I finally got some paint on the fuel tank! Even though the temps were in the 50′s I managed to warm up my garage to about 68 degrees with the help of a few space heaters. That was warm enough to lay down a white laquer base coat and an orange top coat with the Colorite paint.
I love this color and it looks even better out in the full sunlight. Next week I’ll add the Honda wings and logo to the tank and paint the seat. I’ve designed a V45 Sabre logo to go on the seat that looks similar to the Repsol logo typeface.
I did a rendering in Photoshop of what I want the bike to look like when complete as well.
Since the tank is such a large area of orange, I decided that some sort of red element was needed up front. You can see this in the above photo as a triangle forward of the tank. I used a piece of expanded steel mesh painted red to cover that triangle section in the frame.
It’s all in this week’s video.
Keep on hackin!
Prep… it’s the most important part of a good paint job. This week’s video focuses on getting the tank and seat ready for paint. Lot’s of work with filler material and block sanding to get a nice smooth surface.
Keep on hackin!
The fairing. I had big plans for modding this thing to look like the intake of an F-86 Sabre Jet and I did pull it off. However, I just didn’t like how it came out. The bike looks good with or without the fairing but since I hacked it all up, I’ve decided to leave it naked for now. Some time down the line I’ll invest in a REAL fairing from Airtech.
Maybe something like this:
Until then, it stays as is. I’ll be getting some paint on the bike in the next week or two. I’m going back to my original choice of the Repsol Honda colors.
Keep on hackin…
I found the next project bike! I managed to fit all this in the car yesterday and bring it home for the awesome price of $750.
Here it is still in the car.
I’ll be starting on this project in about a month or so. I still have more work to finish up the Sabre Cafe.
This week I’m finishing up a few things and getting the bike ready for paint.