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It's coming together quite well.... and I seem NOT to have misplaced many parts.

I have to install lower bars with no rise if I want to use the bubble style fairing, and I have some mod's to do to it. Soooo, either I use my Black Omar's bikini fairing (add some Red pinstripes), or put the above WIDE flat track bars on, and trim the fairing to clear the speedo & tach. Of course lower bars will match those Raask rear-sets I put on.

Still have stuff to do, but assembling the body parts makes me feel like I making progress. I hope I can get it outa the house when it's time to fire it up......





[ This message was edited by: FattRat on 2006-11-11 20:31 ]
 

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Pat, I LOVE IT !!! That is lookin so GOOD!! Always had a weakness for Red!! Thanks for update & posting pictures!!!
This bike is really going to draw the admiring folk over to talk about it(and the Triumphs they had!)
 

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Wow-nice work! What pipes are you going to install?
 

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Yeah..... it's VERY Red! The Black engine, Black knee pads, and the Black powder coated tank badges help to tone all the Red down though.

This bike can easily be converted from a sport cruiser to a café racer:

* I can use the upright Sporty bars with my Black Omar's Bikini fairing, traditional Bonnie "bench" seat, and my home-made chrome TT pipes (albeit loooong "TT pipes"). The bike will be permanently fitted with Black powder coated rails for some Triumph cordura bags.
I need to find some Black side-covers (or chrome) for this package.

* Wtih some low bars, I'll fit my color matched traditional "bubble" style fairing, color matched seat cowl with 70's era tuck & roll upholstery, and my Black D&D's with a modified internal baffle.

Below pictured are my ceramic Black D&D's, home-made straight pipes, and a shot of the inside of my headers treated with Blue Kreem (to keep radical bluing of the pipes to a minimum).





 

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Pat - looks great - bet you can't wait for a nice long shake down ride. Although as art in the living room , it will be hard to replace. JCW

[ This message was edited by: Thrux-ton-up on 2006-11-11 15:07 ]
 

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The bike look's great Pat...you must be very excited about completing this and getting her on the road. The red against the black engine look's sweet.

Noticed you mounted the crashbars off the old bike...and wanted to ask you if the different badge's on either side of the tank are intentional or if your having a issue deciding which ones to mount?

I have the mouth organ badge's mounted to mine, but the eyebrows really look good as well.
 

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Nice color. I envy you creative types with your bikes. If I tried something like that.....God knows how it would turn out.

Nicely done, Ratt!!

MadMack
 

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Great looking bike! I have also thought about powdercoating the saddlebag mounts since I find the chrome distracting when I don't have them on. Any thought on how much it was to do them? thanks...tim
 

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'SCCTrim'..... yeppers, you caught it. My earliest memories of the Triumph badge is the "Garden Gate", "Mouth Organ" or whatever they call it. It's my favorite....
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as much as I like it, it's a bit big for our rather diminutive Bonnie tank. It looks good on the Thunderbird tank though. You're right, I put both of them on to see which one talks to me. I'm thinking I can put some clear vinyl under the badge so that the Red paint is visible through the little checkerboard 'mouth organ' teeth. It seems to me that the badges of yesteryear were a see-through affair.

Anyway.... I powder coated the factory Bonnie badge Black, and already painted the "Triumph" letters with some Gold paint. I'm thinking I can use the 'mouth organ' on the bike when it's got some more chrome on it (side covers and/or my long chrome pipes).

In it's café racer guise, I'll likely stick with my Black badges..... they look faster:

 

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It takes Real Bikers to work on there machines in the comfort of there living rooms. Those days were over for me along time ago but I miss them. I don't miss however the years of child support payments I had to make for my work habits.

Oh well, Great job Pat...............Your the man........

Rick.................
 

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Pat,

The bike looks real goooooood. Our Bonnies turn heads even stock, now just think how may heads are going to turn for your shocking red Bonnie.
 

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Who did the powdercoating? The D&D's look great. A permanent cure for the bracket rust! Did you have the chrome removed before powdercoating?

[ This message was edited by: LS1 on 2006-11-12 11:14 ]
 

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'LS1',
I had the D&D's "ceramic coated" at 'PerfectIt' in Sacramento. I wasn't real happy with it because it seemed rather prone to scratching too easily. I expressed my concern to them, and mentioned how I am around LOTS-O-BIKES, and haven't seen nor heard of others complaining of thier ceramic coating scratching. So I asked if they in fact HAD removed the chrome via sand blasting first.... he said they should have, but that they will do them over for me at no additional cost (I was bringing more stuff in for powder coating at the time).

He was quick to suggest that their coating is a "blue preventitive measure" and not as tough as powder coating. But powder coating is actually some kind of glorified plastic process.... it won't stand up to exhaust temps......
 
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