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Cha Ching Part 2: from Kustom Fab

From Final Fabrication to a Feature in Easyriders

By Darren Ho with photos by Darren and pro shots by Lawrence Olsen
1/18/2012


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When we last left off Roger and Norio were contemplating what they could do to this bike.
When we last left off Roger and Norio were contemplating what they could do to this bike.




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When we last left off, I was finally able to get the bike to the shop for the “Final Phase” of the build. This is where Roger, Norio, and parts manager “Mel” came rolling in to save the day and take this project to a whole new level. From this point, the project started to suck in its “bling” factor with all the final precise details making it truly unique. Everyone has ideas or input as to what should go on any bike but when push-comes-to-shove the question remains…can you make it happen?




Luckily this team's actions speak louder than words and make those dream elements and details a reality. The team at KFAB has an abundance of creative ideas and a fantastic work ethic to make sure these projects flow from paper to reality. No matter how “old school” or “primitive” the method may seem…it gets done with quality and care. Roger is truly the master craftsman and I am lucky to have the good fortune to be mentored by him. Here are a couple examples of his handy work.



Creating The Speedo/Light Housing
This is were a thoughtful notion comes to life. The shop is called TLC, and is sort of a Motorcycle Graveyard. They have a lot of vintage spare parts, if you are willing to search.
This is were a thoughtful notion comes to life. The shop is called TLC, and is sort of a Motorcycle Graveyard. They have a lot of vintage spare parts, if you are willing to search.


The light housing came from a Kawasaki wreck, which was not  in the best of shape. But all we were interested in was the original basic shape of the structure. Roger made it perfect.
The light housing came from a Kawasaki wreck, which was not in the best of shape. But all we were interested in was the original basic shape of the structure. Roger made it perfect.


You can almost hear the creative gears grinding in his head, as he ponders the shape.
You can almost hear the creative gears grinding in his head, as he ponders the shape.


We were able to use another 39mm frontend to mock the bracket fabrication.
We were able to use another 39mm frontend to mock the bracket fabrication.


Next, we mocked it up on the bike to investigate the size and style configuration.
Next, we mocked it up on the bike to investigate the size and style configuration.


Roger pondered old café racers and the notion to house a speedo and various other light indicators in the headlight shell.
Roger pondered old café racers and the notion to house a speedo and various other light indicators in the headlight shell.


This the final product after careful and delicate forming, cutting, fitting, fashioning, and making all the elements work.  You got to love that.
This the final product after careful and delicate forming, cutting, fitting, fashioning, and making all the elements work. You got to love that.







Darren is a humble builder. He built the oil tank and the finned vessel holding the battery in front of the bike. Roger detailed the battery terminals. Darren designed this café racer swingarm configuration.

This is the mono-shock system for the rear suspension.
This is the mono-shock system for the rear suspension.


Darren's shapely oil bag, then Roger built the electrical box to match.
Darren's shapely oil bag, then Roger built the electrical box to match.







Making The Electrical Box
Basically we were trying to create an electrical box to fit in this specific area and follow the body lines.
Basically we were trying to create an electrical box to fit in this specific area and follow the body lines.


We came up with this compartment box, and started to stuff it as best we could.
We came up with this compartment box, and started to stuff it as best we could.


Later, we came up with the idea to put a plexiglass Dollar Sign on the box and make the dollar sign light up with Green LEDs.
Later, we came up with the idea to put a plexiglass Dollar Sign on the box and make the dollar sign light up with Green LEDs.


Here's a peek at the completed bike being shot for Easyriders.
Here's a peek at the completed bike being shot for Easyriders.


Norio discovers that things are getting crowded in the shop.
Norio discovers that things are getting crowded in the shop.


It amazing what you can shove into a dinky tin container.
It amazing what you can shove into a dinky tin container.


This what I like to call Money…Cha Ching…
This what I like to call Money…Cha Ching…








Some More Shots of Hand-Created Details
Roger at the Bridgeport milling some parts for the mid-ontrol sets.
Roger at the Bridgeport milling some parts for the mid-ontrol sets.


We used a BLD Primary, that isn’t made for mid-controls, but with some modifications it worked fine.
We used a BLD Primary, that isn’t made for mid-controls, but with some modifications it worked fine.


We installed Kraus hand controls and internal throttle to clean up the Bars.
We installed Kraus hand controls and internal throttle to clean up the Bars.


The battery connectors for the battery box are Sick.
The battery connectors for the battery box are Sick.


If you look hard enough, you will notice the starter switch on the carb.
If you look hard enough, you will notice the starter switch on the carb.





A Riding Picture
Nothing like its maiden voage, the Sand Island test ride…Just me and my thoughts.
Nothing like its maiden voage, the Sand Island test ride…Just me and my thoughts.


First Time Start..mild smoke from the pipes.
First Time Start..mild smoke from the pipes.



AKA The Mad Scienctist himself…Roger.
AKA The Mad Scienctist himself…Roger.





Test Ride Complete…Check!
Maybe you'll see her in Easyriders with one of the Kustom Fab creations.
Maybe you'll see her in Easyriders with one of the Kustom Fab creations.



Click on the image to wander over to Kustom Fab.
Click on the image to wander over to Kustom Fab.











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Reader Comments


Nice details... Very cool bike indeed!

John Covington
Phoenix, AZ
Monday, January 23, 2012
Nice bike nice babe

mike hick
Tobermory, Ont, ON, Canada
Monday, January 23, 2012
Ya Baby!

Tigman
Rockvegas, MA
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Very nicely written & great photos...could have done without your 5 foot tall, fake boob pinup girl at the end of article though. haha

Stephanie Lindemann
Honolulu, HI
Friday, January 20, 2012
Editor Response Ah shucks.
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