woensdag 30 december 2009
maandag 28 december 2009
I had a small Olympus photo camera that I used mainly for filming, like the BMW clips that are on this site. I also used it to film the build of the Suzuki, but while doing that I managed to ruin the camera. I found a new one on marktplaats (the dutch equivalent of craiglist) for very little money. It's cheap, a bit flimsy, but it films in HD. I still needed to make a spacer (or however it's called) for the throttle cable for the cable to fit onto the twister (or however thàt is called...).
zondag 27 december 2009
Some days nothing works, today was one of those days. Tried to make a new bushing for the rear axle, but couldn't get it to fit. Tried to disassemble the two spare sets of forks that I have, finally being able to find them back in the garden after the snow has melted. But the bolts are really, really stuck. I'll need to drill them out. I couldn't find tools I had laid down only seconds before so I called it quits for today. Hopefully tomorrow will be better...
donderdag 24 december 2009
I won't be working on the bikes the next couple of days, so there won't be any updates in that period. Merry Christmas and all that!
woensdag 23 december 2009
dinsdag 22 december 2009
Didn't get much done on the bikes the last couple of days. Can't even find my spare forks anymore, they're somewhere in the garden, burried under the snow. So in the mean time: Check out this very radical CX500 that's being build by a kiwi:
Talking about CX's: as soon as the postal services over here start working again there'll be a very rare update on my CX500 caferacer.
zondag 20 december 2009
zaterdag 19 december 2009
We worked on the Virago again today. After doing some minor modifications we decided to try and start it for the first time. expectations were low because:
The intake is home made
The Intake manifold is home made
The exhausts are home made
The carburator is of a Opel Kadet
And the weather wasn't exactly ideal either.
We would have been happy with any sign of ignition what so ever. This is what we got...
This is with a very cold engine. Later on it started running even better. That's all without any adjustments to the carb.
woensdag 16 december 2009
Started off by taking a wheel off of one of my rollerblades. I wanted the bearings. Found a bit of tubing that had exactly the right diameter.
did some cutting
and some drilling
It took a long time. It's just too cold outside, so I had to go in and warm back up again a couple of times. I'll have to make some steps on the lathe and the other side, but I'm pretty happy with the look so far.
The person on the CX would have to race like an idiot while the person riding the YZF would hardly pass the 2000rpm mark. So that's when I decided to sell the YZF, buy a bike and rebuild it to something special.
I went looking for a god bike to build into a cafe. The first thing that came to mind was a Moto Guzzi. So off I went to a shop with a Le Mans.
I hated the fact that it had a steeringdamper. I just hate those things... but I still liked the bike. However, the guy also had a BMW R100 and he insisted that I would try that bike too. I fell in love within 200 meters. The bike he let me ride was too far gone for me and it had two rear shocks. I prefer the monoshock R80 eventhough it has less power. During my search I came across a crashed R80 monoshock with an R100 engine and Wilbers shocks. Perfect (I thought)
Here's the beauty I bought :). And a few hours later:
More on the BMW next time...
zondag 13 december 2009
zaterdag 12 december 2009
vrijdag 11 december 2009
woensdag 9 december 2009
Not very suprisingly, this tank didn't make it in the end.
And this seat set-up didn't make it either, although I still like the idea... I also like the paintjob of the tank on that photo. Shame I had to repair and repaint the tank
tip: don't use too cheap velocity stacks
This guy was at the swapmeet where I bought the tank. Wonder if he sold anything that day, it all looked like it was found in an archaeological dig.
and a action photo the end this blogentry with. Still plenty of photos on my harddrive, so there's more to come.
maandag 7 december 2009
Rolled the bike out of the living room this morning without a clue about what I was going to do with it. I was thinking about starting on a bellypan/bugspoiler when an old front fender caught my eye. It's not a front fender anymore now ;)
It's only tagged. I'll have to make the bottom part shorter and place it a bit further back, but I like the overall looks of it so it'll probably stay.