We were asked to customize some Suzuki GSXR upper side panels. This a story from warmer times.
It was early spring when we had a call from a gent about doing some custom work on a Suzuki GSXR. He wanted to give his side panels that Yoshimura look. The out line was would we be able to make a series of air vents and weld them into the side panels. I was more than interested as one of my first custom jobs was a GSXR of roughly the same year. So I have a bit of a soft spot for these bikes.
Over the weeks that followed it became clear that there was not the budget needed to allow us to fabricate the vents from plastic and weld them in, as the customer wanted. Which was a shame! When it comes to making parts from scratch it is labour intensive. But all was not lost the customer had discovered a set of fibre glass vents that matched what he wanted to achieve and asked us if we would be able to make them fit.
After some weeks the vents turned up at the workshop and with a bit of trepidation I opened the package. I have nothing against fibre panels but I have seen some really bad ones. These surprised me, they had a quality finish and looked the same size. On very careful inspection one was slightly smaller than the other and they curved more than the panels they were being fitted into; which in the end lead to an over complicated fitting arrangement.
Once the holes were cut to shape in the side panels, some plastic material was cut to fill the gap left by the original vent. Then a lip was cut into the plastic where the new fibre vents would sit. If they had not been made with an exaggerated curve this part of the job would not have been necessary. It took two of us to bond each vent into place. When this was set the vents were then fibre glassed in with a water proof matt to stop weather degradation. When the fibre glass was dry we used a special flexible filler to fill between the two materials to reduce the chance of cracking.
It is always nice to hear that the customer is happy with the results especially when it is done long distance.
I have been looking through the back catalogue of pictures we take in-connection with the work we do and came across these wonderful shots. They were taken at the Lincolnshire bike fest one year. It is an out and … Continue reading →
Over the last few months we have looked for someone to produce some baseball hats with our logo on.
You would have thought this would have been easy! No, not a bit of it! We have contacted a number of companies that have failed to get back in touch. Why have email if you are going to ignore it? Better still, tell people phoning is the best way to contact you and stop wasting our time!
I went to a local business in person, leaving my card and what I was looking for; they said ” We will ring you tomorrow.” Still waiting! If you say your going to do something then keep your word! If you don’t want to phone then email, it could not be simpler. Personally I think it is better to say you do not want to do it. Silence shows a lack of respect for a potential customer it also means that customer is lost to you for any future orders!
It is not that well-known among the wider biker community that we were the first to put a set of foxeyes ( head lights from a Honda fireblade) into a Suzuki GSXR 11oo nose cone. We were also the first to do it using sheet thermo plastic, moulding it to fit an existing faring and welding these parts into place giving it durability and strength and above all that distinctive sexy look.
I only discovered recently that the nose cone was still about, in good condition and in one piece. But sadly not on the bike it was made for. It turns out that it is sitting on a shelf in someones garage looking for a new GSXR home.
If anyone one has a GSXR project and would like a sexy looking nose cone, get intouch. Please do contact me, I will try to put you intouch with its owner.
Alan and myself have been friends for a long time. But for some unknown reason lost touch some years back.
It all started with a phone call on the merits of fiberglass over molded plastic for motor bike custom work. This conversation came about due to an accident that damaged the nose cone to his bike. After a long chat Alan decided to convert his Suzi GSXR 1100 nose cone to accept a set of Honda Foxeyes.
Over the following months as I sculpted the faring to take its new head lights, Alan visited with the rest of the bike to test fit the nose cone; we became good friends. Little did I know that this would be just the start.
It is funny how things happen, one of my other friends who knew Alan got in touch recently saying he had just been in contact with him. The next thing I knew Alan had left an email.