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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-02-2010, 01:26 AM   #1
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Hello all. So I currently have a build thread of my project up until now. http://www.customfighters.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33960 I love these buildoffs and look forward to the encouragement and "shallange". Nothing helps me DW better than a deadline!

So,

I've got a 2001 Suzuki SV650. Purchased as a basket case (a bunch of parts - for those not in the know). Now going forward to finish building a light fighter!

Trestle frame...
Girder fork...
More custom, More better.

Here's a quick couple of definitions for Chimaera:

-Used in describing an architectural feature, chimera means a fantastic, mythical or grotesque figure used for decorative purposes. Chimera are often described as gargoyles. ...

-In Greek mythology, the Chimaera (Greek '' (ChÝmaira); Latin Chimaera) was a monstrous fire-breathing creature of Lycia in Asia Minor, composed of the parts of multiple animals: upon the body of a lioness with a tail that terminated in a snake's head, the head of a goat arose on her back at the ...

The name seems fitting, plus it just sounds cool.

I guess we'll see where this goes!

I hope my date authentication pic will do. My bike is two hours away right now and I took this pic in anticipation for the buildoff. But will hopefully see it again soon...

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-06-2010, 01:09 AM   #2
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Well, since I'm not close to the bike, but the computer IS close. I thought I'd solid model it. I spent a fair amount of time on this and I know it's not perfect. A few glitches and not exactly scale accurate - whatever.

Here it is:


I think I like the latest rendition of the fork. I dunno. We'll see if it becomes reality!

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A little more playing


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A long overdue update...

The build has taken a turn (I'm sure there will be more of those...). In the interest of time and actually being able to ride this thing by spring I've made the hard decision to build with a conventional fork (at least for now). So I've procured a SRAD fork and some other goodies for later on...hmmm - What am I up to? you might ask...we'll see.



For those not in the know, these are some beefy forks. So this pic is to show scale:


Every bike needs a shifter...


potential headlight...In my mind it looks awesome. We'll see as it all comes together.


I've finally got a place to work on it! Soon I'll be in full fabrication mode to finish the frame.

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More goodies in the mail!



One day I'll stop buying stuff and start building...until then...

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A quick update:

I've been doing drawings, crunching numbers, etc in preparation to machine a new axle, brake caliper adapters, and a headset. I plan to start machining within a week. Stay tuned for some real progress. Who knows, maybe I'll put together a kit to do an SV fork swap, without having to change out the whole front end! (if there's any interest in it...)

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FINALLY! Some real progress. I spent a few hours today makin' chips. Got my axle finished (well almost) and new bearings for the steering tube arrived in the mail. I have yet to machine flats on the end of the axle so I can tighten it, and plating to protect against oxidation and galvanic corrosion.

Looky:








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A comparison of the new axle vs the original one:


Some more work done(Steering tube):


I've finally got my welder and some tools in my garage. I'm gonna build a work bench and then I'll start welding.

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FINALLY got my work bench build and cleared a spot in the garage. So...Here's a mockup:





Unfortunately while it was in storage, it was quite humid so I have some mild rust to clean up.

Now time to get welding!

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I trimmed some fat off of the steering tube today (about 1 lb), tweaked some dims and cleaned up some edges. NOW it's ready for use!



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