The beat goes on.

Been busy building a number of bikes: A 1993 Honda CB750 Nighthawk custom, a 1980 Suzuki GS750 custom,  and a 1968 Honda CL350 restoration. All these bikes are nearing completion. A 1975 Honda Elsinore MT250 being converted to a tracker bike is in the middle of its build. A 1957 Triumph T6 Thunderbird custom that I have been slowly putting together since 2013 is getting closer. Some of the parts have been cadmium plated like the rear rack, headlight mount, tank rack, and fender stays.

 The CB160 vintage racer dubbed "The 7" was revealed at the end of October, 2016 and was shown at The Progressive International Motorcycle show in Dallas, Texas in January, and at the event "Caffeine and Octane at the Beach" at Jekyl Island, Georgia in March. The 1977 Honda CT117 went to the Revival Cycles Handbuilt Show in Austin, Texas in April 2017. In February 2017, a Ducati 748 was customized with a new rear sub-frame being fabricated, extensive wire harness and electronic component relocation and modification, and a body kit including a front fairing was mounted. I didn't paint this one, which ended up being the Vintage Gulf GT40 blue and orange. 

WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE SHOP...

 OK, Doing a spotty job on blogging. All the same, several projects are on the way: The 1957 Triumph Thunderbird project, the 1966 Honda CB160 cafe racer project, a 1980 Yamaha XS1100, and a few more just in the concept stage. 

The 1957 Triumph Thunderbird shortly after I got it. The Tank is from the '62 in the background. There were some Japanese forks and ape hanger bars on it. The lower tube of the backbone had been cut out of the frame, and some large 3/8" plate gussets were welded in. A rigid rear frame was welded on. Since this picture in 2013, a lot of work has been done: the absent frame tube was restored and the gussets were trimmed down, but not completely removed; the rear frame was shortened to raise the rear a couple inches and a mechanical union was formed to allow removal of the rear frame; a new front fork and wheel assembly using various Triumph and BSA components was put together; a rear rack/fender assembly was made; an exhaust system was assembled; and a tank and seat were started.

The 1957 Triumph Thunderbird shortly after I got it. The Tank is from the '62 in the background. There were some Japanese forks and ape hanger bars on it. The lower tube of the backbone had been cut out of the frame, and some large 3/8" plate gussets were welded in. A rigid rear frame was welded on. Since this picture in 2013, a lot of work has been done: the absent frame tube was restored and the gussets were trimmed down, but not completely removed; the rear frame was shortened to raise the rear a couple inches and a mechanical union was formed to allow removal of the rear frame; a new front fork and wheel assembly using various Triumph and BSA components was put together; a rear rack/fender assembly was made; an exhaust system was assembled; and a tank and seat were started.

The 1966 CB160 is taking shape. Although the front fairing in these pics did not make the cut, the rest of the bike is entering the final stages of metal fabrication.

The 1966 CB160 is taking shape. Although the front fairing in these pics did not make the cut, the rest of the bike is entering the final stages of metal fabrication.

Tail light using a lens from a WW2 era naval aircraft, and bronze from a crash cymbal.

Tail light using a lens from a WW2 era naval aircraft, and bronze from a crash cymbal.

A 1980 Yamaha XS1100 has entered the herd.

A 1980 Yamaha XS1100 has entered the herd.

Back from the Revival Cycles Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

What a month! The last month has seen a flurry of bike building. Finished the XR50 Stunter, and the CB50S AC-02, and repainted the body work on most of the Z50 Magnum. The CB500T is in the reassembly process, and not too far from done. Two days ago the B-man build was started in earnest. The Handbuilt Motorcycle show was the cherry on top. I could rattle on, but pictures do a better job...

Friday night, just before the show opened. The AC-02 is parked out front.

Friday night, just before the show opened. The AC-02 is parked out front.

Max Hazan's "Musket" was the belle of the ball. The Z50 Magnum is in the background.

Max Hazan's "Musket" was the belle of the ball. The Z50 Magnum is in the background.

Famed motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter shooting the Magnum upon arrival

Famed motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter shooting the Magnum upon arrival

Flat track legend David Aldana and others hitting the track.

Flat track legend David Aldana and others hitting the track.

World Famous Wheelie-ing Elvi Brian Hunt pulling up the front of his new whip, the XR50 Stunter.

World Famous Wheelie-ing Elvi Brian Hunt pulling up the front of his new whip, the XR50 Stunter.

Z50 Magnum paint 2.0

Z50 Magnum paint 2.0

The Magnum and AC-02 in the van headed to Austin.

The Magnum and AC-02 in the van headed to Austin.

Z50 Magnum at the Handbuilt show.

Z50 Magnum at the Handbuilt show.

Cool old Indian used in the Wall of Death Show. So badass.

Cool old Indian used in the Wall of Death Show. So badass.

 

 

The Z50 Magnum is going to Revival Cycles Handbuilt show!

