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Post  peke on Sun 13 Sep - 19:38

So, at last... a few moments to try and show what I'm up to.

As I said in the introduction section I'm turning a 2001 CB 500 twin into a cafeproject. The base is a perfectly good bike so I won't have any serious technical problems.

This is what she looked like before I started molesting her.



Hm.... took a look at the preview.... Why doesn't it show the whole picture? affraid

A little later I had taken off all of her clothes and I thought...... "She looks mean"!



I'm planning on keeping the tank as it is and I don't want to spend too much money, so I will be using bits and pieces I have around here and make as much as possible myself.
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Re: Project 500

Post  Toecutter on Sun 13 Sep - 20:41

Cool , succes with the project man.

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Post  650zed on Mon 14 Sep - 11:23

peke wrote:Hm.... took a look at the preview.... Why doesn't it show the whole picture? affraid
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It does, it does... But only if you have an 19 inches screen, or bigger.
If you have a 17 inches screen, like I do, you see only half of the picture, but that's normal: just put your mouse on the photo, click right and select "Show image" or "Afbeelding kijken" or else in the corresponding language. Then you will see the entire picture.

This little problem happens when the picture is too big.

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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Fri 18 Sep - 20:07

Now, time for a bit of updating:

When I had taken off her clothes I sat there and looked at the metal mass on her backside. No way a slick seat would fit upthere...



After some thinking help came from an unexpected side..... A little frozen devil started whispering wicked things in my ears..... "Cut it off, cut it off" it kept saying



And so I did... After a painless but noisy amputation she now looks like this.



We're past the point of no return now!
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Post  Toecutter on Fri 18 Sep - 20:10

What kind of drinkable devil was it ? Good thing you cut it down.

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Post  peke on Fri 18 Sep - 20:35

Very Happy

The little devil is one that survives in my freezer. It is a homemade brew I got from some very good friends from Crete. They call it raki I think drunken

Keep reading there will be more cutting!
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Post  Toecutter on Fri 18 Sep - 20:44

hmm sounds good, i will keep reading and drinking.... im just drinking my usual beer now

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Post  Wallace on Fri 18 Sep - 21:15

Good call. You have to go the full distance now Very Happy Good luck with her.
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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Sat 19 Sep - 20:09

So kind of you to relpy... keeps me going!

After I had cut off her butt I started to think about something to sit on. I looked around the house and found a shelf that nearly had the right proportions in the basement . So after some sawing and grinding it looked like this:



A fine start I thought and I started chasing one of my little frozen devils to celebrate the occasion. The little raskall dove away behind something very usefull. A few minutes later the back of the shelf was loaded with some pieces of isolationboard.



It then was time for some serious cutting and slowely a shape came to be...



and more cutting



Now I had to apply some protection to prevent the resin to cover the seat to destroy the foam. So here you have a sneak preview of what her new butt could be.

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Post  Toecutter on Sun 20 Sep - 0:01

Looking sharp man ! keep going

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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Thu 24 Sep - 3:52

Welcome guys for a new session.

After cutting and sanding the white boards into a nice form it was time to aply the glasfibre. A smelly job even if done outside. On this picture you can see the hardened glass shell. One starts to wonder if it's ever going to be a smooth surface.



After a first attack with the sanding machine things look even worse. Awefull!



The icing on the cake.... filler all over!



After removing the exess filler this is what's left:



Much more filling and sanding to come!
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Post  650zed on Thu 24 Sep - 9:45

It looks good , you're on the good way, the seat is going to be brilliant! It's a lot of work, but it's worth it. And the cool thing is that, afterwards, you will maybe re-use this mould for later projects, who knows...
I think you should create a new topic under "Technics: tutorials" about "how to make a seat", with all those pictures!

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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Sat 26 Sep - 13:05

Thanks for the kind words! However, this is the first time I do something like this and I have no idea Shocked what the endresult will be!
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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Sun 27 Sep - 21:02

Time for an update on the projext.

between the episodes of filling and sanding the seat there is time to do some other jobs, as there is removing the exhaust followed by cleaning and painting the headers.



I wonder how long the "heat resistant" paint will hold.

Since she will never again carry a passenger I decided to do something nasty to the enormous footrests:





Oops



painting



and now before and after in one picture



Footrests re-installed

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Post  Hybridwheels on Sun 27 Sep - 21:52

Nice progress on this one, i think you will have a hard time making it look like a classic. But a caferacer it will be ^^

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Post  kornfed on Sun 27 Sep - 23:24

Good job done so far.
The heatexcistent paint will last for a long time.
I used it too and itīs still looking good.
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Post  Toecutter on Mon 28 Sep - 10:00

Looking good , this is a nice project.

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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Tue 29 Sep - 14:45

Time to talk some more about the seat: After numerous times of filling and sanding it looked like this:



Looks like it's going the right way, but I still have a long way to go. After grounding and wet sanding it got even better. Light at the end of the tunnel?



Then the moment came I dared to apply the first coat of color cheers



Not bad uh? So on with the second color....... drunken



But then disaster showed it's ugly face in the form of the clear coat.... I applied a coat that was too thick and it reacted with the paint affraid I did not take a pic of that, sorry but I only want to forget that phase as soon as possible. I had to sand it all the way down and repaint it. Now it's back ok, but I still have to clearcoat. whish me luck please!
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Post  Hybridwheels on Tue 29 Sep - 16:51

Nice progress, a tip on your paintjob; use clear coating from the same brand.. different brands of paint can react with each other and blister and peel off etc. If you decide to use a different brand anyway, give it 24 hours to harden.

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Post  650zed on Tue 29 Sep - 19:27

I've had the same problem, once. I had applied a black coating on my gastank, everything was fine, nice and easy.
After more than two days (spring time, no frost) I applied the clear coat, and then, for no reason, that stupid black paint started to react, the same story as yours...

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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Tue 29 Sep - 20:20

Hybridwheels wrote:Nice progress, a tip on your paintjob; use clear coating from the same brand.. different brands of paint can react with each other and blister and peel off etc. If you decide to use a different brand anyway, give it 24 hours to harden.

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I know it is the same brand and it should not have happened, but it did. I should have applied a few light coats first, ley everything dry and then finish things off. Halas I wanted to hurry things up. I wanted to myself. Btw only the green paint reacted
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Post  Mingh on Fri 2 Oct - 0:20

what filler did you use?

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Post  peke on Fri 2 Oct - 11:56

well I thought about the filler too, but it's Protections Car-O-Plast. I have used that before and it never gave any problems. It must be the green paint. It's dificult to spray too, if you vary the distance to the surface, even a little bit, it's more green or gray. weird stuff!
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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Mon 5 Oct - 12:45

I had to work late all week, yep even saturday and sunday, so not much done to the CB.

I did clean up the rear suspension from this:



to this:



More time next week. cheers
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Re: Project 500

Post  peke on Thu 8 Oct - 20:51

Some more about the seat:

a few days ago I went shopping and guess what I brought home for the seat.



a sports carpet and a leftover of skai I could buy cheap(ish).



Taking measure




And glueing using spray. A very sticky mess.






Tomorrow my wife, the good soul, is going to teach me how to use the sewingmachine... affraid
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