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Old 11-22-2013, 11:42 AM   #391
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Re: Clean and Simple II Virago

Knifemaker needs his own TV show.

I'd be glued to the TV watching all of this fabrication being done. The American Chopper and Cafe Racer TV stuff is rookie compared to this!
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:23 PM   #392
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and back at it...

After wracking my brain on how to mount and support the tail unit i went through several ideas that didnt work, and ended up going with aluminum supports bonded to the tail, and threaded stainless support bungs welded to the subframe. It makes the tail slightly heavier, but makes me feel a little better about it supporting my weight.
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Chris, Like others I'm hoping that you will have future projects and they will include carbon fiber. To that end, you might want to buy a small supply of CF tubes. Sometimes they are the best for hard-point mounting / bracing, etc. I have various sizes and if needed I fill one with left over resin and West 403 filler. You can tap / thread them. Or use them as is for stiffeners. Endless possibilities. One of dozens of vendors:
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:15 PM   #393
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subscribed. Just read the entire thread....very impressive work!
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:05 AM   #394
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Sounds like it's time to start a "I like watching Knifemaker build stuff too much to let it stop" fund.

I'm in for $10.00
thanks! thankfully the welder is in very capable hands right now, and if it can be fixed, Ben can fix it. That being said, i have had an offer from my parents to replace it with some of the money they saved for me to go to school, but as i got my entire education paid for, they have some money left. So, now i have to wait to see if the welder will work again.

if not, does anyone have a recommendation for a replacement unit? staying under $2k
i am currently thinking either the Miller Diversion 185 or the thermal arc 186

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Knifemaker needs his own TV show.

I'd be glued to the TV watching all of this fabrication being done. The American Chopper and Cafe Racer TV stuff is rookie compared to this!
Lol! that is very kind of you. however i dont think that i would have enough drama to keep everyone watching. I dont have anyone to throw chairs/tools at.

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Chris, Like others I'm hoping that you will have future projects and they will include carbon fiber. To that end, you might want to buy a small supply of CF tubes. Sometimes they are the best for hard-point mounting / bracing, etc. I have various sizes and if needed I fill one with left over resin and West 403 filler. You can tap / thread them. Or use them as is for stiffeners. Endless possibilities. One of dozens of vendors:
http://www.clearwatercomposites.com/...1-d33261a50c2b
that is a very interesting though. i hadnt thought qabout CF tubes at all, but that is a great idea.

the main reason for using the aluminum in this instance is that i wanted some lateral support on the part in the mounts themselves. however due to the curvatios nature of the the tank, that turned out to be brain bender. No only to i have to figure out what i want to do, i have to figure out what i CAN do. this was the best option. however, this is simply the MK I version of this bike. i hope to be able to go back and replace/refine things that i am not as happy with once i get it more or less together, and the CF tunes are a great MKII idea.

okay, since i couldnt get the forward seat mounts on, i decided to at least manage the wires and tuck them out of place till i can actually get up the nerve to finish the wiring. so here are some "progress to date" pictures









Trying to get the welder situation sorted. I may end up having to get a new one. if so, are there any recommendations? i need to keep it under $2k

thanks for looking!
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Trying to get the welder situation sorted. I may end up having to get a new one. if so, are there any recommendations? i need to keep it under $2k
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Scour Craiglist. But with anything Craiglist, let the buyer beware. You never know what you are going to get.

If you could find an equipment auction, maybe from a shop that is closing down that might be a better option than Craigslist. But again, you would be buying used equipment.
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Old 11-25-2013, 10:23 AM   #396
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Re: Clean and Simple II Virago

Give this welder a look.

http://victortechnologies.com/Therma...t_features.php




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Old 11-25-2013, 10:47 AM   #397
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I may end up having to get a new one. if so, are there any recommendations?
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:20 PM   #398
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Re: Clean and Simple II Virago

I have a suggestion to fill up your time while getting the welder sorted...

CF front & rear fenders...
A really tight fitting rear hugger that goes from about the same level as the bottom of the exhaust, to just past the top center of the axle would be cool.
A small, close fitting front fender with built in fork guards.

Something to keep your hands busy until you have another welder to play with...

Hope your welder can get fixed, or that you are able to find another soon, as this bike is just REALLY awesome!
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I am curious about the weight of it. Any details knifemaker?
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:34 PM   #400
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Idk how close it really is, but the engine looks scary close to the ground (could be the angle of the picture). Like you would never clear a speed bump. And even if you compress the suspension it might get close to scraping.
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