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

REDWING 875 ILLINOIS

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

Monday, April 4, 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

DAILY INSPIRATION: S.K.O.N. 1985 Honda CBX750F

1985 Honda CBX750


When most people hear CBX they likely think of the 6 cylinder, 1050cc 100hp mythical creature Honda built between '78-'82. But hidden somewhere in the shadow of it's big brother existed the CBX750F. F for four cylinders. F for four valves per cylinder. F for Fuuuuuuuck yes. This bike put down 93hp, only 7hp less than it's behemoth brother. Oh, and it's 120lbs lighter. You read that right. 480lbs to the 1050's 600lbs dry weight.
Later models of the CBX came in full 80's flare, including dual square headlights, angular fairings and some rad stripy graphics packages. I came across this killer specimen via Sam Christmas' photography. Sam shot everything here. The bike belongs to Some Kind Of Nature who made some very tasteful modifications while keeping the 80's alive.


SKON had a new subframe built that kicked up higher than the original to give it a more aggressive rake. 7 inches were taken out of the subframe length turning it into a single seater. The fairings and seat were reworked accordingly. The tail section was cleaned up by removing the rear fender assembly and the electronics were relocated inside an aluminum box within the tail section. A stiffer shock was sourced for the rear and an inverted front end from an Aprilia was grafted up front. The airbox was removed giving way to some pod filters and a high-flow muffler to increase her breathing. Just the right amount of modification to create that OEM+ look.




Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016

ART&DESIGN: Duffy Leg "Fueled Spirit"

Fueled Spirit
By Patrick “Duffy” De Armas