Urethane Brake Lights

August 23, 2018 lights

  With the skate deck seat pan finished and installed I found inspiration with the taillights. I wanted something to also reflect the skate influence of this bike and wanted to use any other parts I could think of in clever ways. Although I liked how my plate relocation had worked out, the brake light itself was not as bright as I had hoped. Plus I wanted a better location for drivers to see.  I decided to create brake lightsRead More

Seat Sub Frame Rework (Step Two)

August 23, 2018 Uncategorized

  I was finally going to get to the unique part of this bike I had envisioned months ago. During the late 80’s skateboarding became my passion. In fact, it became my religion. Everything my world revolved around was maple, urethane, concrete and pavement. When I started getting inspired online with everyone’s cafe style builds I noticed that the up-curved seat on the most simple bikes I admired reminded me a lot of the tail of a skate deck. IRead More

Plate Relocation

August 23, 2018 modifications

  With the seat bobbed and tail section gone… I needed to find a place for the license plate to go. I knew I didn’t want it to cover my skate deck seat pan. I also knew the 4 into 1 exhaust had placed the muffler on the right side of the bike. That plus the brake caliper left me once one empty spot. I chose a bobber style brake light / plate mount for the left swingarm. First thing…Read More

Ignition and Starter Switch Relocation

June 23, 2018 modifications

  With the simplification of the dash I wanted to find a new spot for the keyed ignition switch as well as starter button. I decided under the seat made the best sense… but now I had to figure out a way to achieve this relocation. The factory switch is bulky with several positions (lock, off, on, park). It also has a built in fork lock mechanism that obviously can only engage when mounted in the original spot on theRead More

Fuel Gauge Delete

June 13, 2018 modifications

  A smaller dash cluster means things have to be deleted. Maybe “have to” is not the best term to use. Part of my overall goal with this project is simplification, so the elimination of anything extra is a big plus. But if I can save the functionality along the way, then that’s a perfect modification.  Knowing how much fuel is left on a long ride is a big help. Most riders just use the reserve tank as an indicatorRead More

Headlight Installation

May 26, 2018 lights

  I knew I wanted to simplify the front end in regards to lighting, so I started to look for options. I quickly settled on a stand alone round headlight style with brackets mounted to the upper fork stanchions. This would allow me to set the proper height to hopefully match the lines of the tank and bike overall. Now I just had to find one within my budget that would be the correct size and proportion. The first optionRead More