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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby Davo-Singapore » Mon Jan 19, 2015 3:00 am

A short article about perspective - might help. How's it going?

http://www.bikeexif.com/build-cafe-racer

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby Hotbrakes » Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:41 pm

Talked to Clay a couple weeks ago and he said they'll be getting this project underweigh soon...
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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby sunofnun » Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:15 am

Love this thread!!!!!!

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby nitro450exp » Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:44 am

Performance of the SDR and look of an old school Café Racer.

Sign me up.

Will be watching, but hurry up !

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby Exitman » Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:14 pm

Yes, it's been a much protracted project with many business and person issues taking priority But the bike has been stripped and much of the wiring has been re-routed already. replacements parts have been selected. Overall style has not yet been decided upon and the Duke is a tricky one. The intentions to retain as much of its DNA as possible, so the orange framer will remain and we're retrying to work in some of the lines from the old tank and tail piece. Below are a few of the early sketches used for inspiration. There's a new set that I put up in a week or so that follow more the angles endless of the cafe racer styling.

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby xrpilot » Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:52 pm

[quote="Exitman"]Yes, it's been a much protracted project with many business and person issues taking priority But the bike has been stripped and much of the wiring has been re-routed already. replacements parts have been selected. Overall style has not yet been decided upon and the Duke is a tricky one. The intentions to retain as much of its DNA as possible, so the orange framer will remain and we're retrying to work in some of the lines from the old tank and tail piece. Below are a few of the early sketches used for inspiration. There's a new set that I put up in a week or so that follow more the angles endless of the cafe racer styling.



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Wow, this looks cafe / street fighter mean. I'll be tracking this build...very interesting.

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby Exitman » Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:57 pm

Yeah, this is the one we're basing the next set of designs on. Tail is wrong as we want to retain the OEM tail light and we're not using the OEM belly pan. Either nothing or a full carbon belly pan (painted).
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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby DougFir » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:17 pm

........"we're not using the OEM belly pan. Either nothing ...."

With the newer, smaller, light weight batteries, it's possible to move all that crap that hangs behind the front tyre to under the seat and the tail section.
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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby Exitman » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:31 pm

DougFir wrote:........"we're not using the OEM belly pan. Either nothing ...."

With the newer, smaller, light weight batteries, it's possible to move all that crap that hangs behind the front tyre to under the seat and the tail section.


That's exactly where it's all going :D
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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby Willh » Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:38 pm

Exitman wrote:
DougFir wrote:........"we're not using the OEM belly pan. Either nothing ...."

With the newer, smaller, light weight batteries, it's possible to move all that crap that hangs behind the front tyre to under the seat and the tail section.


That's exactly where it's all going :D

If you keep the front pipe low you'll have to get used to the new sound of road crap bouncing off the pipe.
Not a deal breaker for me.

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby TheDude » Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:22 am

Very Cool!!!

Love the idea! New owner of a standard SD, but want it to become unique! I was thinking of something similar, but different. I was not only thinking of moving the battery but also wondered if the super-moto oil tank could replace that monster that's on the SD, both being LC8's and all. Could really clean up the bottom end. And your "tank" thoughts are interesting, too!

Like where you are headed!!



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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby JohnJJr » Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:57 am

Ohhhh !

like that idea of moving the battery and getting rid of that BOX down low -

Watching from afar ...

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby bic_bicknell » Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:00 am

This is where I got up to last year.

I was thinking about getting a large aluminium tank made together with a new tail unit. Strip the battery and electrics from the front and also get rid of the oil tank and put it under the seat.
It's not easy getting the aesthetics right. The engine, frame and running gear is so modern it doesn't really work doing an old school retro feel but when you try and keep the KTM 'edge' styling then it sort of doesn't work as a cafe racer. I tried a lot of things from old TZ style tail units through to sharp, upwards angled contemporary shapes. I just ended up respecting these bike designers when they get it right - it's not easy to do.
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Here's some early thoughts.
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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby JohnJJr » Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:28 pm

Like that oil tank wrapped around under the seat -
lithium battery on top of that .
Planning a complete overhaul this winter including painting the frame but don't think i can get as ambitions ( lack of funds ) always lack of funds !!!! :roll:

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby robcbrown » Tue Aug 04, 2015 6:24 pm

http://rs403.pbsrc.com/albums/pp117/rob ... pg~320x480 a few nips and tucks to go but nearly there.

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby Exitman » Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:40 pm

A few more renderings and getting close to getting back on this job:

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby nitro450exp » Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:02 pm

And ?

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby Stratkat » Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:28 pm

gotta tell ya, its nice to have your bike reflect you and all, but to my eye none of these betters the original lines of the bike.
its one of those machines that i feel KTM got right. just my opinion.

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby bazz21 » Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:00 am

Stratkat wrote:gotta tell ya, its nice to have your bike reflect you and all, but to my eye none of these betters the original lines of the bike.
its one of those machines that i feel KTM got right. just my opinion.

+1 why make a perfect bike go slower

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby DougFir » Sat Sep 05, 2015 4:27 am

yep, dang tough job making the 08 SDR look better.... :roll:
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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby bigred1100s » Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:39 am

Personally, I think if you're going to keep the sharp angled tank on the SD then stay away from the round lights. if the bike lacks curves and its sharp edged like the SD is, then a more angled and edgy looking Headlight is what it needs. If you're going for the classic cafe racer look with a narrower tank and droopy tail then the round looks good. Just me but we're all excited to see how this turns out. Good luck bro

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby Silverbear » Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:13 pm

bigred1100s wrote:Personally, I think if you're going to keep the sharp angled tank on the SD then stay away from the round lights. if the bike lacks curves and its sharp edged like the SD is, then a more angled and edgy looking Headlight is what it needs. If you're going for the classic cafe racer look with a narrower tank and droopy tail then the round looks good. Just me but we're all excited to see how this turns out. Good luck bro

Spot on.I tried an old style round headlight on the front of mine and it looks so out of place with the sharp modern styling of today's Ktm's.Cheers

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby pwnd » Wed Oct 07, 2015 12:58 pm

Stratkat wrote:gotta tell ya, its nice to have your bike reflect you and all, but to my eye none of these betters the original lines of the bike.
its one of those machines that i feel KTM got right. just my opinion.

agree with you there. I love SDR's and cafe racers, but this blend is a little too fussy for my taste. having said that, am more than happy to eat my words when this is finished.

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby pwnd » Sun Feb 07, 2016 12:56 pm

wrong thread....

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Re: 2008 SDR Custom Build

Postby robjederuiter » Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:07 am

You could start by replacing the swingarm by the one Silverbear made

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