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Old 08-15-2011, 02:37 PM   #1
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really like the featherbed frames so that's the basic start of this long road.. got lucky to have a guy loan me an atlas thinline frame for a week to let me measure and make form jigs and yesterday after a day of scrap i got one side bent up!....so here's the start of a long road......any suggestions along the way chime in!
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well the metal is flyin today! got the other side of the thinline done and figured i would bend up some 4130 for a wideline..can't do that rear kink in the 4130 so wideline it is for that material..here are the pics
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Dude. When you post pictures, please hit the "enter" key between images. What you've posted looks to be the start of a nicely done frame, but it's nearly impossible to look at.
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got it sorry...
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I'll be watching this.

Wat we need is drawings, dimensions, thickness. What did you bend that with?
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Wat we need is drawings, dimensions, thickness. What did you bend that with?
...also, what motor do you have planned for it?
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Old 08-15-2011, 04:24 PM   #7
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Seems like a really great start! Keep us posted
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WOW. Awesome start so far. After building a slimline out of 4130 myself, I can truly admire the work you are putting into this.
Must be lucky having a buddy to get frame dimensions from...

What motor do you plan on running?
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don't know what motor yet..i have none yet..thinline is 1.25 x .120 wall DOM wideline is 4130
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Whoa - are you going true to stock dimensions or altering it in any way? I'm definitely eager to see to fruition - especially if you end up going custom and getting nutty with the end result. A daunting task indeed!
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Whoa - are you going true to stock dimensions or altering it in any way? I'm definitely eager to see to fruition - especially if you end up going custom and getting nutty with the end result. A daunting task indeed!
as true as you can get with a "faro arm" computer measuring device and a used 50 year old frame...
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as true as you can get with a "faro arm" computer measuring device and a used 50 year old frame...
Oh wow that is pretty accurate!
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Awesome.
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Yes , jealous.
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as true as you can get with a "faro arm" computer measuring device and a used 50 year old frame...
Holy crap - you aren't messing around! A friend of mine uses that in Australia for reverse engineering his old parts and making repops! He got lucky and a prototyping firm went out of business and sold their gear for cheap - it's been a boon for his work. Wow - now I really can't wait to see where this project leads. So far so good but it'll only get better!
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Nice work, seems to be going quickly. Very interested to see you add/make parts. Good luck with the rest
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Amazing talent. Please post more.
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:22 PM   #22
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Super job! It's refreshing to see fabrication talent that goes beyond the oridinary weld on hardtail.

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Old 08-23-2011, 05:40 PM   #23
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no motor yet just a case i had layin' around



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Very interesting, in for updates.

Just my opinion, but I think that that frame needs a bit more of a substantial engine plopped in there. There is too much negative space. Great work thus far though.
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I've never seen a Ducati in a featherbed, just sayin'...
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I've never seen a Ducati in a featherbed, just sayin'...

IMHO there are a few good reasons for that. Top two being I don't see the engine fitting the frame very well, and Ducati made frames that worked pretty well as is.

Basically I don't see the point of that excercise other than just to be different, which is ok I suppose but not my cup of tea. FWIW if I were going to build a featherbed style framed bike, it'd be Sportster powered...
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Just my opinion, but I think that that frame needs a bit more of a substantial engine plopped in there.
*cough*

Yeah, I know the motors are hard to come by, maybe someone will leave one on the curb for you.

Whoa, look at that kicker arm!

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*cough*

Yeah, I know the motors are hard to come by, maybe someone will leave one on the curb for you.

Whoa, look at that kicker arm!
We can only hope for that kind of surprise.

Notice the mock up of the (not a Ducati) engine and the set-up on the Norvin...
both right side drive.

coincidence?

I'll try not to get my hopes up TOO much.
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i can only wish haha
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We can only hope for that kind of surprise.

Notice the mock up of the Ducati engine and the set-up on the Norvin...
both right side drive.

coincidence?

I'll try not to get my hopes up TOO much.
He didn't use a Ducati for a mock up, I don't know what it is.

I was just suggesting that for someone.
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IMHO there are a few good reasons for that. Top two being I don't see the engine fitting the frame very well, and Ducati made frames that worked pretty well as is.

