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Purchased a 1980 CX500 with 38,000 miles earlier this year

for a project bike. Finally started working on it Monday.

The bike had been sitting in a garage for the last six years.



First thing was to see if it would run. Using the the old ignition

system got it running very easily.



Got in on one of the group buys earlier this year on a new ignition,

if needed.



Ordered seat, seat pan, brake light, & front fender from Hotwing Glass:



http://www.hotwingglass.com/seats/dark-wing.shtml



http://www.hotwingglass.com/Images/20100223/Dark Wing nice.JPG



Really appreciate the threads and information from other members

in this group.



Will post photos of different steps through the project and will

be asking questions!




 

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Received the Hotwing Glass "Darkwing GL1000" seat, seat pan and brake light assembly yesterday. Will start working on seat mount brackets today and will need to trim front of seat pan.



Just set the pan on the bike for photos.



I have experience working with aluminum sheet metal and carbon steel. No experience working with fiberglass.



What should I be careful about trimming & drilling fiberglass?



Thanks in advance for tips!







 

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Looks cool, I like the flat track style seat. I would trim it away from the top shock mounts myself, exposing the entire shock. I would also trim up the rear frame rails where you have the turns mounted, move those more inside the under part of the seat. My 2 cents.



Looks good!
 

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Looks cool, I like the flat track style seat. I would trim it away from the top shock mounts myself, exposing the entire shock. I would also trim up the rear frame rails where you have the turns mounted, move those more inside the under part of the seat. My 2 cents.



Looks good!


Will trim the pan around the top of the shock and thinking about the turn signals.



Really enjoy working on this bike!



Thanks!
 

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Just finished cutting the seat pan a few minutes

ago. Will have to do lots of grinding/sanding

to the angle cuts and edges before installing

mounting brackets. Will try to make the sharp angles

less sharp.
The seat pan in the following

photos is close to the final position.



Will post photos of the mount bracket details

when complete.



Looks like the finished seat height will be

around 29.5" to 30" with Honda's shock height,

stock tires, and lowering the triple clamp

about .75" on the forks.



Setting this bike up so my wife can ride it

and I plan on to take it twisty riding, too.





Taking the Vstrom out for a afternoon ride!






 

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That's a cool seat. Gonna have to bookmark that site for this winter
 

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What I do on the fiberglass is first get a sharpie marker and a bottle of beer, sit and stare and study the lines of the seat and bike cool music helps too. Draw out your ideas on the seat/fender/tank/whatever, without cutting anything the first night. study the lines and the flow. If you don't like the look wipe it off with lacquer thinner and start over. Tape or vinyl cut to pattern also works well.

Cheers, 50gary
 

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Must say I do like the looks of that seat.



Have you engineered a quick lever type attachment or.........?



















 

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What I do on the fiberglass is first get a sharpie marker and a bottle of beer, sit and stare and study the lines of the seat and bike cool music hekps too. Draw out your ideas on the seat/fender/tank/whatever, without cutting anything the first night. study the lines and the flow. If you don't like the look wipe it off with lacquer thinner and start over. Tape or vinyl cut to pattern also works well.

Cheers, 50gary


Gary,



Started using black electrical tape to block

out the possible areas to cut out. Been using

the black marker, too. Looking at it last night,

with glass of wine, and again this morning.

Being conservative on what I cut out until I

can get the desired look! Really enjoy working

on this project!



Thanks for the tip!
 

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Must say I do like the looks of that seat.



Have you engineered a quick lever type attachment or.........?



Have not engineered a quick lever type attachment, but don't have a solid plan yet.



Thinking about going with four countersunk machine screws through the top of the seat pan and securing them on the bottom of the seat mount with wing nuts, then using velcro to attach the seat to the seat pan.



Just thinking so far, so everything is subject to change!




Have another bike to ride, so not in a hurry!



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What you did with the area behind the shock mounts looks much better now!
 

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looking good! really liking how your trimmin up that seat. what color you planning on painting the bike?
 

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looking good! really liking how your trimmin up that seat. what color you planning on painting the bike?


Planning on a black frame, yellow front fender, tank, and seat pan. About the same colors as my Vstrom except the Vstrom has a black front fender. May need a black racing stripe on top of the tank. Also thinking about installing ignition system, regulator,and battery under the seat, similar to another post I saw in this modification section.



If that works will install pod filters without side covers and two into one exhaust. Will be mounting front fender & Kenda Challenger tires after finishing the rear seat pan installation.



Wanted to get all the fitting done before tearing down for paint & parts rebuild.




Hotwing Glass front fender:



http://www.hotwingglass.com/lights/fenders.shtml



Thanks,



DL650 Vstrom:



 

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hell ya, i was thinkin on painting my bike yellow also. i like the look. also plus its more noticible while on the street. plus my bikes paint is shot, its half red and grey from sitting in the sun in one direction for 3 years. haha





Andy
 
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