Custom Rearset Mounts….

Once a rectangular piece of 1/2" aluminum, the rearset mount begins to take shape...

Once a rectangular piece of 1/2″ aluminum, the custom rearset mounts begins to take shape…

Like bears, and apparently only SOME skunks, MotoPreserve has been hibernating this winter.  Temperatures regularly below ZERO in the morning have left the motivation factor quite low. Scotty has the Honda CB500T almost finished, and when he said he needed some custom rearset mounts to finish up the build, we took that as a perfect motivator to get the mill fired up…

Custom Rearset mounts shape…

Center lines marked upon the custom rearset mounts...

Center lines marked upon the custom rearset mounts…

It’s always a little weird to be creating a very bike-specific custom part without the bike in front of you to do your own measurements.  So when it came time to start the custom rearset mounts (we didn’t have the rearsets either), Scotty and I made sure we went back and forth via email a few times to get the measurements just right.  Measurements double checked and ready to go, it was time to lay out the exact dimensions on the work-piece.

Starting from a blank piece of 1/2″ aluminum, Dykem was used to mark up the outline, and dimensions were scored onto the face of the aluminum.  Fire up the mill, and get cutting!

A little flare for a very functional part...

A little flare for a very functional part…

Custom rearset mounts are a basic part – and don’t call for much flair.  But they will be seen when the bike sits parked, so we are trying to figure out a few little cuts that can give it a little life.  After the basic outline was milled using an angle vice, and the rotary table, it was time to employ the ball-end mill, and get some lines going on the face.

Not happy with the esthetic results, this piece will eventually be hit with a larger ball-end mill, and hopefully we can get something snazzy going.  The challenge is to do some cutting that will not jeopardize the structural integrity of the mount.  At this point we are moving right along, and soon these will be slapped on the Honda CB500T and the rearsets can be mounted.

Stay tuned for the final results…

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