Basically I don't see the point of that excercise other than just to be different, which is ok I suppose but not my cup of tea. FWIW if I were going to build a featherbed style framed bike, it'd be Sportster powered...
Why, it's been done. That's why I suggested a Ducati.
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haha thats a 305 dream case!!!!!
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:10 PM   #33
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:14 PM   #34
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Wow, this'll be a proper Triton then.
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:20 PM   #35
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The old british pre war jap v-twin engines fit nicely and are not done that often , one of those would be something really special.
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don't know what motor yet..i have none yet..thinline is 1.25 x .120 wall DOM wideline is 4130
All production Featherbed frames were mild steel, both Thinline and Wideline. Only the Manx Featherbeds, which were Wideline, were Reynolds 531, and they were not quite the same as the production frames - no castings, no steering head gussets, different swingarms etc.

edit - Sorry, I also wanted to say you're doing a hell of a job recreating one of the best frames ever made. I've had a NorBSA and a Triton, you're going to love it.

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All production Featherbed frames were mild steel, both Thinline and Wideline. Only the Manx Featherbeds, which were Wideline, were Reynolds 531, and they were not quite the same as the production frames - no castings, no steering head gussets, different swingarms etc.
+1 , the bend radius under the seat was 8" also and looks better imho.
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Very nice. Would you consider making these for sale? They are bit bit tough to find these days.
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Yes, exactly! These frames are definitely hard to come by. And it seems like it might be a stateside thing. I feel like they must find a bunch of them across the pond. Anyways, the frame is looking great! Any ideas on the tank, seat, clip-ons?
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Not all that hard to come by.

Try www.manxnorton.co.nz Some of the best in the world. And not all that expensive.
Ideal motor to put in there ??? Ironhead Sportster. Ask me how I know.
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WOW!!
that is crazy.....cant wait to see it finished
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That this is beautiful. Can't wait to see your build.
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Great project.
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Try www.manxnorton.co.nz Some of the best in the world. And not all that expensive.
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I'll bite, how do you know?

And yes newly made featherbeds are not hard to find.
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Yes, exactly! These frames are definitely hard to come by. And it seems like it might be a stateside thing. I feel like they must find a bunch of them across the pond. Anyways, the frame is looking great! Any ideas on the tank, seat, clip-ons?


haha next one.......
manx style tank, seat, and clip ons..gonna try and make all....this frame is accurate to the 1967 atlas slimline i had for measurement...but i am now set up to make them in 1/4inch increment widths to accommodate different engine finial drive chain clearances...i am hoping to sell the basic frame tack welded in my frame jig soon...



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I've wanted a featherbed since I first read Rockers! when I was in high school. Looks great, can't wait to see the finished product.
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And yes newly made featherbeds are not hard to find.
'Cause that's what I put in mine !

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Youve got some good stuff going on here. Keep it up!
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'68 XLCH in a slimline. I never finished it, got bored, and passed it along. A wideline would have made for a much nicer fit.

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Wow, such an amazing jig! I was actually wondering if maybe you could pm me the dimensions of the jig? I would love to try my hand at making one of those up! If it's too much to ask then it's fine by all means.

This is looking great! That engine will be amazing inside of the frame too. One of my favorite things in the world is a Harley Cafe. Something about the mixing of the two... Really can't wait to see more of this build! Keep us posted!
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Yeah, this thing looks wayyy better than mine. I didn't have the bigger radius dies for my bender.

I would kill for some proper dimensions so I can make another one in the future that'll look better.
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Wow, such an amazing jig! I was actually wondering if maybe you could pm me the dimensions of the jig? I would love to try my hand at making one of those up! If it's too much to ask then it's fine by all means.

This is looking great! That engine will be amazing inside of the frame too. One of my favorite things in the world is a Harley Cafe. Something about the mixing of the two... Really can't wait to see more of this build! Keep us posted!
the frame jig is mostly 2x2 .120 wall and the base is 5x2 .188wall...base is 36x24 and the sides are 25x48 ...oh and btw the first one will be the triumph pre unit then the ironhead....
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Looking great! Thanks for the dimensions too. That one piece hard tail is sweet too, what's the bend on that? Can't wait to see more!

Also, that looks like an XS650 frame if I am not mistaken...?
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I know that they are readily in the UK and Australia, but with shipping and the exchange rate, a frame made in the US could be a good bit cheaper than having one flown in. Billyfly, I really look forward to seeing how this turns out.
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The Tubing work on that alone is sick!
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Looking great! Thanks for the dimensions too. That one piece hard tail is sweet too, what's the bend on that? Can't wait to see more!

