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No splatter, so you've got that going for you!
I thought that a cafe racer was a custom that you could do whatever you wanted and there is no right or wrong.
I am making progress but sometimes it doesn't feel like it. I will review the 'How to TIG weld' by Mr Tig and others on YouTube now that I've got a little experience.
Santa comes early. Tell me about it says my wife. Hard but fair. My big brother has produced the goods in his workshop. The disc mounting holes have been re-drilled to the correct pattern radius and diameters and a inner ring has been fitted to centre it on the hub, not that it's needed, I think the mounting bolts are sufficient. The top triple tree has been machined to allow the forks to come through about 40mm to reduce the rake and trail a bit and to mount the the clip ons.
Happy new year everyone, may it be a good one. I did myself a favour for xmas and gave learning how to TIG weld a bit of a break, but I will be back into it soon.
I've started to put the front end together and I think I've a problem. I've had the top triple tree machined out to allow the forks to come through to reduce the rake a bit and to mount the clip ons a bit higher. A win win outcome, or so I thought. But I didn't think it all the way at the beginning. The stock setup has the fork coming half way through the triple tree and a cap is screwed into the fork from the top to secure it. With the new setup, I've lost that lock between the forks and the triple tree. Sure, it's locked in place by the clip ons on top and the cap still screws into the top of the fork and the indicator holder acts as a collar underneath, but I think I've lost torsional rigidity, Is my thinking correct or am I worrying sheep?
Do the forks slop around in the top triple or are they a snug fit? If they are snug you should be OK. But you could also cut a slot between the riser holes and the fork clamps to make a pinch bolt setup.
I've decided to go with the pinch bolt. I've made the left side cut. It started to rain, so it's time for a coffee and to find a new hacksaw blade for the right hand side.