Big Tuna is finally complete. I’ve been riding it around for several days now and I LOVE it! So much torque for a 200cc engine! And it is tiny, like a mini-bike, yet very comfortable for my 5’10” 135lb frame. Quiet, easy as hell to ride, and very inspiring. This should make a great toy for someone. Here is a little before/ after action for you.
Once the footing was poured I dug out the entrance ramp/ patio.
Then I compacted the ground, and laid down a vapor barrier.
10 TONS of gravel was brought in. Which I leveled all by myself in about 5 hours. Anyone who thinks the Pyramids had to have been made by aliens seriously underestimates the power of man.
Once the gravel was down, I rolled out the wire. Also put in an expansion joint between the shop front and patio.
Next thing ya know it is 5:30am and the slab is getting poured! Don’t worry, I remembered to get it inspected first,
Now I need to schedule a day for the building to come get installed.
I finally took some time to look closely at the gas tank and see what all I need to do before it can be painted. It isn’t too bad except for this huge dent on the left side.
I do not feel like filling that big ole thing with body filler… So I cut out a square section from the under side of the tank and started hammering and such. Within a few minuets I had this.
Obviously still some work to smooth it out. But nothing like it was before. I welded the square back in place and it is like it never happened. Awesome. Hopefully I’ll have this thing ready for paint in a few short days.
After much indecision about what to do with the exhaust on The Mullet, I decided to stick with the theme and do a twisted take on an under-tail exhaust. Except I wanted more of an IN-tail exhaust. I got lots of 45 and 90 degree bend SS pipes and started mocking something up!
This is what I mean by “in” tail. We’ll see how it turns out.
Here is the rear cylinder completed.
Don’t worry, I slipped these 4″ baffles in each pipe to insure back pressure as well as keeping it at a reasonable tone.
Okay, got them all mocked up. I welded them all together and will wrap them with the best exhaust wrap on the market. The Lava Titanium wrap. it isn’t fiberglass based, it goes on easy, retains its metallic luster, and withstands heat much better. I think it will look killer!
Now I need to fix up the tank for paint.
There was finally another big step made on the new shop today. I got the footing poured. Lots of work, a few lessons. All-in-all, a super fun and educational day.
Here are some fun pics of Marty and I moving the mud around.
Don’t worry, we won.
So the lesson of the day was that concrete is HEAVY and it wants to push OUT very badly! So don’t listen to your inspector that says the forms will hold. Reinforce the crap outta those suckers. Anyway after 3 pours one after another, we got it all filled up. Not a cheap day for me…Oh well, moving forward! Tomorrow I will try to get the slab forms up so we can pour that in a few days. Shouldn’t be long now!
In keeping with the spirit of this Virago’s oddity. I decided to try out using some white vinyl Sam gave me for the seat. What do you think? (Imagine the sub frame being black…and bike being clean!).
Also got the rearsets all plumbed, feels good to sit on.
I really need to clean this bike up…!
I keep hearing that this bike looks like something out of Mad Max…I disagree! And I’m sure this piece I just made for it won’t help my case…
I took some straight steel stock, like this.
And shaped it into this. Then cut some perforated metal out and welded it in from behind.
Not going to lie…I’m pretty proud of this piece. It took me a good hour and a half to create. But I think it will really tie the bike together.