Also, that looks like an XS650 frame if I am not mistaken...?
3inch radius on the hardtail no stretch ... yea you are correct xs650..
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Old 10-09-2011, 08:23 PM   #65
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just noticed this thread, awesome work! did you notch the frame tubes goin into the steering head after you bent them? seems like that would be difficult, not that i would know how to do it any other way.
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Old 10-10-2011, 07:56 AM   #66
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just noticed this thread, awesome work! did you notch the frame tubes goin into the steering head after you bent them? seems like that would be difficult, not that i would know how to do it any other way.
yes after...took a while but figured a relatively easy way with a hole saw set up...turn out dead on
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:26 AM   #67
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:24 AM   #68
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In post #58 what is that rear wheel ?
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What makes the featherbed frame so good?




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Old 10-13-2011, 08:49 AM   #72
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Old 10-13-2011, 10:07 AM   #73
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when you're interested in selling the jigged/tacked frames, i'm interested... the last thing i need is yet another project, but at the same time i have a need to collect projects...

beautiful so far! THIS is an awesome thread for JJ...
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when you're interested in selling the jigged/tacked frames, i'm interested... the last thing i need is yet another project, but at the same time i have a need to collect projects...

beautiful so far! THIS is an awesome thread for JJ...
i can now so pm me...frame tacked together like this 400...head stock will not be cut because of the many different kinds that could be used..

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Man, love those featherbeds... Is the CB77 wheel from a parts bike you had? Or did you get it separately? I only ask because I am looking for the carburetors for a CB77 and if you had them, well I would be very interested in purchasing. Let me know!

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Man, love those featherbeds... Is the CB77 wheel from a parts bike you had? Or did you get it separately? I only ask because I am looking for the carburetors for a CB77 and if you had them, well I would be very interested in purchasing. Let me know!

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Ah, thanks for letting me know. The engine mock up looks great! Those brackets turned out really well.
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Old 10-20-2011, 02:47 PM   #80
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Do the serrated sections used to make the joint have a name, and are they available somewhere or do they have to be fabricated? I have a frame that uses them for footpeg mounts, but they have been damaged. I'd like to cut off the old ones and weld on new ones, but I'm not even sure what they're called to search for them...
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The featherbed was said to be the best handling frame of it's time, couple that with the power of the Triumph 650 which was the most balanced egine with respectable power, and it just made for a really great motorcycle.
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Do the serrated sections used to make the joint have a name, and are they available somewhere or do they have to be fabricated? I have a frame that uses them for footpeg mounts, but they have been damaged. I'd like to cut off the old ones and weld on new ones, but I'm not even sure what they're called to search for them...
they're from old 60's hondas foot rests .... this was off a honda 305 super hawk..they're 1" dia 15 teeth...
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side project .. tired of pushing cycles up steps
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Very clever!

