View Full Version : Minor Metamorphosis: McGoo's Acme-Built Triumph Bonneville Chopper

03-05-2012, 8:55 PM
I bought this bike last year because at the time I thought my SpartanKiller (http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1099) project would never be finished:

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The only thing I've done to this bike since taking delivery last September is shorten the muffler, change some random bits and go and ride it:

Shortened exhaust can (Geronimo will give it the full polish before I take Scotchbrite to the entire exhaust)
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Biltwell Sanderson pegs and re-angled H-D foot pedal to fit my diminutive buckshanks
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Now that I've logged 500 miles or so on my Acme Triumph, it's time to tweak a couple things for greater personalization and/or performance. Specifically, here's what I'm doing:

• Front brakes
• Paint
• Better multi-surface tires
• Custom-upholstered two-up seat on hand-made steel pan
• Buddy pegs

While researching the retrofitment of front brakes on the current 16x3 H-D Road King mags, I concluded a new front wheel with narrower hub was required.

On eBay I found this:

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It's a 19x3 '06-'09 Dyna 5-pattern 10-spoke mag with a rotor and good 1" ID sealed bearings already installed. Price: $123 delivered. I mention the 1" bearings as a good thing despite the fact that my forks accept a 3/4" axle because Acme has made some stunning spacers and bearing shims that are on the current front wheel. I'll repurpose these bits in the lathe and I'll be good to go. No new front axle bearings required.

Further eBay scouring landed me a set of '04 Sporty sliders with brake caliper tabs intact. Price: $70.

Now all I needed was a lever and caliper.

I scored this like-new Sporty take-off brake for $25:

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With all the money I saved on other people's used shit, Tyler at Lowbrow convinced me to splurge on a matching brake master cylinder and clutch lever set from Kustom Tech:

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These are setting me back nearly six Benjamins even with Lowbrow's bro discount, but they are stunning. Forged and cast satin finish alloy with retro styling and a clever conversion piece on the clutch lever that accepts both barrel- and eyelet-style clutch cables. Kyle at Lowbrow is shipping them as I write this.


03-05-2012, 9:25 PM
… con'd

When I received the new front mag I immediately compared it to the 13-spoke wagon wheel that's on the rear. One look sent me back to eBay for a matching set. My mismatched wheel package was simply too gross for my anal nature and persnickety aesthetic to bear. I found this wheel on eBay, but it was $300 sans brake rotor, including freight:

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A spendier solution than I wanted to finance, but I like the look of these Dyna take-offs very much.

ONE problem: H-D's sizing on wheels of this style is 18" x 4.0", and my stunningly well-mounted rear fender won't accept a tire wider than 5.25" or taller than 26.5".

To the calculator…

After shopping for meats and doing the math, here's what I bought:

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These are Kenda K761 dualsport tires with meaty directional tread blocks, 130+ speed rating sufficient load bearing for me and a ladyfriend. I don't actually have a ladyfriend, but should one ever materialize, I want to be able to haul her 177 pounds and my own 225 without killing us on the 405.

The sizes I selected are as follows, with their US measurements shown in parentheses:

Front: 110/90-19 (4.33" wide x 26.79" tall)
Rear: 130/80-18 (5.11" wide x 26.18" tall)

The rear tire will fit inside my Trump's rear fender perfectly, with a little extra breathing room to spare.

I think the 18" tall wheel will improve the appearance of the bike by drawing attention to the nice drivetrain and brake components Acme used to build this machine.

And best of all, the rear hub spacing of the new wheel and old wheel is identical, so a speedy retrofitment with no additional fabwork required is virtually guaranteed.

That's good news, because switching the front end is going to take a little more fab work and a lot more time (more on this later)

I love the custom stainless steel handlebars with integrated clutch lever perch Acme built for this bike, but I'm afraid I can't run mismatched levers. I'm simply too OCD.

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Since I've got to switch the bars to accept my new Kustom Tech hand controls, I'm going with chrome Bilwell Trackers and a new Biltwell Thunder riser in polished stainless steel:

Biltwell Tracker bars
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Biltwell Thunder Riser
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This combo will keep the off-road-inspired aesthetic of my rigid Bonnie alive. Dualsport tires and high pipes say "adventure bike" to me, even if the forward foot controls do not.

I considered mid controls to give the whole bike a rigid Scrambler feeling, but Walt Gemeinhardt was right: the repurposed H-D forward Acme used on this build are really comfortable, and the bike's so small they aren't as forward as they might appear.

Sticking with the current foot controls will save me some money, and I plan to pour that cash into some nice paint and chrome afterthe SpartanKiller is finished.

Stay tuned…

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03-05-2012, 9:52 PM
Very excited to keep up on this project.

03-06-2012, 8:19 AM
looking good!

03-06-2012, 8:55 AM
Bike is real good looking, very nice.

03-24-2012, 2:16 AM


MIke D and Billdozer graciously had my tires mounted and balanced on the new wheels while I was in Australia last week.

Tomorrow I'll shoot photos of the new rolling stock.

I'm going to install the new fork sliders first so I can set up the front brakes.

My new clutch and brake lever from Lowbrow arrived last week, too, so I should be able to gain some real traction on this project over the weekend.

But first, I've got to finish the electronicals on the SpartanKiller.

So much to do, so little time.

Thank god for jet lag!

Stay tuned…

03-24-2012, 8:52 AM
it appears Magoo has hit another home run.
I like your style.

03-25-2012, 7:11 PM
looking good!!

