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    It's a frame jig for a completely scratch built frame. Including one-off castings, some unusual tweaks to classic chopper geometry, and a drive setup that is unlike any bike I've ever seen.

    The frame will be full 316L SS. I spent more on stainless steel for the frame than I paid for my first Harley. Castings alone were close to 3000 bucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newman View Post
    ... some unusual tweaks to classic chopper geometry, and a drive setup that is unlike any bike I've ever seen.

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    It's about to get really good in here.

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    So by using castings does that mean you intend to make a few of the same bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by travisn View Post
    So by using castings does that mean you intend to make a few of the same bike?
    No. I only had one piece of each casting made.
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    Castings supposed to be here this week.

    Made these. WWWJ blanks

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    Woah this thing will have giant ninja throwing stars!

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    Nice work!

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    I really wish I could post everything that I'm planning on making/building, but at this point I can't share all of it publicly because I need to find out about getting into Born Free or the Brooklyn Invitational first.

    But here are some pictures of a few things:

    Lase cut axle plates:



    Machined and polished axle plates:



    Much dollars worth of one off 316 stainless castings...

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    holy fuck, those castings......

    is the entire frame going to be polished stainless?

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    Quote Originally Posted by focusinprogress View Post
    holy fuck, those castings......

    is the entire frame going to be polished stainless?
    Yes, but I will probably paint over the tubes with an eggshell white color and leave 2" of tube and the castings exposed and polished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newman View Post

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    Awesome stuff!

    Any thought to what type of paint you will use? Urethane? Enamel? .... Epoxxxxxxxy?

    There are some pretty sweet options for Epoxy paints nowadays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newman View Post
    Yes, but I will probably paint over the tubes with an eggshell white color and leave 2" of tube and the castings exposed and polished.
    All I can think of is a high end steel bicycle frame where they polished the lugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quattro Krant View Post
    All I can think of is a high end steel bicycle frame where they polished the lugs.
    That's what I was thi inking as well. I think it could look cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LUKE_L View Post
    Awesome stuff!

    Any thought to what type of paint you will use? Urethane? Enamel? .... Epoxxxxxxxy?

    There are some pretty sweet options for Epoxy paints nowadays.
    I haven't gotten that far yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newman View Post
    I haven't gotten that far yet.
    Got it. With the WWII era feel this thing screams a military quality finish. Not Olive Drab....the ruggedness and longevity on the paint.

    I'd be happy to show you samples of what you can expect with epoxy when you are that stage....if interested. I've done a few projects that turned it pretty cool. Epoxy paint gives a different look and feel.

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    RIP my fingers.

    This is a just a primary polish before I send them off to be electropolished.

    About 15 hours into polishing these two parts... probably another 5 or so before I am ready to send them off to the electropolisher.

    (Also these parts look way better in real life)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Quattro Krant View Post
    All I can think of is a high end steel bicycle frame where they polished the lugs.
    example?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boardjnky4 View Post
    example?
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    Ahh, got it

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    I'm trying to be less of a cynical, miserable bastard so yes, that is an example of a high end lugged steel frame bike and I have nothing but good things to say about the people that ride them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quattro Krant View Post
    I'm trying to be less of a cynical, miserable bastard so yes, that is an example of a high end lugged steel frame bike and I have nothing but good things to say about the people that ride them.
    This approach is almost better as it oozes the best kind of sarcasm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quattro Krant View Post
    I'm trying to be less of a cynical, miserable bastard so yes, that is an example of a high end lugged steel frame bike and I have nothing but good things to say about the people that ride them.
    Lol.

    It was the first image result that fit the criteria.
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    sooooooo newman is building the ultimate hipster-mobile... got it

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