Monday, December 27, 2010

Lazy bike

OK OK, I built one. Now I can calm down and relax. Back to the workshop. (Fun as hell to ride by the way.)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Small Engine Love

Pics snagged from the random interwebs.

Friday, December 10, 2010

CB 450/500 and 350(maybe??)

Dont care what it is really. Looks tits. Cruising around on Bubble Visor. Should be cruising around on one of the bikes but, Im stuck at work.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Wish List

#1) Terminator HK Motorcycle

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Can it be???

... A TLR200? Looks like it! Made me laugh. NFK photo via Bubble Visor. Thanks.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Still Alive...

Im still here. Just doing some art and other stuff. No motorcycle work as of lately, but as soon as I get heat going into the garage I'll post once again. (Image stolen from ze interwebs.)

Sunday, October 24, 2010


So an old 79 Honda Accord found its way back into my driveway recently. Once found a few years back, brought back to life with a top-end rebuild and a new carb, now thrashed and in need of resurrection once again. This car is the equivalent of the TLR200 bike. It will start, get you there surely and safely. It wont do it fast, it wont make 12 foot rooster tails or even chirp the tires. But, they both have some sort of charm to them that makes the rider/driver fall in love with them and miss it as soon as you sell it and will make you buy them back if the opportunity ever arises. Got lucky I guess. A new radiator and a CV axle and this pup is ready to begin it's 3rd out of nine lives. I wish someone would do a nasty engine swap on one of these. I think it could put some old VW Golfs, Datsun Honeybees, and 510's to shame.

(The car in the pics isn't mine. Got the pics off the web. But same body style and shallow-reef-water blue. In case you cared. You dont.)

"The Fang"

One wicked CB500t. Supercharged drag bike. Site:

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Had to modify the foot pegs to get them forward a little bit. Plus they fold for tighter storage. That's important when it takes you a metric ton of months to finish a 6 month project.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Haha. Instead of checking everything for safety, I get it fired up and do a weenie burnout for my friends. Thanks for the vid Dan-o.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Rear Sprocket

Cut by Rebel Gears. These guys are awesome. They whipped this sucker out fast, accurate, and clean.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

How To Make Your Own Spokes:

Need one replacement spoke? Need a custom sized spokes for an odd wheel/hub combo? You could rummage around your motorcycle graveyard, order some online if you can find them, or you can do it yourself, the good ol' fashioned way.
Start out with solid rod the same diameter as your other spokes. You can use mild steel if you want to paint them, zinc plated or SS if you want to keep them bare and rust free, or Cro-Mo for light and strong (cro-mo mig/tig wire needed for welding cro-mo and SS wire for SS or the weld will fail). First thread the end. Most spoke nuts are 40 TPI. You might find yours to be different though.
Cut it to length leaving enough for the bend.
You can either heat and bend or just smack it over with the hammer if the gauge is small enough.
Check your angles.
I drilled and counter-sunk a hole in a 12ga. sheet of copper. You can also use brass.
Clamp in the spoke leaving the desired length out to weld the nipple on.
Lay your copper sheet on top with your spoke protruding with enough material to weld on.
Put a nice dab down. make sure you get the heat on the spoke to make good penetration. You dont want a cold joint here.
Grind and file the bead down til you are happy with it and it fits the dill-outs in the hub.
There you go, your hand made spoke.

Disclaimer: You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of others who ride your bike.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A lot of sharp CB's Im diggin' on.

Got it.

Some carb cleaning and setting the float did the job. Sounds good, exhaust cleaned up on both sides, now its going on the back burner because I have a sprocket coming for El Bastardo. Finally..

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Got power to the coils, cleaned the points and it runs. Kind of half assed. Left cylinder smokes a little, right never got hot. Doesn't seem like the right is getting fuel. I'll give the carbs a run through.

Its impossible to get on the center stand without a front brake. So I fill up the reservoir and find a nice leak at this coupler. Someone twisted it til its stripped both ways. Wont loosen, wont tighten. Good times.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Good, The Bad, and The Wiring

All back together and in the frame with new rings, cyls honed, valves, lapped, a few hardware runs (no matter how much they say "its all there" with a basket case it never is), checked, re-checked, torqued, re-torqued, gapped, cleaned, lubed, wired, gassed, and ready to go... except there's no voltage at the coils. Boo. The manual says not to run without a battery. It will kill the rectifier they say. So I figured Id put a capacitor in place of the batt. Ive done this on a couple of bikes and have had no problems. I want a kick only bike. The mag should run the bike just fine. Cant check the stator til it runs. Might hook it up to a car batt to get it all hammered out. Fawk wiring. Its a love/hate thing for me.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New addition to the Family

Picked up a CB500 twin roller with a basket case engine. Its 99 percent all there. I was going to use it for parts for the Bastardo (rear wheel, trip trees, disc brake) but its all together and Ive seen what can be done with them. Im leaning hard towards a hardtail attack chopper that Bird so inspiringly touts. Check out Attack Choppers and be forever transformed if you havent already. Yes, I know its not a Harley, yes, I know its not extremely powerful, yes, I know its a Japanese bike. I like what I like and thats that. For now, Im going to make it a runner first and finish up El Bastardo before I have too much madness going on in my tiny garage.

Some assembly required......naturally.