No splatter, so you've got that going for you!
Yes, I'm enjoying the challenge. Yesterday I jumped in the deep end, it was only the underside of the rear mudguard, what damage could I do? Today I jumped in the kiddies pool and practiced running a puddle on a bit of scrap, I usually do things back to front. Emboldened by this, I started on the tank, just tacking it together. I haven't blown any holes yet, but I'm not convinced I can do a good enough job, we will see.Congratulations on the opportunity to learn a new skill!
Hi hillsy and thanks for your advice. They are a snug fit, I have to use a rubber hammer to jar them out. That's a good idea about a pinch bolt, I will give it some thought.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'm chewing Brad.
After waiting nearly a month for the welding mask to arrive and losing my faith in humanity, I bought another mask on eBay. I would have bought it earlier if I had checked how cheap it was, only $18.50 including postage. Of course the other mask arrived the very next day, oh ye of little faith. But it wont be wasted, as I am a Tasmanian.
My workbench has migrated from the woodheap to inside the shed, and has morphed from a plank into the neighbour's discarded kitchen bench.
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Just to prove I've got no shame here is a photo of my 1st attempt at TIG welding. Needless to say I've got a long way to go before starting on the tank.
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Hi DND, I don't know, it says on the back of the pack that they are thorium free. The next pack I buy I will try the DC only ones, just to experiment.What kind of tungsten are you using? I've never had one split.
Hi Marc, I've been googling a bit on the exhaust design. I know what I want, a 2 into 1 system, just because I like the look and it will suit the bike, something like what's on the Guzzi Griso.Increasing the diameter of the exhaust pipes may lesson the back pressure and torque of the motor.
Yes, I will see how it goes when it comes to tuning, time will tell. They might have to go, but I like to take the little steps before the big ones. As the 1st step, I've made the inlets at least as big as the outlets.The way the carbs are set up on the 1400 doesn't lend itself to a decent airbox design. By contrast, the 1500 has the rear cylinders' exhaust going out the back of the head so both carbs sit side by side between the cylinders. This allows for a larger airbox under the false tank.
In other words, retaining the airbox(es) you have may not be of much benefit.