Of course, what made this post special was that the bike had been dropped a bit so all the pretty plastic bits of the bike were cracked and scratched up, but mechanically it was quite sound. For me, this means a cheap price, and the opportunity to customize every piece of my bike without worrying about messing up the design work of a motorcycle in new condition. This project has afforded me the opportunity to try a few techniques that I've been interested in, such as laser kerf bending and 3d printed investment metal castings.
One of the first things I did when getting the bike, is take apart the broken headlight.
|Cracked plastic housing|
|Bent and scratched mounting ring|
I immediately took the bare headlight and started trying to mount it with laser-cut pieces.
|This is a good start, but the light is aimed up, and it doesn't stay straight.|
|I tried bending the top mount down with laser-kerf, it worked a little better.|
While thinking about the headlight project, I decided to get some 3d printed parts started. First, I made some brackets to mount my blinkers to my forks.
|After taking this photo, I realized I really need to paint these.|
I also decided at this point that my headlight needed to be mounted from the sides, which is a problem because the headlight itself has mounting tabs on the top and bottom.... what to do? Hmm...
|This ought to work!|
|Yep, that'll fit. Just need to make mounting brackets.|
I am also working on casting some aluminum foot pegs for this machine. My technique involves 3d printed parts (surprise!) and investment casting. I need to refine my setup, and I think these foot pegs should be great practice, especially because I won't consider my technique correct until my foot pegs are safe to use.
|The 3d model looks decent.|
|Test fit of the printed part is promising!|
I just felt like sharing it because I am quickly accumulating a lot of photos, I apologize for having no conclusion at this point. I will be posting more updates in the coming weeks (hopefully with fewer fails), thanks for reading!