Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
That is going into that. I could keep the little 2 stroke 175 in there and make a decent ride, but I wanted a frankenbike, so Im going to bastardize it even harder with a CB400 twin from a 78. I mainly picked it up because the price was right (cheap). What I failed to notce is that it runs off of a CDI ignition. Which requires a battery. A magneto powered, batteryless, light, fast, agile, bike is what I was after. We'll see what can be done to ditch the battery. The Cb400 was not ideal in the fact that they are picky with octane levels, a bit heavy for its displacement, and power is only about 10hp more than the 2stroke. But, does offer gobbs more torque, the ability to not require premix, and the propensity to be an excellent daily runner that can do dirt. Not going to ditch the 175 engine though. Ive got plans for that.
New bars and tire mounted. Coming together nicely.
The new rear fender just mounts on top of part of the old one to utilize its mounts.
Choppin the old rear fender nastiness off. Also the dog molested front fender was bobbed out of necesity. Sanded and ready for some of that plastic paint.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Pulled this headlight from the "DeathKart", a 70's TeeBird golf cart that never really came to fruition. Probably for the best interest of me and my friends safety. It most likely won't be bright enough but that's the thrill of it.
Skateboard wheel for a chain tensioner. I've wanted to do this for the last two years. Anything goes on this bike. El Bastardo is it's new name. So, while looking for a skate wheel I noticed someone had helped themselves to my skate. It's missing and now the weathers nice to go ride some vacant parking lots. Thanks to whomever was dick enough to take my board. I hope you bust your ass on it now.
Factory 70s yamaha paint can take a bullet. The nasty rattle can green burned off in 5 minutes with the paint stripper. The blue yammy paint underneath took another 2 treatments at about an hour a piece. After an hour of sanding I have a fresh steel tank. It's snowing today. Hopefully the humidity doesn't make it flash rust before I get some clear on it.
Wheel laced up. Tire and tube arrived this morning with some handlebars. Woot.
Stainless allens for case covers, gaskets, and rear fender from Trials UK. I usually try to buy domestic but these guys know vintage trials bikes, are super helpful, stock the right parts that fit, and are fair priced. That's right eff the eGay sellers who charge 5 times what shipping really costs. Or sellers who think their junk is cast in gold. Honest work and honest prices are what makes America great. Rant, rant, rant. I also want to say thanks to the sellers who I have purchased parts for this bike at reasonable prices and reasonable shipping rates. You make it a more enjoyable resto experience and doing your part to restore our economy.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I went out to the garage tonight to start wrenching on the motor and said eff it. Got on this one and had a little night ride session for an hour or so. No destination. Just riding.
Cant wait to ditch the airbox and muff. Deciding how I want to run a new pipe and megaphone.