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    Default Wooden sissy bars- Stupid or cool idea?

    So I was talkin with my buddy the other day and we got in to sissy bars. His bike already has one and I'm going to make mine. So since I got my bike I've been lookin for cool lookin metal pieces or anything that caught my eye that would still be somewhat original.... Not to much luck. So then I t to thinkin how often have I seen any kind of wood on a bike... None right well not not make a sweet rustic or old fashioned looking sissy bar with some brass bolts a nice dark finish or something along those lines. Obviously it be anchored with metal so it will have some weight barring capabilities.... Anyway what do ya think sound stupid or you got any similar ideas or improvements on the original?

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    I can see it, but i would definately make it outta metal and just have wood accents bolted to it with said brass. If done right, you would'nt see the metal. But then again thats getting int Paul Jr's "innovative" territory.

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    I could see it man...with a Velvet seat, Lantern lights, Frazetta mural, Invaders.... since I sold my Honda you could use my old plate "LSD 8U"

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    "So then I got to thinkin how often have I seen any kind of wood on a bike... None right..."

    Yeah, no there's probably a really good reason for that. I've seen lots of wood accent pieces on those two wheeled conestogas like Gold Wings trying to make them look plush. Pretty barffie. But hey, it's your bike.

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    Yeah but my aim is unique And old lookin not luxury car interior wood not tryin to make it look fancy ya know

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    Quote Originally Posted by usmc50lx View Post
    I could see it man...with a Velvet seat, Lantern lights, Frazetta mural, Invaders.... since I sold my Honda you could use my old plate "LSD 8U"
    Hahah man not tryin to go that hard ha awesome

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    I've only ever seen one, and it looked pretty good to me. Not sure on structural integrity but it was unique.



    (pic from facebook, if it doesn't show up let me know and I'll put it on picasa and repost it)

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    Hey I think it could look good,if it fits the bike.Being a guitar player that head stock thing look good.What could it hurt giving it a shot,the worst thing that could happen is you don't like it.

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    If you do this, I reccomend framing the wood with metal and use the hardest wood you can find. Oil the wood regularly. Be sure the metal is structural and the wood is mostly ornamental. remember, wood expands and contracts depending on the relative humidity in the air which is affected by tempurature and everything else. Plan accordingly. Bear in mind the vibration will affect wood much differently than metal. Be aware of the direction of the wood grain and the potential for splitting.

    Do it right and it will look good, do it wrong and it will look like dog poo.

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    hmmmm ..... that there is out-of-the-box thinkin'. i'd suggest not trying to cut, massage and stain a slab of wood. mebbe look for a piece of drftwood. or mebbe you'd find just the right shape in a wild grape vine. think about a stout willow tree branch and steam bending what you need. remember though, if it ain't functional to as least some degree, it'll just be rough cut bling.

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    Well, just to weigh-in for the other side; I think a wood sissy bar on a bike sounds horrible. It'll make the bike look more like a piece of furniture and less like a machine, but to each his own ---- I'm told that's what makes the word go 'round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BerserkerBlue View Post
    I've only ever seen one, and it looked pretty good to me. Not sure on structural integrity but it was unique.



    (pic from facebook, if it doesn't show up let me know and I'll put it on picasa and repost it)
    Well that is a metal sissy bar with a wood insert. Looks good though.

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    Is it just me, or does the tank look horrible on that bike? It just don't seem to fit right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deckard43 View Post
    Is it just me, or does the tank look horrible on that bike? It just don't seem to fit right.
    Dude! First thing i thought. Totally clashes with the rest of the bike.

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    Wood could be cool if done right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackjesus View Post
    Wood could be cool if done right.
    Yeah see it's not a sissy bar but I think if done right it has the potential to look sick
    Plus I have so much more
    Practice with wood working than I do metal working so this might let me show of my wood working and allow me to practice some metal work and not just dive right In
    And my Hope is for it to be fully Functional. I'm really digging all the input to guys thanks a lot
    Keep it comin

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    The structural would obviously have to be metal or brass. Then possibly a wood insert or back part/filler. As a finish carpenter I know what your talking about but, when I think of wood and metal I think of furniture. I know your trying to think outside of the box, but you might get caught in the "Corny" middle.

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    Yeah man true true and if it is stupid or corny I also have an all metal sissy bar in the works at the same time but it's a-typical twisted rod etc etc but yeah man thanks for the lookin out everyone keep the ideas or different views of it I'm diggin all the feed back

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    I've seen sissy bars made from skateboard decks so it isnt unheard of, I say go for it man.

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    love the strat strut. really love it. think ill do one with my tele in mind!@
    seriuosly, a piece o' bodac (bois d'arc) is pretty damned strong. "ironwood" is another name for this stuff. eats up 10 foot carbide sawblades like they were aluminum. ive seen one bike done, VERY tastefully in wood, a bagger panhead, if im not mistaken, bags,dash panel, battery cover, and various trim pieces. beautiful work, but none of the wood was structural.
    creativity = perseverence. period.
    do it, and show us.

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