SV650.org - SV650 & Gladius 650 Forum



SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking Discussion and chat on all topics and technical stuff related to the SV650 and SV1000
Need Help: Try Searching before posting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 27-01-18, 08:28 AM   #1
stinkerbill
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 68
Default SV Curvy retro racer project

Morning all!

So I've bought myself a curvy SV to do a sort of 'future-retro' cafe racer project on.

I'm not a mechanic and this bike will be mostly cosmetically changed, and simple-to-do mods at that, but thought I'd post about it here.

First off, here's a current photo of 'before' and a Photoshopped 'after'....



Last edited by stinkerbill; 18-05-18 at 06:22 AM.
stinkerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-01-18, 08:31 AM   #2
stinkerbill
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 68
Default Re: SV Curvy retro racer project

So, thus far I've done...

- Undertray and seat cowl
- Reverse cone silencer (gonna design and have fabricated a new hanger so I can remove the footpegs)

Coming in the next couple of weeks...

- Poly26 retro fairing
- Round headlight
- Brown seat and grips

Things to be painted
- Forks (will spray in situ)
- Frame (will spray in situ)
- Swingarm (will spray in situ)

MUCH further down the line, I might attempt to design and have built a new subframe/seat unit... but that's a long way off.


Quick question on spraying, anyone done their swingarm/frame/forks? What paint did you use?

(And yes,I know I can powder-coat, but I'm not mechanically skilled/experienced enough to strip my whole bike)

Last edited by stinkerbill; 27-01-18 at 08:33 AM.
stinkerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-01-18, 11:17 AM   #3
maviczap
Member
Mega Poster
 
maviczap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 8,879
Default Re: SV Curvy retro racer project

Had mine powder coated chrome silver, there's pictures of mine in my pictures.

It's not a bad idea to do strip the back end down and at least grease all the bearings and linkages.
__________________
We're riding out tonight to case the promised land
Make everyday count
RIP Reeder - Jolly Green Giant and comedy genius
maviczap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-01-18, 01:14 PM   #4
andrewsmith
Member
Mega Poster
 
andrewsmith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Just south of salad dodging country
Posts: 7,733
Default Re: SV Curvy retro racer project

As mavi says strip it to the frame and powder coat as the bearings probably need to be done

Sent from my PRA-LX1 using Tapatalk
__________________
RIP Reeder 20/07/1988 - 21/03/2012. Always missed squire!!!

Every year we meet old friends, gain some new ones, lose old ones and you always remember them all.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi
andrewsmith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-01-18, 04:45 PM   #5
stinkerbill
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 68
Default Re: SV Curvy retro racer project

Yep, so I've decided to strip the swingarm and powder coat it

I've tripped at the first hurdle though! The front header stud nuts are buggered and they're not coming off without a fight. Gonna have a local pro get them off for me and basically remove/refit the exhaust, as having fought with (and eventually won) similar issues on past bikes I have neither the patience or the inclination to battle the headers off and end up drilling out the studs when they inevitably snap... my mech can have the pleasure

He'll also release any other horror bolts connected to the exhaust system for me so I have a clean slate... and clean bolts/nuts/studs.

I'll report on progress

Then I can strip the swingarm at my leisure and move forward.
stinkerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-01-18, 04:50 PM   #6
stinkerbill
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 68
Default Re: SV Curvy retro racer project

Swingarm/powder coating question, I assume to be powder-coated ALL bearings need stripping out, and attachments removed etc, they just have a 1-piece swingarm to work with?

Not sure what a powder-coat process involves
stinkerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-01-18, 04:58 PM   #7
maviczap
Member
Mega Poster
 
maviczap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 8,879
Default Re: SV Curvy retro racer project

Quote:
Originally Posted by stinkerbill View Post

I've tripped at the first hurdle though! The front header stud nuts are buggered and they're not coming off without a fight. Gonna have a local pro get them off for me and basically remove/refit the exhaust, as having fought with (and eventually won) similar issues on past bikes I have neither the patience or the inclination to battle the headers off and end up drilling out the studs when they inevitably snap... my mech can have the pleasure

He'll also release any other horror bolts connected to the exhaust system for me so I have a clean slate... and clean bolts/nuts/studs.
Yep, guaranteed to snap even if you wave a spanner at them

Quote:
Originally Posted by stinkerbill View Post
Swingarm/powder coating question, I assume to be powder-coated ALL bearings need stripping out, and attachments removed etc, they just have a 1-piece swingarm to work with?

Not sure what a powder-coat process involves
Yes, remove all bearings as powder coat will kill them, the linkage mount bearings will probably be difficult to remove without destroying them, but replacing them isn't a bad thing
__________________
We're riding out tonight to case the promised land
Make everyday count
RIP Reeder - Jolly Green Giant and comedy genius
maviczap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-18, 03:01 PM   #8
stinkerbill
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 68
Default Re: SV Curvy retro racer project

UPDATE....

So, the bolts did indeed turn to powder as soon as I waved a spanner at them. Quick trip to my local mech and they're sorted.

In the meantime, I've fit the new fairing and screen (yet to be painted) and fit a reverse cone silencer (sounds soooo good), bar-end mirrors, ditched the grab-handle, rear fender/indicator assembly, new under-tray and added some new bullet indicators.

Next step is having the fairing painted, fit (and then paint) the seat hump when it arrives and then start on the frame, wheels, swingarm and forks, paint the fairing bracket... lots to do!


Here's how she's looking currently...



Last edited by stinkerbill; 14-02-18 at 03:02 PM.
stinkerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-18, 04:21 PM   #9
maviczap
Member
Mega Poster
 
maviczap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 8,879
Default Re: SV Curvy retro racer project

Looking mighty fine
__________________
We're riding out tonight to case the promised land
Make everyday count
RIP Reeder - Jolly Green Giant and comedy genius
maviczap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-02-18, 11:20 AM   #10
stinkerbill
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 68
Default Re: SV Curvy retro racer project

After much deliberation, oggling of this Triumph cafe racer and realising that the imminent birth of my second child will likely mean no time to tinker for a good long while, I've decided to keep the wheels/frame/swing-arm silver and go for a grey metallic scheme.

So, here's how I'm hoping it will eventually look...



I can always add some pin-stripping tape and metallic vinyl graphics for details later
stinkerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New member - Cafe Racer (ish) project. Tannoy964 Bikes - Talk & Issues 39 11-01-18 07:10 PM
Curvy Engine for Cafe Racer project. Bunkle Stuff Wanted 1 08-11-14 11:25 PM
Curvy cafe racer. monkimagic SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 38 13-10-14 08:04 PM
Retro fit, Curvy bodywork on Pointy? rictus01 SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 15 15-03-11 12:22 AM
Help me with Curvy scrambler-racer Project maxxdope SV Talk, Tuning & Tweaking 13 18-01-10 08:33 AM


All times are GMT. The time now is 11:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® - Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.