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Winter distractions?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by tufnuts, Nov 2, 2003.

  1. Hi all,

    after the first 50 degree day here, I've realized that winter will be here soon. That means no outside fun stuffs to do. While I still have the band (10-20 hours a week) I'll be working on some other hobby to eat up the time that I won't be spending by riding my bike or doing outside work on the house.

    I'll be putting the finishing touches on my yamaha seca that I've done a lot of bodywork on. I just got another set of wheels in that I'll be sanding/highly polishing. I'll also polish the remaining bits of the motor/etc that's left.

    I just rebuilt a $100 suzuki GS550 that I've had for prolly 9 months. Just took it out for the first test ride today (needs a little clutch work, and I'll be putting some individual air filters with a cooresponding rejetting), so I've already done some sketches of what I'll be doing for it. Prolly just an oldschool cafe racer (to go along with my current day interpertation that the seca has become). Perhaps a full front fairing. Amazingly quick for an old 550cc bike even with the stock airbox.

    I'll be finishing my guitarist's pedalboard. It's 4 feet long, 2.4 feet deep with a 116 angle inbetween the two surfaces. All the top surfaces are mirrored, and there will be a fiber optic style light running across the top. I need to do the optics, and build the top for it. Finish running the electrics also.

    I'll post some pics of the pedal board when I get a little closer. I think everyone will want one. It literally is that cool.

    What's your plans?? Hopefully it doesn't involve long sessions of TV :D
  2. Winter has just finished. Spring is here. Its still a little cold but some days you know summer is near....



  3. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I have a bunch of electronics products that I'm going to be working on. I have a DigiKey catalog, a credit card, and ambition. I can take over the world. :D
  4. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    I'll be practicing my new Warr. With a 9 octave range, I think my winter is pretty much full up.
  5. miccheck1516

    miccheck1516 Guest

    Feb 15, 2003
    winter distractions? thats what i have a g/f and porn for
  6. Hmm what do you have in mind?


  7. Stephen Soto

    Stephen Soto

    Oct 12, 2003
    Well, I think I will get a lot done this winter. I mean, the rain kicks ass, and I get to stay inside all day. But I am probably going to buy a lot of stuff with some christmas money. I'm planning to a: Compressor, a few pedals (Maybe? Maybe the Boss GT6-B), maybe a few more books too, for bass ;);).
    It would be really cool to get a Brice/Essex 6-string also. I really want a 4 and 6 stringer now. If I get a 4, it will definitely be fretted, but if I get a 6, i'm thinking of getting a fretless.
    I'll probably go with a cheap 6 though, because I want to get a really good 4 stringer.
    I'm also gonna work my ass of practicing too. Actually starting today (It's 12:02am). And do the band thing.
  8. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Probably moving and starting my studies in January.. and I plan on picking up snowboarding, I think I'll be busy enough :)

    Before that, I would probably be in garage crafting something or other, but it's not heated so it'll be below freezing there :(
  9. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    First, I'm going to do a nifty super-secret modification to an Essex Jazz bass. (I'll make a thread when I'm done.)

    Then, I'm going to _try_ to build one of those little jobbers that look like a remote, and have maybe four or five buttons. When you push a button it plays back a sound sample, usually a little phrase or sound clip. Mine will have day to day sound effects that will come in handy like crickets chirping, a laugh track, and a gong. (There was one other, but now I can't remember.)

    After that, death ray. :D
  10. Okay. Update to this thread. I've made some progress on my suzuki. 1979 GS550. $100 to start with. I should be done with it at about $800 total.

    Check it out. This is the start[​IMG]
  11. And some in progress.

  12. And another inbetweener.

  13. Okay, start of rear section.

  14. Okay. And as it sits in the garage. Panels are going to work tommorow. I'll weld up the pans to the shells and bring back home to finish fit. Then finish mounts/tabs etc.


    So, I'll then just have to finish up all the bodywork. Finish the gage mounts, finish mounting the headlamp. Then remove airbox, install individual filters/breather filter. Make a new brake line. Some rewiring. Figure out a rear brake light and a tag plate. No idea on those yet. I'll find something.

    Then have to replace clutch plates. Tune carbs (jetting) Have you ever tryed to find a jet kit for a very outdated motorcycle? Sometimes I really upset myself :D Maintainence after that.

    Lordy. I've done it now.
  15. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Tufnuts, looks bitchin'! :bassist:

    That look just screams small dual headlights, perhaps be a rebel and mount them vertical? ;)

    Hmm, perhaps an oval brake light(or two small round ones) mounted vertical too, to match the front?
  16. If I did two headlamps (Low/high) they'd have to be mounted vertical because of the cable coming outta the clocks.

    The brake light is gonna be tough. Rear section is about 7/8" above the tire clearance. I"ll have to eval what kind of travel the rear wheel will have (measure coil bind, test mechanical limits of shocks) and see how much room I have. Keeping things very tight. I may mount a taillight on top of the rearsection, but keep it flat to follow the line of the rearsection. Like a vertical panel. I may put stanctions out there for some round LED lights to mount to. Maybe just one. We'll see.

    Good ideas.
  17. wow that's a definite improvement. looks "Rad" and kind of modern 50's style. nice look.
  18. Thanks FTB. That's pretty much what I saw in it when I started.

    I'm still bummed about the headlight. I'm thinking maybe to do a traditional 8" headlight, after doing a lot of test fitting I doubt that I can make anything that'll look cooler than that. Plus I'll have to have a headlight on it to get inspected. Turn signals should be fun. I've got some super ideas for those. Are they wise to do wince I'll be peeling the back off? Lol, not really.
  19. nice cafe racer. i like.

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