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Have been working on & off on my Street Tracker project for a few years. Back on the project now, until completion. Have the frame, swing arm, drive shaft tube, and various components out for semi-gloss black powder coating. Also have a new Mac 2 into 1 exhaust system being ceramic coated flat black. Will paint the engine gray with 500F primer & paint. Will paint the front fender, radiator guard, side panels, fuel tank, and seat pan Daytona Yellow.

Purchased the bike, made several modifications & test ran before dis-assembly for paint & powder coating. Some of the modifications I did not keep on the bike like HD mufflers. Going with bar end mirrors instead of traditional mirrors in some of the photos. Have different turn signals than seen in some of the photos, too.

Using Hotwings Glass front fender and (modified) GL1000 Darkwing seat pan. Installed progressive fork springs. Purchased Igni Tec ignition and water pump mechanical seal on a group buy here. Larry rebuilt the carb. Will try 90/120 jets. Purchased a set of 1978 wheels with 18" rear. Using Bikemaster European handlebars. Rebuilding the front brake caliper after powder coating. Purchased all new cables. Installed Ducati electric radiator fan.

Used the space where the air box was located for the battery and voltage regulator. Also made a set of flat plastic UHMW side panels to replace the original side panels. Have done other work not mentioned, too.
 

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Looks great man! I'll be following along.


1981 CX500 Custom making the transition from Bobber to Café Racer.
 

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Thanks!!!

Waiting on frame/parts being powder coated & exhaust being ceramic coated right now. Will start working on painting parts, next. Extending the kickstand 1/2" because of the 18" rear wheel, then will powder coat the kick stand, too. Will not be installing the centerstand. Will use paddock stands to lift the CX for maintenance, have a triple tree paddock stand to lift the front.
 

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Took the front fender, tank, side panels, seat pan and radiator guard to a motorcycle paint shop yesterday. Decided to change colors to pearl white with red pin striping on these parts. Don't have the frame back from the powder coating shop, yet.
 

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Hell yeah! I had a white sportbike with a black frame. Loved that look. Even considered it for my current build. Can't wait to see the photos.


1981 CX500 Custom making the transition from Bobber to Café Racer.
 

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Are you going to use a fork brace ?
 

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Interesting build Bill. We gotta get together. Blast of winter weather heading to us. Maybe later this month when spring starts slowly coming around?
 

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You've got some good stuff going on there. Pearl white should look real NICE.
Look forward to more pics. Later.
 

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Thanks!!

Getting ready to snow here, so working on the CX project for a few days. Getting the wheels cleaned & ready to mount/balance tires later today. Drilled some additional holes
in the Mac 2 into 1 baffles to attempt increasing the CX sound a "little" :) with the baffles installed, will see.
 

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Priming & painting engine with 500F aluminum color paint. Painting various other parts, too.

Ron painted these parts white base with red pin stripe (all paint) and white pearl over all. Ron paints many
sport & race bikes. His website: Trading Paint

The frame, fuel cap cover, and various parts are being powder coated and should be ready at the end of the week.
 

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I'm strongly contemplating using the same seat. You said you had to do a lot of trimming for fit. If (I'm 90%) i do purchase the darkwing, would you be willing to trace a stiff paper template covering your cuts and possibly dimensions for the mounts? I'd be most grateful!
 

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I'm strongly contemplating using the same seat. You said you had to do a lot of trimming for fit. If (I'm 90%) i do purchase the darkwing, would you be willing to trace a stiff paper template covering your cuts and possibly dimensions for the mounts? I'd be most grateful!
Would be happy to trace the seat where trimmed and mount locations for you. Will pick the painted parts up later this week. Hope to have the bike on the road in April and
doing lots of riding to see if I got the seat position at the proper angle.

Rode the bike with this final seat pan position, it was comfortable with the forks slid up in the triple tree by 1" (lowered front 1") with a 16" rear wheel while testing. Installing a 18" rear wheel and placing the forks at the original OEM position in the triple tree which should place this seat pan at the same angle that it was while testing. Raised the front & rear 1" compared to original seat pan testing position. Hope that makes sense.


 

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That's the look. Though it appears it could be fitted without out the trimming?
 

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That's the look. Though it appears it could be fitted without out the trimming?
It needs clearance around the top of the rear shocks because the top nut securing the shock contacted the inside of the pan.
Some of the guys on this forum encouraged me to trim the pan, happy I followed their advice.
 

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Ok, sweet! I like the look. Not a fan of the paper thin brat look and the cafe bum stop is a bit overdone.
 
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