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mabirec
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« on: May 09, 2012, 01:17:05 am »

bought this a few weeks ago and started turning it into a bobber, was originally going for that 50's/60's kustom kulture theme, but that's already been done a million times, so decided to go with steampunk Grin
my plans so far
1.cut the pipes and wrap them with white exhaust tape
2. paint the gas tank a deep forest green
3.leave the motor black with some brass eccents
4.drag bars (brass colored with leather grips)
5.brown saddle seat
6.forks will be a combination of black and brass
any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, and below is a pic of how i got it

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2012, 02:29:52 am »

Brass head and tail lights
brass bezels on insturmentation
different style tires....
Solid disc rims or maybe something gear themed....
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2012, 03:22:47 am »

going for something like this
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2012, 03:27:23 am »

I definitely think you should toss some steam engine-inspired parts in there...maybe a super-huge headlamp.
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2012, 09:30:34 am »

Brass Goggles user Selectedgrub has a blog that may provide some inspiration.

http://www.selectedgrub.blogspot.co.uk/
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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2012, 01:50:04 pm »

very very nice. may i inquire as to the year and make?
i purchased my first bike a few months back and it bears a similarity to be sure. my plans for its upgrades are along the same lines as well, dark green, exhaust wraps, brown saddle seat. though i think it will end up a bit more Diesel punk...  great minds think alike right?
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more pics please!
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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2012, 02:02:48 pm »

very very nice. may i inquire as to the year and make?
i purchased my first bike a few months back and it bears a similarity to be sure. my plans for its upgrades are along the same lines as well, dark green, exhaust wraps, brown saddle seat. though i think it will end up a bit more Diesel punk...  great minds think alike right?
Smiley
more pics please!
regards,
Dante
certainly, it's a 1982 honda cb900c, and good luck with your bike!!!
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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2012, 02:26:20 pm »

A springer fork always looks vintage.
If not, a huge headlight, big enough to house the instruments. (looking at the pictures: diameter of the headlight, from the top of the instruments to the indicator mounts.)

With saddle seat, do you mean a wide bike seat or an actual (horse) saddle seat? The ladder would be awesome.

You can also make a wooden rear fender.

What about covering the cables with woven shoelace kind of rope?
Or use thin copper tubing to house the cable. I've seen it done on a custom bicycle.
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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2012, 05:23:53 pm »

Here is a bobber I built a few years ago that might have a few tips you might find useful. I would think the bars would be a good cue as well as the grips and floorboards. The handlebars are very similar to beach bars but with a smaller diameter tube crossing them which gives an older look. I have done polishing and plating on quite a few bikes including a chrome plated frame so I offer my services should you need brass plating done on anything.
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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2012, 12:47:26 am »

Sorry about that here is the pic I meant to add
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« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2012, 02:06:12 pm »

I like the copper tube idea.
I have as a long term project an old SR250 1 lung'er (first of the Jap Harley lookalikes) started to go the way of http://www.deus.com.au/gallery/ got as far as getting hold of an old BSA Bantam Tank cut it in 1/2 longways to widen it, then the exhaust fell off due to rust so stuck a Hotdog on it from my car (the wreck in the backyard now gone) and first ride got up to 100kph first time ever, mind you it was down hill with a tailwind.
But being OZ first policeman that seen it did a U'ie and tried to convince me that it was not the sort of thing I should have on my bike. (I think I won that one as he let me go).
I tossed the seat long ago and had opted for a single Cafe racer style (hand made) but have since found a Very old leather Push bike seat that awaits free time.
Now for the last year or 2 it sits and waits until I get the urge to fly (hey I allmost need a walker to get around these days).
But the Idea of Steaming her is growing stronger every day.
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« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2012, 08:34:03 pm »

Sweet! My last bike MANY years ago was a full chop 1947 Harley 45CID. Looked fast standing still. On the road it was 65 MPH downhill with a strong tailwind. I will be watching for further developments.
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« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2012, 12:06:58 pm »

Will be keeping an eye on this one. We will need WIP photos please. Wink

Not that steamy, but I hacked an 05 1200 sportster custom to bits a few years ago to try and achieve a "retro" look. Didnt turn out exactly as I thought and ran out of cash, but it does get comments.





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« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2012, 09:20:17 pm »

I was expecting an elaborate fishing bobber
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« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2012, 08:34:03 am »

Brass Goggles user Selectedgrub has a blog that may provide some inspiration.

http://www.selectedgrub.blogspot.co.uk/


Yes maybe!! ,thankyou and the best of luck with your project mabirec.
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« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2012, 10:34:39 pm »

okay this is how it sits now, started going for that old military look, but it'll still have steampunk elements

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« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2012, 01:29:22 am »

That is really looking great!  I had the same idea last spring before my funding got transfered into an emergency fund.
As for more ideas: 
Replumb the oil lines in copper tubing
Replace the wiring with cloth covered insulated wiring
Cut the tank horizontally, put it back together using copper rivets (and re-weld of course)
....or weld a strip of rivetted metal around the tank (empty tank of all gas and fumes first)
Copper or brass oil tank fitted under the seat pan

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« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2012, 01:21:29 pm »

very nice!
i like the matte black on the engine. i have been reluctant to do the same on my own, but now that i see it, i might still.
looking forward to more pics.

regards,
Dante
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« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2012, 02:37:29 pm »

I would suggest not using to much polished shiny brass/copper. The colour and brightness would scream and pop off with the matte black. If you do, use it moderately and balanced all over the bike.
Whitewalls with English racing green wheels and gas tank would look nice. With some red pinstriping perhaps.
If you do go for the polished brass, I would suggest a trumpet like exhaust. Also brass (coloured) breaks.
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« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2012, 01:38:55 am »

opinions?Huh Huh
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« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2012, 03:12:31 am »

If you have to go shiny go with brushed aluminum instead of chrome. A Springer front fork and nice leather seat and saddlebags maybe. To me the tank wants a roundel painted on it.
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« Reply #21 on: June 19, 2012, 08:58:47 am »

Not the solution perhaps, but food for thought!

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« Reply #22 on: June 26, 2012, 02:11:53 pm »

also, did you have that powder coated? or is that heat resistant exhaust paint?

Regards,
Dante
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« Reply #23 on: June 29, 2012, 08:21:14 pm »

this is AWESOME! gives me so many ideas for my 82 virago 920 i hardtailed and bobbed
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« Reply #24 on: October 05, 2012, 07:51:26 am »

Any updates on this?
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