Saturday, March 31, 2012
I made some threaded bungs on the lathe and welded them to the top rear of my oil bag. I then made some tabs and welded those to my frame.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
To see how much the shave removed, look at the inner lip of the clutch hub before:
and then after the shave:
I know what you're thinking (because I thought the same thing): shit, that doesn't look like it created much room at all! Well, I mounted the rear hub up, and after measuring everything and leaving adequate clearance, I determined that I could shave a full 1.75" off of the inner primary-that is a significant reduction. Here is a pic for reference, the dotted lines show where I can cut the primary down:
Well worth the effort. Once I cut the inner primary down and modify the outer primary, I'll post some more pics.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
I still have that entire chassis--I just got sidetracked building King Diamond and never got back to it. I decided to do the digger for the BF4 build, but I wanted to start fresh with a different chassis. My original plan was to make my own frame and front end for the bike, but I came across an original Arlen Ness digger frame and front end being sold by Vic up in the East Bay. I have literally never seen a big twin Ness digger frame in person, let alone for sale. This one had the EXACT same dimensions I was using to build a frame, except for a couple degrees more rake. I worked a cash and part trade deal with Vic and he shipped the stuff to me last week. All I can say is wow, the lines on the frame and craftsmanship is incredible. All of the tubing other than the backbone and seatpost is 7/8", just like I had wanted to do. Plus the whole frame is made out of chromoly, it is really light. It is stretched out about 6", no upstretch, and about 40 degrees of rake. Just an awesome frame:
In honor of the good professor and light mock-up king, Mike D AKA the Born Loser, I wanted to do a light mockup of the chassis for shits and giggles. I am using Kimtabs on this bike, 18" rear and 21" front. I made the rear fender out of two prismic-looking fenders, it also hides an oil tank. The gas tank is just for mockup, I am making my own tank for it that wil be a true prism/diamond tank (i.e., no square sides). The tank and fender are going to be welded to the frame and the whole deal will be molded. I am running a '66 FL motor, which will be completely show polished. Here's a rough idea of how it will sit:
Man, I am in love. Nothing but hustle from here on out so I can have her done in plenty of time.
Monday, March 5, 2012
I got a crazy frank fender last week for a really good price, so I am going to put together another cone shovel similar to the bike I traded to Harpoon, Unknown Pleasures. We loaded up and started for Cedar Rapids, which was about 4.5 hours from where we were. On the way there, I remembered that Luke from Uncle Pie lived about an hour from Cedar Rapids, in Davenport Iowa. If you don't know about Uncle Pie, well, I feel sorry for you: http://unclepie.blogspot.com/. We rolled to Luke's dad's place and hung there for a while. Luke's dad, Wally, is a super cool dude and has two incredible knuckleheads that he built and painted himself. Luke was putting his awesome '59 pan back together, Wally had recently laid down some beautiful gloss black down on the frame:
We spent a night taking in the many pleasures of Davenport, including the best strip club in America, SoCo. We woke up crazy early the next morning and rolled out to the Cedar Rapids swap. It was a decent swap, although the vendors were real ball breakers on prices. We saw Noot, some of the Lords of Loud guys, Jeremiah, and some other familiar midwest swap faces, including Bald Paul, AKA Big Sexy. This swap ended like most swaps for me: finding tons of small shit that you can get for dirt at the swap but cost a grip at the last minute:
Shit, primary belts are like $70 at cost, I paid less than that for three. I picked up a neat Mikuni Solex two-throat carb with a Branch intake, a Cycle Electric 12 volt generator for $40, a magneto body. . .great scores. Pete ended up finding the correct cam cover for his '40 knucklehead motor and Demo got a good starhub and some other stuff he needed. All in all, it was well worth driving all over the place. I love swaps.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
In retrospect, wow, what a hunk of shit. My favorite touch is the duct-taped battery holder, sweet. Funny thing is, I still have that entire bike, albeit in pieces in my shed. Someday I will put it back together as something a little nicer.
I moved to New York City for school in 1997. I had no bike other than my Yamaha, which was stored back in Minnesota. I joined ebay in 1999, and while I was trolling on there, I came across a funky little Triumph Bonneville chopper. It was a 1968 in a rigid frame, just a cobbled-together pile of junk. I was hyped on it and bought it, and had it shipped to my parent's place in Maryland. I would ride it when I went down to visit them but didn't bring it to Manhattan because I had nowhere to park it. I moved back to Minnesota in 2002 and brought it back with me. As soon as I had a garage, I was redoing that bike to make it better. I ended up with this:
I have a ton of funny stories about building this bike, but suffice it to say that I got the frame and springer front end from that joker Casey Tallon (anyone that has been in the chopper game for a minute will remember that name). They were total junk, but I used them anyway. For its time (2002), it was a pretty neat looking chopper, although those whitewalls bum me out every time I look at this picture. I only rode this for half a summer, figured out it was a pile of junk, and sold off all of the parts piecemeal.
I'll keep going through my old bikes here on the blog, its fun to look back at these deathtraps.