great work its gleaming like a span new bike fair play to you :thumbup:did you paint the fork lowers I would be interested in what paints are best to use for a hard wearing finish as I want to do my own I have an aerosol can of etch primer there from when I done some wheels . which I believe is good for bare alloy where the pain has come off ?
Cheers, it will really be like new once done... I wonder how much I can sell it for !!!
You can use a direct to metal enamel paint for fork lowers. The painting is only the end of the process though. In my experience you must shot blast the fork lowers first to it down to the bare alloy with a really rough key for the paint and thoroughly degrease otherwise it will look crap. Like any painting its 75% in the prep... With the paint you need many light coats and at least a week at room temperature for hardening.
I've no experience with etch primer as im shot blast everything.. It's the best way for long lasting results.
Well, I rebuild the engines too with a honed bore, new rings, cam chain, gaskets, seals etc.. So that adds a lot of time and cost. Each ones costs me about £2000 just to build. And about 200 hours of graft.
Everyone has new tyres, new chain and sprocket and new bearings throughout.
As for the exhaust, on this one I'm going to recondition the original system as it runs nice with it. I've tried big pipes on Dommies and the back pressure is reduced a lot. This gives you more hp at the top but sacrifices low end performance which I think these bikes are great for.
I'm doing this as a business and to be honest I need to make £1000 profit to make it viable. However, its my first year in self employment (I was previously a BMW dealer tech) so I'm okay with making half of that.
I'm going to ask £2500 for it. Which is actually not a lot more than what old nails are going for.
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