I bet your chain is rubbing on the motor mount plate. i would'n't call it a design flaw, but the clearance is very close. I was able to fix mine with a nice DID o-ring chain and tensioner from monstercraftsman. I rigged it to mount directly to the plate. you may want to consider. it's also nice as you don't have to adjust the rear wheel for stretchage.



03-26-2012, 9:04 PM
This bike is awesome, found some pics of it online a while back and had it as my cellphone background! Glad to have background on it, looking forward to seeing more pics of the changes

03-31-2012, 6:36 PM
My motor rides slightly higher in the frame than yours appears to, relative to horizontal plane of rear axle. Wayne at Acme is a chassis-building badass, and I see no rub to be concerned with.

I'm working on the SpartanKiller tomorrow, but I'm going to try to get the Acme into the shop so I can swap the fork sliders and install the bpnew font wheel/brakes.

Stay tuned. More photos Sunday.

04-01-2012, 7:46 PM
My motor rides slightly higher in the frame than yours appears to, relative to horizontal plane of rear axle. Wayne at Acme is a chassis-building badass, and I see no rub to be concerned with.

I'm working on the SpartanKiller tomorrow, but I'm going to try to get the Acme into the shop so I can swap the fork sliders and install the bpnew font wheel/brakes.

Stay tuned. More photos Sunday.

ohh ok,, was just trying to help. my chain rubbed the first mile it put on the bike. keep up the good work.

04-08-2012, 8:08 PM


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Both of these bikes have been collecting dust for weeks. Reason: I've been out of the country for 17 of the last 30 days. Yesterday I made a solo run on the wiring for the SpartanKiller.

The hardware store was closed on Easter, so I was dead in the water on the SpartanKiller until I could pick up some nuts and bolts at Hank's. In the mean time, Easter Sunday was a great time to install the new front wheel, fork sliders and brake assembly on the Triumph:

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This is the 19" '06 Dyna mag with rotor and Kenda dualsport tire installed.

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Here's a picture of the battle ground with parts ready.

I solicited the help of Duane Ballard and Alex Cardone for this project. After dicking with the wiring on the SpartanKiller for six hours yesterday, I wasn't in the mood for pulling a another solo run on the Triumph.

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Alex and Duane wasted no time stripping the old wheel off the bike and installing the new sliders. There were no surprises with these steps, and both guys moved so fast I didn't have time to take photos.

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Because the bearing spacing on the 19" front wheel is narrower than the rear Road King wagon wheel it replaces, two new spacers were needed.

As good luck would have it, I found some guinea pigs in Billdozer's pile of early lathe experiments:

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These trumpet-shaped sections of pre-turned alloy already featured the correct axle bore, so all Duane had to do was chuck 'em up and shave a few hundreds off one spacer to center the new front wheel perfectly.

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With both alloy spacers installed it was time to position the brake caliper on the rotor. This step exposed another problem: a spacer for the floating XL caliper would be needed to bolt the brakes to the tabs on the fork legs.

Digging around Bill's mill scraps turned up a piece of 3/4" thick 6061 plate that was perfect for this job.

After drilling some holes, hogging away some material with a flap disk and cleaning up the dogbone-shaped alloy chunk we ended up with a piece that looks like this in final installation:

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I've got some fine-tuning to do to the dogbone to make it match the brake mounting tabs more perfectly, but this piece allowed us to install the caliper so we could add a lever to the handlebars and bleed the brakes. I'll change to stainless steel button Allen screws, too. I don't want to run grade-8 hex bolts—too clunky-looking IMO.

To slide the brake lever onto the bar I had to cut off the right side grip and remove the alloy tube that screws to the internal throttle mechanism.

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If this Joker machine master cylinder looks familiar, it's because it used to be on the SpartanKiller. I originally bought a Kustom Tech master cylinder for this project, but when Alex and Duane saw these beautiful retro-styled levers, they demanded I install them on my Harley project and use the Joker units on the chunkier and more modern-looking 2010 Hinckley Triumph. Good call.

With the front brake lever installed we built a custom brake line and bled the brakes. Ten more minutes and the alloy throttle grip tube and new rubber grip was installed…

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Here's a photo of the new front end buttoned down from top to bottom:

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And here's a shot of the whole bike in side profile with the new front end:

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I LOVE the taller front wheel with the meatier all-terrain tread, and of course the added confidence of front brakes.

Next on the agenda: Installing the rear matching real wheel…

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Because the new meat is a little wider than the tire it replaces, I'm going to wait to attack this mess. I don't want to be without a chopper before the Dixie Roundup, which we're trailering to on April 21. After The Dixie Roundup I'll have the month of May to locate and install a wider rear fender and built a two-up seat pan for a new rigidly mounted seat.

If I finish the SpartanKiller by April 20, it'll go to Alabama. If I don't, the Triumph is ready to rumble…

04-10-2012, 9:21 PM

Just ordered a 27.5" d. X 6" wide smooth duckbill tip steel ender from 7 Metal West. Stoked!

This custom piece will take a few weeks to produce, so I'll be taking ths chopper as is to the Dixie Roundup on April 26-29.

Now, off to CHP for VIN verification on the SpartanKiller.

Dueling choppers is just about finished...

04-11-2012, 6:30 PM
I love this bike dude!

06-06-2012, 8:51 AM

Back from the dead...

Well if you followed my commentary on the Biltwell FB wall you know all about my Triumph wiring's failure to keep pace during 80+mph days in the hot desert. Yesterday a dozen little glitches in the original wiring exposed themselves during strip down for the rear wheel and new fender install

I'll have photos and details this afternoon.

Right now I'm searching for a 2010 Bonneville wiring diagram.

