good idea or bad one

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  1. thxcuz

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    I was thinking of doing a cafe racer. I have a long Schwinn hurricane seat but an Idea just came to me....would this work or would it be stupid
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    I can easily make a seat out of plywood and foam and cover it with some vinyl I have laying around.
    Everything would be bolted with grade 8 bolts. Has anyone done this or is it just stupid and dangerous?
     
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    Don't see why it won't work,just mount it more solid so it won't sway back side ways after time. Maybe cross Xing.............Curt
     
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    Could you show us some closeups of your attach points? That would help us see the important details.

    As long as it is properly secured there's no reason it wouldn't work as a seat frame. Sure has potential. Looks cool.

    Tom
     
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    I agree, it could work out really well for you as long as you secure everything properly... Welding it all together would be ideal if you can weld, but with the right bracket work you could get it all mounted nice and solid with nuts and bolts.
     
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    This the start of a seat I made a while back out of fiberglass for a project. If you go through with this I think you'd have fun making one out off glass I learned a lot and had fun.
     

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    How sturdy is the fiberglass? I've seen these before but I've never made one
     
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    It's plenty strong and rigid too. For mine I used from fleece like material stretch over a form soaked in fiberglass. Then went back over the inside with fiberglass mat.
     
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    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    Here's mine on my race bike.

    Cut and welded the pan out of thin sheet metal, glued a mouse pad for the cover, welded the struts to the frame (which have a flat bar welded across the top,) and the seatpost has a flat bar welded to it so the pan bolts on.

    The back speed hump will bend if you put weight on it, but the seat area has a folded lip so it's strong enough for my 135lbs of pure muscle.

    Not comfortable at all for cruising, but I don't notice when in my leathers at the track.
     

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    Once again Tom, you gave me an idea. I'd love to see a full picture of that bike
     
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    There's a couple in my profile 'album' but they show it with the old saddle. The new one is better. Much lower and matches the paint scheme better.

    Tom
     
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    I've been saying this for years, the tank makes the bike...that's a great tank. was it made with the process we previously discussed? I've got to gather my supplies to make my tank shroud. Hopefully my bike will look as good as it runs
     
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    The tank is from a Yamaha MX-80. Sort of a kid's dirt bike. I'm lucky to have a motorcycle salvage yard near me that has an amazing selection of motorcycle parts and shelves of fuel tanks to choose from. You might want to check your local listings for one near you. I'm sure a city the size of St. Louis would have at least one.

    If you're going for the cafe racer look the bigger the tank the more it will have that style.
    Cafes usually had massive fuel tanks.

    Tom
     
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    Nevermind. Can't load foto
     
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    Here's a good example of a big tank on a Cafe bike. This is a Beemer but it might be look you're after.

    Tom
     

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    . I'm sure a city the size of St. Louis would have at least one.
    Tom[/QUOTE]

    We have one that I know of but it's in the worst neighborhood in a city full of bad neighborhoods. Maybe a big dude on a motorcycle would be fine there but a nerdy middle age guy in a minivan could get into trouble.
    Or at lest be less one minivan
     
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    LOL, that made me laugh. Just sent you a PM.

    Tom
     
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    2door makes the coolest bike seats I've ever seen.
     

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