Featured Cnc Plasma-cut Vintage Motorcycle Replicas

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  1. Tmate

    Tmate Well-Known Member

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    At age 82, my riding days are probably over, but I've been busy cutting out classic motorcycle replicas on my home-made CNC plasma table. I tried to include enough detail for them to be recognizable. These were done solely for my own enjoyment, and I have no intention of trying to sell them.

    The figures are slightly over 19" long, and are cut from 1/8" thick (11 gauge) mild steel. I have also included a picture of my little CNC set-up which I threw together with leftover parts from my former business. It sits outside my basement door, with the air compressor, plasma cutter, and laptop computer just inside the door. I keep a fire pit cover over it when not in use.

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  2. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    Wow, @Tmate! These are wonderful. :) I love how you said you just "threw together" your CNC setup. :joy:
     
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  3. andyc1

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    Love it! I work with and program CNC machines so this is right up my street!
     
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  4. Hubaxe

    Hubaxe Good moaning! aka Mr Wordsalad :)

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    Just Wow !!!!
     
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  5. Tigcraft

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    Impressed!! I’ve a small collection of model bikes for the ones that have meant something to me but it’s short of a few. This is a way of topping up! Price???
     
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  6. Markus

    Markus Crème de la Crème
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    Each of your works is a real work of art. They all look great.
     
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  7. dreitopf

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    Congrats....what a wonderful Hobby!
     
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  8. Iron

    Iron Elite Member

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    Cor! How great are they? Any bike your heart desires. Good job :)
     
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  9. Adie P

    Adie P Crème de la Crème

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    That is VERY impressive - you clearly have a lot of talent and innovative drive.

    It looks like you'd also have a very wide and willing new customer base - not least here - should you decide to start selling those really well done products.

    Make my first one a '69 home model Bonnie, and the second a '94 Mk 1 Speed! Please.:)

    p.s. better add a Manx for my California friend ..............................
     
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  10. Pedro1340

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    I will have 3 please, my speed triple, moto morini and my 400/4,,:)
     
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  11. timboo

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    They are really cool.
    Is it me or do they almost look like a cartoon imposed into the image. Another unique look for sure.
     
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  12. Avinarant

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    Not sure if you've stopped riding? but as long as you feel able and can enjoy carry on. My Father-in-law is 91 and still throwing a leg over and just last week bought a brand new Royal Enfield Meteor 350. He only does short distances now but still gets to some of his favorite tea and bacon sandwich stops.
     
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  13. Hubaxe

    Hubaxe Good moaning! aka Mr Wordsalad :)

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    Do you use simple grbl format in your CNC or something more professional?
     
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  14. Armando Morales

    Armando Morales Noble Member

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    Superb !
    Realy like the model bikes! and the plasma cutter is impressive

    While I do not know your personal situation, I'll like to comment on something I witnessed this past weekend:
    As I and a couple of friends arrived at a restaurant, a couple of mean looking guys arrived on their BMWs R9T, one of them removed his helmet to reveal a white head and beard, got off the bike, and struggled to walk uphill to the entrance using a cane to assist himself, quite a motivation for me to keep on riding even if I start go have some difficulty moving around
     
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    What a wonderful hobby, you could make a nice little earner out of those.
     
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  16. Tmate

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    #16 Tmate, Mar 31, 2022
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    Thank you all for the kind words. I used to have a business (Torchmate) which manufactured CNC plasma systems, so making my small home set-up was simple. I sold Torchmate 11 years ago, and hung up my business hat then. I do enjoy making these little guys, but there's no substitute for the real thing. I'm considering getting a 350cc AJS or Matchless single if I can find a restoration in good running order. I have owned the 500cc versions of both in past years.

    I would be happy to provide advice and suggestions to any forum members considering putting together a system similar to mine. Please feel free to ask.

    Anyone with an interest in how Torchmate came about can find it here:
    https://www.practicalmachinist.com/...-welding-and-fab/beginnings-torchmate-387482/

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  17. Tmate

    Tmate Well-Known Member

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    Here are a few more. Can you identify them?

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  18. Dougie D

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    2nd pic is a Hurricane, 3rd pic is a Fatboy.. I'll leave it to someone else to name the other 2!
     
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  19. Dartplayer

    Dartplayer Crème de la Crème

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    Very nice work @Tmate. The detail is well good enough to identify the models.
    Love them all, I hope you find a good ride to keep your interest in getting out on the road
     
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  20. Adie P

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    No. 1 looks like a BSA Sloper but the silencer (muffler) and tank badge don't quite gel with that.

    No 4 looks like a Spitfire, US model ........ so to speak.
     
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