Any volunteers?

06-06-2012, 9:08 AM
you need a diagram? or a wiring wiring volunteer ?

diagrams are on the web, bring it down to the shop and I'll wire it.

06-06-2012, 12:49 PM
you need a diagram? or a wiring wiring volunteer ?

diagrams are on the web, bring it down to the shop and I'll wire it.


Thanks Tony!

I'll send this to paint as soon as the fender fab is finished, then we'll make this motherscratcher sing like a bird.

Speaking of fender fab…

The Dyna wheel retrofitted to the existing brake disk and drive sprocket/spacers without headache, and looks like this:

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I love the meaty 130mm wide Kenda enduro tread, which matches the 100mm wide x 19" unit up front.

The wheel package is perfect, but I knew the fatter rear wouldn't work with Acme's original fender, so I bought a 7.5" wide unit off eBay.

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This photo shows just how much too wide said fender is, so I'm going to remove an inch from the middle and TIG weld it back together.

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Here's how the fender looks in dry build state. I'm happy with the curvature and wraparound; all that remains to be done is the narrowing, which I'll tackle this weekend.

But first, I need to deal with ONE SLIGHT PROBLEM…

The brake caliper that came on the original bike fit nicely around the 11.5" rotor as mounted on the 16" x 3" wide rear wheel.

My rear wheel, however, is 4.5" wide x 17". I thought the additional diameter would accommodate the original caliper, but it doesn't.

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Solution: mount a different, thinner caliper using a simple hanger bracket like this:

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I'm told a variety of calipers from PM, GMA and others will fit this… all I need to do is find one. I found the alloy plate on eBay for $50 delivered and ordered it instantly. I could have made one myself, but that would require material I don't own and time I can't spare. 50 bucks seems like a fair price for an instant solution to a common problem.

If you've got a used caliper that will work with this floating plate, I'm a motivated buyer. PM me.


06-06-2012, 1:09 PM

It took me approximately 250 miles to decide I don't like the custom mustache bars that came on the original bike… too low.

This morning I switched to Biltwell Breeze bars, and they are MUCH more comfortable.

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The hand controls are the ones Joker Machine provided for my SpartanKiller, but they look much more at home on this modern Brit chopper, IMO.

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The throttle is a Biltwell Whiskey Throttle, single cable type, with Kung Fu grips. Hey—why overthink it?

Of course, I need a new longer clutch cable to fit these much taller bars, so I ordered three from the good folks at Motion Pro. Being the anal guy I am, I created these drawings for the three slightly different cables… one is sure to work perfectly with the lever and motor in question:

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After sussing out the cockpit, I moved my attention to seating.

I plan to make a custom seat pan using the old fender and some steel sheet, but Bill had a cobra seat laying around that works mighty nice for my mock-up.

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The body of the snake shape won't be as long as this mock-up seat, but you get the idea.

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I will shorten the tail end of my custom cobra seat pan to make room for a new Biltwell Mako taillight (photo pending)

A sissy bar will double as fender struts to support the rear of the fender. I'll probably never haul a passenger on this bike, but the cobra seat and sissy bar will provide a nice place for hauling light loads (camping gear, backpacks, contraband)

Here's what I envision for the finished product:

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The yellow line represents the sissy bar. I think I'll build it to a point so it matches the ends of the highest point on this bike, which happens to be the top of the Biltwell Breezer bars.

Now, off the McMasterCarr.com to order some rod stock…

06-06-2012, 2:40 PM
I'm looking for one of these:

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Click here (http://www.chopcult.com/Halwade/classifieds/31926/) to see my WTB listing in the CC Classifieds.

Anyone willing to sell or trade something similar please email Harold@chopcult.com.


06-07-2012, 8:15 PM


So while I'm waiting for it and the eBay hanger to arrive, I thought I'd dig into narrowing the fender.

Step 1: find center on the fender and mark 1" down the middle. I used masking tape for this purpose because my tired old eyes couldn't see the scratch marks on the red dye Billdozer originally recommended for this purpose.

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After laying my marks I used a 4" cutting disk to take the 1" wide strip out of the middle. Take your time in this process or the kerf of your blade will leave big gaps that you'll have to fill with weld later… that's what happened to me because I'm a hack.

Step 2: using magnets, clamps and assorted other gadgets I jigged the opposing halves of my freshly split fender and tacked it along the length on the underside of the fender. I'm a better tacker than I am a welder.

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After tacking the fender along the length of the split I welded it down the middle on the top side. I skipped around on the surface of the fender so the heat from the welding wouldn't warp my fender. It worked, because the finished piece was surprisingly straight.

Here's the conjoined fender after my shoddy finish welding:

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I used a 60-grit flap disk to smooth the welds on the top side of the fender. Of course, I blew right through the filler welding on some of the wider gaps on the fender, so I need to create patches and try again. I'm not worried about what the top of the fender looks like because the center seam will be covered by the cobra seat. I'm more concerned with straightness and strength, and this fender seems to be passing on both counts.

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I failed to take a photo of the narrowed fender on top of the tire, but it fits great. I'll do so after I patch the 1" hole on the center seam that I created with my aggressive flap disking.

While I was welding, the McMaster-Carr delivery guy showed up with 6 feet of 1/2" stainless steel rod, so this weekend I'll start on the fender strut/sissy bar assembly. I bought some bungs for this project from the good folks at Lowbrow Customs, so I might not be starting until those little bits arrive next week. If that's the case, I think the brakes and brake plate should be in Friday's UPS. I hope something shows up, because I'm really itching to wrap this project up.

