Archive for March, 2010

25
Mar
10

Small midframe storage change

I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the look of the frontal area of the midframe storage, so I’ve reworked it. The original piece looked a bit wide to me in the front making it kick out too quickly from just behind the rear cylinder. I’ve tucked that area about 1 1/2 inches which makes it transition better now.

I’ve been preparing for the Donnie Smith Invitational for the last couple of weeks, and thats happening this weekend. Next week I’ll be back at customer projects and will continue chipping away at the Pro-Tour ‘S’. I really wanted to have the finished mock-up of this bike at the Donnie, but its extremely difficult to keep up with customer demands and work on your own project at the same time. The mid-frame storage areas are the most time consuming parts left on the bike so once they’re done things should move along pretty quickly to the finished mock-up.

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11
Mar
10

Midframe storage laid-up

Here are a couple images showing the right side midframe storage compartment, now that I’ve got it laid up. LOADS of storage space in the new design.  The nice part about having this storage area located midway in the chassis is you can store heavier stuff here (tools-etc.) without the adverse handling effects of hanging all that weight off the rear, like the way its always been done on a ‘typical’ bagger. 

I’m working the Donnie Smith Invitational this weekend and have spent the last couple of weeks preparing for that, which has limited my time to work on the Pro-Tour ‘S’ project. Back to customer projects and more progress on the ‘S’ next week.

10
Mar
10

Midframe covers/storage

I’m just about done shaping the foam for the right side midframe cover that’ll also serve as additional storage. After shaping the foam I’ll lay 3 layers of 1 oz. chopped strand mat, then begin shaping the left side.

Oh yea I almost forgot. Here are a couple of images showing the doors I created for the rear storage compartments. You’ll notice they wrap around the shocks to utilize every bit of space in the clamshell area.  The design on Mark’s Pro-Tour ‘X’ had more storage than a pair of H-D hardbags, and this design increases the storage area, so I’m looking forward to seeing  just how much storage these four compartments will have when completed!