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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-04-2016, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Started bobbing my 1100

First picture is of its last day as a mini decker. I am half way done with the rough up and then I am painting. Too cold here at the moment.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-06-2016, 09:19 PM
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Way to go with the progress.
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F*#k yeah!

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would like to see an update on this one
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would like to see an update on this one
Damn totally forgot I had started this thread. The bike has been stripped down and changed a few times since my first ride of the spring. I didnt like the first configuration of the seat. Looked awesome but felt like I was going to slide off the back when I took off. I got rid of the stock air box and intake and made a pod kit under the tank. Then rejetted the carb to increase the fuel mixture and bam! The power now is intoxicating and love the look. I am still not thrilled with the way the seat looks but it was my first go making one so I am actually looking forward to making another.
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the seat looks nice but it looks so flat i can see how you would slide off. nice job overall
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I had a blast making it and should have made it about 4" longer and curved the back up drastically. The seat was an awesome lesson in leatherworking and metal working though. The next one will be even better.
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Making seats is a blast....I've done 3 and each has been a learning experience. The curve in the rear is necessary...but that "sliding off the seat" feeling is natural the first few times you ride on a spring seat. You do get used to it....and some formed padding helps keep your ass cheeks in place.

I did my last one using layers of different density 1/4" foam, custom fit to me.....did lots of test rides and have a damn comfy seat for the type now. Unfortunately here in AZ leather does not last...so I have to use vinyl. With no upholstery sewing machine I'm forced to farm the cover out.... the good thing is that vinyl is cheap and a case of good beer gets it made...



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I think i need to tighten up the suspension on the bike. I occasionally bottom out and the springs on the seat hit the rear fender.
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If the bike is lowered you may have that issue. I went with a Progressive 465 shock and that ended my bottoming out.

I'm also using these springs rather than the scissor springs I had on before and they really stiffen the seat up....less apt to hit and raised the seat another 1/2"...

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I'm running a full fender now.....done with the bobber stuff. I prefer to have something a little different and everyone is riding bobbers these days it seems. Keeping the spring seat though..... Here's a pic from the fender mock up.....still doing the finish up work on paint, striping, wiring and etc.


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