Well, a while back I had the great fortune of buying a rain-suit for those rides where you just get wet. Long story short, the stirrup style pants hooked in my kick stand and down I went, luckily only putting a nice shit-shaped dent right in the crease of my gas tank. Not on a flat side, but right on the crease. Well, horseshit.
Fast forward almost a year. I was away for two weeks in Missouri and decided to take a buddy up on his offer to help me repair the tank. A few fills of Hysol, sanding, couple coats of sealant, more sanding, and I received my bike today ready for a new paint job on the tank.
After doing my front and rear fender in rattle-can matte black last year, I though this would be the perfect chance to experiment a little bit with some rattle can magic. This is currently a work in progress and will probably take the rest of the week until finnissimo pics are uploaded, but here is where we are so far.
Original dent on the R/H side of the tank. Lucky to not have a puncture.
Masking and the first layer of filler.
2nd layer of filler, and sanding to contour.
More sanding to contour.
Last layer of filler, sealant, sanded to contour and primer applied.
After my first coat of primer and paint.
There will be more pics to come as more coats go on and the bike takes on a completely new appearance and design that I have personally never seen before. The fill and contour is not perfect, it never will be, but it takes more than a passing glance to notice the minute flaws and with that, I am happy. For the new paint job; think a little bit of cafe racer styling with some of my own touches. I'm excited to welcome in a new 'rat' bike in which I absolutely love it; but am no longer overly concerned if it gets a scratch here or there. Say what you like, blah blah it's only a 919, but I love it and feel quite freed by the fact that I can now do what I want with it and experiment a bit.