Honda Hawk GT: custom seat Part 2

The Honda Hawk GT gets mocked up for custom seat and rear cowl...

The Honda Hawk GT gets mocked up for custom seat and rear cowl…

After spending the most time with construction paper since the 1st grade, the basic outlines for the Honda Hawk GT custom side panels and rear cowl were mocked up and ready for metal.  The seat pan was cut from aluminum sheet, but for the panels and rear cowl, we opted for the more mailable steel sheet.  Using the paper cut-outs as a template, 22 gauge steel was cut with a nibbler.  Time to mock it up on the bike…

Honda Hawk GT gets some custom fabrication…

The cheap air compressor nibbler from Harbor Freight has been a blessing and a curse.  It seems to have a real hard time with even remotely thick metals, but with this thin steel, it nibbled quite well.  You can get pretty accurate with this thing – needing only a bit of grinding to smooth out the final shape.

Danny grinds the side panels for the Honda Hawk GT...

Danny grinds the side panels for the Honda Hawk GT…

Once the shapes were cut and ground, we slapped them on the bike with some clamps to hold them in place.  Once we got a good look, we realized that we were already pretty damn close.  Some fine tweaking was needed for the side panels, because the angles running along the subframe, and then curving around the tank were complex.  Gentle bending by hand, as well as a blow bag and hammer, finally got us even closer.

The cowl is going to be shaped somewhere between a cafe style rear and a flat tracker, but with its top line dipping down.  Not a hump, but not parallel to the ground either.  The goal is to get the angle of the cowl to be the inverse of the tank slope.  We found ourselves in need of some tracing assistance for the curvature of the rear cowl, so a quick stop at the art supply store is in order.

The Honda Hawk GT custom rear cowl needs some shaping...

The Honda Hawk GT custom rear cowl needs some shaping…

As it stands, all the pieces are within a stone’s throw of being complete.  Then we will weld the pieces together, making one 3-sided part that will fit onto the bike, like the stock cowl did.  There has been some doubt about whether 22 gauge will be rigid enough to hold it’s shape.  But with the mounts that we have in mind, and the welding, it should be just fine…

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