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Old 10-23-2011, 10:18 AM   #86
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another side project keeping me from the featherbed....ahh kids!
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That is one good looking frame can't wait to see it finished.
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Nice design and fabrication! Your front motor mount is different from a standard featherbed but should work well. What type of silent blocs, bushings or bearings did you use on the swing arm??
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Nice design and fabrication! Your front motor mount is different from a standard featherbed but should work well. What type of silent blocs, bushings or bearings did you use on the swing arm??
a roller sleeve bearing set up for an xs650
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This is probably going way off-topic and deserving of its on thread, but I'd love to know about that stair lift - especially the part where the platform meets the rails. Two pair of rollers - above and below the rail??
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:55 PM   #93
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This is probably going way off-topic and deserving of its on thread, but I'd love to know about that stair lift - especially the part where the platform meets the rails. Two pair of rollers - above and below the rail??
yep! you got it..
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What are those top shock mounts made from, tubing or solid?
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Very Nice Billyfly. I have wanted one of these frames for a while now I may be hitting you up in the spring. I had to laugh at the lift , if i had stairs that wide bringing a bike up would be easy Its a normal 32-36" wide staircase that makes it really tough...
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tubing 1x2x.120wall
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:52 PM   #101
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Lovely work billyfly , you have a ready made business there making replica featherbed frames for the latest craze, cafe racers. I wish i had the room you have to work. Well done.
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thanx ...finally doin what i like!
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:28 PM   #105
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Beautiful work! I am interested in buying a featherbed for a K model engine that I have. I live near Pittsburgh, so it's not that far from Philly. If there is any chance of that happening, let me know. Thanks, Mick michaelcore98@yahoo.com
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:13 PM   #110
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Looks good man. Nice work.
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What exactly would it take for a person to be able to generate MSOs?
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:55 AM   #113
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Very interesting projects. Nice work!
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What exactly would it take for a person to be able to generate MSOs?
in PA..for new construction you only need MSO for the things you didnt make...for the things you make you need bill of materials for the things used to make it...i supply bill of materials YOU used to make this frame....
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Holy shit, the painted version is beautiful. Thank you for not putting "Triton" text on the tank.
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Holy shit, the painted version is beautiful. Thank you for not putting "Triton" text on the tank.
haha to many Asian parts on it to do that!
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I know it was a few pages back, but I'm wondering what swingarm you used. It looks like it might be off a Commando but I'd like to know for sure.
Featherbed swingarms are pretty narrow at the front and make for a real tight fit even with a 110 tire.
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I know it was a few pages back, but I'm wondering what swingarm you used. It looks like it might be off a Commando but I'd like to know for sure.
Featherbed swingarms are pretty narrow at the front and make for a real tight fit even with a 110 tire.
mine is a total mix... xs650 pivot tube and bearings, my own arms and honda cb77 axle plates...basic measurements from a triumph post.. i have a 110/90 mounted easily ... i also turned down the cb77 rear hub to line up drive gear so i didnt have to lace wheel with a half inch offset...also reversed all brake linkages and flipped wheel to left drive..
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renaissance man on the velocity channel just did an episode on old bikes, they covered featherbed frames. it was a great episode. check there site
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Hi Billyfly,
I am new here and your featherbed is just what I want to build.
I could buy one but not for £1700.
Could you send me some measurements for it there is none of any sense on the internet. I know this is a big ask.
I love the whole tread, you are a craftman without question.
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I am new here and your featherbed is just what I want to build.
I could buy one but not for £1700.
Could you send me some measurements for it there is none of any sense on the internet. I know this is a big ask.
I love the whole tread, you are a craftman without question.
Thanks for any help.
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It's not terribly hard to find a featherbed in the UK, from what I've heard. Nortons weren't really popular in the States prior to the Commando, so the early stuff is more difficult to find here. That being said knowing the right people scored me a couple featherbeds to take measurements from.
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That's a good start. Do you have dimensioned drawings of the other views?

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Excellent. Saved.

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I would caveat that the featherbed frames varied a great deal. The Manx frames more-so. A friend of mine owned approximately one dozen Manx and Atlas frames. He measured their dimensions and found great variations in some areas. Obviously the critical dimensions, such as the engine plate mounts, are the same others are not.

The radius rates for bends were considerably different too. Needless to say the Manx, wideline and slimline frames vary considerably by design and through the years they changed the subframe design. The good news is that if you get the general dimensions right and the critical dimensions right, your frame can't go wrong in terms of original dimensions!
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Hi All,
There are many featherbed frames in the UK, but there is nothing like building your own. Its a test of skill and a pleasure.
I have looked at a lot of pictures on the net and most of the frames do vary in radii size and the like.
I would like to know the width of the front and rear downtubes and swing arm width at the swing arm plates.
I will post the build for others if you would like but I am using a jap cb 650 lump.
Money is always a problem, so I tend to try and build everything including the tools to do it, like my english wheel and plenishing hammer.
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even with a computer based measuring farro arm this frame is difficult..i had a 66 atlas frame i borrowed to do the ones i am making...it had 6.5 inch center-line radius main frame and 3 in radius back loop...the hard part is the small kink right next to the 6.5 inch radius in rear part of the slimline...i spent 6 months developing it...
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Hi Billyfly,
I was going to try and do an 8" bend in the top rail but with a 4.5" die, it is possible but not a perfect curve. Just going to have a play and scrap some tube trying.
The kink is difficult right next to the top curve but i have a plan to do it no my bender.
This for me is just an experiment, so scraping some tube is aways going to happen.
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Hi Billyfly,
I was going to try and do an 8" bend in the top rail but with a 4.5" die, it is possible but not a perfect curve. Just going to have a play and scrap some tube trying.
The kink is difficult right next to the top curve but i have a plan to do it no my bender.
This for me is just an experiment, so scraping some tube is aways going to happen.
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sounds good ....good luck...post some pics!
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:19 PM   #131
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tank strap done..leather under aluminum

