So I know there are a ton of these on here, but here's my version. I don't have the time, money or tools that some people have so the theme of my build is inexpensive, and within my capabilities. I wanted to turn my sporty into a flat black bobber. I am starting this thread already into it a bit, and after seeing some other threads have seem some stuff I want to incorporate into my build. This pic was the starting point on my 2000 1200cc sporty.
So after some thought I decided to go with powder coat for the whole bike. I wanted something durable and low maintenance. The other thing is I wanted to do all of this my self, as the bike has sentimental value to me. So after I got it tore down as far as I wanted I proceeded to teach myself to powder coat.
I have purchased a few parts new, but others are swap meet specials. I'm currently trying to get my swap meet aircleaner to fit. I have a bracket ordered but I am going to have to fab an additional plate from the stock aircleaner backing.
Afew things are probably going to be done at a later time when I have the money and courage to delve into it. The headlight is one, I would like to get rid of the eyebrow and use a different headlight, but I don't think I'm quite ready for that wiring situation.
Whatever it is you decide to dive into, take your time. I've been hacking up my bike here and there for the last couple of years. You'll be stoked about all the things you learn along the way. Keep it up and great job on the powder coating.
well I ended up getting quite a bit done over the last day or so, it's moving right along. I'll upload the most recent photo's probably on thursday. I am pretty stoked about the way it's going. after checking around and getting some ideas I think I'm going to chop a little more of the rear fender and fender struts, and since it will be a psuedo hardtail with the struts in place of shocks I'm going to slam that fender as close to the tire as I can get. I think I'm going to get rid of the handlebar controls and shave the front brake and clutch handle mounts.
about the powder coating. I have an el cheapo set up from harbor freight with some of their matte black powder. The unit is a Chicago Electric, in can be a little tempermental but it works. I baking the parts in an old oven from craigs list for $30. I stick the oven outside when I'm baking as it puts off some nauseating fumes. I put the oven racks inbetween two 2X4's on top of 2 saw horses to apply the powder then just take the rack and stick it in the oven. I tend to work on it at odd hours and I have an old air compressor that is very loud, so my brother and I built a box that goes over it to muffle the noise so it is barely audible in the house. I initially went to home depot and bought some small metal plates to practice on before I did any parts.
So, try not to laugh too hard. during my haste to get things apart and ready for powder coating I could not get the lower bearing off of the triple tree shaft and managed to destroy it. Now I cannot get the inner part off. to avoid having to take it to a machine shop can I just cut it off?
well,ended up destroying the steering stem and had to go buy a used triple tree and stem. damn. the bike is starting to come together. still have some wiring stuff and the tank and fender to powder coat.
Nice scoot to start off with to make a cool build. The reason it seems there is a ton of your style bikes around here is that this has like minded people that like a certain style of bikes. Fuck em if they don't like it. Nice job on doing the work yourself and just because other people have more fab tools or more experience doesn't make them jokers God's of style and fab.
Keep choppin that fuckin sporty and ride the wheels off it when you're done
Thanks Stogie Joe. This build has a lot of sentimental value to it. I bought this bike new in 2000 and rode the piss out of it for a couple years, then I bought a softail and didn't have a place to keep it and so I kept it at my parents place. Well my dad had always wanted a bike so he started to ride it and rode it from 2002 till 2006. At that point his cancer made him too weak to ride. After he passed in 2007 I brought it home and decided I was going to change it up a bit, I wanted to do a tribute to my dad, but also have a killer scoot. So now my brother and I are now reworking it. Once I get enough money together I want to have the seat re-skinned with new leather with some tooling to remember my dad by. So I want the bike to be cool, but I don't give a fuck if anyone else thinks it is.
So, it's coming along but ran into a couple of snags. I'm going to removethe controls from the handle bars but then I realized I needed a throttle cable housing,$80, seriously? So I'll pick one up next week. I'm looking at thejoker machine one. Then noticed if I get rid of the stock switches my front brake light switch goes away also. Any suggestions?
80 bucks is crazy if you're trying to go inexpensive. There are some pretty nice $30 single cable throttle assemblies out there that work just fine. I've been using one for a few years now with no problems whatsoever. On the brake light switch, I wouldn't even worry about it. I don't have one. I figure I use my rear whenever I use my front, so not a big deal for me. If you're really worried about it you can always buy the banjo bolt sensor. Bikes looking good! Keep it up!