Update on the update
I got the tank back and it looked fucking shit-house - totally the wrong shape for my new stance. So as we speak I am having a completely new tank fabricated along the lines of the one on the raked Bonnie in the photos - longer and much much lower... And the original tank is for the rubbish!!! The new tank will be matt (or maybe gloss) black with red and white 50s pin-striping - sidecovers to match. All done by my mate Shannon Jennings (PRO FINISH KUSTOM PAINT) in Geelong where I live
I have decided on a chrome rim and a polished (or chromed) hub, and an Avon Venom white-wall: Venom AM41 (front) MH-90-21ww 56H
I am having the complete custom tank fabricated by another local guy named Keith Bakker
(KEITH BAKKER PANEL BEATING
in Geelong). It's gonna be long and low like the one on the Garage Co. Customs Bonneville
). Keith is also going to cut-out the kink in the header and attach aftermarket classic megaphone mufflers running totally flat along the bottom. Once Keith has finished the tank, it's back to Shannon Jennings
at PRO FINISH KUSTOM PAINT
- Finish the seat-pan, and upholster a double seat;
- Paint the new tank matt (or maybe gloss) black with red and white 50s pin-striping - sidecovers to match.
I have also decided to go with white-walls, front AND rear:
The 21-inch front is being done by Ash
at ASH'S SPOKED WHEELZ
in QLD, and will be fitted to an Avon Venom white-wall
Also, I am awaiting a COKER-BECK 400-18
white walled rear tyre to fit to my 18 x 2.5 rear rim, coming from Ben McKinnon
at ANTIQUE TYRES
in Melbourne. I think I like the idea of a rear wheel that has an overall diameter smaller than the front (which is 27.0"
for the WW Venom AM41
), and the COKER BECK 400-18
has an overall diameter of 26.5"
. My only concern with the COKER BECK 400-18
(I am currently running a FIRESTONE 450-18
), is that perhaps it will be too narrow at 4"
for the front WW Venom (3.3"
) I will be running?
I'm still not sure whether or not to rake the bike +6 degrees like the Garage Co. Customs Bonneville
, but I think I have decided to go with NO rake, because the stance seems really appropriate for a 50s motorcycle just with the standard rake and a 21" white-wall up front.
Cheers for listening,
Attached are some pictures with "white-walls" done using my unbelievable skills with photo-shop!!!
Since the photos, Shannon has also:
- Removed all the lugs from the forks and primed (to be gloss black);
- dropped the fork tubes an inch to get a lower stance (now 3.5" lower than standard);
- Dropped the clip-ons half way down between the top and bottom tree;
- Mounted a new bobber taillight and and my license plate behind the rear sprocket;