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Old May 24th, 2017, 09:25 PM   #1
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Harumi

It's been a while since my introductory post... :3

Since then, I've given Harumi a couple of upgrades!

Out with the old, and in with the… Older. lol

I got fed up with the tiny, unlit km/h speedometer, so I found a used OEM cluster and mounted it!






I also got her a front fender. Next: Windscreen and cargo rack!
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Old May 25th, 2017, 06:45 AM   #2
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I like the unadorned OEM instrument panel on a naked bike look.
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Old June 20th, 2017, 03:56 PM   #3
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I like the unadorned OEM instrument panel on a naked bike look.
How I've always felt. Fairings are kinda... 'meh', from an aesthetic standpoint.

* * *

Windscreen and cargo rack have been put on hold in favour of body parts!


New booty section had a ding in it. Praise be to Bondo!


She gon' get a makeover! :3

Still waiting on the side panels and a couple of other bits.
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I like the unadorned OEM instrument panel on a naked bike look.
Me too.

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Old June 21st, 2017, 07:27 PM   #5
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I'll be honest.

Whenever I read the name "Chloe" in my head I said "CHA-low". I did this for about as long as I read "Khaki" as "HACK-EE".

I wish I could say it wasn't a very long time. But I'd be lying.
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Old June 22nd, 2017, 02:35 AM   #6
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I'll be honest.

Whenever I read the name "Chloe" in my head I said "CHA-low". I did this for about as long as I read "Khaki" as "HACK-EE".

I wish I could say it wasn't a very long time. But I'd be lying.
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Old June 25th, 2017, 03:28 PM   #7
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Progress Update:

Prime(d) Booty:


Pink Booty:



I'm wanting to add custom lettering and decals to her, and since I'm a cheapskate who refuses to custom order...:

Transfer test 1 (wax paper to wood):


Transfer test 2 (parchment paper to cardboard):


Wax seems to work better, but all I have right now is pretty much unusable (store run!). I figure transfer it and use that as a guideline to paint it in by hand (I wonder if a sharpie would work...)

Side panels should be here tomorrow!
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Old June 25th, 2017, 04:33 PM   #8
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Looks like you're having fun. I'll be watching your progress.
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Old June 25th, 2017, 04:36 PM   #9
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Looks purdy smooth... Nice job!

With the transfer method are you adding any heat? They use same method for diy pcb making and parchment seems to be acceptable and also use photo printer paper.
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Old June 25th, 2017, 06:09 PM   #10
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Looks purdy smooth... Nice job!

With the transfer method are you adding any heat? They use same method for diy pcb making and parchment seems to be acceptable and also use photo printer paper.
No heat, and just using a basic inkjet printer, lol. Only because that's all I have to work with. |D

I should probably look up some tutorial videos for more/better ideas.
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Old June 25th, 2017, 08:27 PM   #11
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Transfer test on part of the plastic no-one will see, lol.


Painted:


Kinda... Fugly. :<
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Old June 26th, 2017, 06:47 PM   #12
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Pretty much what I want her to look like when 'finished'. :3

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Pink and black can look very mean when done right. You might even consider a little more black, like a black seat and some black stripes, for example. You're good at sketching, so sketch up a few to look at.
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Pink and black can look very mean when done right. You might even consider a little more black, like a black seat and some black stripes, for example. You're good at sketching, so sketch up a few to look at.
Used a pic I found and attacked it with photoshop. Not the greatest, but it works!

I'll likely go for #4 as I've already ordered the decals in black. #5 was just for shits. XD

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The top one is my favorite, but I wouldn't try to change your mind about what you like.
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Old June 29th, 2017, 10:19 PM   #16
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Progress shots from today!





The side panels won't actually be going on until I get a proper coolant reservoir to replace the can/bottle/thing. And the tank is still on the bike because not only am I a lazy ass, but she's my only transportation and I can't afford to put her our of commission for too long.

Damn tank's gonna take a while to sand down, so she's gonna be ugly for a while. Once I get the decals, the parts are coming back off and getting touched up before clear-coating.
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Old July 1st, 2017, 01:57 PM   #17
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Almost ready for the decals!


