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Custom Motorcycle (Finished)

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  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Custom Motorcycle (Finished)
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, May 15, 2009 11:17 AM

 (Scroll down for finished photos and text.)

 

For a new project I’ve been tinkering on.  This is the front rotor.  I machined it to assemble much like a 1:1 unit.  The rivets in the bag will fasten the hub and rotor together.  It was too windy to take them out of the bag and risk making another batch just for a photo op…

Wheel and forks are in the works too.  The bike itself will be a custom.  Custom what is still not fully decided... - Mark

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow...

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    October, 2014
Posted by DesignArtStudios on Saturday, May 16, 2009 2:34 AM

I can't think of a word to describe your work. Wow, Amazing, Super Cool, lots of exclamation points?  Seriously, since I have done miniature machine work, (and will continue to do so, as soon as I organize my work area, and make room for the Sherline goodies) I have a real appreciation of the planning and effort that goes in to something like your parts. You do superb work.

Now, as to subject matter, I am on a campaign  ; ) to get builders to try something besides choppers.  I know chopped bikes are all the rage in the "real world," but I think we can all broaden our range of subjects.  So, I am pushing cafe racers as a style of building. Here is a link to some cafe racers, based on the Yamaha XS 650.  Some of them are really beautiful.  You could put whatever engine, wheels, etc you wanted.  Take a look and see what you think.

http://www.650motorcycles.com/CafeRacers.html

I can't wait to see more of your work.  But, dang it, you are making me realize I need to get off my lazy streak, and start building!!

I will be watching this thread.  Thanks for sharing your skills with everyone.

Mike

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, May 18, 2009 10:49 AM

Here is the finished rotor and front wheel.  All parts were machined in aluminum.  The rotor is made up of 11 pieces; the wheel is made of 7, (including valve stem and cap). 

The center of the wheel was textured to look like a cast unit, but shooting the pics in the late afternoon sun makes the texture look much coarser that it does in person.

 

Front forks are almost done too but the paint needs to dry before assembly and photos…

 

I did spend some time on the overall shape of the “body” of the bike too, so now I have a direction to build towards.  I’m using an existing kit to build on but the design is still not finalized.  I will say it is not my “normal” subject style… - Mark

 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow...

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 2:39 PM

It’s not just a few random parts anymore…

The tire for the front wheel came from a Redbird model from the Batman & Robin movie.  I’ve decided to use the main parts from the rest of the kit too.  Now it’s a case of just playing and tinkering to make it look less toy-like.  And hopefully find another personality for it.

 

The front wheel/brake/fork assembly is done.  The front fender shape/details are still not fully determined, but the geometry is set. Some material has been removed from the front of the fender.

More machined aluminum parts for the fork assembly; it is also made to accept a receiver set-up for the handlebars.  The caliper is a modified kit part with some additional machined details, as are the bottoms of the forks.

 

The rear bodywork was treated to a fin I rough cut from aluminum plate and shaped freehand.  I included a couple mounting tabs on it and epoxied it into a couple slots that I cut into the top of the fender.

Sheet plastic cut into triangular shapes were used to build up the top sides of the rear fender, a little polyester filler was utilized to smooth and blend it all together.  (Guess I should have taken a “before” pic…) 

A coat of two-part polyester primer further helped meld it all together.

I still don’t have a set idea of what it is going to be or even what color(s) it will have on it when it is done.  I’m just letting it flow into whatever it wants right now.  After all, it is just for entertainment, I might as well watch along.  But is does seem to want to stay Batman themed at this point, oh well…  I did start tinkering with the engine.  I’m thinking it needs some aluminum too… - Mark

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow...

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, May 31, 2009 2:41 PM
I have the front wheel/brake/fender assembly done (sans painting the bleed cap on the caliper...). 
Most of the main body is done too.  Here are the headlight/running light/turn indicators I turned from aluminum and acrylic.  I also machined a fuel filler cap too.
The exhaust tips are made of brass and textured to match the front wheel, going for a cast look.  Hmmm, seven pipes, wonder how that happened...  I still have to make parts to cover the brass axle mounting points for the rear wheel.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow...

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    May, 2009
Posted by tiki kat on Sunday, May 31, 2009 7:19 PM

 Pretty cool, can't wait to see it finished!

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    October, 2014
Posted by DesignArtStudios on Friday, June 05, 2009 3:44 AM

Seven exhaust pipe tips.  Who cares?  A wild ride like this one might have a seven cylinder radial. (Jesse James built a bike with a little five cylinder airplane engine!) Or maybe a four and a triple!  I really like the way you are making the bike look organic, yet the little high-tech touches set it off.  It's cool how you are letting the bike suggest what to do to it.  Keep going!

Thanks,

Mike

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Custom Motorcycle (Finished)
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, August 17, 2009 1:46 PM

This was started with no clear direction of where it would end, sometimes this kind of build can be “just the thing”, it was for me...  The journey was more fun than the destination.  Definitely on the funky side. 

It was just something to tinker with and an excuse to machine a few parts.  I started with the front wheel and brake.  The body was reworked and a handful of detail parts were machined for the headlights, gas cap and rear wheel mounting.  The exhaust was made of brass and textured to march the front rim.

The rear fin is made of aluminum.  Paint is a leftover mix from a previous “real job”, I did add a little white to it and blended (frosted?) the tip of the front fender.  BMF makes up most of the trim spears.  Enjoy it if you can…

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow...

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