Monday, May 23, 2016

ART&DESIGN: Wojtek Bachleda's 2025 Electric Indian Scout Concept

2025 Electric Indian Scout Concept
Wojtek Bachleda

Wojtek's senior project at the Art Center College of Design.

Monday, May 16, 2016

HUSQY570: Subframe Stage 2

Subframe Stage 2
After wasting some pipe to find out the 3.5" CLR die I have was too tight of a radius I went ahead and ordered the largest JD2 offers. I wanted swooping curves, not tight bends. The 5.5" CLR came in this week so Joe and I began tackling the rest of the subframe design. Here's the original sketch of the subframe we were aiming to create. (more concepts here)

Out of a 14 hour day we probably spent 8 of those hours taking and testing measurements to figure out where things were going to land in space. The tricky part was the lower swooping legs of the subframe needed to suck in to reach their mounting points. This meant all the tube notching needed to account for rotation in 2 axes. Our methods got interesting...

We ended up dismantling the JD2 tube notcher and clamping it to the welding table to get the angles we needed. It worked great. We were able to draw out templates on the table and replicate cuts easily. 

To account for the complex notching angles we chopped the tube up and rotated the notches to fit. Each chopped section will have sleeved frame lugs inside for structural integrity. 

As it stands everything is tacked into place. I'll be breaking it up again to clean up the sections for final welding. Next up will be the seat pan, exhaust and rear rack. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

SHORT FILM: The Dream Roll 2016

August 12-14, 2016
Mt. Adams, Washington

Women's Only Ride / Camp-out

Plans are being formulated between the girls here about getting out to Dream Roll this year. Us boys may tag along and have our own fun in the PNW that week. I've been meaning to get back out there on a bike for a while now. Here's a great short film from last year's event, put together by Brigade Visual Support. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

HUSQY570: Ohlins Steering Damper

Picked up an Ohlins steering damper from a Kawasaki Ninja ZX10. Spent a Sunday figuring out placement and getting it mounted up. Still need a mounting point for the banjo and thinking I'll do a bar clamp bracket. I also drilled out and tacked in a steering lock. The TE models, being dirt bikes, have zero theft provisions. No starter. No key. No steering lock. This will at least prevent someone from kicking it over and riding away. I suppose they could still ride it in a tight circle. I'll probably wire in a kill switch somewhere super duper secret later. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Resoled, oiled, and ready for another year in the shop.

Monday, April 18, 2016

HUSQY570: New Tools

Picked up a couple of tools from JD2 to help me build a subframe for the Husqy - the JD2 TN100 tube notcher, and their famed Model 3 bender. So far loving both of these. I used the TN100 to notch out some straight sections on the subframe and tacked them onto a couple counterbore bungs. The bungs will mount into the lugs I tacked onto the frame previously. I'm using Morse cobalt hole saws with some Walter Coolcut lubricant and it's slicing through real nice like.
Waiting on a new die for the bender this week then should be able to start the other sections.  

Wednesday, April 6, 2016