Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Harley XR124

Another rendition of the stock Harley XR1200.  I don't mind seeing what others do with the sportiest model out of the Harley range.

I really like the tank on this one, along with the classic headlight.  Custom hand built items on this one include the tank / tail / wheels and headers supporting a couple of Supertrapps.

Still looks fairly heavy visually even though they've probably shaved a ton of weight off with the new components.

Monday, November 21, 2011

What makes a great day of riding?

The past weekend I decided to get away for the weekend on the bike.  I hadn't been on a decent ride in a while as I had been too busy working and tinkering on bikes to really get a chance.  I suppose I forgot how fun it really was to get out on the open road and work my way through the twisty roads.

Until this weekend most of my riding for the past six months had been commuting.  Too and from the city, splitting traffic and watching out for careless drivers that don't know what shoulder checks are.

I made my way from the city through the back roads of the Glasshouse Mountains up through Maleny and Bli-Bli onto Maroochydore which is a coastal town about 2 hours north of Brisbane.  I hadn't been along these parts since the heavy storms of last summer where a number of roads suffered some serious damage.  Now it seems most areas have been repaired albeit a couple of small stretches of road that still require some work.

It was a fantastic ride with perfect weather, hardly any traffic and great roads.  Living in Melbourne for a number of years I would always compare their roads with what South East Queensland had to offer. Melbourne was great with some of the most well maintained tarmac that I've been on.  Most notably the Black Spur and the areas around King Lake, and because of this I had always thought that everywhere else was second rate.

The Black Spur in the 1900's not as crowded back then

However after this weekend it got me thinking, what makes a good day on the road?  Is it the road itself or the other factors such as crowds / company / and the scenery.  The problem that I found with the Black Spur and any popular destination were the crowds.  As a result there were a number of occasions where I witnessed an accident or guys crossing the double lines by overshooting corners.  There were always ambulances / paramedics out there even on weekdays. Along with this caused an increase of police presence. Also being in Melbourne weather was always a factor.  There was one time where I had nearly lost the front on a mossy patch coming into winter.

After spending and extremely enjoyable  weekend on the quite roads of SEQ I realised how just how much crowds influence a road and a day of riding.  I guess it's like any other public location based activity  it's how you weigh up the factors.  Do the quality of roads outweigh the crowds?

I think now for me, the less crowded roads of QLD have definitely won me over.  It's like finding a secret surf spot that only you and a number of mates know about.  Or a tucked away cafe that sells the best chocolate milkshake.  Or going to a bar where everybody knows your name.

What factors makes your perfect day out on two wheels?

And what are your favourite roads?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jack Pine in 3 Days

I love these guys at Hammarhead Industries, James kind of reminds me of Bryan Adams of motorcycle building but with a lot less ballad and a whole bunch more rock.

Previously I had posted about James being interviewed about the Jack Pine called The way of the Desert Sled

This time he manages to build one his trademark Jack Pines in 3 days when normally it would take 90.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Legbreaker Strambler is DONE

We've finally finished it and it's running and ready for Roadworthy and Registration.

It's so fun to ride, and with a lot of the stock bits and pieces gone it weighs next to nothing.

The little 2-Stroke has been great to work on, and because we'd never had experience with a two stroke before we learnt a few new things.  Such as which beer tastes better with a nostril full of 2 stroke smoke.

Anyway was excited so just took a snap of it on my point and click.  Will be getting some better photos soon hopefully get my hands on a grown up camera.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Alonzo Bodden’s 1098

Found this on the Ducati forums.  Alonzo had this beauty built by Nick Anglada after he laid the stock bike down in an accident.

The positive note out of this crash was the fact that he ended up with this spectacular looking ride.

 Hell for Leather also had an article

Friday, November 4, 2011

A couple of new bits

Scrounging around on the weekend and managed to pickup a straight RX125 tank.  Doesn't have the key though so will have to see if I can pop it with a screwdriver.  A locksmith crossed my mind but last time I had a quote of them they wanted my first born child as a down payment.

It's a shame I hadn't found this earlier else I could have used this on the legbreaker as it was in way better condition than the original.

Also picked up a set of bars, thought they may have come off a BSA or something of the similar era?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Legbreaker almost

So now that we've got the seat and the wiring all sorted.  It's almost done.  We just need to make sure every bolt has been tightened and to put the chain on, bleed the brakes, and top up the 2-stroke oil.

Looking forward to getting this little one on the road, will be great fun to ride around the city.

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