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    You'd need another bike then. One to customise and the other for inspection

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    Your enthusiasm is remarkable, as is your desire. Your bike is a treasure in your part of the world. I would feel bad altering it from stock format. It is beautiful, and should remain so. My opinion.


    And who can't love this love......seriously.....


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    Agree.

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    Welcome! Enjoyed your post.
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    Thanks for the support and thanks for the compliments about the bike - it appreciates them

    Now for some updates:
    As I mentioned before I have already removed some parts(front panel, seat, taillight+fender, inner fender, indicators) of the bike and started imaging the new look for my bike.
    By now my imagination is most similar to mr. Mucci bike. So to make things easier I took his bike drawing, added my previously drawn seat and started manipulating with colors.
    And this is the result I got:
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    So many great color schemes that now I can't decide which is the best for me (the second from the top left is how my bike would look with just few parts painted black)
    I somehow like the idea of red frame, but ahhh it's hard to know how would it look in real life.. Than I thought - ok, no dillemmas about the color for now until the bike has taken it's new shape, couse for now I am not sure what will be the end look of this bike therefore the color theme has to be the right one to suit the bikes final look.
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    I like the idea of the red frame too. I was actually wondering the other day what it would look like and I think it could be nice when done properly. They all look great though! I kind of like the blue.....and the green....and all of them lol. I know what you mean by how hard it is to choose a color. I have the solution for you though.....buy 20 bikes and paint them all the different colors
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motomicah View Post
    buy 20 bikes and paint them all the different colors
    I have been thinking about that not just only to paint the bikes in many combinations, but also that there are many ways and designs to build these bikes, and in some way that is also a tough decision.
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    There are some things I have started doing on the bike. Let me start about the small ones:
    The first thing I done is that I looked at the removed parts and searched for thous I can still use in this project without altering or modifying them. The first thing I saw were the speedo and tacho. Removed them from the whole panel and started thinking how to make them look "cool" on the naked front.
    I started by finding some sort of shell for them, couse I don't want them to be "naked" + the old plastic isn't that tough to deal with the shocks on its own. So just to see how would they both look on the front I put them in a candy tins which were in perfect diameter, added some quick mounts and voila, this is what I got
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    Don't worry, thous candy-tin protective cases were just to see how would these original o'meters look and fit.
    Seeing how they fit, I thought it's not a bad idea to use them + it will be a nice touch for my "budget". First of all I search on the net for some adequate protective cases to put them in, but no luck. I can't believe no one has mass produced some kind of cases for these speedos, tachos. Well than the next thing to do is to build a pair on my own. At the beginning I thought to make them from metal tube, but later I change my mind because metal case would probably be heavy(okey, the truth is at the time I didn't had the angle grinder and didn't know how to use it aaaaaaand I was afraid of it ). So my next thought was that I wan't them to be lightweight a.k.a. plastic. I took the speedo with me and headed to the local work shop. I started by checking some plastic tubes but there were none to be in the needed diameter. I even tried to fit the speedo in some random furniture I found on the way. And you know what - the one thing I could never think of using that way was a perfect fit - it was a toilet brush holder It looked something like this and were sold without the brush for 5eu or 7$:
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    + with a nice "chrome" touch

    I cut it in the right lenght, drilled some holes and made the mount(the cases were made a while back but the mounts were yesterday, so now I am no longer afraid of the angle grinder ;D)
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    The mount is from 3mm metal sheet and has as shocked look on it .

    These are all the parts I use:
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    I also used the original seals.

    This is how it looks assembled:
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    Fitted thous shocked mounts:
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    And this is how the speedo and tacho sits on the naked front:
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    Buuuuuuut it doesn't end here, couse I will be rebuilding the mounts. I decided to make them as a one peace, not two separate. It will be a lot sturdier and make the o'meters sit simmetrically.
    Regardless that I think they will look great to the whole appearance and is a great outcome
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    Looks fantastic! Great thinking with the toilet brush holder lol, you use what you can and sometimes it all just works perfectly
    One tip I would say is to make the gauge mount out of thicker material. Even though you will be making both of them into one unit, you'd be surprised at how much flex you can get from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motomicah View Post
    One tip I would say is to make the gauge mount out of thicker material. Even though you will be making both of them into one unit, you'd be surprised at how much flex you can get from it.
    Thanks for the tip, i'll see what I can find
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