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Old 01-07-2017, 09:04 PM   #141
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Also made another big visual step in getting it looking like an actual motorcycle: Bars, grips, and throttle!



Easy and felt good. Got a pair of 30 deg drags for cheap on OldSTF. Narrowed them and shortened them to what you see here. Still playing with the angle of them, playing between "sad dog ear" forward bars and swept back drags. But I'm really liking how they play with the tanks.

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Old 01-07-2017, 11:40 PM   #142
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Drag bars on extended split risers and fat bob tanks take me back to 1969! Good job!
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Old 04-10-2017, 12:55 PM   #143
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So, I thought I'd batch up things in this thread and not update until I get some significant amount of work done on some component. Thus far the work on the bike has been a little bit of this and a lil bit o that, and just posting a stream of consciousness... maybe not the most fun for those watching at home.

But I got good end-2-end work done on the front wheel.

The original front (if you recall) is a 1968 Triumph TLS I scored off ebay. Well, I wanted to clean it up a bit more than it was, and the rim was all covered inside with what looks like tank sealer to stave off the rust. Well, I took the plunge and rebuilt the wheel.

This was satisfying to nip the spokes and shoot the across the shop out of the rim:
IMG_0554 by Eric Bott, on Flickr

Made sure to take good notes as to the existing crossing pattern:
IMG_0555 by Eric Bott, on Flickr

Scrap:
IMG_0556 by Eric Bott, on Flickr

And got a nice fancy Excel rim and spoke kit from Buchanan's. I *think* I could have gotten away with a harley rim that would have fit the hamburger drum, but it was good peace of mind to have Buchanans dimple and drill it right, specially considering this is my first wheel and now I'll know that I should not expect much if any resistance to the lacing.
44632B6C-ACE8-4E11-B2D8-F9436EA83025 by Eric Bott, on Flickr

And another big win, once the hub was out I was able to prime and paint it, doing a proper job:
IMG_0588 by Eric Bott, on Flickr

IMG_0590 by Eric Bott, on Flickr

And also, in for a penny... got the braking surface trued at a friends shop:
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Old 04-10-2017, 12:58 PM   #144
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Then got the final paint on and laced it all up... pretty

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She has yet to be fully trued and tensioned though...
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Old 04-10-2017, 01:09 PM   #145
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Another fun mini-project win:

Got the Bareknuckle Overbearing for my tranny. Pretty excited about it if it lives up to the hype (which thus far from other people's say so it does).

IMG_0569 by Eric Bott, on Flickr

But... its much bigger than the standard tranny nut. Didnt think about that AND I just bought a std sprocket nut tool for my bike.

2 1/4"
IMG_0571 by Eric Bott, on Flickr

So. Its custom sprocket tool making time! Here's the standard tool (left), then a cheap 2 1/4" socket with a HF impact socket stacked on it. The 2 1/4" incher is a 3/4" drive, which is a large enough hole that the main shaft slips right through it, and the HF socket is long enough to take up the extra length + converts it to 1/2" drive. It all just works with no lathe or mods necessary (beside welding)

IMG_0761 by Eric Bott, on Flickr

Prep and chamfer the surfaces:

IMG_0764 by Eric Bott, on Flickr

Then affix and weld!

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looking good, did you figure out a brake stay yet?
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Old 04-14-2017, 01:23 PM   #147
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looking good, did you figure out a brake stay yet?
Thanks. Ive got it spec'd out in my head, bracing a tab off of the lower disc mount and axle spacer... but really need to do things like actually get the spacers measured up and cut before anything becomes a reality.
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I like that handle bar and riser set up a lot! Nice choice
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Old 04-22-2017, 11:26 PM   #149
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I like that handle bar and riser set up a lot! Nice choice
Thanks, me too. I'm getting far enough along in the build to start to let its style speak to me...
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What do you still need parts wise?
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Old 04-23-2017, 03:01 PM   #151
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What do you still need parts wise?
Fundamentally not too much as far as off the shelf parts are concerned... I need brake lines/cabes, some wiring

Most all lies in custom or fab parts, I need:
-Figure out shifting linkage (still quite unknown)
-Fab exhaust mounts, finish weld exhaust
-Fab axle spacers for the front
-Make front brake anchor
-Finish off the fender/seat cowl combo
-Make the seat and seat pan
-Finish the tanks (button up the clearance notches I made and relocate the petcock bung)
-Finish the foot controls and pegs (including the front pulley guard)
-Finish electricals (mount front and rear lights, wire it all up, install light switches)
-Dish the rear wheel
-Tension/true the front wheel, mount the tire

.... Then its time for a mechanical once-over... then learn how to ride hand-shift

So yeah. Still a project
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Foot clutching is easy if you position your foot so it can be in the same arc as the pedal. Think old time gas pedal in a truck or like the "moon foot" style pedals fronthe 70's. Heel needs to be at the same pivot point as the clutch pedal.

On the lee style pedal I have, I use the arm and pedal as a whole. My foot isnt on the peg trying to move the pedal nor am I lifting my leg to operate it. Im simply rolling it on by the movement of my foot only. Pivoting at my ankle.

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Sweet, thanks for those foot clutchin' nuggets.

For now I have it set up with a rocker clutch and, mainly because of the positioning of the left-side pipes, will be attempting some sort of VL-style tank shifter setup.
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Remember foot clutch release isnt a race.
It wont be scond nature right off the start.

However the easier it is to manage the faster it becomes second nature.
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Oh yeah, question on foot shifting...

Especially with the rocker clutch, do people typically disengage the clutch (With the foot) for every shift past first? Or just rev-match the gears and (gently) bang them up/down?

With my lower HP bikes (like a DRZ-400) this was always pretty easy to do and convenient , but this is my first vintage ride...
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I always use the clutch and I always blip the throttle with the clutch in on the down shift as I shift.
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I sure wish I had the tools and skills you are showing.

Great job!
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Old 04-25-2017, 11:38 AM   #158
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A little shift linkage inspiration...

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Oh yeah, question on foot shifting...

Especially with the rocker clutch, do people typically disengage the clutch (With the foot) for every shift past first? Or just rev-match the gears and (gently) bang them up/down?

With my lower HP bikes (like a DRZ-400) this was always pretty easy to do and convenient , but this is my first vintage ride...
Once you are in motion foot clutching is easy. No different than hand clutching beyond onw hand not on the bars. The part that people are spooked by is the starting & stopping. Balance, leaning right or finding neutral, and having a properly adjusted clutch release & pedal ratio.
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