I completed this bike in 2014 but never did a blog post on it so here it is. The donor bike was a bone stock 2002 Sport 750 and the owner wanted to make it a blend of old and new which meant getting rid of the stock fairing and trying to make a new(er) bike look retro. This bike has a ton of sharp angles and the hardest thing to work around was definitely the tank. Stock bike is matte black, silver frame and wheels.
Under the fairing is a lot of wiring and pollution control that we will need to hide.
Going to be ditching the stock bird cage and headlight system, making new mounts for the coils, chopping the rear of the sub-frame and making a custom seat for 2-up riding which was a MUST for the customer. Ugh.
Templating out the seat pan area now that the new rear hoop and adjusted stock frame are all welded up.
Messing around with a seat I had in stock, would have been nice to make this a solo bike, would have looked so much better. Maybe something like this?
Anyway, back on track, now that the seat pan was made it was time to tear the bike down and get my vision for the new color scheme under way…
Not much left of the bike and it’s quite light! The stock bike doesn’t come with a center stand or anyway to change the rear wheel so I made up some spool mounts and welded them to the swingarm before sending everything off to blasting and powdercoating.
Beautiful new colors! Gloss black wheels, satin swingarm and gloss white frame. Time to get it all back together again and start finalizing this build.
Now that the bike is rolling I turned my attention over to the bodywork, taking the tank apart, and began sanding it all down in preparation for the paint.
My paint booth for the day, my back yard shed which works quite well when it’s 80 degrees out in August.
A little retro flair with the silver decals on the gunmetal paint.
Just set the parts on the bike to see what it all looked like. Pretty darn cool. You can also see the new headlight mount I made which attached to the lower triple and the new SilMoto exhaust canisters.
Delivered the bike to the customer which went over extremely well, especially since I had left him out of the loop for the final build up and color selection. His reaction was priceless and I’d say I hit the mark on what he wanted. It fit him like a glove and offered the 2 up riding he wanted.
A nice studio shot. For more images check out the portfolio.
Sometimes it’s not ALL about the builder, you have to keep the customer and his/her needs in mind. I really tried to push him towards a solo ride which would have looked better with the sharp angles on the tank but he loves his girlfriend and wanted to include her in his riding, which I can respect. Still… maybe?
Thanks for checking out this build. Cheers!