Tuesday, November 24, 2015

1969 Bonneville T120r Restoration

Lots of progress lately. I have everything cleaned up and off to the powdercoater. The frame took forever as the combination of oil and dirt for the past 40 years became like tar. After a healthy amount of degreaser and several rolls of rags it was clean enough to bring for painting. 

I had to buy a slide hammer type puller to get the wheel bearings out. My typical methods proved futile on the old brit, but the slide hammer worked a treat. 

Some small progress on a few sub assemblies. I got the fork internals rebuilt along with the coil assemblies. Not sure if the originals were OK, but with vintage british electrics why bother risking it. 

Next up will be breaking down the front wheel and getting all the chrome bits to the plater. The rear is already broken down as I had to separate the hub to get it powder coated. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Triumph T120r Bonneville Restoration

The bonnie is almost totally broken down after this weekend. This is the dirtiest bike I've ever worked on. Decades of leaking oil have coated everything aft of the motor in a thick layer of oil/dirt/sand paste. A lot of the parts warranted cutting the sludge off with a razor blade, as it was so stuck on.

I've got the majority  of black components ready for powder coating. I just need to break the fork down and clean up some of the remaining sludge on the frame and swing arm.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Triumph T120r Bonneville Restoration

It was a lot of work getting these carbs back to new condition. Well worth the effort though. Overall they were in good shape inside without as much corrosion as I'd expected. 

Bugger. Found the oil tank mount tab has broken around it's weld. I'll need to fix this. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Triumph T120r Restoration

It's in the process of being torn down. I'm going to try and salvage these petcocks, but I don't hold much hope for them sealing well. I'd like to avoid using reproduction parts wherever possible.

1969 Triumph T120r Restoration

Here's the start of the 1969 Bonneville project. Going for a full restoration on this one, as it's too classic and beautiful to do any sort of chopping and modding to. It's relatively complete but in pretty sorry shape and has been sitting for 30 years. The plan is to break it down, send all the black chassis bits out for powder coat, chrome bits out for new plating, the tank and fenders out for a proper respray. I'll put the rolling chassis back together and then tear into the motor. 

I've taken a long break from this blog. A few new bikes in the stable. YZ450 SuperSingle that I want to make it to pikes peak on, GSXR1000 street bike, and I just picked up a 1969 Bonneville for a winter project. Time to start updating this thing again. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunbeam Tiger

Stunning Tiger @ Alices on Skyline drive. Carol Shelby's John Hancock on the dash.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Out with the BMW, In with the KTM.

Sold the BMW, bought this 2007 990 Superduke. Holy shit is this bike fun. Not going to do anything crazy with it, but just play up the euro cool naked super bike angle a bit. Already have some parts on the way. Planning on kitting the cockpit out with some stylish Rizoma goodies, and adding a few things here and there.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Thunderhill Track Day

Track Day, Thunderhill

Took the new GSXR to Thunderhill for a track day on Friday. Bike was absolutely mint and dialed. I started in C group as it was my first track day, which was terrifying. 160mph at the end of the straight with other people going about 80 and no idea what line they plan on taking. Thankfully after an instructor followed me for a few laps they moved me to B group which was much better. Here's a video from the moving chicane class. Only clear lap was out of the pit, after that there was a lot of cruising around trying to get around people.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Board Track Racer

These are pictures from the National Motorcycle Museum in Iowa. I took these when I drove across the country in February. Better late than never.

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