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Discussion Starter · #103 ·
thanks!

i'm trying to find a shape for the fender struts / tail frame that i need to build.
playing around with cardboard always helps.
i got a cheap seat bench just to test how pleated black leather would look.
it's too short and a little wide, and i think i will need a higher padding,
but i like the general direction.

the fender will get its rear section cut off
and edges rounded a little, i think.

building swing arms with a real passenger option is hard... :eek::D











maybe a short push bar or mini sissy to accomodate the tail light, i'm thinking...
 

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Discussion Starter · #104 ·
here's alittle update. didn't get too much done,

but at least two things that were important steps to me.

the front end is assembled now with the hamburger drum and modified 35mm fork:















back on the bike







aaaand finally took care of the left side exhaust routing











much better now i think.

oh and i put the front brake cable in to see if things could work like this.





that was everything :) not much but i think i'm happy with it.
 

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Very nice Fred. You are right making swingarms and fenders look good is hard. Can we see more of the scooter in the background please?
 

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Discussion Starter · #108 ·
thanks guys!

the scooter is an IWL SR59 Berlin from 1959.
IWL stands for Industrie Werke Ludwigsfelde (Industrial Works Ludwigsfelde)
and was an early manufacturer of 2-stroke scooters in the GDR.
SR stands for Stadtroller (City Scooter).

its drivetrain is basically that of a DKW (or later MZ) RT-125,
sporting a 143ccm 2-stroke engine, mighty 7 1/2 HP and a unit 4 speed trans.

here's some older pictures of it,

currently it's hard to get it out of its corner...











 

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As Dutch noted, i too like "the barn fresh look" you are going for. True mechanical art. Even the new parts, you have aged to perfection, please explain the technique you used on the nose cone a mag, and the tank looks great. I like the bumpy paint look and the flames worked perfect. The bike looks perfect!
 

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I wish I could tell with any confidence what is going on with your back cylinder/left side exhaust. Is it a dummy?

Real fine bike, swingarms are good. Thanks for the show & tell.
 

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Discussion Starter · #116 · (Edited)
no, its active, but in a pretty dumb way.. there is a Y in the rear header behind the cylinder.
i'm sure the exhaust gas doesn't care too much and goes straight to the lower collector.
but they've been like that from the factory.
i just love the look of it, to have something going on on the primary side, too.
 

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This has been a great build story from the start. It’s a really cool hot rod bike that stands alone, like we all strive to achieve here. Wish I had the discipline to keep updates on projects. I’ll keep trying….
 
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