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Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy new year!

I hope all your projects succeed and all your bike trips are without trouble in 2011.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Good Day today, assembly started!

I've had such a great day today. It is final assembly time!
After all those months in the workshop thinking, making and finishing all the individual parts it was finally time to start putting them together.
From here onwards I will keep adding bits until its finally done.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Cool Calendar!

I found this one the web some weeks ago (look here What a nice bunch of pictures. I'll find a nice spot in the workshop. Only 1 week to go before the new year :-)

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Dashboard plate ready!

Look what I just picked up from Rob Wijers.
Based on my basic design drawing, John van Wanroij did the translation to CNC.
Next step is to weld-on the "skirt" and fit the completed dash snugly to the gas tank.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Paintjob is ready!

Just a few days away from starting to build-up the bike again.
The paintjob is done, the last clearcoat is on.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

New Dash, need for speed(o)!

With the paintjob of the S&S almost ready and looking astonishing I can't just slam a standard of the shelf dash on the gas tank. So what to do?
Since I have added those aluminium details on the rear fender I think it is going to be a great idea continuing with that same theme on the gas tank.
So alu it will be, now I need to figure out how to make one and how it will look.
Being a real nutter for the simplest and cleanest look, I will go for a minimalist look. Got things drawn up and John v Wanroij helped again with doing his CNC machine lingo magic.
Soon....and I hope very soon the machine will start spinning and spit out the product. The picture shows you the underside of the dash-plate

Friday, 3 December 2010

Sketching and thinking!

Spend a few hours behind the laptop tonight drawing-up my longbike.
Its far from finished but I got the first lines down. Me like it :) ...........

All tips on how to get this bike on the road are welcome. Give me your comments.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Exhaust ready, nice contrast!

Look what I picked up this afternoon!
The exhausts are ready, nice satin black. The contrast between the aged aluminium and the black exhaust is superb. Can't wait to put them on the bike.
Like I said before NO CHROME on this bike.....

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Backpiece, Nice work Marco

In a completely different way some serious artwork is progressing too.
Marco from Skin-a-matic spend a few more hours on Manon's backpiece.
Its coming together nicely. I like it very much....................
That's good news I guess, being married to this walking artwork, haha.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Pinstripe, The last job done!

Tonight the paintjob got its final details.
Incastienen spend some of his valueable time to put his mark.
A long red one to be precise. I am a very happy guy, this finishes of the paintjob perfectly.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Who is lookin at ya! My leather seat?

As posted before, Peer from Perro Leatherworks has covered my seat for me. Today I picked it up at a local hotrod event. Let me tell ya, up close it looks even better.
I can't wait to put it onto the bike.

Have a good look at the seat! Who is lookin at ya?

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Scallops! updated

Another layer of paint, the scallops are there.......

Update: Yeeaaah, all the pieces are done. Cool as fuck......
Keep watching for the next update, more to come....

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Colorful start of the paintjob!

Spend an hour with Harold from South East on getting the design finalised.
Minty, minty, I like the color.....and now.......we wait again.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Tell me I am dreaming!

After scrolling through the web for some idea's I stumbled over some fotos. Hell the're fantastic. Imagine.....20 inch over frontfork, 4-6 inch stretched frame, 15 inch wheel with a 230 car tire, fishtails, kings and queen.
Please, anyone, Tell me I am dreaming! :-)

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Bigtwin bikeshow... No Swede to be found!

Spend a few hours on the Bigtwin bikeshow in Rosmalen today. After visiting many of these type of shows, things appear to be more and more the same, lacking "new" stuff. That's why I started looking for the smaller things, the details that strike me and stand out.
This time I was struck by a paintjob. No idea who did it, but he/ she deserves a big compliment.

The other thing that I noticed.....No Swede on the show....they must have forgotten about them now everything needs to be oldskool and zero-styled. Opportunity??

nicked this foto from Chopadilics blog :-)
Nice primairy don't you think

Friday, 5 November 2010

Handmade leather seat!

Today I got the word that the seat for my S&S is READY!! It is made by Peer from Perro leatherworks. What a craftsmanship. Me like very much.........

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Upcoming events

The next few weeks there will be some interesting events in the nearby exposition center, Bikeshow and hotrodshow. Guess who's going.......?

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Chrome won't get you home!

The appearance I have in mind for the S&S does not include chrome. I want the bike to have NO shiny bits except for the polished engine. Today I picked up some alu goodies from Rob Wijers who has a rotary finishing machine. It gives the aluminium a great mat finish. I like the texture.....nice....

Monday, 1 November 2010

Long bikes rule!

I am going through a big stack of old bike magazines for inspiration for my next project. I have always wanted to build one of these...... Will I do it?

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Frame jig, It can rotate!

Continued working on the legs of the jig. Last time I made the rotating disks and the vertical adjustment on the main leg of the jig. Today I added some support legs at 45 degree angles to support the jig when it is rotating. IT WORKS........
All of the jig parts have to be detachable to allow for easy storage. It requires me to be a bit more creative and add some bolds in places that matter. 1 set of legs to go before the jig is finished. Tomorrow is another day.......Lets heat up some more steel.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Frame Jig, the legs!

With the size and the weight of the Jig I need to take special care of the legs it will stand on. At the same time I want to be able to change the height and be able to rotate it. This will make my life much easier when welding the frames.
It took a little while to figure it out but I think I cracked it.......
Now we need to make the 2nd leg.

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