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Here are some pics of the take-it-or-leave-it paintjob.

1-UP seat:

2-UP seat:

Front / Side view:


I love it personally... Of course I'm a little biased considering the hours and dollars I've put into it.

As far as the decals go, I got 2 of the cafe racer decals from Carpy (side panels) the Rockers decal straight from the Ace Cafe (back of the 2-up seat) and the emblems on the tank I had cut out of vinyl here locally (as well as the checker stripes), so it all means something to me. For the checkers I tried to mimic the new thruxtons, needed something to break up all the black (It was either that or a triple stripe).

Like I've said before, this isn't a racebike... But it's not a showbike either, just the way I wanted it to look (other mods include uni filter, 4-into-1, reverse megaphone muffler... a good carb tuning to come in the next couple weeks).

Comments Welcome.

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I dig it! Nice ride!!

Lead, follow or get out of the way!
 

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be proud looks good,just no checker stripes on your helmet enough with the checker ,and none on the jacket either.Plain stripes are ok to keep the theme ,Ill get virtigo if you put any more checkers .
Give it to gee to (a picture that is with nothing in the back ground )so it can be the first entry ,in the fourm users "Bikes Page"
Your doing your part to cafe the nation!!!

Ah I was confused for a moment this is the one you have two seats for now I get it ......Nicely done ...Family Man /Rocker Man!

Im so far behind ,that I think Im in first.

Edited by - LiLBull on Apr 09 2007 4:05:32 PM
 

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Thanks for the compliments! I was expecting a mixed review (I mean I DO have clubmans on there, hah).

You got it LiLBull, I made 2 seats for the bike... Not so much "Family Man" as "man who can still say yes when a young lady asks for a ride."

I hear you on the checkers. That's what I was waiting for a backlash on. I won't be going out and buying checkered shirts, jackets, or helmet, I dont want to be camouflage on my bike.

As soon as I get the upholstry stapled on to the seat I'll take the bike out somewhere scenic and snap a couple pics for the Members Bikes Page.

Upholstry:


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the checkers are cool - give us a better pic of the two-up seat! I want to build one for my own project and am looking for inspiration.
 

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the checkers are cool - give us a better pic of the two-up seat! I want to build one for my own project and am looking for inspiration.
Thanks again.

Here is another pic of the 2-up seat:


All I did was remove the rear fender, bend up a taillight / licence plate holder that attaches to the bottom of the stock seat pan, and put it back on the stick hinges.

Here is a pic of the fender eliminator:


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Im partial to the solo seat it looks best on that bike lightens the look up a hell of alot.No the bike looks great I would have broken up the check by astripe (three stripes) white/ black/next to a very thin pinstripe of white (so you see the black stripe), on the front fender as just staying in the theme ,hey its your bike GREAT JOB!

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Im partial to the solo seat it looks best on that bike lightens the look up a hell of alot.No the bike looks great I would have broken up the check by astripe (three stripes) white/ black/next to a very thin pinstripe of white (so you see the black stripe), on the front fender as just staying in the theme ,hey its your bike GREAT JOB!

Im so far behind ,that I think Im in first.
Definately. The 2-UP seat is solely for giving rides. It will never be on there while riding alone.

I was planning all along to do some very thin pinstripes along side the checkers, and some surrounding the non-indented part of the tank.

I like the way it looks now, and I'm afraid to make it look too busy, but I may photoshop it. If it looks good I'd want it to be done by hand, so I'd have to find a pro.

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I like what you said earlier "a take it or leave it paint job". I'll take it!! Always been partial to checkers. Nice job. Looks right. If that paint job was back in the 60s it would fit right in.
 

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hmm I'm going to have to make a solo seat now for my bike, I was throwing the idea around for a while but now I want to do it. Its going to have to go along with the fiberglass tank too

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you can make one but buying one you will still have to fit it to your bike and that just maybe enough fitting for you.The glass seats ussually are generic and you have to come up with your own mounting to the frame.A few people give up and sell them on ebay out of fustration.Any one with reasonable skill can do it .solo seat just give the tail a much needed abrubt finnish,I like retaining the first rear fender and ditching the chrome extention.

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im gonna have to pass on the checkers.....yeah the bike is cool... but the checkerboard thing is a little tired at this point.... maybe some checkerboard of a different color would be cool... red and black or green and yellow.... but the black and white? anyway....cool bike.....as long as you keep the solo seat on there....maybe a smaller headlight bucket...and um are those like mini crash bars on there in the front down by the headers? k gotta go..........
 

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Here's some checks with pinstripes. It's hard to tell from the pic, but to teighlor's point they're kind of off white. I actually was going for a kind of cream color but the paint turned out lighter than expected.. and I certainly wasn't going to strip and remask. That was a lot of work.
 

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im gonna have to pass on the checkers.....yeah the bike is cool... but the checkerboard thing is a little tired at this point.... maybe some checkerboard of a different color would be cool... red and black or green and yellow.... but the black and white? anyway....cool bike.....as long as you keep the solo seat on there....maybe a smaller headlight bucket...and um are those like mini crash bars on there in the front down by the headers? k gotta go..........
That's what i was expecting to hear, no suprises.
The reason I went with the checkers is that I like it, AND where I live there aren't a whole lot (any that I've seen) of people doing this. So it's not like I'm gonna pull up to the coffee shop and see 10 black bikes with white checkers.

I also love the huge headlight. It's an 8" stocker for my seca, and I think it looks great.

As for the (stock) crash bars... Yeah, you're completely right. I'm just afraid I'll lay the bike down around a corner (there's a bit of an issue with gravel/salt on the roads here) and I don't want to have to replace the motor... Maybe after I scrub in my new tires.

Thanks for the comments.

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dont get me wrong its a cool bike... besides who gives a shit what i think, its not my bike....so who cares....but yeah its cool.......just seriously ditch the double seat...that IS gay, and i dont care what hot chick you have on the back.... its still GAY. oh and checkers or not, the paint job is really nice....
 

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Crash bars on old jap bikes are pretty much a necessity. Most inline 4 jap motors stick out past the frame and the crankcase end is usually the first thing to smack the ground and ruin the bike. I have seen really nice cb750s sent to the yards forever because there was a low speed laydown that shifted the crank or cracked the cases.

When I had my accident in 2004, the crash bar bent back into the points cover and crushed it. The bike started right up however and was still rideable (even with the tewaked front end) and that was a 65mph accident. A friend dropped his cb750 off the stand onto a curb and cracked the cases, we stripped that fucker clean because he caught points plate and it shifted the crank also, turned a good running bike into a rolling chassis real fast.

I like it. I see a lot of checkered bikes on the internet, but people don't ride on the internet so goo on you to go with what you like.
 

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I guess we can close this topic now.... the all knowing, mighty Geeto hath spoken.......im goin out and gettin me some crash bars.....maybe a luggage rack too....haha
 
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