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    Quote Originally Posted by STEVENRANKIN View Post
    Many years of bicycle riding with minimal rear fenders taught me to make sure my motorcycles have them. Not only fenders but on the bike I ride the most fender extensions or "mud" flaps.

    The happy order is to find the rain after the liquid manure. Thankfully MOST dairy farmers keep the drain valves in good working order. I can attest a good size puddle at an intersection of it can make stopping interesting. Starting as well.

    Years ago, I used to rent a motorhome to go to the Daytona 500 with five friends. We would take turns and drive all night to get there. Well, I was driving the first day and noticed there wasn't anyone tailgating me. Yeah, I know slow ass in a motorhome, get out of the way, but no, no one on my butt trying to pass or hurry me up, the cars were keeping a polite distance. At the first fuel stop I found the drinking water tank was just about empty, it had cracked and was leaking pretty good. Now the drivers in the car didn't know it was just drinking water, they played it safe. Duct tape solved the problem till we got back to the rental shop. St.
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  2. #62
    Come on warm weather!

    A few small updates:

    Finished off fabrication of the battery box. It's 3D printed in PETG and then skinned with chopped carbon fiber for the "forged carbon-fiber" look.

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    Next up was a brake line guide. The 3D printed prototype is pictured below. This should allow the brake line to freely move upwards with fork compression. Final version is printed now, but I need to finish it off with epoxy and spray paint.

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    Finally, the license plate mount, also 3D printed in PETG, in two pieces and then bonded. I really hate the side/axle mounted license plate holders, So I designed and printed this one to tuck in under the seat. Since taking these photos, I have finished the pieces of with a few layers of epoxy and then a satin black spray finish:

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    What's left??? Tune the timing up, balance the carbs.. then RIDE!!!

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    I like your 3D printed stuff, cool application of technology.
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  4. #64
    First ride/s under the belt!!!

    The bike feels amazing. The weight loss is very apparent and amazingly the TKC80 tires track the corners really well! I live up a mountain road, so the route to town and back involves 2000ft altitude change and 70 corners either way

    Issues so far:

    - Fuel filters clogged up with crap from the tank paint job. Flushed the tank a 2nd time, and replaced the filters.
    - Head light fell out on the first test ride as the fixing screw was not ideally located... New hole drilled and now it is well secured. (I need to touch up the epoxy that got scuffed)

    I'll do a "photoshoot" in a few weeks, once Colorado decides that snow is done for the year!

    S

  5. #65
    looking very very nice...!

    where in colorado are you located?
    I'm in longmont... but another year away from my "first ride" at this point.
    my bike was parked for (1983) 27 years.. when I bought it
    now its been about 37 years since its actually ran...

    luckily COVID got me motivated and paint/powdercoat are now done.. reassembly started.

    and I'm looking forward to my first ever ride on an airhead.

    brant

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    Quote Originally Posted by brant914 View Post
    looking very very nice...!

    where in colorado are you located?
    I'm in longmont... but another year away from my "first ride" at this point.
    my bike was parked for (1983) 27 years.. when I bought it
    now its been about 37 years since its actually ran...

    luckily COVID got me motivated and paint/powdercoat are now done.. reassembly started.

    and I'm looking forward to my first ever ride on an airhead.

    brant
    Thanks, Brant. I'm in the foothills, west of Boulder, so not too far from Longmont. Working on the Airhead is pretty fun! I've got some original parts left over for sale, so let me know when you get there if you're looking for anything!

    Seth

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    Did you powder coat the wheels? I'm not a big fan of the snowflake wheels on my R65, I like the looks of yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10drum View Post
    Did you powder coat the wheels? I'm not a big fan of the snowflake wheels on my R65, I like the looks of yours.
    Thanks, Yes, had them powder coated, with a powder color called burnt root beer. They also have a coat of clear

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    I've put together a video of my build:


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    Thanks for posting the video, it answered my next question. I'm a stock guy, but I admire your vision and work.

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    Very nice work! I like the 3d printing and how do you go about "skinning" something with carbon fibre?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skibum69 View Post
    Very nice work! I like the 3d printing and how do you go about "skinning" something with carbon fibre?
    Thanks!

    If you're familiar with fiber-glass covering/layup it's very similar. There's a stack of variations, but they all revolve around nicely covering something with a sheet of carbon fiber weave and then epoxying over it. The main difference from fiberglass is that for CF, you care about the look, so more care is taken in laying down the weave nicely and then a ton more coats of epoxy go on. I think I have 10 coats on the headlamp, to really wash out the texture and give a smooth finish. The final finish can involve a lot of sanding and then polishing afterward. Time-consuming, but the outcome is great (that's if you like carbon fiber look though)

  13. #73
    Hi Guys

    Well.... The project is done... I've put about 200 miles on the bike and it is an absolute blast to ride. The weight loss has been extreme and it really holds its own on the twisty mountain road that takes me to and from work!

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    It is now time however to move on to the next bike and see if I can recoup my "no-budget bike-build" costs on this amazing bike! It's up in the Marketplace if anyone is interested!

    What could be next...

    Seth

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    Awesome...I love this!

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    Very nice!
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