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Old 08-07-2021, 05:47 AM
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Hi I am building a Suzuki SV650 Cafe Racer and am getting near finished but that's where I always get stuck.
I am fine with the mechanics and the modifying despite my often crude abilities,
Now I getting down the the finishing aesthetics.
I am currently making my custom tank and I sure my methods will have many of you shaking your heads.
I will post some pictures for opinions to help get the appearance right.
The tank is still mock up stage but not for long so any thoughts are welcome.

Can you see anything, anything at all you think could be better, tell me what you think it needs to get a wow factor ???

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Old 08-09-2021, 10:25 AM
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I really like it, looks real good.

are you going to leave the frame white or paint to match?
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Old 08-09-2021, 10:30 PM
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I really like it, looks real good.

are you going to leave the frame white or paint to match?
The frame is alloy painted the standard silver.
I could polish it (a lot of work) it may be worth doing, leave it (It looks better than the picture indicates) or change the colour.
I ready don't know what to do.
I got my shield gas today so I can start TIGing up the new tank this week.
I did a video walk around but I don't know if the site will let me post it yet.

Any suggestions are welcome Thanks
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Old 08-10-2021, 01:07 AM
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Been making a pattern for the inside shape for the new tank, also pick up some shield gas for the job.
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Old 08-10-2021, 03:07 AM
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with OEM Throttle position sensor

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Old 08-10-2021, 09:53 AM
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Thats awesome man!

I wish I had the skill, tools or materials to do anything a lot of people do lol.

I did a few things to my bike and it caught fire o.0 been in the shop for 3 years now :/ lol.

Keep up the posts man.
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Old 08-10-2021, 02:38 PM
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Thats awesome man!

I wish I had the skill, tools or materials to do anything a lot of people do lol.

I did a few things to my bike and it caught fire o.0 been in the shop for 3 years now :/ lol.

Keep up the posts man.
I have had the bike 3 years now, Sometimes I just want to have a ride and it's in bits again. I am nearly done that's why I need help to make it look as good as it goes.
I'm a old fart and had a long time to collect tools and play with them.
Fire is always a worry especially if you are sitting on it .. lol
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im just happy this time I wasnt in Motion lol.

its coming out looking good, happy for you man
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Old 08-10-2021, 06:42 PM
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im just happy this time I wasnt in Motion lol.

its coming out looking good, happy for you man
Have you got a picture of your bike, Is it on going project or are you just going to ride?
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Old 08-11-2021, 09:20 AM
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I just have a "Simple" lol 85 FXRC (Dream Bike)
I will have to upload some pics.

Got my uncle into bikes and I have been using his 06 Rigid, and we just picked up a 99 Softail that needs work. (Pics to come)





We took the fairing and sissy bar off the softail.
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Old 08-11-2021, 02:29 PM
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Is the one with the flamed tank where you're heading with the recent purchased soft tail
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I was working out fuel capacity for the tank I'm making and a conservative estimate is about 12-13 litres.

I can live with that but I hope it's a bit more when all done.
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Old 08-12-2021, 07:44 AM
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Thats a good size for a tank, even riding at distance, just depending on where your at, extra fuel bottle on your bike for emergencies.

No, Just removed Fairing off the Softail, and just clean it up, might go up for sale after some work, might be a beater/loaner when done, my uncle is already looking for his 3rd bike....he has ridden the rigid once. lol
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Old 08-15-2021, 12:45 AM
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I was thinking of lowering the rear of the tank to get it as parallel as possible with the seat line but to get another litre in the tank I am raising the front and lengthening it about 20 mm, should make it about 13-5-14.5 which I am much happier with.
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Old 08-16-2021, 08:58 PM
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A step closer, only thing stopping me from using it is the missing hose to run between the regulator and the welder.
Should some rubber fuel line do the trick?
I am thinking of mounting my little plasma cuter on the lower arm.
Then the tank
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