Friday, May 27, 2011

Welding and Bogging

In stock form the little 2 stroke has it's plastic oil tank mounted to the frame, it fills the large space in the Triangle, and sits behind the side covers.  So because we wanted to clean up the frame and get some good Feng Shui happening through, we decided to fabricate our own oil tank.

We also started work on fixing up the tank and smoothing out the dents.  

Hilto playing with some angry catepillars

First layer before sanding

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Electrics for a 6V system

While looking at various electric items for the Leg Breaker such as the running light, headlight, indicators etc.  Most items are built for the 12 volt systems off the shelf where as the 125 is only a 6.

Got me thinking about whether it would be worth switching to a 12V system and upgrading the necessary electronic parts, or to keep the 6V and modify to suit.

Will definitely be runnings LEDs for most of the lighting due to the low current draw.  While in between Googles I found this nice article on LED Lighting for 6V vehicles it explains a few different options and avenues worth pursuing.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bye Switchy

Well today was the day that we said bon voyage to the switch.  She's heading for a sea change up north to my hometown of Redcliffe.  It's bittersweet, but all good things must come to an end, and besides we needed more room in the garage. We were getting tired of doing the maccarina trying to get from one end to the other.

Thanks Andrew we hope you enjoy her.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


So this week I managed to get some time to strip the tank paint on the leg breaker.

The paint was stubborn but finally got it back to bare steel.  There are a few nice dings on there that I'll need to pull out.  Nice big on on the right hand side, and a few smaller ones on the top.

Probably won't keep the yamaha badges so will need to fill in the mounts

Feeling Historical

Today I spent the day taking a look at the Historic Motorcycle show up in the hills.  It wasn't the best weather for the show but it didn't stop some amazing old bikes being put on display.

If I had an old classic I probably would have left it under the bike cover.  But I'm grateful the owners didn't share the same attitude as me, otherwise myself and a number of other spectators would have had nothing to eyeball.

There was quite a good mixtures from all manufacturers with the American, British, and Japanese models all making an appearance.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

PROJECT "Leg Breaker"

Time for a new project, and this one is a cute little thing.  It's a 1980 Yamaha RS125 / RX125  two stroke or "two smoke" as they're also known.  We managed to pick this up from a guy southsieeede way that was overstocked on classic little bikes.

It's all original with a little over 15,000kms on the clock.  Even comes with the original side covers and reflectors on the side of the frame.

Why the name "Leg Breaker"?  Apparently the owner before this one, his son had a bit of a Lara Bingle and broke his leg in the process.  After the incident the bike sat in the shed never to be ridden again... until now.

Don't worry I've hired a priestess, to warn away any bad bike karma so there will no chance of this happening again.  She splashed holy water over it and said a few words to warn away any bad bike karma.  Well it wasn't exactly holy water, but tap and the words were more like "wow it smells like a lawn mower".  Anyway I'm sure it's done the trick.

After we got it home, we kicked it over first go and it idled beautifully and with the smell of two stroke in the air we took it for a spin up the street.  She ran out of go while trying to open the throttle so I pulled the carb apart and cleaned it out.  The pilot and main were blocked and clearing them fixed the issue.

So without further ado we present the "LEG BREAKER"

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Black Falcon

Video from LA Times sweeping across the interwebs and for good reason.  I wonder how much this beauty would be worth, considering 5 guys were working non-stop for a year to create it?  

"The Black Falcon is the third motorcycle in the Concept 10 series from LA-based Falcon Motorcycles. Built off the 1,000 cc V-twin engine of a 1952 Vincent Black Shadow, the Black Falcon took a year to build. Almost everything, except the engine, is handmade. The Black Falcon is the third motorcycle in the Concept 10 series from LA-based Falcon Motorcycles. Built off the 1,000 cc V-twin engine of a 1952 Vincent Black Shadow, the Black Falcon took a year to build. Almost everything, except the engine, is handmade."

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tribute to the ZIP TIE

While reading the post on the Buell Blast Custom over at BikesExif I noticed that they had used as what looked like a zip tie for a hose clamp in one of the photos.  This got me thinking about the 101 uses of the zip tie.  One of the most versatile inventions ever made.

Zip Ties around the hose clamp

A Zip Ties life is a tragic one, as once they are tied they can never be used again.  Much like the life as a bee with their single sting.  On using their sting they are taken away to the great bee hive in the sky.

"Cable ties were first invented by Thomas & Betts, an electrical company, in 1958 under the brand name Ty-Rap initially designed for airplane wire harnesses. The original design used a metal ratchet instead of nylon. They later changed to the nylon/plastic design." Wikipedia

My top 5 uses of the zip tie would have to be

Attaching wires to the frame
Attaching cables to bike frames - Common knowledge on this one

    The Magpie Deflector
Attaching them to helmets to keep away magpies and any other attack bird - Simple yet effective

    Ghetto Cuffs
Ghetto Handcuffs - You're a policeman and your district has run out of funding for the shiny ones? Why not bust out some heavy duty Zip Ties.

    Stop the Hubs from wandering off
Stopping Hubcaps coming off your car - Can't keep count the number of hubcaps I've seen in my rear vision mirror rolling off into the sunset behind me.

The ones that didn't get away
Closing your crab pot cage - Can also be used to cuff the crabs claws together so you don't have excuse for the one that got away.

I can't imagine the world without the zip tie.  They are truly a marvel.

What uses have you used for a zip tie?  What's your top use for them?

Let me know!

Friday, May 6, 2011


Here is a nice video created by Squadra Sutge.  It's a tribute to classic motorcycles and the people who love them.

Great choice of music too.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Black Adder

Black Adder is a 1969 Triumph 650 "unit" bike that was built by a guy called Dan Patterson, who has just started up Angry Monkey Motorcycles.

I first came across some of Dan's work over on the JockyJournal forums where he had built a number of Triumph pre-unit bobbers.  And to no surprise his worked gained alot of attention and was some of the most popular build threads on there.

What stood out was the amazing level of detail and craftsmanship exhibited from a one man show.  AMM (Angry Monkey Motorcycles) are based out of the States and all his builds have a unique style of simplicity, through the minimalistic componentry and the stripped back hard tail frames. 

With these bikes you don't get creature comforts such as heated grips, hydraulic brakes, it's not a rideable sofa... But what you do get, is a beautiful one of a kind motorcycle that can keep up with today's modern machinery.

You can view his other builds here on his website

[All images taken from the AMM website]

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