fat bottom girl tires
The tires are fat…not the girl’s bottom! We got the Cokers mounted up for Emma’s 400. You gotta love the fatty’s.
We then finished a bit of dis-assembly and hub prep. We wire brushed the front hub, then took the guts out of the headlight & removed it. Now, we’re free to really dig into the construction.
First big question: are those lowering springs out back going to fly? We have been starting to doubt it. Between the butt-dragging stance and the clearance concerns, it wasn’t looking good for the stubby new shocks. Here it is with the shorter rear shocks and the forks lowered about an inch in the triple clamp:
It’s definitely riding a bit low in the back. We very much want the bottom edge of the tank to be perfectly horizontal, we feel that’s pretty critical for the look of these bikes. So, we stuck the stock rear shocks back on and lowered the forks even a bit more.
Okay, so the difference is subtle. But it’s the difference between the thing looking right, and looking wonky. That’s the subtle art going on here. We also decided we’re going to lift the back of the tank about a quarter inch. This gives us the perfectly horizontal lower tank line we’re after.
Here’s Josh on board the little 400. (with short rear shocks still installed) Josh is not THAT big, this bike is just tiny. It will be perfect for the owner who has requested a bike that isn’t awkwardly tall or unruly. She should be quite comfortable on this little rig. It’s gonna be a ripper.
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