Monday, May 30, 2011

Attachements Complete

IMG_6606, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

All the connecting points for the rack are done. Now it is fixture making time!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Patience Patience Patience

Patience is what Senor Chris (lockringnotincluded) had lots of on Saturday.  When a dedicated bicycle commuter goes for a ride with a one time active cyclist turned sedentary, patience is a must.  A 22.5 mile ride, some dirt roads mixed in and some good elevation change.  Supposedly I was "leading" the ride, which consisted of me calling out the turns to take.  This was what I was looking at most of the time, when Chris was actually in my sight...

OH BOY, I'm ahead of him!!!

Oh wait, thats bc he was waiting at the top of the climb.

I'm going to try and do this bicycling thing some more, even though it kicked my butt, it was fun.  Thank Gosh I took my triple chainring bike.

Friday, May 20, 2011


Although it seems like making these plug-in attachment points is adding steps to the rack build, I feel that it will make the assembly of the rack simpler, and more accurate.  Start with a 1/2 x .125" tube with one end turned down to 3/8".  Hacksaw off a chunk to make a nice flat section.

Weld the tab into position.

A slip fit into a 1/2 x .058" 4130 tube.  These will be brass brazed into place.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

highway dirtbikes handguards

These handguards offer nice wind protection, but more importantly will protect your controls in the case of a crash.  Riding home with a broken clutch lever could be an issue!

Nicely integrated.  The stock handlebar top clamp is removed and replaced.

The handguards bolt to the new top-clamp.  Optional mirrors available also.  I opted for them so I could remove the stock antenna mirrors, which are prone to getting damaged riding offroad (ask me how I know). Integrated LED turn signals are also available, if you look on the right side of the shield you can see where it would go.  Maybe down the road I'll do that.

Mirrors fold away nicely for offroad riding.

For my particular motorcycle the handlebar endplugs need to be modified.  They need to be re-tapped from and M6 to an M8.   Its not necessary to perform this operation on a lathe, but hey, since I got one...might as well!  :-)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

update alert

did a little test...brass brazed one, welded the other.  decided to weld them.

since i used up 2 of the parts as test pieces, i had to make more.

made a little welding fixture.

it works well, i can easily rotate the piece as i weld.

3 down, one to go.

new rubber--  these things mean business!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

moto rack project continues

turn a few more fittings

bore out some 3/16" plate

drill a hole


the above fittings will bolt to the motorcycle subframe where the pillion handles are, and the rack(s) will bolt to them.  these ones are for the right side.  the left side needs to be a bit different to fit around the exhaust.
almost time to start brazing bending and brazing

Monday, May 9, 2011

water crossings, rocky trails, and pouring rain

Yes that title about covers my mini adventure from Saturday.

Waiting in the AM to meetup with Rudy.

Headed down to Bucks County to meet Ron.

Quick tour of some of the fun dirt roads in Bucks, including this road with 2 water crossings.  Thanks to Rudy he filmed Ron and I crossing.

Now head up north of Allentown for some powerline trails.

This low section of the trail had a lot of water runoff.  It was basically a stream at the bottom!  We stopped briefly here to help get Ron's monstrous 1200GS back onto the trail.

Shot from the top.  Some sections of this trail were basically all rock.  I took a risk riding it on slicks and without a proper skid plate.  As Ron told me these kind of rocks can brake open you engine case.  Not something i want to happen 100+ miles from home.

Stopped at a gas station to add pressure to the tires.  I let them out to about 25psi for the trails, from the normal 31/33 for the street.  It made a world of difference offroad.

This is Rudy's bike.  It may look like a dirt bike, but he motor is 610cc and is very light.  This thing can get up and go!

Then for the ride home the rain started...pouring rain.  Good thing I packed my heavier gloves.  I forgot to clock the distance, but I think it was somewhere about around 250 to 300 miles judging by how much gas i had to put in.   Lots of fun.

Friday, May 6, 2011

start of a new project

IMG_6526, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

racks for my motorcycle....
time to get serious about carrying shit!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

in the catskills

this past week i was in the catskill mountains of new york state.  here are a few pictures of interest:

catskill ephemera from the early 80s

i really like this sign.  gotta respect the cows.

interesting tree stump

dilapidated shack on my cousin gays property

big old beaver lodge and dam.