Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Krautmotors BMW

R1100 oilhead engine in a R75 airhead frame. That's simply brilliant. See it at Kraut Motors


GS 36 spoke wheels, RS collector and what looks like Bing carbs make this build a unique tracker. I'd like to give it a try to see how the wobbly frame deals with the fat torque curve of the flat.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Light swap

Been seriously sick the last 10 days or so, so I'm only posting now what's been done on the Triumph recently. Nothing major as you'll see, mostly because the bike's currently at the shop for administrative reasons, freeing extra working space for the BMW winter rebuild.

So the 955 Speed Triple only went through a light swap. Not only were they absolutely ugly, but their beam was oriented to the wrong side of the road (well, depends where you drive). The bike's now equipped with a much meaner pair of Speed Four lights, which could stay on the bike with a bit of luck (and provided Triumph agrees it stays this way).

The other good point is that the engine's been started with just a bit of help from a battery charger. It didn't take more than 4 full cycles to start. Not bad for a bike standing still for more than a year. I let it warm up to 90° and the engine sounds good, which is good news.

It's been away for 2 weeks now, so there won't be any progress on the Speed Triple for some time

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Michelin issue (hum ... again)

I've never been a big fan of Michelin tires, but I'm no hatter and certainly won't say bad things about them ... Well unless there is something to say, that is ... And that seems to be the case here.

This is a Michelin Pilot Road 3 fitted on a Yamaha FZ6. It's an important point as you cannot say the tire's been destroyed by a sudden surge of torque (take that buzzy engine !). The story says the reason why the tire ended up torn this way is that the tarmac was very hot. Is that it ?

I'm not aware of such problems with others brands. If you do, let me know, I'll do a post that'll help me getting rid of that Michelin hatter reputation :D (see here why, sorry the post is still in French). And then we'll take care of that FZ6 reputation :D

Friday, February 10, 2012

Bronco for sale

If anyone's interested in buying a real bike for when you want to go bronco, there's that Aprilia 1200 Dorsoduro for sale in the local Aprilia shop. The price tag says 9 990 € which is just about three grands below the plain official price. Almost 25% discount is a lot of money on this zero kilometer motorcycle and makes it very affordable. If your wallet allows it, step in the Aprilia shop right now.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bespoke shocks

The Bitubo and Nitron shocks have finally arrived. It took a bit more time than expected to get them as they are made to order so they fit the rider's weight and usage, but it was worth waiting. These are really nicely engineered parts and I couldn't resist taking lots of pictures from every possible angles while they are new and clean.
Notice that I had ordered a Nitron "Track" and received a Nitron "Race", which is higher spec'ed. That's definitely a nice addition to the project.

The Bitubo :

 The Nitron :

Monday, February 6, 2012

Parts for the Triumph

New parts have come by from here and there for the Speed Triple.

- A pair of front lights down a Speed Four (from eBay)

- Side panels (from eBay)

- Temp sensor cover (from Triumph)

- Top radiator cooling tube (Triumph again)

The radiator has been unbent for free by the Metal Machines guys. They've looked at it twice, bent it one side on the main desk, then on another and straight it was. Great lads.