Monday, November 28, 2011

Couple of pix of my old '76 Ironhead

Found these while cleaning out my computer. Ended up trading it for a '63 XLCH basket.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Family Tradition

Here's some old photos I found of my dads '72 XLCH and his Triumph pre-unit chopper while looking through my old family photo albums. These are from the late 70s/early 80s except the Triumph picture, which was from 1968. I still remember the sound of those straight pipes rumbling up our street when I was a kid...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Another Ironhead Sportster...

Well, I sold the Triumph. Then immediately bought a non-running '72 XLCH project. The Trump was a great running, reliable bike, but it just didn't do it for me. I guess I'm an Ironhead Sporty guy. I mean, shit, I've owned 5 of 'em! This is my second '72. I think they're my favorite year Sportster. This new bike needs a lot of work, i.e. wiring, carb rebuild, exhausts, tires, tuning etc but at least it has new pistons and rings. I'll post my progress as I go. Here's some shitty cellphone pix of her the day I bought her and brung her home. BTW, I'm looking for a bunch of stock parts for her, so drop me a line if anyone has some stuff and I'll send you a list.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Dr. FrankenTylers Triumph!

My good buddy Tyler Adams is sort of The Nutty Professor of bike building, and I mean that in a good way. I posted some pix of his 1965 BSA single he built a while back. He built his 1978ish Triumph Bonneville/TR6 completely by hand, including designing and retrofitting a completely isolating rubber-mounting system that seems to work wonders on eliminating the vibration from his hot-rodded 750 twin. Here's some photos.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Triumph LIVES

Well, I had finally hit a dead end. I'd fix one problem and another would appear in its place. The wiring was a disaster, and the bike just didn't run right! At first, I traced a big source of the problems to a faulty Sparx EI ignition board, but before I found that out, I replaced the original dual-carb head with an expensive single-carb TR6 head and brand new Amal, of course suspecting the carb. I remember my father saying to me years ago "9 out of 10 carb problems are electrical." He was right. I was fed up with it and tried to sell it, but no one was interested in a bike that ran poorly and I was wasn't willing to budge on the $3000 price. So, I finally decided to take it in to our local British bike wizard, DJ, owner of DJ's British Cycle. He doesn't advertise and his clientele is mostly from word of mouth. He's been working/racing British bikes for over 25 years and I'll dare to say that he's largely responsible for keeping most of Portlands vintage British bikes on the road.

I took my Bonnie over to him and in two days he called and said it finished! He completely rewired it, timed and tuned her. She runs like a COMPLETELY different bike. Starts on one kick, idles beautifully, and runs like beast. I'm SO glad I didn't sell her. DJ said the kill switch was intermittenly shorting out, which was the main source of the poor performance, coupled with inaccurate timing. I've put so much money into this bike that the thought of selling it for cheap and finding out later that it was those two small problems would have been a BUMMER. Oh well, now on to new paint!

Tyler Adams and DJ

Monday, May 30, 2011

First ride on my 1974 BMW R75

Well, tattooing has been hectic lately so progress on the Triumph has been slow. I plan on installing a new clutch, new rear Dunlop K70 tire, and I may get the tank repainted the '78 stock black with red scallops but I haven't decided yet, so I'm gonna give it a break for a while and enjoy my newly purchased 1974 BMW R75/6. I bought it criminally cheap and thought it would be nice to have a dependable (as a 37 year old bike can be)bike around to take some long trips on. Took it out to Sauvies Island and I'm surprised at how much I love this bike. It's not as thrilling, raw and visceral as my Ironhead Sportsters or my Triumph, but it has a sort of refined, dignified, solid quality to it that the other bikes don't have. Torquey, comfortable, classic and it seems to be most comfortable at 70mph+. I think I love it. Im on the fence about just selling the Triumph outright, but Im gonna stew on it awhile.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Progress on my '78 Triumph Bonnie

Heres some pix of the progress ive been making on the Trump. I installed a rebuilt TR7 single carb head on her (not pictured yet), which has made tuning a HELL of alot easier. I also noticed that the pistons are .020 and looked new and the cylinder walls still have the cross-hatching visible. I've installed new fork gaiters, new ignition switch, Podtronics reg, new Amal carb, new side covers, new seat cover, new Dunlop K70 front tire, etc. She's gonna be a kick ass bike when I'm done!