VTR Cafe Fighter Project

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Ant
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VTR Cafe Fighter Project

Post by Ant » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:53 pm

Hello,

So.... I got my self a Storm two weeks ago, here's what she looked like when I got her:

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It was written off a few years ago by it's 6th owner and the guy I bought it off; Paul just had to put a new rad and a headlight on it and off he went. He didn't stop there though, it's got a Ducati "Mono Posto" seat from (I think a 916???) an aftermarket speedo, leather tank cover and LSL bar risers. He also did the CCT's and the regulator / rectifier. The bike seems in reasonable nick, bit of grime but the engine seems to pull well, got the dreaded suspension linkage squeak but all in all seems in good mechanical order.

So after riding it up the road a few times I stuck it in the workshop and spent a few days soaking all the bolts in WD40 (Love the stuff) and last weekend I stripped it down. Here's a pic which I'm gonna use for photo chopping and a bit of CAD work:

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I'm planning a Cafe/Fighter look for it which will involve a custom seat unit, rad cowls and headlight. My main inspiration (so far) has been this:

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So that gives you an idea of the styling I'll be going for..

Will be starting on the engine this weekend, so will keep y'all up to date!
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Re: VTR Cafe Fighter Project

Post by Sir-knob-head » Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:06 pm

That'll look great.
The last project of mime was an xj600 cafe racer. Period looking with controlled rust. Straight through pipes and spokies. If uou ever went to Rye you would have seen / heard it there

Good luck to you bud. I do fibreglass so if 7ou need custom stuff lemme know
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Re: VTR Cafe Fighter Project

Post by alanfjones1411 » Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:40 pm

that's looking good.I got a 1200 bandit that i streetfightered up for sale and a pal of mine is coming round for it tomorrow morning.So i shall be putting all my biking miles on the vtr.Will be sorry to see it go but i don't get time to ride one bike let alone two.Good luck with your project.
P.S.what are doing with the seat & subframe thats on the bike now? :thumbup:
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Re: VTR Cafe Fighter Project

Post by sirch345 » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:17 pm

I look forward to seeing how you go with this, good luck :D

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Re: VTR Cafe Fighter Project

Post by lloydie » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:52 pm

sirch345 wrote:I look forward to seeing how you go with this, good luck :D

Chris.
Same here .
I like these special build [THUMBS UP SIGN]

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Re: VTR Cafe Fighter Project

Post by Ant » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:53 pm

Sir-knob-head wrote:That'll look great.
The last project of mime was an xj600 cafe racer. Period looking with controlled rust. Straight through pipes and spokies. If uou ever went to Rye you would have seen / heard it there

Good luck to you bud. I do fibreglass so if 7ou need custom stuff lemme know
Cheers Sir KH,

Only been to Rye once I must have missed ya! Do remember there's a sign warning people that the sea gulls have become "Aggressive and unnaturally dependent on people for food!"

I'm gonna give it a go myself first off but if I F*@k it up I'll let you know!

Out of interest, if I sculpt the tail out of a medium density foam to make a positive mould what should I use to cover it before taking the negative? I'm guessing some sort of high build primer but are there any types to avoid?
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Re: VTR Cafe Fighter Project

Post by Ant » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:56 pm

alanfjones1411 wrote:that's looking good.I got a 1200 bandit that i streetfightered up for sale and a pal of mine is coming round for it tomorrow morning.So i shall be putting all my biking miles on the vtr.Will be sorry to see it go but i don't get time to ride one bike let alone two.Good luck with your project.
P.S.what are doing with the seat & subframe thats on the bike now? :thumbup:
Hello Alan,

I'm gonna keep it for now just in case this ends up on the back burner, I can stick it back on (I know not exactly fighting talk). PM me if your interested and I'll give you first refusal if it all goes to plan!

Ant
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Re: VTR Cafe Fighter Project

Post by Ant » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:58 pm

sirch345 wrote:I look forward to seeing how you go with this, good luck :D

Chris.
So do I!!! :D
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Re: VTR Cafe Fighter Project

Post by Kev L » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:14 pm

Good luck with the build Ant :thumbup:
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Re: VTR Cafe Fighter Project

Post by Sir-knob-head » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:33 pm

Ant wrote:
Sir-knob-head wrote:That'll look great.
The last project of mime was an xj600 cafe racer. Period looking with controlled rust. Straight through pipes and spokies. If uou ever went to Rye you would have seen / heard it there

Good luck to you bud. I do fibreglass so if 7ou need custom stuff lemme know
Cheers Sir KH,

Only been to Rye once I must have missed ya! Do remember there's a sign warning people that the sea gulls have become "Aggressive and unnaturally dependent on people for food!"

I'm gonna give it a go myself first off but if I F*@k it up I'll let you know!

Out of interest, if I sculpt the tail out of a medium density foam to make a positive mould what should I use to cover it before taking the negative? I'm guessing some sort of high build primer but are there any types to avoid?
Never done foam method. I always use a super fine mesh as a Base. Add fibreglass to get it how I want it. Sand it smooth then wax it to make my mould I'm far from pro but I can make a mould and get a fairly decent result

If you do that method. Look up east coast fibreglass. I know they do loads of filler compounds to do the sort of Job you want. I just not sure which
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Re: VTR Cafe Fighter Project

Post by fabiostar » Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:07 pm

good luck with the build Ant, it looks like you have a decent bike to base it on..... except for the purple shock which of course i would be interested in lol :clap: :D
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Re: VTR Cafe Fighter Project

Post by Ant » Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:54 pm

Cheers for the advice Sir KH I'll look them up!
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Re: VTR Cafe Fighter Project

Post by Ant » Fri Jan 22, 2016 5:10 pm

fabiostar wrote:good luck with the build Ant, it looks like you have a decent bike to base it on..... except for the purple shock which of course i would be interested in lol :clap: :D
What is that purple shock, not the standard one I'm guessing?
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Re: VTR Cafe Fighter Project

Post by Sir-knob-head » Fri Jan 22, 2016 5:13 pm

Ant wrote:
fabiostar wrote:good luck with the build Ant, it looks like you have a decent bike to base it on..... except for the purple shock which of course i would be interested in lol :clap: :D
What is that purple shock, not the standard one I'm guessing?
Either a hyper pro spring or shock. They do progressive kits which are much nicer IMHO
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Re: VTR Cafe Fighter Project

Post by bigtwinthing » Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:10 pm

i like that very much and white wheels :thumbup:
missing the noise, not the vibes. However never say never!

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