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So, i have amassed a large amount of bevel/belt junk over my years of having ducs and have finally decided to build something out of my mess. my goal is buy as little as i can to build it, with the exception of proper safety/ running gear. i have a wrecked 860 frame, a couple 900/750ss frames in various condition, a pantah frame, pretty much all the bodywork to build an imola replica, and a 750ss motor and electronics that some fella in alabama was going to try and put in a dunebuggy and welded a cage around the motor/frame (pretty nasty).. the current plan is to use the backbone of the 860 frame, and build lower bits using parts from the modern frame, going to go twin shocks because i think it wont look right with a mono shock, use 18'' spoked wheels (i have a couple pairs of boranni's hanging around), and a vintage style exhaust set up.. i have had a couple of days off and have made quite a bit of progress, ignore the dirt bike tire on the rear wheel, haha
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Pic #5 looks magically better. Looks like you are cooking from scratch, so to speak.
Keep posting. I like to read about stuff like this, but would never attempt it myself. (y)
 

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here is the tank/seat before paint (sitting on a 750gt frame in the pic), the rear motor mounts, and the 860 frame resting on the motor, and rear mounts mocked and welded on frame
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Pic #5 looks magically better. Looks like you are cooking from scratch, so to speak.
Keep posting. I like to read about stuff like this, but would never attempt it myself. (y)
thanks! yeah, we will see how it goes haha
 

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trying to make the side covers look right and a proper rear triangle have been the toughest thing so far
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This is one of the coolest builds I've seen in a while! Just thinking that you're building it almost entirely of stuff you have hanging around your shed is pretty amazing. That and the melding of old and newish. For sure you'd have the only one of its kind at any given bike night.....sean
 

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This is one of the coolest builds I've seen in a while! Just thinking that you're building it almost entirely of stuff you have hanging around your shed is pretty amazing. That and the melding of old and newish. For sure you'd have the only one of its kind at any given bike night.....sean
thanks! yeah, i have been thinking about building something like it for a while, and i finally got to a tipping point with all my junk, haha
 

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Oxy acetelyne welding?
my rear shock mount looks like it was done with one, haha, gonna have to clean that one up for sure.. the front mounts came out pretty ok i think, i used a larger filler with my tig thinking i would make them a little heavier welds to match the rest of welds that ducati did on the frame.. I have seen some really nice welds done with a torch though
 

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.. I have seen some really nice welds done with a torch though
It can be done....more similar to TIG welding than one might imagine....just more heat damage/effect to the surrounding metal. That can be mitigated to an extent but not completely eliminated.

My first welding lessons were with an oxy rig. I probably couldn't do it nearly as well now, but I could lay a pretty good bead when I was younger, in practice and could actually see.

These days, I might get a few minutes here or there with my wire feed Lincoln. I have a TIG but haven't had a bottle of gas for.....I dunno, 10 years or better. Once I got the wire feeder I look at the TIG but that's about as far as it gets........sean
 

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Same for me, my dad set me up with a torch and braizing set-up to fix a bicycle frame when I was a kid
 

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I like it ! I had a similar issue with the side covers on my T140. They just seemed too large for the bike, visually. I ended up painting them with a textured matte black paint to de- emphasize them. I liked it better that way, and of course, it’s reversible.
 

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got a bit more work done on the back end today
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Maybe it's because the weight is still on the ramp but the huge space between the horizontal head and the wheel looks disproportionate. Just my .02....sean
 

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Maybe it's because the weight is still on the ramp but the huge space between the horizontal head and the wheel looks disproportionate. Just my .02....sean
yeah, there is not an upper bearing in the head tube when i took the photo, the forks are just sitting in there so i can see the clearance for the tank, thats why it looks so raked out as well, with a bearing in there it pulls the front back in towards the lower cylinder and with a load on it compresses a bit.. hopefully with a fender on there also, it will suck that gap up.. when i was taking measurements before hacking everything up, i had my bevel darmah and my 900gts right next to me for comparison.. we will see though, it could look like shit once its all bolted together haha
 
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Well I for one think it will be a cool toy
 
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I am normally the purest that wants to leave the bike alone and keep it basically original, --But In this case where you dont have the bike all you have is a boatload of spare parts form different bikes -This is a hell of a good use of all of those parts. Build something really cool and have something special
 
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