96 Seca 2 - Brat Transformation

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sbigsby
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96 Seca 2 - Brat Transformation

Post by sbigsby » Mon May 15, 2017 1:33 pm

When I purchased my Seca 2 a couple years ago, I was simply thrilled to have a bike and the freedom of the open road that came with it. My dad and I loaded it up in the back of his Dodge and drove it home. Every 2 minutes I did a shoulder check to make sure she was doing okay.
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After a few little fixes: adjusting the kick stand kill switch, oil and filter change, new battery, a headlight tweak and some much needed general maintenance she was ready to roll.
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A few rides later it was apparent that tank was leaking. No, it wasn't the petcock assembly, but the actual tank had rusted out around the petcock mounting holes! So off came the tank and a quick jb weld fix and paint to follow just to get through the last couple weeks of the season.
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The following season (which sadly encompassed 1 entire week of riding due to work away in the oil field) I was dismayed to discover that the fix needed to be re-fixed. Out of desparation for what was to be a brutally short riding season already, I took it to a buddy who cut out the rust and welded in a small plate. This enabled me 1 entire week of riding, it was the best week of that year. Did I forget to mention that this was also the start of my deliberations towards a naked conversion? Why, you ask? Out of necessity due to a smashed up fairing courtesy of my dad. The first time he dropped a bike in his 30 year career. Anyways, it didn't bother me so much with the fairing gone. And from a distance, I really didn't mind.
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More of the transformation story to come once I can find the pictures in a mess of archives.
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Re: 96 Seca 2 - Brat Transformation

Post by SpeedRacerOnline » Mon May 15, 2017 5:57 pm

Ooh, I like it so far! .....
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Re: 96 Seca 2 - Brat Transformation

Post by sbigsby » Tue May 16, 2017 1:49 pm

The next season it was discovered that my tank was getting a little worse for wear. The weld hadn't really held up. New tanks in Canada from Yamaha cost around 750..so that was not going to be my first option. After a great deal of hunting around I found one for 300, an easier pill to swallow but still a chunk of change.
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Not that I am opposed to the festivities of Christmas, but the red and green just wasn't cutting the mustard.
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A decent amount of prep, a couple spray bombs later for the frame and some base coat/clear for the side panels and we had ourselves a much more appealing version of the Seca on our hands. If it looks a little light in the front end it is because I was trying to fit a Bates style headlight on for size.
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However, after seeing the talented work of Seca enthusiasts on this site and around the web, I decided this past winter that it was time to take the Nestea plunge and go for the Brat transformation I kept envisioning for my 96. What to do? Strip the tank and make some no-turn-back cuts!
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There was a great deal more tension in the frame than I had anticipated. And to be honest, staring at the frame in this state had my tension levels up a little bit as well.
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