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post #11 of 187 (permalink) Old 11-05-2011, 01:23 PM
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zimco,

I added 5 stars to your thread, and I moved it to the top of the forum so it won't disappear while you are doing your modifications.

Great job on what you are doing, keep us up to date.




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Zimco, looks like your idea and welding job is off to a good start. Later.
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Zimco, a rigid ride with a sprung seat maybe?... I've seen it on another forum, but first time seeing it here. Again, nice job.
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I took Saturday off, 25th anniversary party for a good friend.

I started Sunday by turning the clocks back.

I mean that in more ways than one.

After a days thought I felt I was not happy with the way the frame looked or the design of it.

I spent most of Sunday in a chair drinking coffee and staring at the frame.



I felt that I could get a better look at it if I removed the motor.



Once I had the motor out I could see the lines of the frame and I didn't like what I saw.

I then decided to remove most all of my work, and start new.







At that point I left the right bottom tube in but just before quitting for the day (8:00pm) I did finally remove the right bottom tube also.

So I am back to square one again, Momma said there would be days like this.

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Been their done that. But hey, you learned something valuable, you learned at least one way NOT to do it.

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I learn something new every day.

Today I start again, Knowing the rear frame rail on a GL1000 bends out at a greater angle than the one on the left.

"measure twice, cut & weld once"

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I'm a bit taller at 6'3", but I like a low bike anyway. The GL1000 I am riding right now has shorter shocks on it, but they are in sad shape. I think they came off of something like a CB450, shorter but not as sturdy. The rear fender sits just above the tire with my weight (275 lbs.) on the bike, with just enough give room to feel like a rigid when I hit a solid bump. I have spent the last month looking at this bike to figure out how to move the foot controls so that my knees aren't scrunched up while riding, and it seems that I'll have to move them to forward and above the cylinder heads, describing a line above the timing belts. The biggest pain looks to be changing the shift linkage to work in that location.
I am enjoying reading your efforts, it is giving me a few ideas. Thanks!

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I spent most of Sunday in a chair drinking coffee and staring at the frame.
I do a lot of that myself.
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Spent most of Monday thinking again.

I think this time I am going a different route.



By attaching the main tube to the rear frame in a straight line using a reinforced cross brace then run two supports one from the top and one from the bottom.

I went to the basement and turned 2 rectangle solid pieces down on the lathe, so they fit inside of the tubing.



[align=left] [/align][align=left] The solid rectangle will have two pieces of flat stock to form the shock mount.
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By doing it this way I hope to get both sides to look similar and give the rear more support.

I will also have a better way to support the seat and rear fender.


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No work on Tuesday, I needed a mental & physical health day off.

I plan on going out to the garage shortly and get going again.

I am going to cut, drill, & tap the two flat pieces for the right shock mount.

Then hopefully weld both sides up and maybe get to the tubing again.

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