Archive for September, 2010

24
Sep
10

Primed Midframe compartments

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Both mid-frame covers/storage compartments are FINALLY in primer. This looks much better now and gives a more clear idea of what the bike will look like when completed. My thoughts are to paint the bike a medium charcoal gray and another color over the upper portion of the body parts/sheetmetal, but I haven’t locked in on what that other color will be just yet. Next up I’ll be creating the seat pan, which will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before on any touring style bike – stay tuned…

20
Sep
10

left rear storage door completed

I spent Friday afternoon working on the fitment of the left rear storage door, took off Saturday and Sunday, and finished the latching mechanism this morning. So now both rear storage compartments are buttoned up. Next I’ll hit the mid-frame covers with a skim coat of poly putty, block ’em out and get ’em in primer. After that I’ll pull molds off of everything so this whole process can be duplicated MUCH faster when I do the next Pro-Tour ‘S’ which will be a 2004 or newer RUBBERMOUNTED XL based machine.

15
Sep
10

Installing/fitting the left rear storage door

I decided to work on the left rear storage door for a bit this morning, so I’ve got the hinge cut, shaped and installed. Now I’ll need to add glass to some areas to ‘tighten’ it up and remove glass in other areas to free up some room for the weather seal – just like I did previously on the right side. I had a client come by with his one year old bike, (I won’t name the brand – but it isn’t a Harley) and he showed me how much road dust was inside his hard saddlebags due to piss poor sealing. I’ve kept a close eye on the first version of my clamshell on Mark Platt’s Pro-Tour ‘X’ to make sure there weren’t any issues with poor sealing, and – so far – no complaints. Honestly, the subtle changes I’ve made on this version vs. Mark’s makes it more rigid and therefore even ‘tighter’ than Mark’s so I’m extremely confident in the long-range durability of this design. When I finish the left side door I’m going to fill the storage areas with water just to see if there are any gaps, but based on the way the weather seal looks on the right side, there is good contact with the seal all the way around, so I’m expecting an air-tight seal. The interior of these and the mid-frame storage compartments will have a nice gray ‘carpet’ type material lining them on all Pro-Tour conversions. In an earlier entry you can see images of the interior of Mark’s storage compartments with the lining installed. It looks finished and certainly keeps small items from ‘rattling around’ when you’re rolling down the road.

14
Sep
10

One rear storage door installed


OK, back at it again. I finished the StreetGlide project and still have plenty of client work to do, but also need to keep pluggin’ away at this, SO the latest progress was final fitting of the right rear storage compartment door, installing a stainless piano hinge and a locking mechanism. These two images show what it looks like with the door open, exposing the foam seal – and another showing the door closed. Again, all of this in its rough form looks pretty nasty, but a quick coat of filling primer will change that. I had a person over on XL Forum ask me if I’d consider doing this in Carbon Fiber to save even more weight on the bike, and am looking at that as a possibility. I expect one of the main drawbacks to doing it in CF would be the added cost. Is it worth the weight savings? At this point I’m guessing I’ll leave it open as an option for clients who’ll be willing to shell out the extra dough for that material. Next up, the door on the other side and then I’ll get the mid-frame covers in primer.