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Old 02-24-2012, 03:25 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:58 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Ah! just as my wife says, "Nothing's too cheap for this family".
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:28 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Ah! just as my wife says, "Nothing's too cheap for this family".
That is the point, doing more with less.

On another note, my handlebars came in, and I am going to mount them tomorrow, havin people over tonight so no time right now.
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:37 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Bschloop, way to go!!! I've never been a fan of spending a lot of money to save a few dollars on fuel. I also try to make modcations that as low cost and that use recycled materails as much as possible. Great work , please keep us posted.
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:47 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Handlebars mounted, they need to be cut narrower, as they are 28" overall width, but they put my hands just above my knees which is what I was shooting for. this thing is starting to look more and more like a cafe racer.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:14 PM   #26 (permalink)
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just finished sanding the plug for my nose pieces. I am using a symmetrical design so that only one mold will be needed. Now I just have to wait for my resin to come in so I can try it out. I am using aluminum foil as a rudimentary mold release.
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You made that mold look easy. I just seem to sit around and THINK about building my tail. You may need room for a big battery in order to store enough energy to cover the cycles of your cooling fan. The 50 watts it consumes when it is running is probably more than you will have left over from the stock charging system of that little bike.
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:09 PM   #28 (permalink)
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the mold is really very small which is why it looks so easy. also, by setting up a jig for sanding, I didn't have to work too hard to keep the shape right.

I was going to move the battery anyway, since it blocks airflow for cooling, but I figured that if I switch the headlight and taillight for LEDs I could probably save the 50w needed to run the fan. I am not sure what the wattage is on the lights though, I'll have to look at them.
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:28 PM   #29 (permalink)
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My fiberglass resin is here, and I've got to say it works great. I layed up two layers of fiberglass cloth over my mold, setting it in the sun to cure for about 5-6 min between layers, and then let it set most of the afternoon. it's really cloudy today, so I am not surprised that it took longer to cure than their site says it should, but this stuff has me thinking I ought to do the whole thing in fiberglass. My biggest complaint about fiberglass has always been the short working time and temperature dependence, but with this stuff I had enough time to do the entire wet-out with a paintbrush, and at 35deg F it still set up pretty quick once exposed to sunlight. the coolest part was covering the excess resin and leaving it sit between layers, and then being able to still use it. no wasted resin!!

Here's a link to their site: [URL="http://www.solarez.com/index.html"]

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Old 02-28-2012, 06:54 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Nicely done. Keep it up!

I love the grassroots/cheapness/use good tech direction of your build.

I just put drag bars on my little Supermoto and ran into clearance problems only after everything was mounted. I was about to cut them down before mounting but barely had enough room at the stock 28" width. I'm glad I test fit everything first. You seem very competent, but don't make the mistake I almost did.

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