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  1. In the previous post I talked about the small ttriumphs and the setbacks that inevitably come with building a bike.

    Well, I didn't expect a setback quite so early on, but here it is...
    Got the frame back from a powder coating shop in Bangkok the other day, but when I unwrapped it today to start the build, this is what greeted me....







    So, back to square one and waiting again.

  2. 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'!