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  1. Project SUNMASTER 14

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    This is the very first post of what will be a pretty long thread. This is the beginning of a new adventure.

    This is SUNMASTER 14.

     

    Sunmaster 14 is the name of my new SR love child. The name comes from a character the Isaac Asimov science fiction series "Foundation". Ironically, in juxtaposition to his grandiose name, Sunmaster 14 is a person of rather understated qualities. I immediately loved the name and the stark contrast it highlighted and I made a mental note to use that name some time in the future. Skip 5 years forward to the present.

    I won't give away all the details of my new bike for 2 reasons. First of all, it is still mainly in my head, so things can change pretty fast once you try to put your ideas into practice. Second, I believe the project should be a step-by-step discovery for you as it is for me.

    This will be the first time I single handedly build a bike from scratch. That means stripping my beloved street tracker to the bare bones and rebuidling it following a completely new concept. I will share my frustrations as well as my little triumphs, so as to give an insight to the novice builders like me, to what it means building a bike. The more expert builders among you will probably face-palm themselves pretty often. Please forgive my ignorance, I'm still learning.

    Sunmaster 14 will follow a short list of guidelines:

    - sleek, essential design

    - form follows function, but form is still important

    - SM14 will be inspired by the past, with small and unintrusive hints to the present

    - most importantly: SM14 will not be a CAFE Racer! Verily I say unto you, Sunmaster 14 will take out the 'cafe' from the 'Cafe Racer'!

  2. Before and After

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    I'm pretty battered today due to some raw shrimps I had yesterday (Thai food....), thus plenty of time to write another blog post.
    I wanted to show the evolution my bike has undergone since I got it 5 months ago.Nothing too drastic, but noteworthy nonetheless. Let's see if I can manage to upload some pics...

    almost 32.000km when I got her...

    OmegaRacer Yamaha SR Beginning

     That's how she looked on our very first day.

    OmegaRacer Yamaha SR Beginning

    OmegaRacer Yamaha SR Beginning

    OmegaRacer Yamaha SR Beginning

    This little bugger gave me some sleepless nights grrrr...

    OmegaRacer Yamaha SR Beginning

    OmegaRacer Yamaha SR Beginning

    And I had to get a few spares to start off the customisation process :p

    OmegaRacer Yamaha SR Beginning

    and the result...

    OmegaRacer Yamaha SR Beginning