An early 1970's Triumph 250 Trailblazer is undergoing a revival with a few changes. While never a serious dirt bike, the Blazer has enough going for it to make a nice trail bike or Desert sled. Lightweight and moderately powered, this oil-in-frame model is a bike you can have some fun with. The rigid footpegs have been replaced with folding IMS units, the rear fender is bobbed and rear frame loop tweaked upwards, fork brace added, and a larger Honda XL350 tank has been fitted. The bike was also converted to a battery-less set-up by the previous owner. The Bates style seat is just sitting on the bike for now. Love the stock skid plate and longhorn handlebars.
A lot going on the last week. The Cabracer360 was driven out to the Born Free Show in Silverado California, displayed in the show, and taken home with Steve afterwards. The Meta magazine/Dentonmoto Brotherbike came back to Texas. While the future of the Brotherbike is being decided, some repairs will get done for the next recipient. The Born Free Show was pretty incredible, with so many bikes it was impossible to see them all. Above, Steve Caballero testing the fit...and his race face.
This 1971 Honda CT70 K0 was purchased as a frame, swingarm, and forks only. A CT70 K0 engine case and tranny were mated up with a stroker crank, high volume oil pump, race head and cam, heavy duty clutch, new tranny bearings, SL70 mechanical advance flywheel and stator, 20mm carb and intake, and larger piston to make 108cc's of torquey fun. The wheels were completely rebuilt, using new Honda seals and bearings, new slotted brake shoes, new and replated OEM hardware, new sprockets and chain, original wheel halves blasted and painted with Honda cloud silver paint, new tubes and tires. New heavy duty rear shocks, a new reproduction seat and cables, Honda OEM brake levers, grips, repop chrome magneto cover and chrome headlight bucket with speedo finish out the chassis. A new OEM Honda keyswitch, new reproduction wire harness, rectifier, points, NGK spark plug and cap, condenser, new Yuasa battery from Honda, and the OEM battery rubber strap and cover were used to restore the electrical system. All the rubber grommets on the handlebars and frame were replaced with OEM Honda parts. The front forks were dismantled, cleaned and repacked with new seals and boots. The original Stanley tail light unit was rebuilt with new Honda OEM lens, seal, grommets, and bulb. Front steering bearings and throttle were cleaned and repacked. The muffler is an OEM Honda-Krizman unit and guards purchased complete and new ten years ago, but with less than 50 miles on it, and in perfect shape. An ST70 repop chrome side grab handle and heel-toe shifter were also added to the bike. With the heavy duty clutch springs, the heel shifter makes it a lot easier The footpeg assembly was completely rebuilt with new hardware and powder-coated. A new set of buddy pegs were put on the swingarm. Even though there are some noticable scrapes and scuffs on the original chrome and paint, the decision was made to buff out the frame and chrome and use some new frame decals in front. Since this is not to a straight-up restoration, but rather a resto-mod meant to be ridden, the worn original finishes take the worry out of scratching it. The steps taken to finish the bike to this level were done so that if a future owner wants to take it to the next level with paint and chrome, everything was done correctly mechanically to compliment the build. The heavy duty rear shocks and extra power make this a bike an adult can have fun on. Offered for sale at twenty-five hundred dollars US, inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even though this bike has been through a reveal in December 2017, and the OG Moto Show and Handbuilt Show in April 2018, it was still receiving finishing touches in between and after. If you look at the progression of the bike in photos of those events, changes like a seat cover, Honda wing emblems on the tank, an oil cooler, new air filters, another steering damper, a shortened front fairing after the OG Moto Show, and then extensive lock-wiring of the engine and chassis in this last go-around. Heidenau K-44 tires replaced the IRC's seen on the bike in the first two shows. The bike has been tested with a total loss ignition system and runs well, but the electronic pit-bike style batteryless Ignition system is still being worked out. A complete tear-down and inspection was done on the engine following the test runs, and it is now going back together again.
Hard to believe a whole year has gone by since the last post. Since then, the MT250 Elsinore was completed and dubbed "The Brother Bike," the 1969 CL175 AHRMA-spec "Cabracer 360" track bike was built for skateboard legend Steve Caballero, with a reveal of both in Denton,Texas December of 2017, and at the OG Moto show in L.A. , and the Cabracer solo at the Revival Cycles Handbuilt Show in Austin, in early 2018.
The Suzuki GS750 custom and 1968 CL350 restoration were completed as well as a 1978 Suzuki GS550 with a GS750 engine that underwent a mild make-over. Revived and rebuilt a few 1970's CT70's, and recently a CB125. There are new pages in the "The Bikes" section of the site for some of these bikes and a little more info on them.
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.
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.
After coming down from the Revival Cycles Handbuilt Show, it was time to get serious on this bike. Fabian Campos, the owner, had a vision for this bike that was a reflection the city of Denton, Texas, and some of the artists around here. The Morrison name and tank color were homage to one of the more well-known grain silos around here. A beautiful leather seat cover was made by Denton Artist Clint Wilkinson at his Bell and Oak studio. I got to spend the day watching him craft it, and it was really great. Fabian enlisted friends Triad finishes in Lewisville, Texas to do the paint and powdercoat, and Jon Carpenter to do the olive wood grips.
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...
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 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.
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.)
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.
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.
Thanks to Andrew, Scott and all the Pipeburn.com crew for the write up on the Midlothian Racer. It has been a long and convoluted trip for this particular bike. Thanks to everyone who lent support and said nice things...to the haters: be nicer and you will get laid more often. Here are the goods: ‘71 Honda SL70 – DavmoMoto
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.
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.
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.