Archive for February, 2011

We want to move the battery box in a spot that is more hidden, to make the bike look cleaner.  What we decided upon doing, after much deliberation, is to move the batter box into the center off the bike, and back over the swingarm.  It requires the inner fender to be cut a bit, but will can get it in there and add a small shield behind the battery to prevent debris from coming up at hitting it.  We did all the proper checks, and the battery will fit nicely, allowing plenty of room for the swing arm to move up and down.

To mount it, we will have to make a few small brackets to weld to the frame.  We also took the existing bracket attached to the battery box and bend it straight to use as one of the mounts.  Some corners had to be ground down a bit as well to fit it all nicely next to the frame.

Also had a little time to remove the rear break today, and it was seized pretty tight.  After it eventually came off, we came to notice that one of the break pads was actually snapped in two pieces.  Not a big deal, as the breaks are going to be rebuilt anyway!

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Kill switch

Posted: February 25, 2011 in 1971 BSA Lightning 650

Got the killswitch and horn combo pillbox in.  Hopefully have it hooked up soon and be able to check one more item off the to do list.

Honda breakdown part 2

Posted: February 20, 2011 in 1982 Honda Ascot FT500

Not gonna go into a ton of detail here, as this is more of an extension of the last post about the Ascot.  The breakdown continued, and I am almost at the point where I can remove the motor from the frame.  The bike is starting to look like a shell now!  Pics below.

 

Horn

Shot 1 of the carb

Shot 2 of the carb, can see inside a bit

Shot 3 of the carb

The tool box. Sadly without the tools 😦

The coil

The speed and tach

The rear fender is two pieces, here is the rear most piece

The second half of the rear fender

The headlight

The fuse box, including a spare fuse!

The wire harness removed.

The bike as it stands now!

Started Honda breakdown!

Posted: February 19, 2011 in 1982 Honda Ascot FT500

Finally got a chance to start breaking down the Honda for its cleanup/chopping.  So far what has been removed is the airbox, the exhaust, the seat, gas tank and the battery.  We have also drained the fuel and the oil out of the bike.  Lots of places on the frame are very rusty, and the exhaust is the same way.  We will be having the frame sand-blasted once the breakdown is complete and we plan to fabricate our own new exhaust.

The breakdown will continue tomorrow, and more things will be removed!

Seat fabrication

Posted: February 14, 2011 in 1971 BSA Lightning 650

Started the seat fabrication over the weekend.  So far we have the seat pan cut out, got the cafe style bubble on the back and have the hinges all attached.

Still need to grind a lot of roughness out and get it foamed and upholstered.  This is out first time with a seat fabrication, so we are hoping it will look good.  So far, I think we are doing a great job!

First ride!

Posted: February 12, 2011 in 1971 BSA Lightning 650

Finally ready to give the BSA a test ride down the road today!  The bike sounded great!  Shifted smooth!  Road and handled amazing!  It was a real treat!  There is a small video below of myself riding the bike, followed by my father!

Can’t wait to ride again!

The new tires finally came in, and they were finally correct. Got them mounted, and put the wheels back onto the bike, along with the real gas tank.

Also started the bike up, and it still starts on the first kick! Have a few minor issues to work out, but we should be rolling down the street very soon!

Here is a pic and a vid for your viewing pleasure: