Finishing up the Cabracer360.

 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.

  The morning after the December 2017 reveal. The bike would be completely broken down to add new larger pistons, cylinders, valve springs with titanium retainers, oil cooler, and the cosmetic touches.

 The morning after the December 2017 reveal. The bike would be completely broken down to add new larger pistons, cylinders, valve springs with titanium retainers, oil cooler, and the cosmetic touches.

  At the Outlier's Guild Moto Show in early April 2018. The coil location has been moved, the tank wings painted, leather seat cover made, an oil cooler added, K&N cone filters replaced the UNI's, and the engine work done minus the ignition. A speedometer was also mounted and a custom work/display stand was also made.

 At the Outlier's Guild Moto Show in early April 2018. The coil location has been moved, the tank wings painted, leather seat cover made, an oil cooler added, K&N cone filters replaced the UNI's, and the engine work done minus the ignition. A speedometer was also mounted and a custom work/display stand was also made.

 The Michael Lichter photo of the Cabracer360 at Revival Cycles Handbuilt Show, late April 2018. Notice the front fairing tails have been cut down. There are other refinements like a rock shield for the oil cooler, and a tether for the seat release screw. 

The Michael Lichter photo of the Cabracer360 at Revival Cycles Handbuilt Show, late April 2018. Notice the front fairing tails have been cut down. There are other refinements like a rock shield for the oil cooler, and a tether for the seat release screw. 

  The second rear fairing mount is missing in this picture, but it was cut off and moved forward to fit the new shorter fairing tails.

 The second rear fairing mount is missing in this picture, but it was cut off and moved forward to fit the new shorter fairing tails.

  After the Handbuilt Show, the bike was broken down one last time to address an oil leak, inspect and clean the engine, and drill the bolts and nuts for lock wire. All the sidecover screws have been replaced with drilled socket head screws.

 After the Handbuilt Show, the bike was broken down one last time to address an oil leak, inspect and clean the engine, and drill the bolts and nuts for lock wire. All the sidecover screws have been replaced with drilled socket head screws.

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  The clutch screw and oil pump retainer nut are lock-wired internally. The Cappellini chain-drive oil pump up close. The cases have to be machined out to mount it, the oil slinger and one primary drive gear removed,  and one of the heavy clutch basket drive gears has to be replaced with an aluminum spacer. The result is a lighter clutch basket and crank, and hella oil flow. Barnett Kevlar clutch disks and plates were used. 

 The clutch screw and oil pump retainer nut are lock-wired internally. The Cappellini chain-drive oil pump up close. The cases have to be machined out to mount it, the oil slinger and one primary drive gear removed,  and one of the heavy clutch basket drive gears has to be replaced with an aluminum spacer. The result is a lighter clutch basket and crank, and hella oil flow. Barnett Kevlar clutch disks and plates were used. 

 Third time this engine has been out of the bike, one last check of the cam degree, and it is ready for full assembly. Thanks to Tucker Rocky and Motion Pro for the degree wheel and throttle on the bike.

Third time this engine has been out of the bike, one last check of the cam degree, and it is ready for full assembly. Thanks to Tucker Rocky and Motion Pro for the degree wheel and throttle on the bike.

 The engine was given a good inspection with no major problems detected. The Highwayman race ignition plate can be seen in the background.

The engine was given a good inspection with no major problems detected. The Highwayman race ignition plate can be seen in the background.

 Test fitting the 5 speed tranny and crank one last time.

Test fitting the 5 speed tranny and crank one last time.

  Sticky Heidenau K-44 tires were put on following the OG Moto show.

 Sticky Heidenau K-44 tires were put on following the OG Moto show.

 The battery tray for the total loss ignition used in testing and available as a back-up.

The battery tray for the total loss ignition used in testing and available as a back-up.

  The tether for the seat release screw attached to the panl that houses the total loss ignition system main power disconnect switch.

