More shrek no more

Tables – As promised here is an update of the rebuild of Shrek. To recap – Originally I wanted to build a Bobber but as things panned out I ended up buying a ‘survivor’ chopper, so that is what I worked with. I didn’t want to cut the frame so I had to revise my plans and work with the stretch, rake and long forks that came with Shrek when I bought it. Today I have been laying down a bit moe 2 pak Jet Black over a few bits and pieces. I am not far from being finished now, I need to paint the tins, make up my front brake line and start on the final assembly as everything is just loosely in place at the moment.


My goal was to build a bike in my garage and I am happy to say that is exactly what I have done. I have stripped down and rebuild or modified every nut, bolt and washer on this bike (except the motor with may get a turn sometime later) myself in my garage or borrowing space and tools from my good mate Gary. I have spent many long nights and days, welding, grinding, filing, sand and so on, ever starting a few unplanned fires, but that’s a story to tell over a few beers. I do have to give credit to Gary for doing a bit of welding on my rear guard for me yesterday though.

 


Over the years I have owned plenty of bikes but this is my first build, so stuff takes time. I spend just as much time sitting and looking at my bike, waiting for ideas to come along, as I do working on it. I am my own worst critic so when I finish something I am usually not completely happy with it, but I have learnt to live with what I build and acknowledge my own limitations. What I do know is that every fault, scratch or blemish has a story, so I guess I will need to buy more beer. I am going to write on my bike somewhere “if it looks like I built this in my garage….I succeeded!” It is amazing what a conversation starter this bike has become, people walking past my house stop and have a look at what I am doing and they all love the freedom a project like this implies. It is a liberating feeling to pick up and angle grinder and cut some unneeded piece of weight of you bike just because you didn’t like it. We have all heard the old “if I have to explain, you probably wouldn’t understand anyway” and now I truly get that. When I first got Shrek I went to a scrap metal yard and picked up a heap of bits and pieces, these have now been turned into highway pegs, brake parts, guard mounts etc.

I wanted a headlight with some character so have retro fitted a late model speedo and halogen bulb into an old Jawa shell….more work in that than the rest of the bike. I have mounted lots of things with wing nuts, with the intention of swapping tanks, guards, bars and sissy bar etc quickly for a different look when I feel the need. I want the motor and the gas tank to POP so I have painted almost everything else Jet Black, with a bit of polished or chromed detail, but just a bit. I hope to achieve a bit of a 70’s look when I am done and have tried to add a few old touches like the fork gators, chrome front guard (part XS and part CB250) and a jockey shift, with a hand clutch (which has the shortest clutch cable ever , thanks Jay). I also painted my rims and hubs black and re-laced them with stainless spokes.
I am going to mount the brake light and plate on the sissy bar and I am adding a P pad to the rear guard also. I have made up a new wiring loom, put in an XS Charge PMA (which was sooo easy to fit, highly recommend). Here in Australia we have stupid laws that require flashers, guards, front brakes, mirrors and rubbish like that (although they are for safety I admit), so while the bike isn’t as minimalist as I would like it is as bare as I could manage.


My rear guard is a full bodied wrap around type and will probably get the black treatment asweel, however my tank will be base coated  bluey/ silver and  fish scales painted on the side panels. (I am doing an airbrushing course in a couple of weeks so we will see how that goes I guess). Like all good XSs’ the starter was dead so I got rid of it and blanked the hole, so I  stole the pedal off my eldest sons’  BMX for my kicker, he was a bit pissed but he’ll get over it in time. I wanted to use 1” bars, so I machined up so risers to hold them and modified the master cylinder to fit aswell, I used a Harley throttle cable in combination with the original XS cable, easy peasey Japanesey. When she is all done and painted, which will hopefully be very soon I will send in the finshed pics. I love this site and hope you enjoy my bike, your feedback is valued.
Stay cool and keep one wheel on the tarmac at all times.
Tables.

Comments

  1. Stephen B says:

    Nice write up and cool build Tables, thanks for sharing!

    I’m interested in seeing how the fish scales turn out, they’ll certainly suit the chopper.

    We’ll have to go for a ride when I get mine on the road.

    Cheers

    Steve

  2. Tables says:

    Sounds like a plan Steve, we will have to make contact some time.

  3. Dennis says:

    Hey Tables, very good write up, as Stephen said. A good back story adds much to (nearly) finished product. That tightly wrapped front fender looks cool, especially since we don’t see that many here. The headlight will be a conversation in itself, I’m hoping for some good close ups when it’s done. The bars look interesting, as do the headlamp ears… Unusual from the glimpses provided. I am curious about what looks like the brake lever, and also how you will mount footpegs for Chairs. Can’t wait to see the finished bike – in COLOR, please!!

  4. Tables says:

    Dennis, Cheers for your comments. The brake lever is an old Whitworth truck spanner that I found at the scrap yard and grafted on to the original lever. I gave in and bought the headlight ears on Ebay, thay are nicely made cast alloy items which are probably more for Cafe style bikes, but fit my needs perfectly. Colour pictures to follow soon, probably after I do the finished paint. I kicked her over yesterday, with a bang!
    And yes, Chairs….lol…will get some bolt on pegs up high on the hard tail tubes.
    Getting close now.

  5. Ted Hewitt says:

    Great start sounds like a good plan can’t wait to see the finished product

  6. misfitskinny says:

    Bad A$$ chopper, can’t wait to see when finished. Nice rake, stretch !!!

  7. Sounds like a plan Steve, we will have to make contact some time.

  8. Chuck Jones says:

    Not my cup of tea, looks nice but not something i could see myself driving.

  9. El Gaucho says:

    If I may offer a suggestion…..You should either rake it out a tad, or shorten the forks a tad to get the bottom of that frame level with the ground. That alone would make the bike 10 times better.

  10. DENNI$ says:

    Tables – in pic 3 it looks as if there is some type of shield or cover on the handlebars? And am I mistaken, or is that a small bullet lite on the outside of the h-lite ear? inquiring minds and watnot!

  11. Tables says:

    Took her for a ride yesterday, what a blast, the neighbours weren’t sure what to do!!! Lol.
    El Gaucho – I agree, I am seriosly looking at putting shorter tubes in it, the frame parallel to the ground is the look.
    Denni$ – curious minds are what makes us builders and admirers, they are little ‘bullet’ indicators on the headlight ears.
    Started my airbrush course today so I will lay the paint down soon and re-post.
    Thanks for your comments people, good, bad or indifferent, it’s all cool.
    Tables

  12. misfitskinny says:

    Yes I agree with shortening the tubes, it would look alot better, but it wont take much. Some old school springer forks would look great

  13. Tables says:

    I have got everything painted now and will be reassembling over the next week and then if Ted is kind enough I will repost, but will some nice quality pics this time, just for you Dennis.

  14. DENNI$ says:

    t’anks for the consideration, Tables. yer a scholar and a,,,, er… considerator.