"quote" I teamed up with Lossa Engineering to make a short video on a Yamaha SR500 that was featured on Cafe Racer Season 1. I wanted to have all the shots at night, and no cars on the road, which was no easy task, but we pulled it off. After several nights of waiting for no traffic, and avoiding the police under the Long Beach Airport landing strip we did it. Enjoy.
what separates the man from the boys? what draws a crowd at a bike event? what can seriously fuck up your knee?
the old greybeards of bikers all know the "sportster knee" , a painful result of kickstarting an old Iron Head and over stretching your knee or being kicked back because of wrong ign. timing.
the sportster knee is somewhat a right of passage.. you are only a real sportster rider if you have experienced the sportster knee personally.
and yups.. i want to be a true ironhead rider!
time to make a kickstarter on Daddy Cool!
the engine is a '79 and this was the last year a kickstarter could be placed on an ironhead, the cases were still the kickstart type but the kicker hole was just plugged.
the sprocket cover was designed so a kickstarter could be adapted through it. (hence the strange place for the master brake cylinder)
i got a kickstarter kit and started the build.
first part is actually pretty straight forward:
open up the primary and gut it out..
the hole for the kickershaft is plugged with a plug (obvious) and comes with the bushing already installed.
time to slide in the gears.
after the straight forward work, the more fabbing work starts.
drilling the clutch basket for the ratchet gear.
and riveting the gear into place.
after that the primary internals could go back and all torqued to specs, and close the primary again.
drill a hole for the kickshaft (and add a bushing) and drill and tap a hole for the kick return spring.
and presto! kick starter ready to give me some knee pain!
today back to the hideous job of tank coating.
and repeat a few times..
after that 24 hours of drying and getting high of the fumes..
and i did the oil tank to. (i welded the fucker, and don't trust my own welds(mig) )
i know.. my posts have are a bid lame the last few weeks.. but the weather is all fucked up over here and most HD related events got canceled. so i don't ride that often and don't attend any event.. i'm bored to my bones and want to have some great weather and make some riding shots and vids..
first let me start with dropping the bombshell..
goldleaf and pinstripes are off for now. it takes to much time and funds aren't helping either.
this means i can start coating the tank.
i coat all tanks i use, first of: if you weld (to) a tank there is always a chance of a pinhole leak occuring after pressure testing during riding. second.. you never ever have to worry about rust again..
i always use Kreem tank liner.
the kit comes with all you need and the liner stays on for century's..
tonight i washed and etched the tanks well.. the etching will be overnight, just to be sure!
take a look at my fancy tank coating facility! (yeah.. my shower)
searching for an ultimate project?
want to revise the LSD fueled 60's/70's?
the octo trike is for sale!
here as it was in his glory days..
some badass work had gone in this machine! dual sportster engines and one of them rotates in reverse..
4 rear wheels..jup..four!...
and the list goes on and on..
but it has gone to hell and back.. and returned to hell again.
the current owner tried to juice the machine up a little and hack it up some more..
to be short.. the machine is fucked up..
here how it sits now..
please.. rescue this machine.. it's for sale over here: klick!