I made this wallet last night. I got some sort of shiny outer leather. It’s not veg tan and it’s not latigo. It’s almost like a dull patent leather. Then I got a sheet of 3oz buffalo leather in black for the interior. A plain, dressy wallet.
Some late evening 4th of July shots to show some of the new stuff. Norman Hyde handlebars, re-faced gauges (now featuring both a speedo and tach.) Also a few planes landing at the airport in the background.
A pair of belts I made for Chris and his brother to wear at Chris and Suzie’s wedding today. They’re getting married with no fear of pants falling down.
By the way, If you want a black or brown belt like this with a hand made buckle, get a hold of me. I’ve been sending a few out the door, into the world and so far I’m at a 100% approval rating.
OK, I figured out a way to close the bag. I like how it turned out. I made my own buckle at lunch time. Then I have a hidden ball stud down low so I can quickly open the bag to get into it. The size is adjustable depending on what I stuff into the bag. I’m debating leaving it raw vegetable tan or dying it with saddle tan to turn it the color of my seat and apply a weather resistant finish.
I wanted to try to make a leather bag for my bike to hold whatever the night requires. Whether that be a bike lock, a flask, a sandwich, or a camera, it seems to work. I’m going to make a smaller copper buckle to close the flap tomorrow. It got late because I was sitting around using my brain to figure all of this out.
A double hole belt I made tonight for Mike. It’s 1 5/8” wide and another example of a buckle I made out in the garage.
So the CB350 is mostly put together including the new charging system. That allows me to ride it out on the street legally (well technically.) I rode it about 15 miles today to show some people what’s going on at low-mid throttle with the carburetor. Once I get the carburetor tuned properly this thing is going to rip for a CB350. If by chance any of you out there know anything about using VM30 Mikunis on this bike, I’d love to hear from you. I won’t divulge your secret carb brass recipe to anyone if you’re a vintage racing guy.
Here’s a few buckles I made today. Double row, single row with a sturdy center bar, and a smaller one for a woman’s belt or a dog collar.
Not much progress tonight but I made a tank hanger to get the gas tank where I want it and I dug a CL175 heat shield out of a box and polished it up. It will actually work on the CL350 pipes OK for now. My secret to making things look more streamlined is to stick smaller bike parts on bigger bikes. CL175 fenders and shiny stuff onto a CB350 has been an easy way to keep things looking stock but a bit more tightened up.
Last night’s creation. Just a bit over 1” wide. I’m running out of this hide, so if you’d like a brown belt with this look, let me know. They sold all of this leather at the store I get it from so it’s just about gone.
Some of the belt loops on my dress pants are too small to facilitate a 1 1/2” belt so I created this 1 3/8” version. I made the buckle last night and peened it to give it a bit of a fancy appearance. Rubbed in mink oil and ready to wear. If anyone is interested in one of these, get a hold of me with a buckle shape and dimensions.