Gday All,I'm an Aussie expat, living over in Dubai, and figured i'd drop in to say hiWell it took eight and a half years, but I've finally convinced the Handbrake it's a good idea for me to get back on 2 wheels.A shattered wrist and twice fractured spine ruled out a crotch rocket, so I went looking for something a little more comfortable with a bit of character.Sport tourers don't do it for me, and considered going down the Ulysses/Adventure route for a while but never really fell in love with them, a trip out to Classic Cycles in Al Quoz, and I ended up deciding on the C5 military Bullet.First pic:A quick chat to the owner Nelson, and next thing you know, we're talking mods....Drop the pillion seat and already it looks betterA few bits and bobs are now on order,Side mount tail lightLED turn signalsbar end mirrors15" rear rim and 140/90 tyretractor type seatMegaphone exhaustand now it's time to hit it with the grinder, get rid of some excess steel....TBC
Cont....And now the spanner and grinder work begins.......No pillion seat, no need for pillion pegs:Get rid of that front guard and headlight chrome: Bobbed rear guard, 140/90 15 tyre and rim to replace the 100/90 18 stockers easiest way ever to lower a bike! (Only mocked up, gotta sort lines and fitment yet)Quick mockup of the seat with a little help from my old mate
Looks great. Where did you get that seat?Scott
Woka, I'll be heading through your neck of the woods here in the next couple of months... mind if Iook you up?chris
I really want a seat like that. Any idea where I can get one in the US?
Man that things Bitchin' !
Hmm, got me thinking now,
What about stacked projector beam headlight like on the Sachs Madass?http://www.google.com/imgres?q=motorcycle+projector+headlight&um=1&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbnid=2inkvbK7t186cM:&imgrefurl=http://motorcyclephilippines.com/forums/showthread.php%3Ft%3D208842&docid=ZRDR1ub_aZc6rM&w=651&h=600&ei=LzZxTuPBNOHq0gGZ8rWrCg&zoom=1&biw=1786&bih=816&iact=rc&dur=451&page=3&tbnh=137&tbnw=150&start=72&ndsp=36&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:72&tx=66&ty=61Too modern?Scott
Ya, A little too terminator
Now I'm liking the nacelle or headlight surround or whatever you want to call it, and it's got me looking for brass light trims and dial surrounds, I'm also trying to find amber lenses for the running lights and will delete the front LED turn signals and re-run the flasher unit to use the running lights instead.Also thinking about flipping the bars to lower the look even further.I'll head out for a ride to the stables in the next coupla weeks and see if I can find a saddlier (?) who can do some emboss and braiding work for the seatAnyway, ramble ramble, thats enough for tonight
Going steam punk ?? If you are intending to do a lot of smallish brass items may be worth investing in something like this ...http://www.caswellplating.com.au/plug_N_plate.htmlalso ...............Amber pilot lights ...http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-ROYAL-ENFIELD-PAIR-ORANGE-PILOT-LIGHTS-CHROME-RIMS-/250749230504?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item3a61d19da8brass pilot light rims ...http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ROYAL-ENFIELD-NEW-BRASS-PILOT-LIGHTS-RIMS-PAIR-/260784233886?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item3cb7f39d9e
Nice!! How's it sound with the straight pipe? Loud as hell?? Or major thump??
.....your swing arm is going to do some serious harm to your body. It is just too thin .....
Does that Power Commander allow you to eliminate the rev-limiter function of the ECU?Is it programmable to do that, or just over-rideable? Or neither?
I've been trying to keep out of this thread, but your swing arm is going to do some serious harm to your body. It is just too thin to have any bending strength even it were solid steel. If you leave the shocks mounted at the ends of the swing arm. The worst force you have on them is twisting when you are in a turn. but even that will cause metal fatigue and you would have a good chance of the arms breaking at the pivot. If you had left the stock shock on in the original mid mounted position, the arms most likely would have broken right behind the shocks. You need some vertical stiffeners on them to beef them up. That's why most modern swing arms are rectangular tubing at exceed 2" high or more. With the length you have extended you swing arm, you have added an incredible amount bending and twisting force to those small tubes.I don't know how you are planning to mount a monoshock. But I would recommend you mount it like the Vincents and old Yamaha Scramblers of the 70s with a triangulated section that makes the swing arm look like a hard tail. That design would give you a massive increase in bending and twisting strength. Don't wanna try to tell you how to built your bike, but don't wanna see you hurt yourself unnecessarily.Bare
Bar end mirrors..that's next if I ever find a catalog that definitively states it'll fit a G-5...!
Wokka, did you ever get enough seat time to determine the long term comfort of the tractor seat? It's cold enough in my part of the world that I now have to admit I'm off the road for a while so I'm starting on my winter projects. Tractor seat is on the list if it's comfy for long rides.Oh, and you've got me thinking about getting a second fender and plate mount for summer time. Just strip it down to the essentials when the weather is warm and the sun is shining.Scott