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Old 11-21-2010, 04:46 AM   #1
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on your builds??

here's mine
1'fenders or no fenders
2' handlebars
3' exhaust
4' kickstands

in what order do you handle your design dilemmas?? i come to boards like this amazing place and steal ideas from you homegrown pros
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Old 11-21-2010, 05:08 AM   #2
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on your builds??

here's mine
1'fenders or no fenders
2' handlebars
3' exhaust
4' kickstands

in what order do you handle your design dilemmas?? i come to boards like this amazing place and steal ideas from you homegrown pros
Deciding what the color and paint design will be. I'm driving myself nuts over it and if it doesn't end soon, it's gonna get painted black (like the last one).
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Old 11-21-2010, 06:37 AM   #3
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Paint and pipes are always hardest for me.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:43 AM   #4
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The geometry,,,The stance of the bike as related to handling. Its one thing to have a great looking bike, but another thing to have a great looking bike that handles well.
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:06 AM   #5
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Never too much dilemmas actually...before I start a project I have the bike for 99.5% already in my head and on paper.. including details and color.. (never underestimate the power of a color choice on a certain style of scoot.. as any other part, a color should also "fit" a bike..

(Just my 0.2 cents of course)
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:23 AM   #6
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Default Re: soo what do you think is the hardest design feature,,,

Well, my welding skills aren't so hot, so figuring out the details. Making sure that things like pegs, handlebars, grips, risers, gas caps, etc. all have a similar style so the bike won't seem so conflicted when its all finished.

Plus, detail-parts give me a chance to support small shops and builders.

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Old 11-21-2010, 11:18 AM   #7
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The hardest thing for me,on my triumph build.Was the brit to usa threading mix.Had to use to many different tools and swapping out all the controls triumph motor to harley front.They dont make cables for the mix someone needs to do that.
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:34 AM   #8
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the last 5% of the build, once its running and stopping I cant see the point taking it apart and polishing and painting
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Paint, without a doubt. In my opinion, it can make or break..........

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Old 11-21-2010, 12:19 PM   #10
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Had to use to many different tools and swapping out all the controls triumph motor to harley front.They dont make cables for the mix someone needs to do that.
That's the easy part. Just buy a 50ft reel of outer and inner cable, some ferrules and nipples and make your own. Once you've got it right, make a couple of spares for runs.
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:31 PM   #11
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the last 5% of the build, once its running and stopping I cant see the point taking it apart and polishing and painting
sounds like me. think im just gonna consider 95% the new 100%
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:08 PM   #12
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When i was building bikes for a local bike manufacturer, it all just fit. Everything was pre-determined. When i started building (or re-building) I focused on performance and safety items like brakes and handling. The rest was drag raced inspired and the items made for the bike had no regard to look. Function over form. It turned out really nice. Then the last bike I built from the frame up, I drew, analysed and took a lot of time to design before purchasing and building. This kind of thought made the build so much easier and the experience made it easier to select and pre think of any obstacles like fitment and placement. I over think and the build goes easy.
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"Can I afford this?" Oh yeah, stance and paint.
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:28 PM   #14
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Handlebars …. without question. Had 5 sets on mine till i found what looked right to ME.
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:25 AM   #15
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the geometry and of course the tank, which adds character to the stance.
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Stance, followed by rear fender and sissy bar, because you can't do it until the drive train and rear wheel are all installed and aligned, which always takes me a while to get perfect. I always start with the back and work forwards when I build something, it works for me that way.
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Tank like alp says, wheel size and fenders, paint last
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:17 AM   #18
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Never too much dilemmas actually...before I start a project I have the bike for 99.5% already in my head and on paper.. including details and color.. (never underestimate the power of a color choice on a certain style of scoot.. as any other part, a color should also "fit" a bike..

(Just my 0.2 cents of course)
indeed man, hell ive seen some pink and purple triumphs and ride with pride, but the same color would NOT work on, say, more or less original 37 knuck...
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#1 Paying for the component I really want.
#2 Trying to make the cheaper component work.
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Default Re: soo what do you think is the hardest design feature,,,

I think for me it's the stance, the way it sits, that it all flow and work with one another. No, I don't mean a theme in the way it's used these days but the scoot should have a reason. In the end a few things can make it or break it. Not paint color necessarily but paint design, angles and rakes that compliment each other, too much in any one thing whether it be color, billet, chrome.
So I basically didn't answer that question at all...it's a feel. I've talked with a number of builders and a whole hell of a lot of them have a feel for what they want but no idea of the particulars and it changes as the build goes along.
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