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Old 03-15-2012, 10:25 AM
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Custom 250 H-tail, pro-street, Buell powered build

Howdy.

I've been working on this build for a while, and I figured I'd throw up some of the progress and chronicle the rest of the build here. Figured some of you guys might enjoy the progress.

I purchased the beauty of a buell (sarcasm) last summer, and figured I'd put some miles on it to make sure the engine and trans functioned as it should be using it as the base for my new build.


Well, as fate would have it I was on my way to the gym one evening when this nice kid decided to pull out in front of me...the truck won.


Enter Progressive Insurance. Thanks for the nice check. I bought the buell back and parted it out, and purchased the following from Demons Cycle.


As soon as I got to this point I realized the frame was much bigger/taller/longer than I wanted it to be...enter sawzall.


I started with removing the seat area, and then cut 3 inches off the back end.


Next step was to fab up what would be the new "seat area" of the frame. I also lowered the top hoop for the rear wheel a good 3.5 inches.


Then I started mocking up the gas and oil tanks in posterboard.


I took pictures of each piece of the gas tank, plopped it in cad, drew them up to scale, and cut them out with the cnc plasma.

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Old 03-15-2012, 12:48 PM
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Continued:

Started by bending up and mounting the tank tunnel.


And finished up the rest (you can see the rear fender mocked up in this photo as well).


Mounted the rear fender. You can also see the 1" offset front pulley which I purchased from Motorway Engineering in Manchester, NH in the second pic.



Lately I machined up the mount for the headlight the wife was kind enough to get me for Christmas.


I then decided to bang out the oil tank, which I decided to build right into the rear fender. I still need to weld in all the bungs, vents, and the top with bung for the cap.




I plan to create filler pieces that will weld to the frame so that it appears the tank runs right up into the frame. You can see the space I'm reffering to here.

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Old 03-15-2012, 12:51 PM
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Last post for now:

Another shot of the tanks:


Got in 11.5 F and R rotors...6 piston caliper..


Decided the front of the bike needed a little something "more," so I started mocking up some front bodywork the other day.


Well I must have been struck with extra motivation that day because I went right from posterboard cutouts, to a tack'd up front bodywork the same day.




And this is how she sits!
well, actually THIS is how she sits



I'll be running LED tail/brake/blinkers just under the edge of the rear fender (hence the gap).

Next on the agenda is to finish the oil tank, and then start on BARS!

I'll keep updating this post with progress as it is made.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:55 PM
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Certainly glad you're still here to post this!!!!! Nice job so far!
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:38 AM
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Thanks man.

Figured it was time for an update!

Started on some bars!




Internal throttle's in the mail, but the grips arrived:

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Old 04-23-2012, 10:02 AM
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This weekend I finished up the oil tank:




And then I started messing around with some tube I had laying around to get the gears in my head turning for exhaust.
This may be the next thing I do when I have some more free time.


more to come!
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nice work - keep it coming
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:02 AM
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Worked on the bike some more this weekend.

Mounted my all-in-one speedo/gauges:


Made my seat pan:


Tucked my ignition switch underneath the seat:


And fabbed all the little filler pieces so it looks like the Oil Tank flows right up to the frame and the bottom of the seat (you can see that in the two above pics as well).


THEN, I started fabbing up an exhaust. I used the original stainless steel primary tubes from the buell exhaust.


Then I started mocking up my idea using some mild steel bends I had kicking around (ss bends should be in this week). My plan is to use all SS, grind down the welds, and polish the whole exhaust.

What I'm doing is a 2-into-1, and the 1 is a 2.5" tube.


To cover the 2.5" tube, I'm also going to route some 3 inch tube the same way, and cut the end like this:



Internal throttle, Velocity Stack, and associated "breather" components come in this week... more to come!
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:46 AM
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My Father-in-law was up from KY this past weekend, and since he use to work for RC Components, he fit right in helping me out working on the bike



We fab'd the underbelly trays to hold the battery, and all my electronics (voltage reg, ignition, grip-ace control module, fuse panel).




I got the 3" SS bends to redo the exhaust, along with all my air cleaner parts so I continued fabbing that stuff yesterday.



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Old 05-09-2012, 10:15 AM
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DAMN THAT'S A REALLY NICE BUILD MAN ! Congrats and good you were OK after that stupid incident...can't wait to see this mofo finished !

ps : that exhaust is killer !!!
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Dude, Glad you're okay after the wreck! Bike is looking tons better this way than the "before" picture!! I like it!
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:24 PM
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Thanks guys.

I finished the remaining exhaust collector last night, and I made the tip of the exhaust removable so I can change the amount of baffle needed during tuning.

This winter I plan to upgrade the heads/cams/carb so I'll need to make sure I can change the backpressure then too.


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I like the way the Bike is looking, cool to see a Buell chopper!
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:47 AM
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Bike looks sick

hehe..I have that same air cleaner
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:08 AM
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Bike looks sick

hehe..I have that same air cleaner
Nice! Do you like it?

I'll admit I did a LOT of looking around cuz I couldn't find one that I liked. I was about to give up and make one when i found this cleaner online and figured I'd give it a shot since I liked the way it looked.
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