I'm torn in-between doing vinyl pinstripes and clearing over them or painting the pinstripes on and then clearing. I'm worried that if i paint them they wont be very crisp and the red will take many layers to get it bright over the grey. Vinyl is so easy to apply. I bought this vinyl pinstripe but the red is semi-transparant and not nearly as bright as I want it to be. maybe hand pinstriped?
Im finally tackling another one of the things I have been dreading to deal with. When I had the machinist make the caliper mounts he made them so there was not enough clearance between the fork bosses and the holes he milled. Every time I bolted them on they would sit in a different position and didn't seem to be parallel to the disk. I realized the mounts were binding on the fork tubes so I sanded them down so they wouldn't bind. After that the calipers hit the spokes. I put them on the shelf for 2 years.
I drew up a new bracket in CAD and laser cut the profile out of .060" acrylic so I could stack them to get the correct spacing. After some tweaking I have finalized the design. I think its better than the original as i put the bracket behind the fork bosses and caliper so everything tucks in tighter. I am taking one out of Slikwilli's book; I'm going to have the bracket waterjet cut out of 7075 and then manually mill the rest.
So i decided to paint the pinstripes with 1 Shot sign paint. they make a special hardener (4007) and reducer (6001) so that it can be applied under urethane clears. I sprayed a test piece out and prepped the rest of everything.
I agree with Tusch.......I personally would omit the fender stripe (the fender is really cool btw).......I would also look at omitting the stripe that follows the rear of the seat on the tail piece and have the stripes that run around it fade into the seat bottom edge. I think the verticals chop up the flow of what is a very beautiful bike. My 0.02
bluezbike wrote: I would also look at omitting the stripe that follows the rear of the seat on the tail piece and have the stripes that run around it fade into the seat bottom edge. I think the verticals chop up the flow of what is a very beautiful bike. My 0.02
Good call. I was doing the vertical stripe because it needed visual balance with the tank. I changed up the stripe to compliment the lines more but retain the visual balance. pics soon.
The paint turned out pretty good. there are a few blemishes here and there that you will only notice if you really scrutinize the paint, but I'm OK with it. There is some weird stuff going on with the clear around the stripes so I'm going to do a light sand to knock back the high spots and then another coat of clear before I buff it out.
Looks good to me. I was telling my brother about the paint job on my tank in 13. I complained about a speck in the paint. He said it wouldn't be noticed but it probably looks like a B 17 to me. Got a good laugh out of that one.
kaw-a-holic wrote: I didn't want to make you read through 20+ pages to find a video. Here is what it sounds like. This video does NOT do the pipe justice. My earson literally hurt from running the bike in the garage.
I really love that colour combination Vic.....Very nice modification to the stripes on the front fender too.....the whole lot looks great, looking froward to seeing the "tins" on the bike. I must compliment you on the huge amount of design/fab work you did on those side panels, they turned out very sweet and very professional looking......now fire that sweetheart up and go for a blast on one of these fine autumn mornings we have in Seattle !!!!!
The front wheel spacer My buddy turned for me left a little to be desired, but at the time this was the only stock we had so not his fault. I remade it to cover the oil seal and make it a bit more sanitary.
I got a start on the brake mounts. I bored all the holes and then used a thread former to cut M10x1.25 threads. It was my first time using a thread former, and man they are trick. produces no chips, so no backing up every quarter turn, longer tool life. better in every way. I'm never going to by a traditional tap again. I also bored the recesses for the caliper and cut them out of the plate. II still need to clean up theoutside and I want to do some pocketing, How much material do you think i can safely remove? I was thinking about having 1/4" think walls and bottom.