Sunday, November 14, 2010


After hours of grinding, everything is finally smoothed out now. Some time in the next few days, I'll take the bike over to the FIL's for welding and fabrication of some bits. After quite a few hours of cutting and grinding, I was starting to feel a little bummed about not being able to see a lot in the way of results, so I decided to take a look at those new clip ons and rear sets on the bike.

As I'm not set up to weld, I cut some pieces of wood to length then drilled two small holes in each (for some wire) and one larger hole in each (for the rear sets). I ran some wire through the wood then attached the wood to the frame with the rearsets already mounted to get an idea of how everything will look.

I like.

Notes: I'll have to modify the steering stops a bit. The bare clip-ons do not make contact with the tank, but the controls will. I've a couple ideas on how to do this already. I'll discuss them with Don (the FIL). Also, the top of the tree needs something. It either needs those useless tabs ground off, or it needs some type of plate over them. I already planned on running the neutral and signal indicators in the risers holes, but some type of plate could be added into that plan quite easily.

A quick idea, but more of a jumping off point.....

Could add some sections of rubber tubing as spacers, or could bend the plate. Not sure how to handle yet.

Going to fab some type of mount that will hold the ignition under the tank using the horn mounts, and will mount the horn elsewhere - perhaps under the back of the headlight bucket?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bike porn v2.0

Thanks, Roc City.

In the near future....
  1. Finish grinding the frame smooth.
  2. Seat pan (Try and save/modify the old one or make new one)
  3. Fab mounting plates for the rear sets
  4. Fab battery box above swingarm and tray under seat for electrics.
  5. Mockup
  6. Disassemble triple tree
  7. Disassemble wheels
  8. Soda blast small parts
  9. Get everything ready for powder
That should do it for the next couple of weeks. Updates will be posted in the mean time.

Monday, November 8, 2010


Did a bit more grinding on the frame this weekend, but had a lot going on so I didn't accomplish as much as I'd like.

Since I don't have anything worth while, check out Pipeburn.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Squeezed in another few hours on the bike today......

All the desired tabs have been removed from the frame, and I'm about 50% done grinding everything smooth. So, yeah, pretty much the same as yesterday.

Don't forget to check out the new Tarozzis.

Weight loss...

Already a vast improvement...

Bike porn.....

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Silence of the Swingarms

I finally removed the swingarm bushings.

I had to cut a couple (well, to be honest, a few) relief lines down the length of the bushings, using a micro hacksaw. The key here is to cut all the way through the bushings without cutting into the swingarm itself. To do this, I would run the end of a straightened paper clip down the length of the cuts. I could feel from the pressure on the paper clip what sections required more sawing and what sections were cut through to the swingarm. After two lines were adequately cut in each bushing, I removed the sections between them. Then, the bushings were flexible enough to compress, and could be tapped out from the opposite side of the tube using a punch and mallet.

Tools of the trade -

In other news, I recently picked up a 20 gallon, 4hp air compressor (used off CL) as well as some new power tools; A DeWalt angle grinder and Harbor Freight (cheapy) sawzall.

I've already started cutting the frame. With any luck, and a bit of determination, updates will start coming more frequently now.