My concept for a one-up BMW Cafe fender/seat is to blend it with the /6-/7 tank styling so it looks like it may have come from the factory. The tank has a stylized knee pocket. That pocket shape I'm using in the tail where the back of the seat cushion transitions into the tail. The tail will end in a close fitting shape around the taillight. That way you won't have the extra cost of searching out and fitting an aftermarket taillight. I want this to be a flip open tail fender using stock hinges and lock pin for your convenience. The seat cushion would Velcro to the tail fender so painting the fender won't be a problem. This tail will fit long and short frame BMWs.
The cafe fender will depend on the plastic inner fender as a license plate mount. You may want to trim the inner fender so its visual impact is minimized. The Café fender will come in white. Black would be slightly more.
The price is estimated at $359 at this point in time (7/17/12) and would include:
I can't give you an end date. I'm so busy with new products that all my time estimates are wrong.
- Phil Little
This slab of fiberglass sitting on the seat rails is the foundation of the fender-it determines the overall length and width. I will add exterior shapes above and below this horizontal surface. The hinge mounts and lock pin location will be plotted on this slab so shape building will have a reference point.
Work begins on new BMW café tail. At this point I am establishing a base for the shape by using wood and fiberglass. In the next stage you'll see auto body filler applied to refine the shape.
You see that turned in edge just behind the lifting handle-that's going to be the smooth indentation which mirrors the shape in the 1974 to 1984 /6 and /7 tanks. I'm going to do my best to have the tail mount just like the stock seats with stock hinges and locking post. It may be hard to see (amongst the clutter of other fiberglass parts on the shelf) but if you look at the very end of the tail, I have an opening for the stock taillight.