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1983 canadian cafe racer build

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by LeDom, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. LeDom

    LeDom XS650 Enthusiast

    Hey there, this is me trying to make something cool out of that old little thing

    Started with a bobbed out bike the previous owner had modifyed
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    welded back a stock rear end for the cafe racer look I was going for
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    Scored a set of stock spoked wheels
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    Sandblasted/powdercoated the hubs and bought new SS spokes and nipples along with a 18'' rear rim
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  2. LeDom

    LeDom XS650 Enthusiast

    Got to work on the seat pan
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    And now it's off the the upholester
     
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  3. LeDom

    LeDom XS650 Enthusiast

    Started the battery box and the electronic things's placement
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    Polished the side covers
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    And that's pretty much where I am at the moment
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  4. LeDom

    LeDom XS650 Enthusiast

    Oh and there is the gas tank
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    Gotta gve the props to my painter Dominic Simard from Atelier 12oz
    Check it out on facebook/instagram
     
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  5. azman857

    azman857 '80 XS 650SG Rider Top Contributor

    I'll be following this one. You do some quality work sir...
     
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  6. CoconutPete

    CoconutPete 1979 XS650 Special

    Very nice! Love that electronics tray!
     
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  7. MaxPete

    MaxPete Life with Lucille...I suggest, she decides. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    C’est beau LeDom - really nice work!
     
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  8. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Great project!
     
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  9. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Nice work!
    I've been looking for some options for treating a set of slightly-rusted '81 wheels I have, and your blasting/powdercoating looks like something I could do. Is that a satin or gloss black powdercoat?
    Those wheels don't seem to be the high-shouldered aluminum type as seen on the '75 and '76. Were they chromed? I can't tell by the pics. thanks.
     
  10. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Looks like he started with a set of the 79 only SP II wheels.....
     
  11. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    .....and they appear to be aluminum, not chromed steel. I imagine that sandblasting chrome could be problematic, with potential flaking off....
     
  12. great looking project, nice work
     
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  13. LeDom

    LeDom XS650 Enthusiast

    The finish is called Ink Black, it's a deep gloss black. And yes they are aluminum. I do not know what is the year of the bike they come from but they are shouldered.

    Sandblasting chrome is okay as long as the chrome isnt peeling off.
     
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  14. LeDom

    LeDom XS650 Enthusiast

    Got to work on the electronics today

    Started making the wiring
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    Test fitted the gas tank, man this thing is a beauty
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    Installed the tail light
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    Made some brackets for the turn signals
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    Modified the turn signals so they would not stick out that much
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    And polished / riveted my signature on the battery box, feel free to check out my facebook page or website
    https://www.facebook.com/FirstLineMotorcycles/
    www.firstlinemotorcycles.com
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    Thanks for watching, gonna keep working tonight so maybe more picture incoming today
     
  15. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Really nice work you're doing here! I will be following closely!
     
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  16. ThatXS650Guy

    ThatXS650Guy More Sparky than Speed Racer

    Very nice! Great looking welds too...
     
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  17. rsor

    rsor Wanna do this again!

    Did you buy that tail light here in Canada?
     
  18. LeDom

    LeDom XS650 Enthusiast

  19. LeDom

    LeDom XS650 Enthusiast

    Today's updates
    Rec/reg wiring is completed, all clean
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    Was able to install the other side cover as well as the pod filters
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    The electrical box is getting some work done to it too, still need to wire the handlebar
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    Started installing the freshly powdercoated control boxes
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    And fab a nice polished stainless speedo bracket, just because
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    My seat is getting upholstered today and I should get it back in two days
    Hopefully I'll have the chance to try it on the road before the first snow falls, seems like we will get one hell of a winter up here this year... :banghead::banghead:/
     
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  20. LeDom

    LeDom XS650 Enthusiast

    Another update today
    Trimmed the front turn signals so they would match the rear ones
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    Powdercoating em tomorrow
    Another thing to do tomorrow is the exhaust system, CAN'T WAIT.. Favorite part of a build

    Stay tuned
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2017
  21. CoconutPete

    CoconutPete 1979 XS650 Special

    Will you be able to crank the starter with that battery or are you going kick-only?
     

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