Friday, April 27, 2012

Bar end adapter

Got a bar end mirror for the '95 sportster project and instead of paying the extra $20 for the mounting adapter I figured I'd spend twice the $$ in time and a little in materials.  I may not be smart sometimes, but I did enjoy making it.

-1" solid round aluminum, about an inch or so
-3/8 16 tpi stainless cap head allen bolt
-3/4" rubber well nut, with the shoulder ground off

Here's what it will look like in the bars... 

... with the grip...

... and with the mirror.

"Place your chin here...

... and try not to move".

Numbing drops hadn't quite taken effect when the drill burr touched my eyeball. That was a bit of a surprise.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Working off a classic shape

Seems that I can't get away from tail sections and seatpans as of late.  Was going to try to use the original plastic tail piece and work it into a metal pan section but figured it would take the same amount of time to roughly duplicate the shape in metal.  I wish there was more flexibility in the customer's budget, with some extra attention to some little details this piece could be pretty trick.  

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Eye picking time

Wearing a spark shield and glasses, I still found a way to bounce a bit of metal/abrasive off my chest and directly into my right eyeball dead center. Not too serious, but uncomfortable nonetheless. Mom, when you read this don't freak out. Emergency room eye picking time.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Mount it

Almost got it sorted.


Basic overall shape is there, tweaks will be made.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fresh meat

Along with new powdercoat and bearings these will go on the evo sportster I've been modifying. It'll be nice to replace those crappy, peeling spoked rims.

cafe racer directionals

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


mini mc reservoir

I had to make a mini mc reservoir today for a Nissin front brake master cylinder and decided to set up the camera on the lathe tailstock. Boring stuff... enjoy!

Trip out

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cafe racer seat pan surgery

CB175 cafe project for a customer. The aftermarket tail section was decent, but needed a section added to both the pan and tail section itself to hide the big opening gap at the back of the stock gas tank. This will flow a bit better once the pan is foamed and upholstered. Clubman bars, rear-sets, and some other little bits and this little bike will be ready to test ride.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Trim job

A little bit shorter, but it had to be done. I've also decided on the addition of some mini switches.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

One step further

Got the buggered fork stops situated and made an "over tech" fork stem bolt cover. Sunday meditation on the mill and lathe.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

1974 xl100 for sale

A friend of mine has a low miles, unrestored, complete, and really clean 1974 xl1000 for sale. I went to look at this bike the other day and was floored by how clean it really is for living all it's life in New England. Price is $3000 but my buddy will entertain reasonable offers. If you have any interest you can contact me at