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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:53 pm 
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I've started making some minor modifications to my SR500 - mostly for looks and nothing that will prevent changing back to stock. While changing out my turn signals, I started thinking about changing the rear fender. I like the '70's chrome fender look, but I wanted to reduce the size and weight. I didn't want to bob the stock fender, so, I found a 2014 SR400 front fender that was a dealer "take off" due to the front tip being slightly scraped in a tip-over. It was a whole $20.

I removed the built in fork brace with a Dremel (cut the attachment tabs) and then removed the brackets that bolt to the front forks. I mounted the fender in reverse using the rear frame bridge as a bolting point - viola! A smaller, lighter chrome rear fender that matches the front fender. I

To finish it, I will need to fabricate a bracket for the front of the fender (by the plastic mudguard) to secure the nose. I'm thinking of using a Lucas style tail light and license plate bracket in place of the stock tail light. Overall, I'm pleased with the look. I have a new seat on the way that fits over the rear frame bridge. Hopefully the new seat will compliment the look.

Here are the photos of the test fit (sorry about the greasy fingerprints on the chrome)...

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:21 am 
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Smart idea! But I have to say, what caught my eye first was the gatling gun you've hidden in your exhaust. Between that and your avatar, I'm wondering is something is afoot in Modesto! :lol:

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A neat looking modification. I'd be interested in the bracket that you come up with. The ones on my project bike ("500F Roadster Project (in slow motion") appear on pg. #15 of that posting. I also think that the Lucas style tail lamp would be a good choice.
Give us a photo after the replacement seat is installed.

On a different note: is that a Garand that you're shooting in your photo? I happen to be a Garand addict.
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oldhenry wrote:
On a different note: is that a Garand that you're shooting in your photo?


Can't help answering that —"WWII British Army Enfield .303" — only because I've been wondering when you two would cross tracks! :lol:
http://www.sr500forum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=14664&hilit=avatar

The whole clip is funny, but ya'll might want to fast-forward to 3:33…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsDLjfA1Ylw

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 2:37 pm 
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duke b wrote:
Smart idea! But I have to say, what caught my eye first was the gatling gun you've hidden in your exhaust. Between that and your avatar, I'm wondering is something is afoot in Modesto! :lol:


I'm going to have to check out the inside of the exhaust canister and see exactly what's up.
It's got a great sound.

Actually, something's afoot in the hills east of Modesto (nice shooting spots).

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oldhenry wrote:
A neat looking modification. I'd be interested in the bracket that you come up with. The ones on my project bike ("500F Roadster Project (in slow motion") appear on pg. #15 of that posting. I also think that the Lucas style tail lamp would be a good choice.
Give us a photo after the replacement seat is installed.

On a different note: is that a Garand that you're shooting in your photo? I happen to be a Garand addict.
Henry


Thanks - it's the cheap route for a fender! I checked your project and it's one beautiful bike you've built. I like the fender braces you fabricated (I wish I had the talent to fab them as nicely). I will definitely post photos of the seat and tail light combo (as soon as the parts arrive at my doorstep).


Nope, Lee-Enfield .303. I would like to add a Garand to my collection!

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duke b wrote:
oldhenry wrote:
On a different note: is that a Garand that you're shooting in your photo?


Can't help answering that —"WWII British Army Enfield .303" — only because I've been wondering when you two would cross tracks! :lol:
http://www.sr500forum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=14664&hilit=avatar

The whole clip is funny, but ya'll might want to fast-forward to 3:33…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsDLjfA1Ylw



I loved the clip - and I got a laugh out of it! Gary seems to have a Kiwi accent and he's wearing an Australian slouch hat, which confused me when he was referred to as British (maybe it's in the old "Empire" sense?). I'll have to start wearing my dad's old Australian Army slouch hat when I shoot, just to continue the confusion...

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Surfernick wrote:
Gary seems to have a Kiwi accent


Nah, he's from somewhere in the South East, not too far from London.


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On a different note: is that a Garand that you're shooting in your photo? I happen to be a Garand addict.
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Nope, Lee-Enfield .303. I would like to add a Garand to my collection![/quote]

The avatar is small & I don't have the computer skills to enlarge it. :oops: I like vintage military rifles of all makes. Someone once wrote that the Mauser is essentially a hunting rifle, the Springfield is essentially a target rifle, but the Lee-Enfield is a fighting rifle. ;)

Do you or did you ever shoot the Lee-Enfield in any of the CMP Vintage Rifle matches? They're a hoot!
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Ah yes, a Number 4...I don't have one anymore (...or my No 5) but I still have a No1 Mk3* or two left... ;)

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