Custom Fabricated Motorcycle Inspection Sticker Plate

Custom Fabricated Motorcycle

Inspection Sticker Plate

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There is one thing besides riding, riding, and more riding that I like to do with my 1998 Harley-Davidson XL, and that is fabricating custom parts for it. Below are photos of a custom inspection sticker plate that I just completed.

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Photo 1

Overview; the original and the custom replacement at different stages.

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Photo 2

The original Harley inspection sticker plate. Very utilitarian shape – it was an excellent candidate for replacement with a one-off custom.

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Photo 3

First I found some material for my project. I used a piece of 1/8 aluminum for my replacement. After cutting the blank to size, I drilled a mounting hole.

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Photo 4

I got a pencil out, put my designer hat on, and did a little layout work. The next step was to rough cut the design.

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Photo 5

A rough cut inspection sticker plate.

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Photo 6

Next I smoothed out the the jagged edges with a hand grinder and hand file. I then sanded the whole piece.

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Photo 7


Here it is primed and painted. The plate had a good shape, but I thought it needed something more.

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Photo 8

I decided to file a double knife edge to it. This gave it a two-toned look, and it also enhance the 3D appearance. The final step was to give it a little clear coat paint.

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Photo 9 & 10

The finished piece.

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Photo 11

The custom inspection sticker plate mounted on my Harley ready for an inspection sticker.

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The Trip to Loudon/Part V

The Trip to Loudon/Part V

This is the last part of the “The Trip to Loudon” story. It has been fun writing about the Laconia, Loudon, Loudon Road Race Series racers, and the New Hampshire Speedway. I enjoyed watching the races. Like all specialized regional racing events at big circuit race tracks there is plenty of elbow room. Every seat is the best seat. Every view is the best view. You can easily walk up to and talk to all the racers. It is all quite enjoyable. Below are the last photos that I took at the New Hampshire Speedway on Saturday, June 14th, 2008. I only took a couple of photos on the trip home at the Bennington battle monument in Bennington, Vermont before we got soaked riding across New York State.

Holy NASCAR

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Three Out Of A Turn

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A Racer

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Coming Out Of A Turn

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Out Of The Pits

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Get Ready

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GO!

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Two Into A Turn

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Three For The Lead

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The Front Stretch

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S Turn

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Leaving The Racing

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We made one impromptu stop on the way home at the Bennington Battle monument in Bennington Vermont – end of Story.

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon Road Racing Series

Laconia Motorcycle Week

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The Trip to Loudon/Part IV

The Trip to Loudon/Part IV

The second day of “The Trip to Loudon” was excellent too. After Laconia and a good night’s sleep at the race track infield, I was ready for a day of racing.That day we saw more of the Loudon Road Race Series racers turn practice laps, and then we saw them rev up and race. Below are the photos that I took that day at the New Hampshire Speedway on Saturday, June 14th, 2008.

Morning

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Iron Horse Packed/Chow Time

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Morning Walk And A Mint RD350

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Sleek Racers

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801 In The Air

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Where’s My Rider?

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I Wanna Come Out And Race!

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Big Blue And Little Orange

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A Roller

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A 700 Side View

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Lil Honda Is The Buzzz Around The Track

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A Sea Of Ducks

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Three Around The Arrow

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Four +

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And Two

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The Front Stretch

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Two Joining The Pack

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Nice New Hampshire View

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Bird’s Eye

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The Long View

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The Short View

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To Be Continued.

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon Road Racing Series

Laconia Motorcycle Week

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The Trip to Loudon/Part III – Laconia

The Trip to Loudon/Part III – Laconia

After watching the “Loudon Road Race Series” racers fly around the New Hampshire Speedway track during practice time, we left the speedway to go grab something to eat and cruise up to Laconia. There were lots of motorcycles cruising around Laconia – all kinds of makes, models, and riders. It gets a little crazy/fun – you never know what’s going to happen. These photos were taken on Friday June 13th, the eve of the June 14-22, 2008 Laconia Motorcycle Week.

First Row.

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Old Metric.

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Cool “Iron Head” Iron.

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Vista.

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Another One.

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Sun Going Down.

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Muscle Car Backdrop For A Red Chopper

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Apples With An Orange.

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Light Em If You Got Em.

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Metal Diversity.

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Laconia Night Life

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Triumph’s Territory

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To Be Continued.

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon Road Racing Series

Laconia Motorcycle Week

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The Trip to Loudon/Part II

The Trip to Loudon/Part II

After we pulled into the infield at the New Hampshire Speedway everybody started getting unpacked and setting up camp – I had to check out the racing motorcycles. Below are some of the pictures I took as I walked around the track on that Friday afternoon June 13th, 2008.

Two Supermoto Bikes In The Wait.

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Dues Paid.

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A Boxer Sidecar Racer.

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Coming Around Corner One.

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Ready To Launch.

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Another One In The Shade.

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Old Triumph – Cool.

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One Photo Through A Walk Gate.

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Three Through the Links.

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Jimi’s German Is The Sentry.

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Time To Pitch A Tent.

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To Be Continued.

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon Road Racing Series

Laconia Motorcycle Week

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The Trip to Loudon

The Trip to Loudon

I was invited by the owner of Rattzilla (Mark) to see Jimi ‘O’ race his duck (Ducati) in the June 14-15 Classic/2008 Loudon Road Race Series at the New Hampshire Speedway. Well it turned out that the duck wasn’t going swimming. Unfortunately his Ducati race bike was out of commission. On a side note, Jimi has a cool collection of bikes. Besides his racing Ducati and BMW, he has a 57 BMW (a German bobber) and a Harley. Anyway, Mark and I rode our XLs. He had his girlfriend Beth on the back, a nice lady, and I rode solo. We hooked up with Jimi and his friend, another nice lady named Beth, and we headed out towards the state of New Hampshire. Jimi ‘O’ trailered his BMW because he camps out in his truck while he races and or works the track.

We had a good ride to Loudon. We left Friday morning and arrived their in the afternoon.The weather was great and it was fun cruising through Vermont and New Hampshire. After our arrival at the New Hampshire Speedway we headed for the infield and set up camp. Then we watched the road racers practice. It was a blast to watch them fly by. Later that night we took a ride to Laconia. That was a pretty wild time. Saturday, Jimi and his friend Beth worked the race track and the rest of us watched the racing. Mark, Beth and I had to leave later that day. The ride back was good until we hit New York state. The rain was really bad, but we finally made it back. I took over 200 pictures during those two days – a great ride – a great time. Below are some of those photos of the ride to Loudon I took on Friday, June13th, 2008. I will put up photos of the race track and Laconia in future posts.

Ready to Roll.

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JB found a new friend.

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Jimi’s BMW.

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A view from the seat.

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Hog’s Back Mountain in Vermont.

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Another View at Hog’s Back Mountain.

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Lets ride!

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To Be Continued.

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New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon Road Racing Series

Laconia Motorcycle Week

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