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Back at the shop… taped the template to the pan, then hit it with some spray paint to mark the cut line… shit. Word to the dumb (myself included) - no matter how sure you are that your leaving enough meat on the pan to do what you want with it - NEVER cut it without the template. Lesson learned. Thankfully I have a big enough left over piece to make some repairs and fix it.
Might as well move on - made the cuts and smoothed out the edges.
Onto finishing the fender chop. Flying spark photos are fun!
Fender chop done. Quite happy with that.
Hey! Lets round out those cuts to the fender support rails! OK! Should we remove the wheel? Naw, it will be fine… I’ve got hands like a surgeon…
That was it for the exciting stuff. I spent the rest of the day at the garage ripping more shit off the bike, cleaning up other bits and staring at gas tanks. After a long struggle, I got the sprocket cover off and disassembled so that it can head to the chopping block soon (template first!) - the cam cover will also be joining it. I’m still undecided on if I’m going to smoother the rockers out. I’ve got a ton of parts (hopefully) coming in this week, which should start to make a big change. Here she is, as she stands - still undecided about the gas tank - but it’s down to these two…
Teach’s Alien Tank
2.2 Gal Sporty
I like them both - the alien tank looks better in person than it does in photos - the sporty tank is a tried and true classic. Getting the bars on will help make the decision. The Biltwell bars (bent from my crash last summer) are there for position only - I’ve got a set of Jay Roche specials coming my way soon.
Now it’s time to get some glass and fix that seat pan… (!!&?!!$#!!! such a dummy)