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tashabear
tashabear
non-SCA project, using SCA skillz
My new bike is almost 150 pounds heavier than my old one. My yard is very lumpy. That means that in order to move it around the yard, which is usually done with the bike off, I have to really lean into it. I usually end up leaning on the tank, because it's easiest to move it while straddling it, and I'm short. The paint on this bike is pristine, and I'd like to keep it that way, which means I need an accessory called a tank bra.

It's really just a flat piece of leather with strategic cutouts for the gauges and gas cap and some sort of a soft backing (felt or suede). My leatherworking skills are pretty rudimentary, but I think I can make a tank bra for less than $85. The Tandy store is only 13 miles from me, so I can ride over there sometime when the weather's better (and I'm not sick), find a nice piece of black leather, and see what I can do. Obviously I'll make a pattern out of fabric or something, but I think I can make something just as nice as the places online. And if I can't, I'll delete this entry and pretend I never said I could do just as well admit my error and order one.

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hascouf From: hascouf Date: April 28th, 2008 08:02 am (UTC) (base camp)
There is no reason that you shouldn't be able to make this.
measanan From: measanan Date: April 28th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Yes...

I haven't gotten around to making one myself, but I need to, and I think I have a pattern somewhere.

Given that the Sportster weighs several times what I do..... yes, they're useful!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 28th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Yes...

If I could bring myself to do it, I'd order one of those spendy ones and make a template off of it and return it, but that's so dishonest I'm almost ashamed of myself for thinking of it! No worries, really. I'm perfectly capable of making a pattern for myself.
measanan From: measanan Date: April 28th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Nods

I spent a while working for a Harley shop, and wound up with some crazy bits of information, thus the patterns. Using newspaper or muslin would probably be even better, since you know what you want.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 28th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Nods

I'm thinking heavy paper. I'm be a little afraid that the fabric will stretch.
From: hqp921 Date: April 29th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC) (base camp)
Why don't you walk along side it instead of straddling it and duck walking...?

Here's a tip, put the kickstand down and walk on the right hand side of the bike. Looks a little weird, but saves ya, should the bike tip away from you. ;)

tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 29th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC) (base camp)
It's a thought. Thing is, my yard is so incredibly lumpy that the kickstand is very likely to get knocked back to the up position by a passing lump. When I say lumpy, I mean LUMPY. We're talking decades of frost heaves, here.

But seriously, don't harsh the crafty vibe, man. I have mad skillz ye know not of.

Edited at 2008-04-29 05:05 am (UTC)
From: hqp921 Date: April 29th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC) (base camp)
I'm not hatin' on your crafty vibes at all!!

I was just making a suggestion, lol.

NEBBO ride soon, okay?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 29th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC) (base camp)
And it's a good one that I may very well use in a less lumpy location. Then again, in a less lumpy location, I may not need it. Oh, the quandary!

NEBBO ride FTW! Went riding with Mave last week, which was fun. It was funny though -- I was leading, and he was riding in the position Wolfie usually takes, but his bike (which is gorgeous, BTW) is so tall that I couldn't see his head in my rearview mirror. He could have been riding without it for all I knew.

(I am in a SUPER random mood lately.)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 29th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC) (base camp)
Also, are you getting crazy database errors at BBO?
From: hqp921 Date: April 29th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC) (base camp)
I haven't been on there tonight... but I'm off to bed. TTYL! :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 29th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC) (base camp)
Nighty night!
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