Welcome to Matus1976's Akira Bike Project - Building a fully functional high performance recumbent motorcycle inspired by Kaneda's ride in "Akira"
Here the first piece of the rear of the frame has been cut and mounted, it is held up against the engine in place to check sizing and positioning.
After being tack welded. Note the engine mounting points just above and below the exhaust port.
The second piece is made as a mirror image of the first, one for the left and one for the right side. You may wonder about the structure here, the outdented part goes around the exhaust of the engine, this is structurally weaker of course, but this is where the frame mounts to the engine, both above and below this outdented part, so the engine is more the structural component than this piece of the frame is.
Held side by side for close comparison
Mounted onto the frame, but not yet welded. You can see the exhaust ports here.
The first angle piece is mounted. This piece is 45º to the horizontal piece of the frame. The junction was wire brushed to prepare for welding.
After making sure that side angled piece is the appropriate size, it is removed and the other half is made, along with the horizontal bar.
Here the horizontal bar and the side pieces are held in place and then tack welded.
Here the frontal angled piece is held onto the frame, all distances and angles are confirmed.
The engine is removed and the piece is tack welded to the frame after verifying measurements once again.
The rear piece tack welding completed!
The frame is flipped over and cleaned, ready for the bottom piece.
The central strut is made and mounted.
At this point I purchased a new horizontal bandsaw form http://www.grizzly.com/
The first of the four pieces for the bottom.
The four pieces completed.
Held onto the frame, all dimensions and angles are fiddled with and checked and rechecked. This is always the fun part, you move one piece just a bit, and all the rest moves... Accidentally kicking the frame when you step over it doesn't help much either!
A closer view of some of the jigging. Note clamps and magnets.
The completed bottom piece tack welded, but still upside down.
Here it is, the frame bottom and frame rear front are completed.
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More frame work. Vertical frame pieces in front of the engine added, as well as the triangulated pair in front of the engine and behind the seat, and finally another bar under the bike to add strength and rigidity to the whole frame.
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