If nothing arrives, I'll drag the SpartanKiller to CHP and get the VIN verified.

It's always something…

06-08-2012, 5:43 PM


I emailed this respected company a detailed drawing with specs per the instructions on their website three days ago, with no response.

I called and left a message with whomever answered the phone first, to no avail.

If you know a better way to order custom cables than sending a blueprint with specs and payment info in an email, please share your secret on this thread… I need a clutch cable fast to wrap up the cockpit on this pit of cock.

On a good note, the alloy brake plate I ordered on eBay 3 days ago arrived on time and under budget.

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Here's how it looks buttoned down with the heim joints and stainless steel rod.

Scotty Roberts graciously sold me a chrome PM 4-pot caliper, and that should be arriving next week. I'll have brakes buttoned down well before I finish the sissy bar/fender stays next week.

Once these bits are finished, I'll move onto the last major fab exercise on this bike:

the steel cobra seat pan.

But not before I patch the ugly hole in the top of my narrowed fender…

Oh the humanity.

06-08-2012, 6:27 PM
I've never had good luck with motion pro and top of that everything that they ever done for me was off spec to what I asked for!

06-08-2012, 6:40 PM
Contact Barnett and ask for Mark..he'll make you any custom cable.I got one with a Harley end and triumph.turn around was very fast.

06-14-2012, 7:36 PM


Thanks to everyone who volunteered tips for faster custom cable making.

The next thing on my list of custom stuff was a new rear sprocket. The Rebel Gears 43 that came on the bike is awesome, but it used a spacer that in unnecessary on the new wider wheel. Removing the spacer is a no-brainer, but the center hole on the sprocket doesn't match the OD of the hub flange.

Solution: call Rebel Gears and order one with a 2.25" center hole instead of the 2.5" center hole on the offending unit.

Sandy at Rebel Gears was very helpful, and I've been promised the new sprockets (I ordered 3 in 3 different tooth specs to play with top speed and acceleration) will arrive next Friday.

In the mean time, I've gotten further on the sissy bar, but I seem to have misplaced my camera. When it turns up I'll post photos of the sissy bar project.

In the mean time, please weigh in on my plans for custom paint:

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I've always loved the AMF-era H-D graphics. So quintessentially '70s and jive era, like Huggy Bear's custom Caddy, bellbottoms and black light posters.

We've got a gaggle of clever helmet painters on the Biltwell custom lid program, so I think I'm going to commission the talents of one of these guys to lay down gloss enamel in the graphic shown.

I'm a product of the '80s myself, which as some of you know was a rich time for "logo bites," the practice of making your own graphics by repurposing the iconic logos of other companies.

Think Dork Peppermint patties, Fresh Jive Tide box t-shirts, and that sort of crap.

Kitschy and unimaginative, perhaps, but I think it's fun, so I'm doing it.

FYI, the "HWM" in the AMF logo on the Acme-Triumph text treatment are my initials.


Let the shelling begin…

06-14-2012, 8:01 PM
Do It! I love it!

06-15-2012, 11:24 AM


Yesterday I tackled pattern making for an electrical box that will sit beneath the rigidly mounted cobra seat whose pan is still in concept stage.

I mocked up a similar cardboard box with Duane Ballard on my SpartanKiller last year, and the finished stainless steel oil bag/battery box combo is one my favorite hand-fabbed aspects of that bike.

The box I'm making for the Acme Triumph will be lowly sheet steel, probably 3/16" thick on top and 1/8" thick on the sides, back and bottom.

As you can see from these photos, the cardboard mockup fits precisely between the seat stays of the frame, and mounts to the chassis in three locations: the end of the top tube, and on the bungs that used to hold the solo seat springs.

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The finished box will have a hole with round corners cut into the top for easy access to the wires and fuses that I plan to relocate to this much more logical location. Currently 1 fuse and all the electrical brains of the bike are hidden between the motor mounts below the transmission, not an easy place to reach them for roadside repairs, cleanup, etc.

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The back of the cardboard mockup is not closed in these photos, but there will be a sheet steel panel in the back with two small holes drilled in opposite corners for drainage in the unlikely event any moisture gets in the box. Nothing is impossible, so I like to plan for the worse.

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Here's now the box will look when it is bolted into place beneath the seat pan. The black dots on the three corners represent holes through which button allen cap hardware will pass. I'll drill a hole in the capped end of the top tube and weld a threaded bung inside so the front button cap screw has somewhere to go.

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The three black dots on the underside of my mockup represent push button breakers: 1 between the key switch and coils, 1 for the lights and 1 between the regulator and the battery.

The regulator is the only part of the current electronicals that will remain in its current location beneath the motor. Everything else will move up to the box beneath the seat for easy installation and service.

I'll powdercoat the box gloss black so it will blend in with the gloss black frame. I'm not looking to win any fab awards with this piece; I'm merely trying to make the bike more functional and reliable.

Now, onto the fender and sissy bar…

Here's the narrowed fender with prototype Biltwell Mako taillight and license plate bracket installed:

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Nothing earth-shattering here: just a fender that follows the contours of the fatter tire nicely.

I bent a 44" long section of 1/2" OD stainless steel bar for the sissy bar. Here's how it looks, roughly speaking:

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I'm still weighing a couple options for mounting the sissy bar to the frame, and as soon as I get my last shipment of bungs I'll have the materials I need to wrap this up. The bar needs some tweaking here and there, but in finished guise it will follow the lines of the taillight housing nicely, and give me a place to strap some stuff for long(er) rides.

