Harley in the house. A Client 1993 FXR is undergoing an update. Spoked wheels front and back replace some totally 90’s alloy discs, beefy Wide-Glide 41mm front fork and new triple trees instead of the narrow glide and a 16 front wheel instead of the 19 inch transform the front end. Most of the last couple weeks have been spent on this bike, but a bunch just showed up and are going to be prepped for sale at DentonMoto Movie Night.
The look the client was wanting was a modern bobber, with a more compact appearance. The bike is a family legacy bike, and some of the original elements are being retained as a tribute to its original owner. The tank and fenders will be mostly black, saving the red side panels on the tank, and matching the fenders. The original rear fender was bobbed (a few times) and the front fender will be a shortened version of the original one. The handlebars are for mock-up only and will be replaced with some lower ones. The chrome on the wheels, shocks, and forks will be blacked out.
Without the foot and hand controls, the bike already looks a lot less cluttered. Mid foot controls will replace the factory forwards. The bars and cockpit will be kept minimal with Motogadget m-Unit controller, instruments, and controls. A solo seat and fender seat bump will be next.
The S&S 124cu in. engine will be largely left alone aside from a new starter, decomp valves, new pipes, and some cosmetic touches. The shocks were put in a more upright position to raise the rear of the bike.
On the 30th of this month, DentonMoto is going to have some bikes for sale at our Movie Night. The showing is at Andy’s on the Square here in Denton, and this beautiful 1962 Greeves 250 motocross model will be one of the offerings. This is a picture fresh from the barn, but the bike is undergoing a good cleaning and revival.
That front end!
Another one for sale will be this cherry 1973 Yamaha CT-1, with all the original finishes in great shape. 175cc’s of two-stroke sweetness.
A new rear tube is on the way to perk up the rear end.
A race-prepped 1971 TriumphTR6C will also be at the movie night. This bike along with the Greeves and Yamaha above are bikes belonging to Jason Lee. In addition to his achievements in Art, Film, and as a Pro Skater, Jason is an avid motorcyclist. These bikes are being let go to thin a still impressive herd (that killer Indian and the 1948 BSA that appeared in previous posts being a couple of the keepers.) Ceriani front forks with fresh seals and progressive springs, fiberglass tank, Joe Hunt magneto, Works shocks, Sun alloy rims, custom bash plate, and more. Jason had this bike built to ride in the dirt, and it does not disappoint.
The 1975 CL360 will be looking for a new owner at the movie night.
And finally, this 1971 CT70 custom with 108cc engine will be at the sale. Tons of new parts, but original paint and chrome.
On the 1948 BSA WM20, the underside of the original Lucas 4-position lighting switch shows quite a bit of corrosion and pitting on the brass contacts. When riding the bike previously, it took a bit of wiggling the switch to get good contact and make the lighting system work. With the rotor removed, it is easy to dress these posts with fine emory cloth. A line from the film "Pulp Fiction" keeps going through my head as I work on these small details: "its the little differences." The small details that mean the difference between lighting at night or not.
The contacts and rotor feeler contact have been resurfaced and reassembled. So cool these older parts can be serviced and refreshed. Lucas electrics sometimes referred to as "the Prince of Darkness," are hopefully in good working order now.
There was a rat's nest of wires around the battery box, with a lot of redundant and non-original wiring. Most of this was stuffed in the battery box, but still did not look very professional. Because of a parasitic drain on the battery, it was decided that a battery key switch was needed as well.
More of the loose hanging wires. One of my other passions is circuit bending electronics, and this sort of dodgy mess makes me cringe.
A small cylinder was fabbed up from 22 gauge steel to hold the battery disconnect switch. An existing bolt was used to mount it behind the battery box.
The after picture with the key switch fully mounted and wires tucked away. Some of the wiring was wrapped back into the wiring harness, some shortened, and some straps added to hold everything in place. Inside the battery box the wiring is more compact and tidy as well.
Once again, it is the small details that need attention. This is the bottom of the fiberglass tank on the 1971 Triumph TR6C dirt bike. The petcock bungs on both sides had weeping leaks that needed addressing. An inspection revealed several faults. First thing wrong is that a layer of paint was left on the mating surfaces. This will naturally turn to goo and funnel fluid under the paint layer, destroying the surrounding paint. On each side there were two steel washers used to seal the petcocks. It is a wonder it did not leak more than it did.
After the paint was removed, an even worse problem was the deep gouges on the brass bung mating surface. Don't know whether to blame the painter of mechanic, but this is not what I would consider attention to detail on the part of either. Ultimately, whoever put these petcocks on should have taken care of these problems.
The bung on the opposite side was gouged even worse, concealed by a layer of paint. Clearly not just an oversight, but a consistent fail. There was a lot of red residue from gas that wicked up under the tank.
After several minutes with 320 wet sand paper and a honing stone, most of the gouges have disappeared. The remaining ones were removed and the other side dressed down as well. Super important to keep the honing device flat and perpendicular to the bore.
Lastly, the footpegs for the 1975 CL360 arrived and got fresh hardware and paint to spruce them up.
