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    Forks back in - it's subtle, but you can see the difference in the stance especially from certain angles. I really want that seat done now.

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    Right, now that I've got a gap here're the ones that didn't post last time.

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    I have the RPC forms so she's probably going for clearance and datadots tomorrow. I'll drop past a friend in roadworthy to check if the flash rate on the indicators is ok to pass. They're too fast but I'm waiting for replacement bulbs to arrive which should slow it down enough without faffing with the wiring.

    She's booked in on the 6th Aug for the new saddle which will definitely improve the looks. The standard one is just too bulky & makes the tank look small. I'm busy designing a proper replacement rear tank mount / spacer but that won't be visible. After that it'll just be doing the exhaust in due course. I've got a second set of mudguards which will likely be cut down into a cycle fender up front and shortened on the back, once my buddy's bead roller arrives.

    But I'm already thinking of getting wire spoked wheels 2nd hand to improve the looks down the line ( ).
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    Great job there! She looks great! Now you are going to let your learners loose on it???
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    Errmmmmm....... I kinda went and blew that one out of the water. If I'd been smart and just stuck it back together tidily but with rough edges (as originally intended) then yes. But I went too far.

    So it'll be my economical runaround retro to save mileage on the work bikes & my car, but I may use it if needs be for trainees who're further down the line than beginners, who aren't going to be dropping it.

    Maybe...

    I think I'm just better off being honest with myself and picking up another clean, used YBR or similar for the school.


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    Too true. Keep her for yourself!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Banditman View Post

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    At long last she's now registered, licenced, done and dusted. I'll be fitting the new number plate shortly, then it's just the saddle needing doing for the last major item. The original owner saw her bike for the first time in the metal and gave a huge thumbs up, plus a request for first refusal if I ever sell it. Pics to follow.
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    Back at Police Clearance for the first time since the remains were pulled out of the yard in July 2016. The officers couldn't believe the difference.

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    I wanted to take a pic on the same spot the remains were found (see the first pic of the parts in the grass in this thread), but we couldn't find a security guard to open the gate (some great lunch breaks here). The compromise: this is diagonally opposite the position it was in against the corner behind the gate.

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    The last time she sat on her bike she was at high school in 2014. She's been following the build and has first refusal should it ever get sold.

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    At long last, into Sukamiza for the saddle to be done. I made a few slight changes to the original plan. A typical flat tracker-style saddle would have sat like a plank and not quite worked visually. That's because most cafe racers and flat trackers tend(ed) to have straight frame rails. The GN & SR style bikes were trying to ape the then-popular chopper look and have a pronounced dip or kink in the frame. Unless you're going to the time and trouble of cutting and welding, your frame and saddle lines wouldn't match.

    On the other hand the pronounced chopper vibe of the saddle has never appealed to me either. So I decided to continue with the retro feel of the bike and draw inspiration from the trackers along with looking at typical road bikes of the late '60s-mid '70s as made by Triumph, Suzuki and others. The original seat base and foam was used though modified.

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    The seat foam was reshaped a fair bit. Some gentle shaving around the upper edges took away the blocky look and the pillion seat area was cut down by roughly half an inch, losing the ugly upswept tail piece. The rider's section was left unchanged in height, but the lower edges were trimmed shorter to expose the frame rail.

    The seat base was likewise modified. A section had to be cut away on the front to allow the seat pan's tab to slot in under the tank brace (the raise tank created minor clearance issues). The lower edges of the pan were trimmed back to mostly expose the frame rails, and the pronounced dip in the pan was trimmed to follow the lines of the frame rails as well. Here's the right side modified and the left as standard for comparison.

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    And here's the final result: A quick comparison in profile with a stock standard example, then the unmodified saddle on the modified bike, and finally the new saddle.
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    Now for the exhaust mods, possibly a change of indicators, a few more fasteners & the rear axle adjusters needing plating and perhaps silk screening the Suzuki emblem onto the back of the new saddle, and I'll call it done.
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    Congrats Steve; that's a nifty looking end result you've achieved. The seat treatment is a major improvement.

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    Congratz, you've turned out one neat looking little bike there!
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    Thanks gents, much appreciated.
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    No thank you, much appreciated to see a little legend brought back to life. Great job mate that will live on to be a classic.
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