Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kimono Paint

Found this incredible paint job on a 96 Evo from the guys at Zero Engineering.

"This painting process involves laquering silk fabirc onto the tank and repeated sanding and laquering to a smooth finish. This tank also has a spash of gold flake to pull it all together. Amazing level of detail and most definitely one of a kind."

It sure is!

[All photos from the Zero Engineering website]

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Ouries

These arrived in the mail today after waiting a while for the supplier to get them back in stock.  I've used these grips on various push bikes over the last 10 years and when I found out that they made versions for the motos I had to get myself a set.

They are probably the most comfortable grips that I've ever used and for those with slightly bigger claws these are great.

This set will go onto the Legbreaker and will match perfectly with the tyres.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Just Finished another one

Finished clearing and wet sanding this one for John in Sydney.

Should be in the post this week.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

6V + H4 = LIGHT

Apparently the this formula was what you'd need to use to derive light trajectory.  Well today I should be able to solve my current light trajectory hypothosis for the Legbreaker, with the arrival of a couple of 6V bulbs

The standard h4 12V 60/55W bulb that came with the headlight has now been replaced with the 6V 35/30W version.  Even though it'll still need 2 extra amps to light our way the installation of a 6V LED tail and indicators should compensate for the hungry H4

Retro Aluminium Finned Taillight in Stock

These hand polished aluminium finned taillights would make the ideal finish to any custom build.  Would really suit a bobber or chopper but would look equally as appealing on a tracker or cafe.

These can be mounted via two mounting holes on the rear of the light.  A couple of the options could be to mount these next to the rear axle onto a number plate bracket or you could mount it onto the back of a rear fender, as it comes with an integrated number plate light.

Specifications for the light:

  • About 10cm in diameter and 8cm in length
  • 12V 23/8W Bulb
  • Polished Aluminium Cover with Chrome body
  • Easy to plug n play with Black (ground) Tail (yellow) Red(brake) wires.
If you have any questions let me know

Monday, August 22, 2011


AKA "The Little One"

This nicely done cafe started out as a 1969 Honda CB350 and was tastefully brought back to life by the guys at Benjie's Cafe Racers.  Along with building beautiful cafe racers, BCR is also well known for their custom one off tanks and seats primarily made of fibreglass.

 For this build they originally wanted to quickly put together a cafe by painting a checkered stripe down the tank, adding some clip-ons and finding a new rear tail.  But they wanted to create something a little different and I'm glad they did.

Making the tank the centrepiece of the bike they based their design on the Norton's Manx and Matchless's G50.  They fabricated a 2 into 1 trap disc silencer out of stainless, a fibreglass tank and seat, along with a more aerodynamic front numberplate which also acts as a cowl.  More subtle details included the Stainless bars, rear-sets and top triple modified to house the speedo.

The one thing I like about their bikes are the overall lines of the tank and seats.  They always flow so well together.

You can read more details about this build on their website

[All photos taken from Benjie's Cafe Racers website]

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Finding my bearings

Finally the wheel bearings for the Legbreaker arrived and I spent some time this weekend replacing them.

It seemed as though these were the originals from the 70s and were in dire need of replacing.

Picked these up from a company called Pyramid Parts, a New Zealand based company.

Choice bearings bros.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

It's not about the size of your bike....

It's how you ride it?

Since we've been working on the 125 Legbreaker I've really come to love the smaller bikes.  Not only are they light and easy to work on (ie you can lift an engine out without a hernia) they're great fun to ride.

I remember when I first went to a track, one of the instructors told us when cornering if you decreased the speed you would increase the fun.  I thought that was a load of rubbish at the time as I took off like a bull at a gate, scoffing inside my helmet as I prepared to enter into the first corner.

However not only was I running wide but I also nearly soiled myself a number of times.  I started to slow down a bit around the corners and I was able to concentrate more on my positioning and line through the bend and as a result began to ride a lot smoother.

Great looking Honda 125 would be a blast to ride through the twisties

It was after that experience that I realised that I didn't need to go 1000mph especially on open roads  with other cars / bikes / animals / oil slicks / gravel / chickens crossing the road.  That's probably why I've really enjoyed riding the smaller capacity bikes, especially in the city.  Not only are they more maneuverable but you can park them in smallest places and still have room to swing a cat.

Sure it's still great fun to open the throttle, and there's definitely a time and a place for it, but for me most time it's really about having fun and riding smoothly and as technically correct as I can, and if I'm able to ride something that I've worked on then even better.

And more importantly I hate giving the state any more of my hard earned funds.

Why do you ride, and does size matter to you?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Blue Skull Steel Finished

Just finished painting this helmet.  Tried out some new AutoAir Candy Red, and my second attempt at pinstriping flames with one-shot blue.  I always get nervous before I start pinstriping, I get the bouts of Elvis Hand.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Man's best friend

Who says the dog is man's best friend.

Picked up 3 for $5.00 at Supercheap.  Can never have too much degreaser great for removing all those stubborn stains, and the gel out of your hair after a rockabilly festival.

Specs on the tin:

  • Powerful all-purpose degreaser
  • Use on car, truck or motorcycle engines, mowers, outboard motors, concrete floors & more
  • Simply spray on & hose off

Supporting the Australian economy?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Humpty Dumpty

Finally have all the parts painted and ready to be put back together.  Was a nice day so was good to hang out in the sun, although I'm not sure how my office tan feels about that.

Still waiting on wheel bearings... bloody Australia Post.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Triumph Strambler

I would probably describe this bike as a Strambler!  def: Cross between a Street Tracker and Scrambler, the seat and rear has somewhat of a Scrambler feel with the side plates, tyres and bars giving it more of a Tracker feel.  Either way it doesn't really matter, but it does look great.

Found this Triumph over on Ottonero and was initially drawn to the matt black tank with the gloss triumph logo, along with the kind of suede leather seat.   Also like the mag wheels and the chromed side covers and the 2 into 1 exhaust setup.

Hmmm wonder if Strambler will catch on?

Probably not..

It sounds more like a way to cook your eggs.

Monday, August 1, 2011

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