Next week we'll wrap up the sissy bar, install the new Motion Pro custom clutch cable and install the new 41-tooth sprockets from Rebel Gears.

06-15-2012, 11:37 AM
This thing is looking Tits Salsbury!

Lovin' the clean lines!

06-15-2012, 9:36 PM
I wasn't digging the Breezer bars when you first released them. Seeing them on a bike makes a world of difference. My R* may get some this winter.

I vote you keep those sweet Sharpie graphics on the tank!

06-20-2012, 7:00 PM
Coming along nicely sir.

06-22-2012, 3:53 PM


I haven't been happy with the material thickness of the fender I found on eBay since it landed a month ago.

Too thin to work with, to hard to weld, and too flimsy feeling overall.

I LOVED the thick-ass (0.078"!) fender on the original bike, but it didn't match the radius of the tire cross section.

Well, after fiddle fucking with the cheap-ass paper thin fender this week. I've decided to scrap it and order a new one.

I'm going to hit up Pat at Led Sled for a fender that fits these dimensions:

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I've used Front Street Cycles and 7 Metal West for fenders in the past and I love their quality, but I'm trying to share the love with another friend in the trenches.

At the end of the day I'll settle for any fender maker who can match these specs. Frankly speaking, I'm simply tired of trying to make the chicken shit eBay fender work on this project.

I finished the sissy bar today, and it turned out pretty nice. I'll shoot photos this weekend while I'm wrapping up some other details.

Remember the paper mockup I created for the multi-sided metal box?

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Thursday I showed this cardboard mockup to a race truck fabricator down the street from our shop, and he offered to build it using the right tools for the job. His price: $120, and he'll TIG weld it and have it on my desk Monday morning.


Duane and I could have built this thing personally unsing tools at Paul Cavallo's Spitfire Cycles shop, but it would have taken 20 combined man hours and the welds still would have looked like chit.

Mike at Steel Nutz Fab (http://www.insiderpages.com/b/15250210996/steel-nutz-off-road-murrieta) in Murrieta is banging it out while I'm fucking with the fender and the seat pan, which works perfect for my accelerated time line on this pain in the ass refurb. I've already missed my deadline by six weeks, so a little double-teaming won't hurt anyone.

More news as it develops…

06-22-2012, 4:40 PM
So far looks real good, are those breakers an attempt at exercising whats left of the dark prince in your bike out (had an old Mini with Lucas crap uggg <shudder>)

I'm really hoping the prototype plate holder makes it to the site soon I had to cobble something together out of Home Depot structural beam joiners to keep mine from cracking up anymore I'm just waiting for Ponch or John to tell me I need a new plate.

07-03-2012, 7:06 PM


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And this turned out worse…

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The under-seat box for my Triumph's electronicals turned out really good. After staring at the paper mockup for a couple days, I decided a box break was the best way to fabricate the lower cavity with the fewest welds and seams possible.

Since I don't have a box break at my disposal, I commissioned the assistance of the local desert car fab shop to rescue me from my own mediocrity.

Here's how the finished piece turned out from a couple different angles:

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I drilled and tapped the end cap on the Acme frame's backbone to accept a button Allen screw. The two button Allens on the rear edge thread into the seat spring bungs that were already installed on the frame. The whole box will be covered by the cobra shaped seat pan still pending development.

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This view shows how little of the finished box will be visible beneath the seat pan from side and lower angles. The box is actually about 2.5" deep, plenty of space inside to hold the four-fuse block I found on eBay for 5 bucks:

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I've drilled two holes in the box through which hardware will pass, thus holding the fuse block steady inside the box. I'll dampen the vibration with a piece of thick rubber or cork between the inside of the box and the base of the fuse block.

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As you can see, Mike at Steel Nutz nailed the whole folded and welded concept of this piece. I wish I possessed this skill. I don't. Thank god for pros.

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Bike wiring will pass into the box through the 1" OD dimple die hole on the bottom panel.

Now, regarding the thin, shitty fender I've been trying to salvage…

The guys at Seven Metal West confirmed late last week that my thicker, badass fender has left the building via UPS. Stoked. The think POS I was trying to salvage simply wasn't cutting it. I'm much happier now that a new fender is on the way.

next week: fabricating the new thicker fender.

PS: Here's a closeup of the 4-fuse block I found on eBay for five bones:

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One hot comes in and four fused wires go out. Couldn't be any simpler, huh?

07-13-2012, 6:54 PM


Despite my own best efforts and the very best efforts of everyone who has so graciously helped me, I'm still not pleased with the rear fender. Seven Metal West sent me exactly what I ordered, but what I ordered just isn't right… not for the 130 studded sportbike tire I'm committed to running on this beast.

Having said that, and after speaking to Jesse Bassett at GasBox in Cleveland, OH, I think Jesse's got something that will work. While I wait for that part to come in, I busied myself with some other stuff that was on order.

The motor on my original donor had a chrome clutch cover. With every other part of the engine being flat black, I thought this piece looked gross:

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Our friend Rob does a mean crinkle powdercoat, so that's the color I'm going with. Unfortunately, the BADASS right side engine and countershaft covers that Denver Dan at Speed Merchan (http://www.thespeedmerchant.bigcartel.com/product/triumph-sprocket-cover-black)t provided were smooth matte black finish. To keep the motor looking steezy on both sides, I sent all three covers to our powdercoater for the refinish.

Here's how all three parts look after repaint:

Crinkle powder on Speed Merchant engine and countershaft cover:

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And crinkle powder on clutch cover after installation:

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Denver Dan's SM covers are a damn sight doper than the stock stuff, wouldn't you say?

