycle, just patched and seal the gas tank getting ready for paint. As soon as the oil tank gets back I'll put it all together for picks, then off to paint!
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Awesome! Glad its coming back together...


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Still working on a final color.... but, here's a hint:

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Cat......fishy? I know it will be purrfect.
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Sorry slow to update this, the job and issues at home have kept me from spending a lot of time here and in the garage. New bars and controls added, not too fuzzy about the TRX master cylinder.... may go back to the GSXR or do a little modifying to the TRX. The TRX master looks a lot bigger in pics than it does in person, but I think I can work it a bit to make it better. Got all the mandated stuff added, most will "fall off" after inspection. I have a post inspection exhaust also. Just can't warm up to the shotgun style. Still working on a paint job.

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Bought some uber-cheap chrome plated aluminum risers. Ground off all the chrome, rounded them off a little, shortened them by about 3/8", and polished them.


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Nice detail on the levers, looks good for just a few holes. I notice you have indicators there. Is that a personal choice or is it law in Ohio?
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LOL. Every time I see "I like it" I hear Jim Carry from dumb and dumber, or this dude: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB59cmgoD2M

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The levers weren't drilled originally. The lever for the brake looked much bigger than the clutch so I drilled them to make it look smaller.
To get it titled in Ohio you have to have indicators, horn, mufflers (not just baffles), mirror, etc. Most of this stuff can "fall off" on the way home. The law doesn't require turn sigs, and you normally won't get in trouble with a loud exhaust unlees the cop wants to be a dick (or you are). If you get stopped they may give you shit if you don't have a mirror tho. I have 2 mirrors, one for inspection, on for after.
Digging the blown trip biuld Dan. Added my vote for the tank.

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Ha, I saw your post, I like your ideas.

Yes I guessed you drill the lever. Its the little ideas that make a build. I love the idea of "bits falling off"

I follow this post with interest. Looking forward to seeing some tear down pics!

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Yes I guessed you drill the lever. Its the little ideas that make a build. I love the idea of "bits falling off"

I follow this post with interest. Looking forward to seeing some tear down pics!

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Me too!
I've decided on colors, and a basic scheme, I just have to bounce some ideas around with the painter. Now, to find the time.
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Wait!!! You did decide on colors?

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Yes colors..... sort of. More like a general pallette, I still have to see them in person. Hopefully, I'll be able to make a run by the painters to see what we can come up with. He and I both are pretty busy this time of year with fam stuff.
Remember this? Well, this cat looks very much like one of mine, the asshole of the bunch. Love the black and golds. The painter does a lot of flames and a lot of lace too. I was trying to steer clear of flames but, who knows.

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Gold cat eyed colored flames over catfish brown goldishblue?

Oh hell yeah!
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So much good work in here! Nice job mate, can't wait to see the colour!!!
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Thanks 'trash!

I have a bit of time off next week so I'm going to try running the tank by the painter.
Still changing things that I'm not fuzzy about. Changed bars again... went with plain ol' drag bars this time. The ergos are better, and they seem to add a bit of attitude. I've never been a huge fan of drag bars but, like the sporty tank, they fit this build pretty well. I bought a pair of $20 for mock up, now I have to find some with better chrome (or stainless) that have the same dimensions.
Hopefully, the next time I post on here it will be pics of a freshly painted bottom feeder and not so mundane shit.
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HOK Orion Silver with a touch of Galaxy Gray....

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Ooooooh..... Yup, that works.

Kinda suspect its even better in real life.
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.... base coat.
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Old 08-07-2016, 12:43 AM   #191
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Wait, what?!!!

Oh the suspense... What is the clear mixed with, or straight?
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Old 08-07-2016, 12:57 AM   #192
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I gave in. I'm letting the pianter have his way with it. I'll have a little input of course, but it'in his hands. He came up with something that I think will not kill the rest of the bike.
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Old 08-07-2016, 01:41 AM   #193
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Ill try to be patient....try.
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Old 08-07-2016, 07:35 AM   #194
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Well.... at least one of will be then. I'm still agonizing over it.
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Old 08-09-2016, 03:44 PM   #195
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Old 08-09-2016, 03:54 PM   #196
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I like it, kind of a tribal thing going on.
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Old 08-09-2016, 04:12 PM   #197
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I like that Steve is keeping me in the loop, I think he could tell that I'm still apprehensive about the whole idea of painting it anything other than a solid color. In the end, I basically told him the stuff I wasn't fond of and let him go at it. I still feel a bit nervous about the whole thing tho... I think I just got used to seeing it bare metal (and rust) and it sort of became part of the bike.
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Old 08-09-2016, 04:24 PM   #198
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Hmmmmm.
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I feel ya...
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Old 08-10-2016, 12:14 AM   #201
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Love the lines. I am currently painting, can I ask what type of paint you are using?

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