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post #151 of 176 Old 11-02-2018, 07:05 PM
 
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I would ride that bike if I were physically able. Many years ago I bought a SOHC Honda 750 in an Amen Savior hardtail frame with a super raked out girder front fork and a tall sissy bar. I didn't keep it long. The hardtail pounded my back and the handling was so bad I did not consider it safe. But it sure looked cool.
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post #152 of 176 Old 11-02-2018, 07:14 PM
 
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The hardtail pounded my back and the handling was so bad I did not consider it safe. But it sure looked cool.
Cool is as cool does.. IMHO. If its unsafe, handles terrible, and pounds your back, how can it look cool? It looks like it might be unsafe, handle terrible, and would pound your back.

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I have officially added an English Wheel to my bucket list. Nice work on the bike SMR!
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"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However; they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber.
Those are STEPS toward customizing, not customizing unto itself.
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I have officially added an English Wheel to my bucket list. Nice work on the bike SMR!

Thanks. You'll enjoy it for sure

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post #155 of 176 Old 07-20-2019, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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I can't seem to leave this bike alone. I picked up a old industrial sewing machine and have been working on my upholstery skills. My little bobber is my latest victim. I use contact cement to glue down the perimeter. Need to create a larger flange around the edge to make gluing easier but I got the job done.









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post #156 of 176 Old 07-20-2019, 01:58 PM
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Looks professional. Is that the stock foam?

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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Looks professional. Is that the stock foam?

Thanks. The foam is 1 inch neoprene glued to the pan and a bit of shaping around the edges, I left the bulk of it close to the 1 inch thickness. The lip of the pan is not covered at all by the 1 inch layer of neoprene. Then there is an 1/8 inch layer of neoprene over the entire top including the lip. That smooths everything out. I also learned only bonding around the under side of the pan helps the cover bridge over any lumpy areas on the foam.

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very nice! what did you get for a sewing machine?

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very nice! what did you get for a sewing machine?

Thanks!


The machine is a Singer 31-15. Simple straight only lock stitch medium duty machine. I was shopping walking foot machines on Craigslist. Around that time my son came by this old Singer. No manual, one spare needle, even the model number badge was gone. He wants it but would rather not store it so I volunteered to get it running and keep it safe The serial number let me find the manufacture date and the model number and then google got me a manual. There's a ton of information on the old Singer machines out there! It was designed to run up to a 23 sized needle but I've already run as big as a 25. It really chunked along with that big needle but runs the 23 just fine. I would have probably have popped for a walking foot machine but fell into to this one and got it running decent enough to do most of what I want.

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Very nice seat looks better than stock one.

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