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I love them, and I can't wait to install them. I plan to do so after I pick up some hardware for the countershaft cover. There wasn't a stock on on the original bike, so I need to grab three at Hank's tomorrow morning.

In the mean time, I'll install the custom clutch cable Motion Pro put together for me. I screwed up my measurements on the wire, so I cut the cable and welded a stainless steel ball onto the end of the shortened wire. After a little shaping on the ScotchBrite wheel the modified cable works perfect and buttoned down really clean:

Smooth routing out of the Joker Machine lever:

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Smooth routing in front of the auxiliary oil cooler through two 1-1/8" cable clamps on the down tube:

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I'm still so blown away by Speed Merchant's engine covers I gotta show them again:

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Thanks to Dan for taking the Hinckley style up a couple or ten notches!

07-14-2012, 10:58 AM
SM and Biltwell, good combo.

08-23-2012, 1:19 AM
Damn this machine is badass, any updates? Gonna go with a modern triumph for sure to replace my buell which took a shit.

09-05-2012, 12:09 PM


What originally started as a simple wheel swap, paint and re-wire has turned into a bona fide build… not what I was hoping to tackle given this bike's pedigree and prior status as a reliable runner.

When the electronicals laid down on me on day one of last spring's Death valley assault, I elected to tear them apart completely and to give them a new home beneath the seat. Their prior home 5 inches off the tarmac beneath the tranny just seemed unhealthy and troublesome for roadside maintenance.

Starting the teardown for paint and re-wiring exposed a bird's nest of complexity between the battery tray and the engine:

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I carefully dug around the various wires and components, labeling each connection as I went so Tony Dunn at Classic Cycles and I can reassemble to a higher standard after paint.

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After stumbling through the old wiring I moved onto the motor mounts. Acme's solution for installing the Hinckley Triumph mill in their rigid frame is simple and clean, and was easy to execute once Billdozer invented a tool for loosening those crazy socket-like nuts on the lower motor plate shaft (see photo above).

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Willis was absolutely no help in sussing the wire loom, so I tackled the task solo.

Here's the rest of the shit I peeled off this monster:

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Acme are fans of those great-looking chrome 12-point bolts, and my bike has them everywhere. I've learned to hate them, as my selection of box end wrenches and 12-point sockets is limited. To save myself grief moving forward, I'm using grade-8 gold hex bolts and nuts everywhere possible, starting with the new custom rear drive sprocket:

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A 1/8-inch thick spacer between the new 41-tooth 520 alloy sprocket helped me create perfect alignment with the countershaft sprocket. The drive train is now much more tidy and easier to service on the road.

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I can't get over how badass Speed Merchant's vented engine covers look on Triumph's engine. Super dope, Thanks again, Denver Dan!

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I know I've said it three times already, but this week in PROMISE to finish mounting the rear fender. I suck at fender mounting and sissy bar fabrication, so I've been dragging my feet on this aspect of the refurb for months. After spending 3 days at Duane's house helping work on this (http://dbcustomleather.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/playing-with-cardboard/), I'm more motivated than ever to stop sucking.

Wish me luck.

09-12-2012, 5:14 PM


I couldn't start the seat pan until I finished mounting the rear fender, and I couldn't mount the rear fender with any of the stock-length threaded bungs I had purchased for this purpose.

Duane Ballard to the rescue. ODB and Bill are the resident lathe masters around here, so while Duane spun up four extra-long threaded bungs for the fender install, I started on the seat pan.

My Acme bike featured a Biltwell seat hinge on the solo seat, so I wanted to use that hinge and the bung on the backbone as the starting point for my rigidly mounted mini cobra seat:

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Since my plans included welding the seat hinge to the bottom piece of sheet metal, I cut the hinge in half. No sense leaving more hinge beneath the seat than is absolutely necessary.

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I repurposed the cut-off section of seat hinge for the rear mounting tab. By slotting the old fender section that will act as my new pan's backrest, I was able to create a clean-looking raw stainless steel tab that will look great poking out of the leather on the finished seat.

Here's where the stainless steel hinge section will get welded:

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And here's how it looks after my shitty welding:

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I made a pattern for the bottom of the seat pan with a manilla folder, then cut it out with flap disks.

Two bungs on the frame cross-member that were originally installed to hold the solo seat hinge are now being repurposed to hold my electronical box, so we drilled some holes into the seat pan base with a hole saw. Here's ODB cleaning up the holes with a file:

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Here's how the sheet metal base material will dodge the mounting hardware and frame bungs when the seat is installed:

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I used two C-clamps to hold the sheet metal in place on the frame rails. This was necessary to make sure my seat pan back rest (the old fender section in this photo) and the seat pan lined up correctly in relation to the bike's mounted fender.

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09-12-2012, 6:01 PM


With everything buttoned down securely, I then tacked the old fender section to my freshly cut seat pan:

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If you're building a rigidly mounted solo seat or mini cobra as shown here, Duane Ballard recommends stiffening the pan along the length with a 1/2-inch thick x 1-inch wide piece of strap steel. I used a scrap of stainless for this purpose. I did a shitty job of skip welding this strap, but you get the idea. Don't weld it down the entire length on both sides, or major twisting and heat distortion could result. I skip welded my reinforcement strap and my pan still turned out a twisted mess. To fix this problem, I bolted the seat hinge/pan bracket onto the frame, pushed the rear section of the pan tightly against the rear fender, then banged and twisted on the entire assembly until it laid flat against the fender and frame rails.

