Thursday, February 11, 2016

DAILY INSPIRATION: The BMW Landspeeder Dream Project

BMW Landspeeder

The story behind this build is just as interesting as the bike itself so head to BikeEXIF and read up. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

TRAVEL: Costa Rica On Honda XR250's

A week in Costa Rica on Honda XR250's

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

BOOKS: Featured In The Ride - 2nd Gear

Just got my copy of The Ride 2nd Gear. Pretty stoked on the Honda Dream and Yamaha SR250 features. This book is HUGE. So many amazing bikes. It'll be inspiration for years. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

HUSQY570: Planting Trees

Found the SMR triple clamps I needed (black). Husqvarna made all their SMR clamps wider than there other models to run street 17's. These will give me another 10mm to resolve the tire clearance issues. Now I'm just waiting on the steering bearing.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Friday, December 18, 2015

HUSQY570: Update 04

Update 04 - Subframe Design

Some quick and dirty iterations to find a layout that works. I bought this bike with the intent of doing a lot of traveling. I want the subframe to be able to accept a bolt-on luggage rack of some kind without compromising looks or functionality. That'll be stage 2.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

HUSQY570: Update 03

It's been a spell. I broke my wrist on a minor low side and have been out of the shop for months. Looks like this Husqy just got promoted to winter project. The cast is off so it's time to get back at it.

The Vintage CR360 tank interferes with the stock radiators so a new Mishimoto unit will take their place. We made a cage to relocate the radiator up front and incorporate the PIAA halogens. To protect the radiator I had the idea to chop up an HVAC panel for it's louvers.
After it was all said and done everything just looked too frail. The metal louvers were too thin and warped under tacking. The bracket rod we used looked too thin. I'm going to be scraping this and redesigning it to be a bit more robust and integrated.

The suspension came back from MX Tech. They made a set of custom springs for the forks, rebuilt and revalved them to be 4" shorter. The rear was also rebuilt accordingly. That yellow spring is pretty horrendous so that will be getting powdercoated. 
Here's the big issue I'm dealing with right now. I've found out that the TE570 triple clamps are closer together than the SM570R version. Which means the wide 17's aren't working out. This Shinko 705 front (120/90-17) is rubbing the fork tubes. I've since tried a less chunky tire - Heidenau K73 (120/70-17) which BARELY sneaks in there ...

That's just too close for comfort. I'm tracking down a set of SMR triple clamps now. Those should get me another 15mm between the tubes. Good thing I hate the radiator mounting bracket.
Test mounted the new braking hardware as well. 320mm front rotor upgrade from EBC with rebuilt and powdercoated Brembo calipers front and back. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015