 The tether for the seat release screw attached to the panl that houses the total loss ignition system main power disconnect switch.

   The final piece on the bike will be the Shitame Repousse brass signature plaque. This brass is pretty thin and has been worked with small tools to get this effect.

  The final piece on the bike will be the Shitame Repousse brass signature plaque. This brass is pretty thin and has been worked with small tools to get this effect.

Busy As Usual

 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.

 The Brother Bike MT250 Elsinore.

The Brother Bike MT250 Elsinore.

 The Cabracer 360 at the OG Moto show in L.A. in 2018.

The Cabracer 360 at the OG Moto show in L.A. in 2018.

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 The Suzuki GS750 project completed.

The Suzuki GS750 project completed.

 The before and after pics are in the bikes section, but hard to believe the original paint is on the headlight ears and tank (with a good buff-out and touch-up.) Most of the hardware was re-plated, with either chrome, cadmium, or white and yellow zinc. Much of the chrome is original with extensive cleaning, with NOS and quality used pieces where necessary.

The before and after pics are in the bikes section, but hard to believe the original paint is on the headlight ears and tank (with a good buff-out and touch-up.) Most of the hardware was re-plated, with either chrome, cadmium, or white and yellow zinc. Much of the chrome is original with extensive cleaning, with NOS and quality used pieces where necessary.

 The 1978 GS550 was given a new rear loop, custom tail light/ license bracket, and seat. The front and rear fenders shortened, new bars, controls, instruments, and  some new signals. The original paint was buffed out and the exhaust was ceramic coated.

The 1978 GS550 was given a new rear loop, custom tail light/ license bracket, and seat. The front and rear fenders shortened, new bars, controls, instruments, and  some new signals. The original paint was buffed out and the exhaust was ceramic coated.

 A rare 1971 ST70 Export model revival. 533 original miles, two owners( a father and son.) The guy I bought it from was the son of the original owner, an airman who bought it at Curly's Honda of Tokyo for his son in the US. He took exceptionally good care of it, getting it titled in Maine, but not logging many miles. Everything is original except for the battery. It is also for sale.

A rare 1971 ST70 Export model revival. 533 original miles, two owners( a father and son.) The guy I bought it from was the son of the original owner, an airman who bought it at Curly's Honda of Tokyo for his son in the US. He took exceptionally good care of it, getting it titled in Maine, but not logging many miles. Everything is original except for the battery. It is also for sale.

 A CT90 revival/sympathetic restoration. The original air filter assembly had been crushed, the tranny range selector assembly was missing, and it had been sitting up a long time and needed the tank and carb cleaned out

A CT90 revival/sympathetic restoration. The original air filter assembly had been crushed, the tranny range selector assembly was missing, and it had been sitting up a long time and needed the tank and carb cleaned out

   A 1971 Honda CT70-H 4 speed in mostly original condition. I did a seat cover, new light bucket, rebuilt the brakes, and re-plated most of the hardware. This picture was before the headlight bucket and some of the hardware replacement was done.  This one ended up going to a new owner in Virginia.

  A 1971 Honda CT70-H 4 speed in mostly original condition. I did a seat cover, new light bucket, rebuilt the brakes, and re-plated most of the hardware. This picture was before the headlight bucket and some of the hardware replacement was done.  This one ended up going to a new owner in Virginia.

 This sweetheart was named "Priscilla," and is a gentle ride. 5 speed, easy starting, and good looks...what's not to like? This one sold recently.

This sweetheart was named "Priscilla," and is a gentle ride. 5 speed, easy starting, and good looks...what's not to like? This one sold recently.

  A 1973 Honda CT70 given an 88cc upgrade. Left mostly original and restored mechanically. A friend bought this one recently and has been enjoying it as it is.

 A 1973 Honda CT70 given an 88cc upgrade. Left mostly original and restored mechanically. A friend bought this one recently and has been enjoying it as it is.

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.