Sunday, November 29, 2015

Three on the go

I'm currently involved in 3 projects... a good thing, as it keeps me busy over the winter.  Without this I might take up an expensive, dangerous habit.
First the 'mono.  I've stripped the tank back to bare metal.  Not that I am a steampunk fan or rat rod person, I just like the look.  The seat and fairing will be black, with a textured finish.  This will "force" me to concentrate on the mechanical side of the bike, and not spend so much time over appearances.  Yeah, it can't look like a nail, but I am going to ride the thing!  The blue tank cap looks nice against the metal.

However,  1 cool and 1 not so cool things came up.

The cool...  Some neat brazing became apparent.  This is at the front of the tank where there is a tough weld area.  You can see brass spot welds as well as a bead along the front.  Looks fine in my opinion.  Bracket that affixes to the rubber strap is also secured this way.  You can still see a bit of paint leftover I need to tidy up.  The epoxy base or primer on this tank is very tough!

Not so cool...  Dent #1 and...

Dent #2.  Don't care, I'm leaving it as is.  I'll call this  "patina".  Someone did a great job with bondo/filler at one point.  Never noticed it under the paint.

Some more work on the zx7r front.
J Model swingarm (far lighter than the P model, and allegedly lighter than the zx9r model).  Big difference is that the shock tunnel is box-section and welded on the J bike, and the P swingarm has a big forged section.  The P swingarm likely took far less time to build in the factory, with perhaps more strength.  The trade off would be overall weight.

I've installed and bled the Frando brake and clutch masters, as well as scored a woodcraft bar end slider/lever guard.  The Chinese lever guard I had previously was pretty weedy.  The clutch feels good, the brakes have a few more bubbles to get rid of!  Next step is to take the swingarm to my welding guru to get a brake caliper hanger stay/tab welded on.

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