I really need to get this thing out of the way so I can focus on the 78 super sport that I have waiting in the wings. I’m looking forward to that one. But his Kawasaki has some serious potential to be a serious urban bruiser.
But lacking some of the creative and technical skills many of the builders around here have, I am struggling with this thing. Even with off-the-shelf parts. I thought I had chosen some nice pieces, but in committing to using them I have painted myself into a corner a bit - but I’m trying not to buy things more than once if possible. The tail section in particular has caused me some scrap, but I’m hoping that it will be worth it.
Anyway, I picked up a rear fender from a Vulcan, and thought I was going to have to scrap yet another experiment. But I hacked about 8 inches off of it, and I think it just might work. Put it this way, it’s going to work because that’s what I’m putting it together with. Dan mentioned the aesthetic need to lower the fuel tank some, but the bottom of that thing has already been heavily “modified” and I can’t get it to ride any lower. It’s just a fundamental incompatibility between the tank and frame. Trust me when I tell you, there are not many options for tanks that will fit this frame. I regret it, and may eventually change seats, but it’s gonna have to be like this for a while.
So, I am going to finalize the mounting approach for seat and fender, clean up some imperfections, get my return line bung welded to a plate for the fuel tank, and send these pieces off of paint. Corvette Red. There are a few more electrical bits to tidy up, deal with the handlebars, and it will be close to being done. Way quicker than I expected.
Of course I may be counting my chickens before they hatch… But that’s the plan.
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'97 Valkyrie, '86 VMax, '79 CBX-Z, '78 GL1000, ‘82 CX500 Turbo, '83 Voyager Lite Project, '78 750F BIG Project, '74 750K HUGE Project
"Motorcycling is not, of itself, inherently dangerous. It is, however, extremely unforgiving of inattention, ignorance, incompetence or stupidity." - Anonymous