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Old 03-14-2012, 08:31 PM   #132
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tank strap looks great! Is their any way you could post some close up pics of how it attaches to the front and rear??
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:43 AM   #133
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tank strap looks great! Is their any way you could post some close up pics of how it attaches to the front and rear??
thanx..crawler....i'll get some close ups today....
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:25 PM   #134
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:02 PM   #135
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rear fender fit...( i need a real camera)


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Old 04-05-2012, 01:20 PM   #136
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Nice work, but yes, you need a real camera.
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:40 AM   #137
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Or a tripod.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:03 AM   #138
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think a Suzuki GS 1100 swingarm would work in thaT FRAME ???
the back upright tubes have 7.5 inches in between....the swing axle plates can be put where you need apart..pic with tape measure i could tell you

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Old 04-30-2012, 01:29 PM   #139
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:06 PM   #140
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Did I see you carrying one of those frames at Oley on Saturday? If so, looks great.

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Old 04-30-2012, 03:29 PM   #141
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Did I see you carrying one of those frames at Oley on Saturday? If so, looks great.

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yep that was us...got a lot of interest in it....Cafe Racer TV show interviewed us for next season too..

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Old 05-05-2012, 01:26 PM   #142
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mock up finally done time to rip it apart....


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Old 05-06-2012, 12:47 AM   #143
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wow. Putting the DIY back in DIY. Beautiful work!
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:08 PM   #144
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well ripped everything apart and just got it back from powder coating



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Old 05-29-2012, 08:44 PM   #145
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beautiful fabrication skills. true work of art.

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Old 05-29-2012, 09:19 PM   #146
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oh yea ...shinned up the oil tank
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:54 PM   #147
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:06 PM   #148
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You need a better camera!! The frame looks great but my eyes need adjusting. Bike is going to be killer.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:08 PM   #149
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:28 AM   #150
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You need a better camera!! The frame looks great but my eyes need adjusting. Bike is going to be killer.
Yup the bike is gonna turn out great!

Totally off topic (mod delete if not appropriate) >>>>>> I'm sure if he's using one, the camera is ok too. Just the usual operator error of camera shake. Basically the camera moves when the shutter button is pushed. Can be eliminated or reduced by using the correct techniques to hold it still or place on a tripod or some other immovable item. I set mine on milk crate, work bench etc. whatever sits at the right height. Compose after setting it down then press the time release and wait for the click. Instant improvement and much more clear, well focused photos. Harder to do with a cell phone lol.

Here's a good link with some basics: http://digital-photography-school.co...d-camera-shake
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:43 PM   #151
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bin awhile but I've bin doin a lot of non-cycle stuff...ahh girl friends! but i have managed to sell a couple more frames and also trade one for this!
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:55 AM   #152
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cool-that'll look damn nice in one of your frames!
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:12 AM   #153
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Bikes going to look great when its done but PLEASE get a better camera!
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:09 PM   #154
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:51 AM   #155
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Great thread, killer skills!
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:54 AM   #156
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:25 AM   #157
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absolutely killer. So cool to see this coming to life. You selling many frames or are you not there yet?
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:31 AM   #158
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absolutely killer. So cool to see this coming to life. You selling many frames or are you not there yet?
yeah... bin a great learning year...sold about 16 so far..last two over seas..thanx billy
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:34 PM   #159
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The treatment of the front forks and the painted clip on's give the bike a great vintage feel - really like your attention to detail. Looks perfect to me.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:40 PM   #161
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Beautiful. I really like the Superhawk fork, it adds to the period look.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:12 AM   #162
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cold day of riding but fun

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Old 01-07-2013, 08:13 PM   #163
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Just read the whole thing. That is splendid. Beautifully done.
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:43 AM   #164
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Just read the whole thing too, really nice..
i wish i can build something like that...
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Just re read it again, as I do every few months since it began! Thrilled to see how far it's come and where it's at! Finished bike looks awesome! Glad there going well for you too, all that work you deserve it! DIY! Soon as my sportsters done I'm hitting you up!



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Old 01-28-2014, 01:11 PM   #166
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Just re read it again, as I do every few months since it began! Thrilled to see how far it's come and where it's at! Finished bike looks awesome! Glad there going well for you too, all that work you deserve it! DIY! Soon as my sportsters done I'm hitting you up!



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