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slickmick89
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PostPosted: 10:26 - 22 May 2020    Post subject: first bike/bike project Reply with quote

always wanted a bike/bike project so got one 2 weeks ago a suzkui vl 125 intruder going to strip at down and rebuild it put my own stamp on it let the fun begin lol
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stinkwheel
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PostPosted: 11:05 - 22 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like it's all there so a good choice for a project.

What are your plans? 18" over standard apehanger bars, flames on the tank, upswept exhausts with tractor lids and a springer front end? Laughing
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PostPosted: 11:25 - 22 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

just going to keep it as is just black out engine and red tank and fenders something along the lines of this just standard bike
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PostPosted: 12:09 - 22 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome.
Another vote for keeping it basically standard Thumbs Up

Lots of photos or we send a covid infested bat to your house Shocked Laughing
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PostPosted: 12:29 - 22 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

pepperami - ill try and keep up with the photos lol

pepperami/stinkwheel -- any advice/ recommendations for engine paint looking Matt black alot of vht paints seem to have mixed reviews anything yous have used personally that you would go for thanks
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stinkwheel
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PostPosted: 15:13 - 22 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the simonize VHT paint or plastikote woodstove paint.

Both give a pretty good finish. You would need to use a VHT paint on the cylinder head and barrel. You could use something a bit less temperature resistant on the cases/covers. I've used plastikote BBQ paint on numerous engine casings, radiators, heat shields etc. It's a bit more satin than the VHT versions so the muck doesn't stick to it so well but without being too shiny. Still heat resistant.

All the above dry quickly and apply easily. Apply a mist coat first, let that go tacky, then several thin coats until covered. Yiu can usually get a coat in after half an hour on a warm day. Once it's dry, most high temp paints it will stay relatively soft until heat cured so handle with care.

The chromed plastic parts are trickier. If you want those black, I'd suggest plastidip. It'll peel off easily but is easy to re-coat. Or vinyl wrap (use 3M or go-home).
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PostPosted: 15:23 - 22 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Following the advice given to me by Mr Stinky in another thread, I can recommend woodstove vht paint.

I’ve not long finished a refurbished exhaust and finished it with black woodstove paint.
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PostPosted: 15:31 - 22 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cute 125 V-twin, very nice Thumbs Up

Also a refreshing change that the plans aren't overly ambitious, e.g. hard tail conversion.
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stinkwheel
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PostPosted: 15:52 - 22 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed, first "project" I've seen for a while that didn't lead by chopping off the rear subframe and seat mounts with an angle grinder.
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PostPosted: 16:52 - 22 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

funny enough was looking to do a bobber build lol but decided then not to lol

what about primer alot say no need onto bare metal??
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PostPosted: 17:41 - 22 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

slickmick89 wrote:
funny enough was looking to do a bobber build lol but decided then not to lol

what about primer alot say no need onto bare metal??


Depends on the paint. Not on the engine certainly, it needs high temperature paint directly onto the metal

For bodywork, that's what's gointo ti give you a smooth surface for the topcoat. And a candy red will show up any minor flaws and imperfections so a well flatted primer is a hell of a good start. Candy finishes are often multiple coat finishes anyway, primer, base colour, top colour, coloured laquer and clear. I think kawasakis candy red is a 12 coat finish.
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PostPosted: 18:07 - 22 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll not be doing the body work I'll get them done by a body shop was thinking on getting the frame powder coated to as it's a great job for long term but it would save me a heap of cash doing it myself what yous think podwercoat waste of money?
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PostPosted: 18:22 - 22 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can get it powder coated: nice solid foundation to build on Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 20:27 - 22 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll second the advice to not hard-tail it - keep it as standard. Hardtails are ill-fated right now. You could start off with the perfect frame and engine, and then some dozy driver could total the donor bike you wanted to use for everything else. Or you could buy a nice-looking frame and engine on Ebay and find cracks all over the engine casing, and the mother of all angle-grinder hack jobs on a rust-holed frame. Both scenarios happened here on BCF recently.

Regarding powdercoating, I've heard some say that it's a waste of money. The type of steel used for most bike frames is very slow to rust and resilient to chipping. Suitable paints are easily available, but it all depends on how much you feel like spending.
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stinkwheel
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PostPosted: 23:08 - 22 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

I paid £168 for a full frame, yoke, swingarm and a few other bits to be powdercoated locally to me. That included all the prep. work.. Clean, degrease, media blast, bung/mask and coat.
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PostPosted: 23:59 - 22 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll have a think about the powder coating and see if it's worth it still have plenty to do yet with the engine first lol thanks for all the advice and help appreciate it
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