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Forum: The Board Today, 01:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 563
Posted By Ratso
Re: Disk Brake Conversion on Wishbone Frame

Pretty! I wonder how it works.
Forum: The Board Yesterday, 11:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 563
Posted By Ratso
Re: Disk Brake Conversion on Wishbone Frame

That's a kindly offer. You guys knock me out.

Fredo, I momentarily forget where I saw it, but I've seen a nice-looking old (springer era) stock H-D brake that was converted to twin leading shoe....
Forum: The Board Yesterday, 04:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 563
Posted By Ratso
Re: Disk Brake Conversion on Wishbone Frame

Maybe I am wrong and should be shot for it, but a quick reread doesn't show me that your mention of the (characteristicall, I guess?) horrible front brake went anywhere in terms of attracting advice....
Forum: The Board Yesterday, 12:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 191
Posted By Ratso
Re: A quality Bates-type headlight

Yeah, I'm not complaining. Not exactly. At least I hope I'm not. Agree about buying American & trying to keep the money here.
Forum: The Board 05-26-2020, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 191
Posted By Ratso
Re: A quality Bates-type headlight

Holy cats. They sure did go up; whew! -- But those look like they were designed by somebody who'd also had half a dozen Bates-types break on him. The riveted bracket support for the bottom-mount is...
Forum: The Board 05-26-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 191
Posted By Ratso
A quality Bates-type headlight

I can't help it, I still think there's no better-looking headlight for a stripped-down bike than the Bates. Over the past (nearly) fifty years I must have bought eight, nine Bates-style lights, most...
Forum: The Board 05-22-2020, 10:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,140
Posted By Ratso
Re: '55 panhead french build

(ElekVins, is there a JJ build thread or what have you about that bike? Nice.)
Forum: The Board 05-22-2020, 09:57 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,771
Posted By Ratso
Re: Norton Model 99

Real glad to hear that.
Forum: The Board 05-21-2020, 02:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 994
Posted By Ratso
Re: A lifetime project

Please understand that I speak from the deepest depths of ignorance. But I can't decide whether your homemade wheel looks both beautiful and like a deathtrap, or just beautiful. The best I can do is...
Forum: The Board 05-21-2020, 01:04 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,771
Posted By Ratso
Re: Norton Model 99

Beautiful. ... How much of the bike do you have to disassemble in order to remove & replace the filter?
Forum: The Board 05-21-2020, 12:58 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,626
Posted By Ratso
Re: NZ Shovelhead build

Hm. Looks just fine to me, but we'll have to bring in JP and Dutch D -- a.k.a. the Symmetry Boys -- to adjudge whether your sissy bar meets their fanatical standards of chirality.
Forum: The Board 05-20-2020, 04:10 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,771
Posted By Ratso
Re: Norton Model 99

Nice work in brass.

Would a skinny storebought pancake filter, like the K&N designed for a Tri TR6, work on your Nortoon?
Forum: The Board 05-20-2020, 04:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 276
Posted By Ratso
Re: Cheap tires?

Cheng Shins were shit tires 40-50 years ago, and from what you fellas are saying, they're still shit. Makes me think that (a) there's still a sucker born every minute and (b) many guys who'd speak...
Forum: The Board 05-18-2020, 10:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 449
Posted By Ratso
Re: Been busy... with the 68 and trimming!

It all looks great. You're a talented guy.

So did you have upholstery experience, or any kind of proficiency with a sewing machine, before you started in on the Ford interior?
Forum: The Board 05-17-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,771
Posted By Ratso
Re: Norton Model 99

Jesus, Goldy! Never a dull moment in Nova Scotia, I guess. Very good to hear your ol' gal is recuperating. Now kindly get back on the case and post up some progress pics before I become sick from the...
Forum: New? Introduce yourself here! 05-14-2020, 09:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 113
Posted By Ratso
Re: 1953 Indian Chief

Yup, welcome. I'd like to see photos of the Chief whenever you find it convenient to throw some our way.
Forum: The Board 05-12-2020, 12:26 AM
Replies: 850
Views: 530,288
Posted By Ratso
Re: show me your flat trackers and desert racers

A few nice H-Ds over on Vintage Flat Track this evening. The KHK is in a chrome-moly replica frame.
Forum: New? Introduce yourself here! 05-03-2020, 11:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 198
Posted By Ratso
Forum: New? Introduce yourself here! 04-28-2020, 01:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 132
Posted By Ratso
Re: Newbie Intro

That bike is a good influence; don't know whose it is, though. Welcome.
Forum: The Board 04-21-2020, 06:10 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 11,602
Posted By Ratso
Re: 1966 Bsa 650 on a budget

Haw! That's a great-looking bike, man. It's unique without being a dick about it. It's RAKISH. It's INSOUCIANT. It is FUCK YOU, JUNIOR, but in a nice way.
Forum: New? Introduce yourself here! 04-21-2020, 05:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 113
Posted By Ratso
Re: New member

Welcome. I think I can speak for many when I say:

SHOW US PHOTOGRAPHS.

Glad to have you here, curious name and all.

James rats
Forum: The Board 04-21-2020, 05:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 663
Posted By Ratso
Re: 1957 Thunderbird project, first post! (after intro)

That's gonna be nice. Makes me happy* that you're not going to stretch your bike's back end. Whether the forks are short or long, Triumphs just look much better to me when their business districts...
Forum: The Board 04-21-2020, 05:36 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 11,602
Posted By Ratso
Re: 1966 Bsa 650 on a budget

I love a nicely fabricated box, perhaps because making such things is about as high as my skill set has ever taken me. That's a particularly good one.

I'm suspecting that it sits on the bottom...
Forum: The Board 04-19-2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 850
Views: 530,288
Posted By Ratso
Re: show me your flat trackers and desert racers

Bert Greeves's bikes had a lot going on. The superstiff (where it mattered) frame, thanks to that sandcast steering head support and front downtube. The arguably funny-looking forks, also very rigid....
Forum: The Board 04-18-2020, 05:05 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 11,602
Posted By Ratso
Re: 1966 Bsa 650 on a budget

I'd *really* like to see it done with your broken powdercoating rig.
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