76 Cafe "Triple 9"

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76 Cafe "Triple 9"

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I just finished my long project. About three years ago I started looking for a bike I could buy cheap and make my own. After looking through the classifieds for a while I ran across a few GL1000's and thought to myself, "That is a mean looking engine" I quickly did a search for "custom GL1000" and came across a beautiful golden clad wing. I looked at my options and was on my way to buy this beauty for $650 (I talked him down from $900)
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After Three years of sneaking out to my small 12ftX16ft garage/shed I finally finished. I gleamed a lot of useful information from this site and want to say thank you to everyone who has answered a technical question on this site because I've read most of them. This was my first attempt at restoring/customizing a bike. I was a little nervous, but through a lot of trial and error I figured most of it out. I did all of the work myself except for covering the seat and making a few welds. I named her "Triple 9" for the displacement. Let me know what you think. I have a lot of pictures of the project and plan on doing a full write up!
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good vision, and great execution
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After installing the clip-ons I realized the stock shelter panels weren't going to work very well so I went to work shaping my own. I used a spare shelter and lid and after a hundred hours or so I finally finished it. I started with foam and did my final shaping with bondo. I then laid fiberglass over the plug I created. covered it in gelcoat, sanded some more and then painted.
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You can see the difference in width between the stock panels and my new fiberglass ones. You can see my Plug in the background.
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Some more pictures of the fiberglass work. It really did take over a hundred hours. I don't know if I'd do it again. Fiberglass is really nasty stuff to work with too...
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I spent way too mutch time on the polishing wheel. I don't think I've ever been so addicted to anything. Once I started I couldn't stop.
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What do you think of the straight pipes? It sounds pretty mean.
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Beautiful creation. I love that shelter. Meticulous workmanship.
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I cut away the exposed section of an extra gas tank. I then had a friend at work weld in a patch panel I made. I wanted more of the engine and carb to be exposed.
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I raised the shelter an inch or two so it left a big hole in the back. I made up a patch panel and had my friend at work weld it up for me. (He is an awesome welder by the way)
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A little bondo and then paint.
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I shaved the handlebar mounts down on the triple tree and then polished away. I had to put on a new master cylinder because the stock one hit the forks. I found a key switch that fit nicely and wired it down through the triple tree. You can also see I lowered the front forks by an inch and a half for a lower front end. My gas gauge was pretty bad so I took it apart and repainted it and designed a triple nine logo into it. The decal around the gas gauge was also pretty tattered after I removed it so I cut a new one out of thin aluminum then polished, masked it with vinyl and sand blasted the lettering in.
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To show how long it actually took, here is a picture of my son on the wing the day I brought it home.
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He is now 4 and his little sister is 2
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