Thursday, September 29, 2016

Head bearings

August 2015 - New head bearing slotted, this project's starting to look like a motorcycle again ... almost.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Painting session 3

July 2015 - Having been unable to completely remove the sticky blue paint from the bottom yoke, the whole assembly, along with the headlight bracket, went to Max Power for a blasting. Extensive use of shot peening eventually got rid of the ugly blueish coating to reveal the bare metal at last.

Then came the masking step.

And finally, this painting session is over with nice looking, freshly painted yokes (masking tape still to be removed, though). The way these parts react even to light layers of paint is such a thing to cheer about I really wished I'd had more to do.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sunday ride

October 2015 - A little stop at a silly useless place while on a 2-up sunday ride.

I utterly love this bike whatever people think it is and even though it's not a sharp as it used to at the time of writing. The front shock is due for a rebuild with high expectations.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bearing change

June 2015 - Let's put some new bearings in the rear wheel and sprocket holder. So out with the old ones ...

... and in went the new. It's always a good idea to start over with a fresh set of bearings, especially when you get a bike with unknown history. All Balls Racing makes complete sets of bearings with rather good quality.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Abba stand

Abba stands have been a must-have garage asset for a few years already. Hairy mechanics can't praise their stability and build quality enough. The stand displayed below is the entry-level "Superbike", but Abba has a full range of more advanced products that you can check out on their website.

We bought one recently for our projects. This certainly is the only way to check what they say about it is true. And it actually is. It's so stable !
The only 2 drawbacks I've found until now are : 
  • It's really wide. Of course wider means steadier, but it makes it impossible to use on narrow benches like mine.
  • It's a bit heavy and, combined with size, it does not make it the perfect tool on a trackday.
Don't get me wrong though, this is an excellent product and we would rate it really high ... if we were asked.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Painting session 2

June 2015 - Cleaning, brushing and painting fork lowers might pay in the end ...

Top yoke gets its special treatment too.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Wheel bearings tool

Fitting wheel bearings the good old way (and cheaply).

What you need : 
- a long enough threaded shaft
- washers and nuts
- spanners
- a pair of sockets with the correct size (covering enough of the outer race of the bearings, that is). 

When assembled, this is how the "tool" will look like

The sprocket carrier is easier to move around than a wheel and often comes equipped with only one bearing, which makes it a better case to try your new tool.
Fit the threaded shaft in the sprocket carrier's hole and slip on the sockets, one on each side, then washers and finally nuts. Screw until everything looks tight and aligned (the sockets should be secured straight on the bearing's race), then use the spanners on the nuts to have them to push the sockets further and make the bearing move forward in the slot. Unbolt everything the other way round when the bearing is not moving any further.

Your tool should now also work the same way on wheels ;)

Monday, December 21, 2015

2015 Triumph Thruxton

June 2015 - While we are all (yeah all, don't you know ?) waiting for the new model coming up at the very beginning of 2016, I had the opportunity to swing a leg over a Thruxton demo bike and take it for a 1H spin. There's something with this bike. It's not fast, a tad heavy and wavy and certainly unpractical, but still I enjoy looking at it and riding its spokes wheels and polished cases, burbling engine.

And while at the Triumph dealer, I discovered the New Church incarnation of the Bonneville. Thruxton optional seat, black painted wheels, bars, mudguards and headlight cover make it a rather appealing version of the now already replaced Bonnie.