Archive for July, 2010

22
Jul
10

a design change – for the better

 I’ve been pondering how to incorporate a Corbin slip-in backrest for the rider and I (finally) came up with a way to make that happen. By making a ‘gunfighter’ area just behind the riders seat I now have room for the bracketry that will support a backrest all neatly hidden under the seat. I’ll have to reshape the base of the passenger seat to fit over the gunfighter area, but thats no big deal. Whats cool is the ‘feel’ of the rider’s seating area having support for my lower back to about 4 inches above my waist. You really get the sensation of sitting in a pocket and of being ‘one with the bike’.

17
Jul
10

Left mid-frame storage progress / etc.

The left side mid-frame storage is shaping up well! This may not seem like a big deal because its ‘simply’ a mirror image of the right side, but it was something that took quite a bit of time to accomplish. I’ve got about one more day of additional ‘spot’ glass work to do on the mid-frame covers and clamshell, then I’ll get into the lockable latches that will secure the clamshell in the down position. All thats left after that is to install the hinges and cam-locks for the rear storage doors in the clamshell and everything in the rear of the bike will be ready for a light coat of bondo, then primer.

Heres a “Guy on a ladder” view…

You can get a bit of an idea of what the seat will be shaped like from this angle… only about 8 inches NARROW in the front (just forward of your crotch) and spreading out to about 14 inches at the widest part (that’d be your butt!) and the seat pan and padding will be shaped to spread your body weight out evenly across the entire seating area.

I just came up with a funky new idea of how I’m going to do the seat pan/upholstery on this, but I’m keeping it under wraps for now because if it turns out as slick as I’m hoping it will, I may try to market the design for stock applications. You’ll have to stay tuned if you want to see what it looks like!

09
Jul
10

Final shaping then laying glass

I spent the entire morning shaping the left mid-frame cover foam and have that done now. So next is locking that foam in place then hand lay 3 layers of glass which I expect I’ll get to later today or tomorrow morning – depending on how many visitors I get today, as Friday afternoons are the only time I’m open. Hopefully anyone stopping in will be here to do business rather than just to BS.

08
Jul
10

Beginning left mid-frame storage

 

The ‘growth’ in the left image is actually something called pour foam. I’ll sand this foam to a mirror image of the right side mid-frame cover you see on the right. Then I’ll hand lay 3 layers of chopped strand mat fiberglass over the foam. Once the glass is set up, I’ll remove the foam from the back side, and I’ll attach that outer shell to the inner panel I’ve already finished and will then have the left side mid-frame storage compartment. Each mid-frame storage compartment has 346 cubic inches of capacity, or approximately 1/4 of one H-D hardbag. So the pair of mid-frame compartments hold just over 1/2 of one hardbag and we haven’t even discussed the cubic inches of storage in the much larger rear storage areas. I should have that info within a couple of weeks – hopefully! It baffles me how I’ll find a few days here and there every couple of months to work on this project, but I’m now into what is considered my ‘slower’ time of year so I expect I’ll get quite a bit accomplished on this over the next few months before the busy winter season projects begin.