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Project F3 Cafe Racer

I bought a wrecked 600 f3 for $400. I already have a front end for it and all I need are headers, 919 rotors, and a radiator. Also have to weld together a cafe tail with a fab'ed up seat. If anyone has some spare parts that would fit and would like to sell please pm me. Thanks everyone!



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Lol, how much of that is photochopped?

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Side note: front forks are straight and for sale
Haha! Now that is funny!

Nice score on the old F3, should be pretty sweet when all finished .... have fun and good luck.

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Side note: front forks are straight and for sale
Is the front wheel true?

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Is the front wheel true?
Hasn't been confirmed by a shop but looks to be true.
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Damn, you beat me to it

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I am liking this very much!

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Definitely digging the vision sir.

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Cafe fighter? Me likey

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I have a radiator off of a 90s Yamaha FZR6 that you may be interested in!

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I was very close to making a cafe fighter out of the ZX6R, but decided I'd rather have resale value to a broader audience
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Progress

Decided on a Copper tank with a hammered copper plate for the tale and a brown leather seat as the targeted design.

It's hasty photoshop editing but that's the jist of it.

Started filling in the dented tank with bondo layer by layer and have the 919 front end mounted. Still have quite a lot to do but having an ideal end is encouraging.
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Decided on a Copper tank with a hammered copper plate for the tale and a brown leather seat as the targeted design.

It's hasty photoshop editing but that's the jist of it.

Started filling in the dented tank with bondo layer by layer and have the 919 front end mounted. Still have quite a lot to do but having an ideal end is encouraging.
Damn bro are you putting icing on a cake?! That is so much bondo sand.

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Damn bro are you putting icing on a cake?! That is so much bondo sand.
I was thinking the same thing. I hope you have a belt sander.


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Cool project, I would like to offer my free of charge internet based opinion in one area though.

Don't spend any money painting that tank if you had to Bondo like that.

If it's going to be a black primer when finished, or sort of rat rod looking you'll be fine, but a good paint job will not be able to conceal a heavy bondo job.
If your paint guy says he can make it look right, he's probably the wrong paint guy for a good paint job.

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Damn bro are you putting icing on a cake?! That is so much bondo sand.
Should have taken a better picture from a different angle. It was a massive dent and still had to add more bondo than was on the pic. Strategically sculpted the bondo with rubber gloves so there's been little dust/waste.

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Cool project, I would like to offer my free of charge internet based opinion in one area though.

Don't spend any money painting that tank if you had to Bondo like that.

If it's going to be a black primer when finished, or sort of rat rod looking you'll be fine, but a good paint job will not be able to conceal a heavy bondo job.
If your paint guy says he can make it look right, he's probably the wrong paint guy for a good paint job.
Thanks, I appreciate the heads up! I will be laying 100% copper leaf on the tank, letting it age a bit, then clear coating it. After that the outer edges will have a black bedlined border along with a black racing stripe down the middle. Hopefully it will give it a unique rustic look.
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Ok- I have no experience with copper leaf painting, so take my cautionary advice with a grain of salt. It may work out just fine.

This is going to be one cool bikeś

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Decided on a Copper tank with a hammered copper plate for the tale and a brown leather seat as the targeted design.

It's hasty photoshop editing but that's the jist of it.
You didn't photoshop that.

Edit... eh maybe just the color.
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Update

Really pleased with how the copper on the tank is coming together

...After all of this

Started cleaning the carburetors as well

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Man, that looks sweet... Are you using like a copper leaf? I didn't even know you could do that with anything but gold... What kind of coating will you spray on it to protect it?

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I used rustoleum clear coat to protect the copper. Also dremeled most of the tabs off, painted the frame, forks, and other bits. Pretty pleased with how it's turning out. The copper tail and brown leather seat will really set this bike off
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Lookiing good! Nice work man.

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The tail is going to be Black Walnut with a copper border and black rivets.

Started by glueing these two boards together in a block.


Cut, chiseled, and sculpted them into a shape I wanted

Then back tracked to scratch on a new block of Black Walnut (much heavier wood with a much nicer grain)

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Holy crap that's gonna be a cool bike. Nice work man.

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Outstanding wood working ! As a wood worker myself, your hand carving skills are amazing.
Did you think about using zebra wood for the seat cowl with coats of polyurethane?

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ssooo jealous of your skill man. looks awesome

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Ok, this just went from a really cool build to probably one of the coolest builds I've ever seen... this thing is going to turn out sweet

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Outstanding wood working ! As a wood worker myself, your hand carving skills are amazing.
Did you think about using zebra wood for the seat cowl with coats of polyurethane?
Thanks Loops,
Already had a log of Black Walnut in my garage. I would like to find some zebra wood for a future project and apply a different technique (will be cooler than this project for sure!). Will be testing a two part epoxy vs polyurethane to see which one is better for the tail.
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