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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Motors in

With some help from friends the motor is together and seems to be happy.

Motors in!!

Pipe is on
Bike is together!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Another project

Over the weekend I picked up an 85 xl600r for an almost free deal.
Here is how the add went:
"trying to recover cost of gaskets, shifter shaft, wheel bearings OBO"
How it looked when I got to the guys place


Monday, February 1, 2010


Its all good it will live again parts are ordered and oh look what I found...PARTS BIKE!

So With some help I was able to track down a crank for the bike! With the internet and small and large shops making and UPDATING websites I was able to contact several around the world. The parts Bike wound up going to a friend that needed it to fix his bikes. I would rather see someone on the road or in the bush then to have the parts they need and I don't sitting gathering dust.

The good the bad and the ugly

Well I got the bike insured and took it out. It kicked over on the second or third try. I took it out for a bit of a ride it was not too bad. Pulled through the gears ok. The piston and rings were new. Over all I am very happy with it!
Kitty (The GF) did a hell of a Job with the seat its not done quite yet!


Now The UGLY:
I was riding down to meet up with people on Sunday and the motor went CLUNK then the bike died.
Long story short the motor decided to say FUCK YOU and left its guts in the oil filter.
Well not its guts it just need a new crank not really a big deal

But for a 25 year old bike I kina expect at least a bump
Good thing the shop is done so I have the space to fix it.

Ok back on track now...

So I wired up the motor and started on the turn singles brake lights etc over the weekend.
Things have been moving along at a good rate. Over the weekend I made a few brackets for the turn singles.
After some looking humming and getting bitched out ( you know who you are) I have decided to replace the front fender.
I ordered one from Action along with some new pads for the front brakes. (Thanks Dean!)
I also picked up an ignition and need to make a mount for it.
I still need to give the throttle a look over as it sticks just a little.
Little bit more wiring, oil, mount the gas tank, headlight, chain, once over on the bolts, install front brakes ( thinking of powder coating the caliper),right hand bark buster and a few odds and ends.
I have decided to cover the side covers with some plastic rather than paint them. This way if i dont like them I can just peal it off and change it. And that is what I will end up doing.
Well here we are 12:15am ish been working on the bike lights are all done and mounted. The ignition is wired in and ready to go. Tank is mounted. New brakes are on and the new fender is on too...
It has been a fun build so far lots getting done. Lots of help from the local shops Action, Victoria Motorcycle sales, Island Powder coating, The foundry, Wheelie Junkie for tall of the help, the GF for letting me take over the workshop and building it up not to mention everyone else too.
I am aiming for tomorrow to have it all done and plated.
Oh ya before I forget, what do u think of the new fender? Best $40.00 I have spent.

Well I got the motor in!!

Some more time = More work done
Well I got the foot pegs, carbs, exhaust, basic electrical and a bit more....



As things move along

So here it is rolling Its a new fount fender and a custom rear one. The tank is one of two I have.
Been quite busy working at getting it together.
Chrome comes back tomorrow and then I cam put the rest of it together.
And Ya I know the fender looks like ass.

As it stands with the bike:
Motor is painted a flat textured kind of Motorcycle specific paint
Powder coated side covers
Powder coated frame, Swing arm, shock spring, fork lowers, foot pegs and mounts, kick stand, kick start
Chromed the valve cover bolts, side cover bolts, the oil line on the motor and a few brackets
New cables all around
Rebuilt the forks
Redoing the seat
New bearings
Painted a bunch of stuff

Thursday, January 28, 2010

some more work done

New head bearings

Packed with this stuff (Wheelie Junkie says its the shit) Its Like Gorilla snot but seems to do the trick

one day closer and more paint

I wound up using genuine Harley Davidson motor paint it was 30 ish bux a can. HOLY WHAT you say actually it worked like gang busters ( really well)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bits add up

I am picking up a mess of stuff from the bike shop today (Fast turn around on the parts order 3 days ish)
Powder coated stuff forks motor covers and some other bits.
Then the cleaning and painting of the motor!
25 years of dirt adds up.

The rear shock is re done and the spring is now powder coated black.
next is to rebuild the shocks.
Bolts are separated to get sent to get made all shinny!
Ran the "to get paint ones" through the wire wheel giving them a good clean up.
Having the Compressor hooked up this week to power and getting the sand blaster up and running ( I have a few other projects on the go as well as some stuff for other people).
I picked up a wire set up from Used Vic to do the lights etc..
Needing to tidy up the shop a bit more and sort out the tool boxes.
Looks like I will be getting rid of a bunch of sockets and wrenches as well I think I have a few hundred.


So a little further with the project...

Things got put on hold a bit and we did some renovating to the garage. ( The better half wanted somewhere better to work then on the floor for me).

Its nice to have work tables we got then wrapped in metal (thanks Jason) and added cabinets etc. 

Nice to have a good bench!

Now the motor is getting pulled apart. I am going to have the side covers powder coated.

Painted the tank.
Now some stuff to get chromed and need to order some gaskets!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Da Sand Blaster

So On a trip to Ikea we wound up finding a 60 gal Sand blaster at princess auto. It was the floor model that "did not work". I got in talking to the guy and found out " it was broken and was going to be sent to away". I talked the guy into selling it to me for far below cost given it did not work. It came with Media (sand) too. It was a simple $4 buck fix. We did however discover that a 60 Gal Sand blasting Cabinet fits in a Nissan rogue. As well as a trip to Ikea. Go figure.
We also needed a compressor big enough to run the blaster. Thanks to Rona we were able to get a 80 gal 17.5 cfm @ 100 psi for a great deal. That did not fit in the rogue. Thanks to my friend Jason he borrowed a crane truck and picked it up for me. Same guy delivered my tv to the house with the same truck.

Well The bike has been sandblasted and the frame, swing arm and miscellaneous parts have been dropped off to powder coat. (should be ready by the end of the week).

And last night the fucking thing gave me 3 stitches in my finger oh well no pain no gain!

Oh no thats just a cold sore However I do now know why people say if you need help you should ask....

What the hell have I gotten into??

Well its put together and its all there sort of..

Here are some pics of the bike in one piece
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