A busy time in the shop for sure. A '48 BSA M20 has come in for a revival, a race prepped Triumph OIF dirt bike is here for repair and revival, the Norton Commando Cafe wheels were built, the red Z50 is being completed for a buyer, a cool Indian drops by, and the Hater bike is undergoing more changes. So just a regular kind of week.
Loving the patina on this 1948 BSA M20. Just doing some general maintenance on the gas and electrical systems, and adding a tail light. The Snuff-or-Not exhaust damper doubles as a mouse nest barrier.
1971 Triumph TR6C oil in frame model here for a tank re-line, fork rebuild and revival. With a Joe Hunt Magneto set-up, fiberglass tank, plastic fender, custom bash plate, Husky front hub, Ceriani front forks, Works brand shocks, Renthal Desert bars, and a monster rear sprocket, this one is ready to chew some dirt.
Digging into the Norton Commando wheel, a close up shows the irregular finish on these castings. Turning them on a lathe was only possible to a degree, with a surprising amount of wobble in the run-out. Most of the work was done with abrasive wheels to start, then files for the grooves, and emery cloth and wet-dry paper to finish
I'm going to say sand cast.
The worst of the before pics. Kush-drive has become mush-drive.
BLING!!! Hours of filing, sanding and polishing, but it is worth it. They are not perfect, but loads better anyway. An NOS brake drum will be mated to the hub.
Found a nice Jones shouldered rim and some Buchanan stainless spokes to finish up the wheel.
Just waiting on some wheels to make the roller.
My buddy Jason stopped by with his Indian. What a beauty! His TR6C desert racer is in the background.
A lot of work went into the Z50 tank, stripping a Kreem liner and replacing it with some epoxy, and touching up the paint. Since there was paint being shot, the 1957 Triumph tins got thrown in.
Some small additional changes to the Hater bike in prep for the drag races this week-end: a manual heavy-duty clutch and Takegawa hydraulic acctuator were put on along with a Takegawa forged alloy kickstarter, a DRP temp gauge, and a Kitaco Super coil. Some graphics have been thrown on to complete the drag vibe. A set of alloy pegs have also been fitted after this picture was taken.