So, the main line of my cafe’s design was found, and then became the time for bike detailing.
There was Winter 2013. I had a lot of ideas, such as unusual mirror assembled from various mirrors parts, or wire box’s aluminum covers cut by Dremel tool:
And here is result. Stainless foot pegs with 47 holes being drilled in each of them:
I never worked with fiberglass and also had no time to learn how it should be done properly. So I made full sized model and ordered tail’s making. When it was ready I made all needed parts and then tail part of frame was welded. Here I have to say that almost all welding works were done by one of my chums, a very good welder.
In beginning of April 2013 all my earlier ordered parcels arrived. There were a lot of parts: gaiters, grips, dashboard, gas cap with fuel sensor, turn lights, headrace bearings, tap repair kit, different original parts, and so on. The geography of my purchases widened: USA, GB, Australia, France, Germany, Thailand… And then my cafe-racer project was temporary interrupted by another work needed to be done. It was the Yamaha SRX-600. Nice single cylinder bike, but was in
ass handed guy bad hands previously. As a result SRX was totally overhauled in my garage, beginning from engine overhauling to suspension, a bit enhanced with another motorcycle’s adopted units .
That bike required a lot of my time, thinking and efforts. There were a several special tools developed, and also a lot of cleaning, polishing and wrenching works. To be exact, I can say: those work became an independent project finally. SRX-600 was finished by the end of the Summer, and I returned to Cafe-Racer project.
I finally solved question with front fork. The main obstacle was that current fork’s (XJ600 51J) tubes were covered with points of rust. Another one was ugly looked upper triple. To be precise, it was the ugliest top triple I have ever seen. That’swhy I bought FZ600 front fork with triples. It had the same tube’s diameter and brake calipers mounting points. But it’ top triple looked rather greater. In addition it had air pressure system and Yamaha Variable Damper as a bonus. As you might guess, I rebuilt fork: replaced bushings and oil seals, totally polished outer tubes.
Upon successful completion I had to do another pivotal piece of work, the seat. Without digging into much details, the seat base was made from 3mm aluminum with stamped strengtheners and additional reinforcing steel patch.
The Year 2013 was coming to the end, and unfortunately, so the peaceful and stable life in Ukraine. The anti-government clashes erupted in Kiev, were do I live and work, so project was interrupted again.