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Looks good so far. The tank is pretty easy to get off, by the way. Two bolts and three rubber hoses, as I remember.
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Old July 1st, 2017, 03:47 PM   #19
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Looks good so far. The tank is pretty easy to get off, by the way. Two bolts and three rubber hoses, as I remember.
Yeah, but I have nothing to drain the fuel into and very limited space to work in. But I'll keep that in mind if I ever decide to redo it. |D
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I don't drain it. The petcock will keep gasoline from coming out. I just don't like it to be full because it's heavy when it is. Whatever is easiest for you though.
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:3c






I think I'm done for a while. Next will be the exhaust and emissions system... Because important bits are likely missing, and she smells terrible as a result. |D
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Very nice, Chloe. I like it with the black seat. It connects by the stripes to the engine, etc.. What happened to the stock license plate bracket? Not that what you have isn't nice, just wondering.
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Very nice, Chloe. I like it with the black seat. It connects by the stripes to the engine, etc.. What happened to the stock license plate bracket? Not that what you have isn't nice, just wondering.
It was gone when I got the bike (as was damn near everything else, lol). The plate was hanging on by zip-ties. o__o
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It was gone when I got the bike (as was damn near everything else, lol). The plate was hanging on by zip-ties. o__o
Did you have to make a tail light bracket too?
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Did you have to make a tail light bracket too?
Everything for the main tail light was still there. No side pod turn signals, but it has integrated ones. I do want to get the side pod one at some point, though. I just need to figure out how I'll mount them.
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Old July 6th, 2017, 08:52 PM   #27
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Some updates:

Tank pad!


Lockbox! No more having important paperwork yanked out of my pocket by the wind.


BONUS: Meowtercycle helmet (WIP). :3c
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Old July 6th, 2017, 09:19 PM   #28
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I love the all three! The lockbox is a really good idea. The helmet looks to be right out of an episode from the original Batman TV series.

I don't want to talk about the tank pad, because at my age anything I say would probably be held against me.
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I love the all three! The lockbox is a really good idea. The helmet looks to be right out of an episode from the original Batman TV series.

I don't want to talk about the tank pad, because at my age anything I say would probably be held against me.
As a raging lesbian with terrible luck on the dating front, it's probably the only way I'll ever see a hot chick between my legs.

HEYO.

EDIT (2017.7.25): I was wrong.

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After my little assident, she's been un-ride-able, but the rebuild has finally begun!

New parts acquired:
- forks
- triple Tree (w/ bonus risers for a 1 1/8 inch bar!)
- center stand
- shift lever

To get:
- headlight assembly
- handlebars (I'm open to recommendations!)
- TIRES
- clutch and break levers
- gauge cluster? (compact digital at some point)
- New paint job! (Plastidip maybe?)
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It's good to hear of your progress, Chloe. I don't recommend Plastidip. My 250 had it when I bought it, and it quickly started peeling off in places like where my legs contacted the tank. On top of that, gasoline quickly dissolves it, so any spill on the tank will mess it up badly.

I would use a decent spray paint, and if you want a durable clear coat over that, use Spraymax 2K .
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It's good to hear of your progress, Chloe. I don't recommend Plastidip. My 250 had it when I bought it, and it quickly started peeling off in places like where my legs contacted the tank. On top of that, gasoline quickly dissolves it, so any spill on the tank will mess it up badly.

I would use a decent spray paint, and if you want a durable clear coat over that, use Spraymax 2K .
If it was available, I'd probably go with this for the base coat. Though at that price I may as well take it to a shop.
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The search for a headlight and handlebars has begun...

The oh-so-slightly smashed assembly that it currently has is this one, but I'm hoping to find something more affordable if at all possible. (7" or 8")

Some I've been looking at:
1 - No mention of size, but it's fairly cheap and already has turn signals
2 - Under $20, and 7", but quality may be iffy
3 - Another 7" that looks decent
4 - Another 7" for under $50
5 - And here's a combo-breaking rectangular one

In addition, I'm also looking for some recommendations for 1 1/8" handlebars if anyone has any.
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2 and 3 look so similar they may come from the same factory. 7" round gives you a lot of choices, even a high quality LED headlight when you get more money available in the future.
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Fixing the gashes!
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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Link to original page on YouTube.

Runs and rides just as well as before... Minus the now non-working speedometer. Next: Tires.

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