Shame the old thread got lost as some of this might not make sense now, dug a few old pics up so will add those when I am posting pics of the stuff I'm finishing off now.
I guess not everyone knows but the reason for me building this 711 is that Mrs Strangewayz died a few years back on the 7th Nov which of course is 7-11. In best OSS tradition I had a spare EFE lump sitting on the floor so within a few days I decided to build a 711, not as a tribute bike but just to make something positive for me out of the significance of that date.
Lots of fabrication later I decided to have a play with some of the bracing that I do, I call these muscle bikes but I guess some of mine look like Streetfighters. What's a Streetfighter? Well not for me to answer but of course there is the knuckle duster logo & Mrs Strangewayz was a fighter in her battle with cancer so I decided to fabricate some knuckle duster braces that would be really subtle & need explaining !! Which fitted here. But were mostly hidden by the tank so not obvious what they were. That's how far I had got & they needed to be finished, had to make the curved face & weld it in place.
Way back in the mists of time... when I first did these for the monoshock conversion / adjustable top shock mount.. It was my intention to blend the frame braces adjacent the carbs into the big curved tube. The next picture shows the outside faces of those braces done, which were the easy ones as they did not connect with the big tube. That done I needed to make the inner faces.. Fast forward to 2014 & I needed to get my arse in gear & fit them, picture makes it look easy but a lot of work & planning to get what is the lower edge to work with that big tube. Next to weld them in place. Both sides done..
Some pics of what I did this weekend, bracing in between the Racefit headers.
This started off as a GSX750ET frame & did not have the cross bar in front of the engine, that's the first tube I put in, just above the engine mounts using 20mm od tube. At this stage just tac welding in place as will strip frame back down for final welding. Next I put two tubes in place to form the V, again this is all out of 20mm od. [/a] Some more detailed pics of how I do this, making the lower two tubes now, paper template to work out the lengths and angles required. Setting up to cut the tubes. Both tubes done. Magnets & masking tape to hold in place, this was Sunday & everytime I got things lined up it started to rain !! Was doing this outside so had to stop & throw a cover over bike as lots of bare metal... The ruler taped in place was a 'backstop' as I wanted the tubes to be in line with the main frame tubes when viewed from the side. Tubes in place, exhaust back on, lots of clearance around the oil filter cover. At weekend I also mounted the oil cooler, must take some pics of that... oil hoses sit well with the bracing tubes. Lastly a side view. Late Sunday started work on a couple of tubes to brace the frame backbone which I will also mount the coils from, working on something else during the week so back on this next weekend,
Following on from above post, needed to fit the coils, warning I put too much work into this... smiley-shocked029
Bit o mild steel shaped to size... Drilling holes for mounting studs. Tapping threads for studs. Need a mill !! Starting to shape the coil mounts. Modify coils, don't need the second hole & won't fit with. Studs welded in & test fit on coils. In place on frame, took a long time, as I have dropped the front of the tank down it was tight making sure they did not hit the inside tank sides. Seem to work really well, easy to use.
Two tubes profiled & spliced together. Except not what it seems, half tubes welded to a plate with two hidden studs. Next pic looks a bit ugly but will make sense, using two o rings as a rubber mount the reg rec is bolted to the studs. Fits like this Merges the subframe tubes into the backbone tube. Carbs not in the rubbers but does clear the cables, going to be OCD & profile the fins on the reg rec to match the side curve of the bracing so it's all in line.