Stefan van der Riet selected to implement the design options of the F-16 as a result of for six years he labored as an F-16 mechanic throughout his day work. And some months in the past he switched to the Apache AH-64 helicopter. Because it was a private mission, he wished to mix work, ardour and his largest interest on this bike.
To get began with the bike, we strip all pointless components for the specified design. The unique entrance fork was thrown apart and we fitted a Kawasaki ZX-7R USD entrance fork with a customized steering stem and a few rim and mounting modifications to the unique CB500F brake caliper. Then he began modeling the subframe, which was folded onto our handmade tube bender.
Earlier than making an aluminum physique, he all the time begins by making a wireframe to confirm the specified form / design and he additionally does it to see the free house I’ve on the entrance fork, clip-on and different components. The wireframe additionally acts as a template for making cardboard molds to chop the aluminum sheets into the specified form.
Of their bike movies, you possibly can see how this course of is completed. (YouTube: Uncooked Metallic Racers) After slicing the aluminum plates, it is time to kind these panels. First he begins pounding aluminum on a hole tree stump to shrink and stretch the aluminum, then he begins hammering it on the leather-based sandbag to get the specified form. All these dents from hammering have to be rolled out into the English wheel, the place we are able to additionally make some remaining modifications to the form of the panels. TIG weld the items and you’re going to get this.
The bike incorporates a 3D printed air consumption with a customized DNA Filters XV hexagonal air filter. The exhaust system is made of their store, they make many customized and manufacturing chrome steel exhaust techniques at Uncooked Metallic Racers. For this exhaust, they teamed up with BOS Exhaust, the place they put collectively a silencer to our specification.
The conical finish of the exhaust represents the converging exhaust of the F-16. He tried to make a design with the muffler below the saddle to actually implement the F-16 exhaust, however that will have ruined the design of the bike. Lastly, Marcel Miller of Miller Kustom Upholstery made a fantastic black vinyl seat.
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