A 1975 Honda CL360 that came to the shop in storage bins. There were a number of NOS parts used to restore this beautiful survivor. A set of Mikuni VM30 carbs and pod filters replaced the original Keihin's, but the bike is otherwise stock. This bike is being prepared for a potential customer.
The tank and side covers are in very good condition with what appears to be original paint. A new gas cap and seal were added. The engine side cover will be refinished to match the clutch cover on the other side.
A vintage set of Japanese Redwing shocks replaced the rusted originals. A new seat cover, grab bar, turn signals, and a taillight lens have the rear-end looking fresh. The bike came without front or back footpegs. Some replacements are on order.
In addition to the new parts, a lot of time was spent hand polishing the original chrome.
There are still plans for some new tires, battery, exhaust clamps, and a chain.
The high pipes on the CL scramblers are so beautiful. The finned engine covers are stock. New cables, levers, reflectors, signals and the triple tree insignia replaced worn pieces.
Waiting for a suitor.
Version two of the 1948 BSA WM20 taillight bracket painted and mounted on the bike.
Because the rear fender had been bobbed, the usual mounting of the plate in a more vertical position was not practical as it either hung over the edge of the fender or sat a bit too high. Making the license plate with the upper bend allows the light to have the correct orientation and the plate to lay on the fender nicely, and the light is a little more tucked in.
Beautiful even in silhouette.
This 1971 Z50A has been getting ready to go to a new home. The bike underwent some basic restoration years ago when first purchased on the wheels, forks, tires, handlebars, cables, and seat, but the engine had not been touched and was a smoker. Honda really knew how to spark the love of riding in kids. The first time seeing one of these as a child was unforgettable.
After an engine rebuild and sympathetic restoration of the tank were done to prep the bike for sale. The original muffler was opened a little internally and a new stinger inserted in the end of the muffler. At full throttle it is quite loud.
Although the tank had been sealed before, it was with a latex product that has failed on me before, so it was stripped and replaced with epoxy. The discoloration from where the pinholes at the lower edge of the tank had soaked through was retouched. The entire white portion of the tank was repainted including the underside. The upper red portion had some scratches filled and was buffed out. Original style foil tank warning stickers were placed in the exact original location, easy to do because of distinct fade marks around their previous location. new OEM rubber tank mounting posts and rubber strap were added. The engine side cover was also painted up. The footpegs and sidestand were fully restored with new rubbers and cadmium plating.
The50cc engine was converted to an 88cc, with a race head and cam, heavy duty clutch, high volume oil pump, and a 20mm carb and intake set-up. A 15 tooth front sprocket replaced the 13 tooth one to take advantage of the added torque.
This bike was found in West Texas with a thick layer of grease and red sand coating much of the bike. The air filter was absent, and the engine was worn out on the top end as a result. Still in search of an original tail light bracket, but if none is found, perhaps one will be fabricated like the ones for the 1948 BSA in the following pictures.
Looking to replace the tail light bracket on the 1948 BSA WM20. This is the first candidate, a 1950's BSA 250 plate with Lucas light fixture. The fluted mounting bracket was fabbed up to compliment the ridge in the lens and front fender. There were a number of holes already drilled in the fender, and it was designed to use or cover up those existing holes.
The second version uses an older style lighting fixture and a more plain mounting bracket. Once again, existing mounting holes were used.
The second bracket getting a little paint.
Starting to look a little more like a bike. New fork tubes, lowers, and front wheel with the dual disc brakes and stainless braided lines to get the front end sorted out. A custom alloy fender is coming next.
A week of rain in Texas in August! I rolled the bike out for the first round of pictures and had 30 seconds before a sprinkle turned to a cloudburst. The side profile is looking a little cleaner with the shortened and raised tail, rear-sets, clip-ons, and rear fender elimination.
This Lucas headlight is for mock-up only, with a new unit in the works. A small fairing in aluminum is still being contemplated. The tires are Kenda brand that the owner picked out.
Because the rear gas tank mounts for mounting the Roadster tank were not on the bike, I am wondering if the bike was originally a Roadster model. New mounting tabs were fabricated to utilize the original mounting points.
Waiting on some bearings to mount the NOS brake drum. The bike is being assembled to the point that it can be started and ridden. Since the bike came as an unknown, it will be necessary to check the function of the engine and drivetrain before disassembly for finishing.
Just a little tighter and compact with big stopping power up front. The stock handlebar controls are vintage cool, and will be rebuilt.
In other happenings, a lot of vintage tail and other type light came in. Pictured are some of the glass lens ones that got cleaned up a little. A few are US navy and other aircraft, with car and motorcycle units making up the bulk of the collection. A guy who looked to be somewhere near 70 told me they were collected by his Daddy.
My favorite from the lot were this matched set of what would appear to be US military surplus units. With clear lenses and small wattage bulbs, it is unclear what they were for exactly. They would have been almost useless as a headlight, perhaps they were used for a front marker lamp. The paint underneath is Army green. The red paint was likely after it was sold to the public. If parts could talk...
There's plenty to do around here still. Time to get busy.