Assembly !What a surprise i found in the paint-boot today !
The frame had it's final coat of paint and came out very nice, a bit darker green,the previous coats where somehow too translucent so the gold basecoat was too dominant.
I'm satisfied, it's the exact colour i had in mind.
Before reading on, must say that i didn't spend time on taking prefect pictures, i was too excited to get the thing on its wheels, just in case you may notice crappy whitebalance settings or other photographic mistakes...besides, the old D2H is beginning to develop some serious metering problems, time to replace the metering print.....
Frame detail, lower tube with engine mount and mid-peg mounting hole
Frame detail, where the center tube goes downward i attached my own hard-tail section, strengthened it with a steel plate
On its wheels
Engine in place, we did make a few skratches on the frame and the new paint, nothing serious
Outside, fabricated stainless steel exhausts, polished them, i do like this look instead of the clichè header wrap
Inside the paint-boot, paint used for the frame, all HOK here
Rolled it outside, looked at it, smoked a cigarette, i think i like it a lot !
Front end, used a original XS drumbrake hub with ventilation louvres, the other side has got some rubber thingies in the hub, when riding hard, according to the owners manual, these rubbers have to be removed for better cooling of the brakes, i seriously doubt if i ever take them out.....
Outside, above, the upper header needs to get a small dent so the pipes run parallel, i also have to cut the headers to the right length, not sure if i keep em short or add some pipe to it
Still needs a lot of work, but í 'm satisfied for today.
Will work on wiring, adjusting, fastening and stuff next week, also have to work on the gastank and rear fender,and applying pressure on the guy who has to paint the parts and my helmets...
Just kidding, he's very busy but relaxed enough to take some time to experiment with paint and colour, as a matter a fact he worked really late yesterday and heated up the paint-boot to get my frame done so i could start assembling today, thanks man !
Actually, i like the bare steel tank, the tank can have it, it needs minor filler, the rear fender does need a lot of filler, so i decided to paint it all.
After paint i'll have to contact ElCheapo in Belgium for the final stuff, some lettering and pinstriping, he's pretty darn good at that stuff !