Another trick Duane recommends is rolling the edge of the seat pan over slightly so it conforms to the diameter of the frame tubes:

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I used a plastic mallet and the round edge on our 150-year-old anvil to accomplish this amateur bodyworking miracle:

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It isn't pretty, but it's effective:

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Tomorrow ODB will bond foam to the pan and we'll shape it. No cover design yet, but I talk myself into and out of tooled tops about 10 times per day.

Next: fine-tuning the fender (holes for the taillight, tube for the light wiring, cleaning up the slag before bodyworking.

09-12-2012, 8:59 PM
Union Jack pleats.

10-05-2012, 4:23 AM

Anyone know which adhesive works best for gluing Triumph rubber knee pads to painted steel gas tanks?

LORD chemicals looks like try have their shit correct:


Tips or tricks welcome.

Abd BTW, I have gotten a ton of stuff done on ths project…

I've just been slack about updating my thread. More news next week

10-05-2012, 7:23 AM

Anyone know which adhesive works best for gluing Triumph rubber knee pads to painted steel gas tanks?

LORD chemicals looks like try have their shit correct:


Tips or tricks welcome.

Abd BTW, I have gotten a ton of stuff done on ths project…

I've just been slack aboutvupdatingbmy thread. More news next week

Magoo, I've always used "Weather strip adhesive" from the auto parts distributors, it's a black glue that body shops use to glue all the door/trunk gaskets in place.

(do not use contact cement !! they will fall off on a hot day.)

here is how I do it....

materials required. a grease pencil, blue masking tape, weather strip adhesive.

1. first tear off 3 or 4 pieces of the blue masking tape about 10 " long and hang them where you can reach 'em..
2. .then place the knee pad (without glue) in position where you want it and then take a grease pencil and outline this position on the tank,.....
3. then run a bead of adhesive around the pad about 3/8" inside the edge of the pad,
4. place the pad right inside the grease pencil lines and smooth it out setting the glue in place.
5. grab the blue tape and run it across the pads holding them in place so as to counter act the effects of gravity.
6. turn the radio on to a classic rock station and open a real cold beer, continue drinking for at least 24 hours,
7. sober up a bit, and carefully remove the blue masking tape.
8. wipe off the grease pencil markings and repeat step # 6.

works every time...

10-08-2012, 11:54 PM
Torch = > ruler. More like a god or a king. King god, perhaps? Thanks my friend.

10-09-2012, 9:16 PM
a king has wealth.
a god has forgiveness.

I have neither....I'm just a mean, broke ol fart, that is willing to help my friends just in case one of them hits the lottery

10-11-2012, 3:36 PM


Frame, foot controls and miscellaneous bits returned from the powdercoater last week:

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The plan with foot controls was to make them appear invisible. I think powdercoating all components will achieve this goal:

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Geronimo worked his magic with the muffler:

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The heat shields are scotchbrited to contract against this blingy field of shiny stainless.

Yesterday the guys at Decorative Metal Coating (DMC, formerly DMF) in San Marcos, CA, said the brushed nickel bits were finished, so I picked them up and rushed back to the shop to get this thing on two wheels.

Here's how the satin nickel trees look assembled against the shiny black chassis:

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Other satin nickel bits include the sissy bar and three motor plates (photos pending)

Tyler from Lowbrow Customs is in town for a road trip to NorCal this week, but next week I'll ask him to assist me with installing the engine.

I think I'll be able to get this whole dumb motorcycle completely assembled in a matter of 1-2 days once the engine is hanging where it belongs inside the Acme frame.

But first, I've got to bone out to Cole Foster's shop to shoot some bikes for upcoming CC features.

Thanks for your patience and understanding during this arduous process.

10-24-2012, 8:32 PM


Last week between visiting dignitaries at work and sporadic side projects with GF's and loved ones I found about seven ten-minute blocks of time for random assembly.

In no order of procedure or importance, here's what I banged out:

Installed my sweet '77 GS750 kickstand:




What can I say: I love clean old-fashioned no-frills kickstands.

Next I Scotchbrited some Biltwell stainless steel risers and installed them on the nickel-plated Acme triple trees:


Narrowed a pair of Biltwell black Chumps handlebars 1.5" on each side and installed them, my Joker Machine hand controls and a Whiskey throttle and Kung Fu grips:



Installed the rear wheel after making sure all the bolts that hold the disk and the rear sprocket are properly LocTited:

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Installed the heim joints and stainless steel brake plate stay on the black ano eBay brake caliper mount:


Installed the front wheel using these sweet trumpet-tapered, black anodized alloy axle spacers:


She's now officially a roller:



Next week I'll have exactly enough time to install the motor before it's time to fly to Iceland for 8 days with friends and the old ball and chain. More news as it develops…


11-09-2012, 1:38 PM
bumpin this for the man. . . he chose a classy dress for his lady!

Old School Helmets
& Custom Paint





11-09-2012, 7:58 PM
out of the box thinking on the layout, Great color choice, and the Triumph knee pad homage to tradition.........

I fucken love it..

11-10-2012, 11:05 PM


This is how far I got on a quiet Saturday morning.

More tomorrow…

11-11-2012, 7:11 PM
hell yeah! Looking great!

11-14-2012, 8:27 AM
Dude, that's a sweet looking bike!

So you gone to Iceland already? If you haven't gone allready and need any pointers let me know. I live in Reykjavik and might be able to point you in the direction of something good

12-08-2012, 7:22 AM


Last week I dropped off the Acme Triumph at Classic Cycles in Orange, CA so Brit guru Tony Dunn could work his magic with my Bonnie's electronicals. I had the lion's share of the busy work finished; all Tony had to do was turn my chicken shit into chicken salad.

