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    My first attempt at building a cafe bike

    After starting my project many months ago, I have recently started questioning my abilities and vision. My discovery of this site has boosted my spirits and renewed my determination to see this to the end. You all have some talent and imagination! I don't know why I didn't find this site earlier? This is a '79 CB750 I picked up last summer. Progress is slow but is going to be a rolling chassis soon. I had to modify the frame to accept the universal seat fairing. I still have a bunch of polishing to do on the case covers. I built the front wheel out of three, learning to lace the hard way. I lowered the forks and polished the lowers. I may have made a mistake with the candy powder coated frame. Since I can't do anything about it now, I'm trying to figure out what color to paint the tank and seat cowl. I was thinking to match the frame and paint a smoke gray teardrop on the tank and smoke gray number plates on the seat cowl. Opinions? Also, the LED lights I was to mount didn't quite work out, so I'll have to cover up my time consuming mistake, unless that is, someone has some input as to what I can do? I didn't want to mount a round tail light on the surface of the tail. I think everyone tends to do that sort of thing. Anyway, I hope to be riding it this spring.[8D]





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    You could always go with silver. Silver looks great with a red frame. High metalic but not boatflake or anything like that. Just a thought.
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    You could always go with silver. Silver looks great with a red frame. High metalic but not boatflake or anything like that. Just a thought.
    \"I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.\"http://www.hogsbreathcycles.com/

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    i like the frame. why wont the lights work???


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    i like the frame. why wont the lights work???


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    quote:Originally posted by joe c

    why wont the lights work???


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    Because they are still in the box?
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    quote:Originally posted by joe c

    why wont the lights work???


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    Because they are still in the box?
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    i also think the frame looks good. silver would be great on the body

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    i also think the frame looks good. silver would be great on the body

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    The lights are a string of LEDs in a flexible silicone strip. I didn't figure on the spacing for the holes once the strip is bent around the fairing (see roman helmet crease). I fucked that up for sure. The tank is not my favorite, but since I don't have the budget for a cool custom tank like a Benjies, I'm stuck with this bulbous thing. Anyway, I would like to minimize the size of it by painting a teardrop on the side. With a silver tank, would you builders paint a black (or what other color) teardrop? Would it be gloss like the tank, or flat/matte?

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