Goodies From Cone Engineering

The good folks at Cone Engineering have been hard at work on a few different new designs including their Quiet Core mufflers and their new 18″ Straight Cores. I was lucky enough to get ahold of these new 18″ beasts. I think they’re going to look amazing on the BMW! I plan to get them on over the weekend, and will setup a few nice microphones to try and capture the old Cone mufflers and the new ones in all their sonic glory.

These things look great, and I can’t wait to see them on the bike. Be sure to check them out at their website Talk to Rich and tell him Matty sent ya!!

Also don’t forget to go show them some love on Facebook!

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Thursday, July 11th, 2013 BMW Cafe Racer, Everything Else No Comments

RD400 Seat Finished

So we finally got around to getting the seat finished out on the RD400.

Here’s the leather we’re using. It’s super fun. You can stretch it and scratch at it and it patinas really nicely.

The process was basically the same as last time, but I thought I’d document it anyway.

We started off by covering the seat with foil. Usually I lay down a layer of masking tape and then a layer of aluminum tape, but I was out of aluminum tape. While I was busy complaining that I didn’t pick any up, Kate suggested we throw foil on it… because she’s SUPER smart.

Here it is, ready for the alien invasion.

We threw down a layer of the smooth fiberglass cloth, followed by a few layers of chop and then a few layers of the smooth cloth again. We let it sit for about 24 hours and it was SOLID.

I got it all trimmed up and tested for fit. Notice I made it slightly smaller than the seat itself. This is to take into account any additional padding that sticks out once the seat is foamed and covered.

And just for fun. This is what I look like after cutting up fiberglass with a Dremel. Sucks YEARS off your life (notice all the grey).

We sent it off to the guy we used last time – Bill’s Upholstery in Arlington. This is the final product.

Overall I’m super pleased. It’s a little thicker than I was expecting, but considering what they went through working with the leather I sent them, I’m pretty happy with it.

And here it is on the bike.

I’ll get some better photos of it soon and post them up here!

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013 RD400 Cafe Racer 1 Comment

Kate and the RD400 of Doom

Snapped this photo of Kate this morning before we headed off to work.

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Thursday, February 14th, 2013 RD400 Cafe Racer No Comments

RD400 of Doom

So I’ve been a little bit behind on this project, (or at least blogging about it). It’s been something I’ve been trying to get ready for Barber. You all probably remember me getting rid of the KZ650 and picking this up in its place.

Now because I don’t have the tools or the know-how to make things out of sheet metal like a real boy, I got a friend involved who turned out to be a savant. We started by mocking up the shape out of cardboard.

Once we had the basic shape created from cardboard we were able to cut out the sheet metal and start forming that.

Formed and tack-welded.

Some arts, fartsy work later…..

I got the tank stripped and then we had the idea to “burn stripe” it. This is a term we made up. I’m sure someone has done this before, but I’m just going to pretend I invented it.

We then set to work on a little fairing. A piece of aluminum and a little hammering, and you get something like this.

All mounted up.

Now it’s time for a little nose art.

Then I hit it with some a Scotch-Brite pad…. and fire….

Burning the fairing wasn’t just torch fun… Aluminum is very shiny and pretty.. We were just trying to dingify it up a little. ALSO FIRE IS FUN. The finished result.

Cut up some lexan and heat-formed it to the fairing.

And here she is…

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Sunday, September 30th, 2012 RD400 Cafe Racer No Comments

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