Before Tony can take a test ride to sort out his handiwork, however, my man Duane Ballard has to button down the hand-tooled luxury accommodations that will be the seat on this beast.

I haven't seen what Duane's cooking, but it will involve the Union Jack, some crazy leather, and a curvy confluence of comfy padding.

I've asked ODB to post photos of his special brand of magic on this build thread while I'm out of the country on pre-Xmas business.

IN the mean time, please enjoy "Am I Evil?" by Diamond Head…

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12-08-2012, 8:42 AM
yup, It's done, as soon as Duane brings the seat over I'll test ride it...
here's a pic of it up on the lift.
as you can see it's in good company.http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq294/A1dunn/1212006.jpg

12-09-2012, 11:27 AM
Nice Sportster!

12-09-2012, 7:47 PM
Nice Sportster!

yes, it was the most memorable 750 I have ever ridden...

there is a post about it on the main forum

12-13-2012, 5:17 PM

Electronicals done. Carbs awaiting tuning. ODB slated to complete seat early next week. Santa's little helper has been slaving away on X-mas presents for good little bikers.

This sleigh will ride by Christmas Eve…

12-15-2012, 6:47 AM

Electronicals done. Carbs awaiting tuning. ODB slated to complete seat early next week. Santa's little helper has been slaving away on X-mas presents for good little bikers.

This sleigh will ride by Christmas Eve…

glad you are feeling the Xmas spirit, ...just as a joke .I glued some reindeer antlers on to the tank.... then I realized it looked kind of stupid.... but I couldn't get them off...

but now... I guess you're ok with that......right ?

Tell Duane I need the friggin seat to tune in the carbs !!

12-31-2012, 10:21 AM

SANTA was good to me this year.

12-31-2012, 10:37 AM
HA !!!
so there really is a seat.

Carbs are done, I had to test ride it without a seat the other day and it kinda "chapped my ass".....so to speak.
__________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________

From all of us at Classic Cycles..... ( Andy, Sheri, Amanda, Fuji, Bob and me )

Thank you for another great year of ChopCult.

I hope you, Bill, Mike, Kensie and all the Biltwell / ChopCult crew have a happy and prosperous new year.

01-02-2013, 7:44 PM
Yes there really is a seat

01-02-2013, 7:58 PM
Yes there really is a seat

It might be the nicest one ever. Great work DB!

01-02-2013, 9:16 PM
Put that seat on and take a picture for us, damn it:)

01-03-2013, 1:19 AM
Thanks Bill. The bike came out nice!

01-08-2013, 9:00 AM
The bike's buttoned down and it runs great. I'm shooting it this week for a ChoCult feature that will break in February.

Duane has convinced me to do something I have never done: enter the bike in a show. Not just any show, however: The Grand National Roadster Show in LA this month.

Now this means I'll have to lean it.

01-08-2013, 9:57 AM
So...... I'm guessing your camera must be broken ?

01-08-2013, 10:55 AM
Don't lean it. Wash it. Or maybe even RIDE it!

01-08-2013, 11:34 AM
This thread is poopy without the latest pics...

I love the seat! I forwarded a pic of it to the Queen. You're going to be a fast rising star in her court.

Can you say, "Sir Harold of McGruther" ?

01-08-2013, 3:33 PM
i just saw the bike in person .... beautiful! i like everything about it and the attention to detail is superb IMO!

01-08-2013, 7:26 PM
no pictures = Poopy thread

Where the hell is the mods !!!!!

I'm pissed

01-08-2013, 7:30 PM
This thread is poopy without the latest pics...

I love the seat! I forwarded a pic of it to the Queen. You're going to be a fast rising star in her court.

Can you say, "Sir Harold of McGruther" ?

Who the fuck are you and what have you done with our friend CRFyou. He wouldn't say any stupid shit like poopy. Your an imposter.

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01-08-2013, 7:50 PM
Now this means I'll have to lean it.

Be careful, when the bike leans too much it looks kinda bad.

01-08-2013, 9:48 PM
Who the fuck are you and what have you done with our friend CRFyou. He wouldn't say any stupid shit like poopy. Your an imposter.

You are being silly. Just silly.

And that f word sounds like caca on my ears. I'll say a prayer for you tonight that The Lord helps you speak like a proper gentleman.

04-26-2013, 9:12 AM
Got a question about the rear K761 tire....you wrote that its a size 130/80-18....but in the pics it looks like it says 130/80-17?

I'm looking to find a 130/80-18 but can't find any in the states for sale. I also was told by a Kenda rep that the K761 in 130/80-18 is not to be used on a rear wheel?

09-21-2013, 4:23 PM
I'm about to pull the trigger on the exact same tires, how do you like them?

12-12-2013, 9:45 AM
Where's the finished pic? I'm dyin ova'heea! (Lil'Rhode Island slang-we don't use 'R's).
TroyFab - picked up a 06' speedmaster last month, fire up the shop, we're gonna make sumptin funky!

12-12-2013, 10:41 PM
Where's the finished pic? I'm dyin ova'heea! (Lil'Rhode Island slang-we don't use 'R's).
TroyFab - picked up a 06' speedmaster last month, fire up the shop, we're gonna make sumptin funky!

I'm in. Text me when you are ready.

10-14-2015, 9:00 AM

I dg the Joker Machine retro-fried master-cylinder/brake-perch. If only the chunky fugly LEVER could be thinned down to something more thin & sculpted, properly retro-fried in it's own right.