The Magnum was invited for the Revival Cycles Handbuilt show this year. The invitation along with some welding gloves with "Builder" sewn on them arrived a couple days ago. The bike is currently blown apart to detail it out and re-spray a couple parts. So very excited to be going. Not sure if this is the first minitrail to make a show like this, but thinking there can't be too many.

The Honda CB50S AC-02 awaits an engine...

The paint is buffed out. Small jobs are getting done while some engine parts are on the way from Japan. The instrument cluster, rear shock springs, front brake caliper, and master cylinder are getting powdercoated. Built a battery box that fits under the rear hump. Reconfigured the wire harness to go with all the relocated components. There is a small grommet near the motor mount on the left side of the engine that will allow the wires to travel inside the main up-tube. The seat got some pads. Buffed out he badly oxidized front blinkers and assembled them back with freshly replated zinc, and stainless steel hardware. The original frame sticker was reapplied. Badges in two different sizes were tried out on the side of the tank.

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BIKE OF THE MONTH ON WIND-BLOWN.com!

The Midlothian racer won the Bike of the Month on wind-blown.com!  Here is the link:  BOTM ~ JANUARY 2016 

I was contacted by the site to say that it was nominated, and then won the competition a week later. Thanks to anyone who voted (hell at this point, thanks to anyone aside from the NSA reading this.) 

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The CB50 AC02 instrument cluster and headlight mount

Working on the actual mount that suspends the instrument cluster and headlight bracket. Pieces of 3/8" steel rod were bent to form a couple vertical supports, and 1/4" rod formed to go between them and the instrument cluster.

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First the headlight bracket goes on.

First the headlight bracket goes on.

Then the forward support for the instruments.

Then the forward support for the instruments.

Everything is just tacked together here, awaiting final welding.

Everything is just tacked together here, awaiting final welding.

The CB50 AC02 gets some paint.

Finally, after rounds of bodywork and primer, color is on the AC02 tins. Still need to buff out the final finish, but looking pretty good. Making brackets for the instruments and headlight. Trying to keep it all light and minimal.

The Honda CB50 AC02 bodywork is in the works.

Getting the tank, fenders, seat, and headlight bucket ready for paint. The tank needed a little bondo on top, and the seat/rear hump needed more layers of fiberglass to strengthen it and fix some cracks. Layers of fiberglass were also laid in the light bucket to strengthen the mounting holes, and to recreate the mounting for the light ring hook. The frame parts are back from powdercoat and are being pieced together. A shipment arrived from japan, with a Keihin PE24 carb and a Takegawa velocity stack and filter. Some Kitaco heavy duty clutch and valve springs, and non-fade rear brake shoes, and some raw rubber grips were also included. Still making the decision on the engine. The 82cc Honda Ape engine that was going to take the place of the original engine is on standby. The intake port on the original engine is 22mm opposed to 16mm on the ape. Everything available information-wise on this bike is in Japanese, so the particulars of the AC02 model are things I have picked out just by observation. My suspicion is that along with other upgrades like a hydraulic disk brake on the front instead of the usual mechanical one, there were other performance features. The casting marks in the intake port appear to confirm this was not simply a head someone ported. There would most likely have been a performance cam that went along with this set-up. The plan is going to be to get an 82cc jug up under this head, new clutch plates and springs, valve springs, the PE24 carb, and get it into the frame. The indecision is whether to just put the Ape engine in till the other can be built. Still have one more round of small parts need from the Netherlands, but waiting to make sure I get everything needed to finish the job.

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More XR50 Stunter work is getting done

Got the Chinese dual exhaust that Brian ordered, adn as described in the fleabay ad, it does not fit. There is contact between the swingarm and the cross-pipe. Cutting and reversing the pipes made t all work out. A mount for the seat bottom was made from 1/8" steel plate and uses the same mount as the mufflers. Still need to make a hook for the front of the seat to attach. 

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The 2001 XR50 stunter build goes on

Playing the waiting game with parts. Since my buddy Brian is procuring most of the parts for his bike, I am left waiting on the top clamp, handlebars, fork lowers, wheels, and controls. Just got the dual exhaust set-up, which specifies in the ad that it does not fit this bike. They were accurate about that. A platform was added on the tail section, where Brian is sometimes standing on one foot. With a thin plastic seat pan,  thought it would be a good idea. The rear pegs are some BMX relics that he wanted to use, and required a little reconfiguration of the mounting on the tail section.

The CB500T is in pieces.

Lots of small jobs getting done on the CB500T. The mufflers, swingarm, fenders, headlight mount, and most of the frame are done. The remainder of the useless brackets got shaved off. The cross-member for the battery and air filter assembly had some stylish "speed holes" drilled. Made some custom perches for the rear turn signals. Fabian got some super bright LED's for the brake and turn signals from Revival cycles. All the welding is getting prettied up in prep for powder.