Friday, September 30, 2011

Moving On

BMW is back together, and with the new plugs runs as smooth as a 650cc single is going to run.
Need to re-work the racks a little but that's another story.

So, now I am moving onto the 72 Honda CL175.  Had some troubles with it a while back and she's been sitting ever since, but now I am determined to make her purr again.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Still Going

Decided to go ahead and pull the swing arm.  If left neglected the bearing pins WILL seize.  Got to mine in time.  They came right out with no prying, banging, hammering.  There was a few drops of water in the one bearing.

Anyone who has worked as a bicycle mechanic for any length of time knows how gratifying it is to scrape the gunk off of a derailleur pulley.  This is no different.

I took an entire day to sand the coating off the sidewalls of my rim to expose the bare aluminum.  Looks much better than a bunch of scratches from mounting tires.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Parts Come Off

mud and dirt is everywhere.  if you dont do this now and again bolts will seize up.  actually one already was, and the riv-nut was spinning in the subframe.

things didnt feel right on the way home last weekend, and im pretty sure i discovered why:

cracked spark plug. dont really know how this happened, the guys at hermy's BMW have seen it happen, but  infrequently.  the plugs (2 plugs for one cylinder, awesome!) are only about 2000 miles old.  this is the secondary plug, so the bike ran rough. i wonder how it would have run if the primary failed?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pushing through Puddles

So here is a brief video of me right after I dumped it in a puddle.  Luckily the airbox stayed out of the water and she started right back up so we could push it out.
THESE PUDDLES!!! Crossing every one is a risk, you just don't know whats in there.  This particular one there was a big rut that caught my tire and sent me sideways.
People that live and ride in the Pineys all the time say to try to go around the puddles if possibly.  Supposedly you may come across some thing that should REALLY not be in there, like for instance an automotive jack or jack stand, from a Jeep guy that was stuck and tried using a jack and left it there, or a big log right in the middle.
These dang puddles!  They are weird, sometimes the small ones get really deep really fast, there were a few that were deeper than my wheels.

Untitled from rudram das on Vimeo.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Another Weekend in the Pines

The Pine Barrens of New Jersey is a fun place for motorcycles.  Nearly all of the riding is on public roadways so your motorbike needs to be registered and licensed.  They call them public roadways, but many of them are barely passable unless you are on a motorcycle or a modified jeep.  Actually, I am not even sure some of the roads are wide enough for a jeep!  Lots of sand, lots of pine trees, and lots of deep puddles.
Rudy, myself and John.  We started the ride together then met up with Chris later.
Rudy munching on a PB&J on some abandoned train tracks.
Some roads were flooded out.  Lots of puddles.
Speaking of puddles, I had a "tip over" in one of them.  Luckily I did not drown my bike.
This is Rudy's barely street legal Husqvarna 250.  Badass.
Here is Chris's BMW G650X-Challenge.  Slighly burlier version of my bike.
Can you believe I got ANOTHER flat?  I can!
Lowered the air pressure on the rear later in the day, but the valve core got stuck open leaving me with a slow leak.  So after a few miles my tire went flat and tore off the valve stem.

Total off-road mileage was about 85 miles, a lot of work.  I am sore.
Gotta do a bit of maintenance to the bike now!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

New Luggage

Start with an old ammo box that I kept chainrings in.  Make a few mounting block dealies.
It came to me with no gasket, so I rubber cemented a couple strips of old inner tube on the lid.
Oh Yah.
Mounting detail.
The perfect size for my onboard toolkit.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Back in Action

IMG_7032, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

This bandsaw crapped out on me a few months ago.
The gearbox got some swarf in it and it the shaft became heavily scored. That made a very sloppy fit between the bronze bearing and the shaft, allowed enough play in the driving pulley that moves the sawblade that the blade would walk right off the wheel. I turned a new bearing on the lathe that was a little longer which contacted some non-scored shaft.
And it works!
Mmmmm delicious sweet sweet success.
Lemme say how wonderful it is to have it back. Just flip the switch and let it nibble on through whatever huge solid chunk of metal you need cut.
I got pretty good at hacksawing through ridiculously large pieces of metal though!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Hard Parts

Untitled, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

Had 10 pairs of "hard parts" made locally for BMW G650X motorcycles. They bolt underneath the pegs to protect sensitive areas, like the kickstand mount/switch.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Two-Seater Surly Cross-Check

IMG_4891, originally uploaded by rackntroll.

McGet transports a stool on a canti-mount Rack n Roll.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Tim/Ted Radness Sesh

Tim/Ted Radness Sesh, originally uploaded by garr1s0n.

About 110 lbs of Evan on Teds Rack n Roll.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Tool Fer Sale

boy that was quick
contact me if you want one

In between waiting for glue to dry and putting together my next order of tubing I made this extremely handy dandy V-block for small diameter tubing.  It will tightly hold tubing from a little less than 1/8th inch to a little more than 1/2 inch, and any size in between.
  • It is spring loaded and has a lip so it stays put in the vise, which is a fantastic feature when you are fitting up a miter for a rack and need to keep going to and from the vise.  
  • The V makes it super easy to keep miters in phase by aligning a scribed line along the length of the tubing.
  • Use it for brazing/welding sub assemblies, you can clamp a tube loose enough to rotate it (loosely gripping the tube with a pair of pliers) but tight enough to hold it.

The one I made for myself is used constantly, this is a must have tool if you are building racks or want to build racks!

If you are interested contact me via the "CONTACT ME" link in the sidebar.