I actually started this build awhile ago but just haven't gotten to making a build thread yet, so I will start now! I sketched out a frame design which I sent to our friend David Bird, he was able to render it as a CAD design and use a modified full frame jig to build the frame for me. This frame has a 4" rear stretch, a 4" gooseneck, and the neck is 6" lower than a stock Triumph. The whole plan was to bring my body as low to the ground as possible and stretch me out to make as small a hole in the air as possible, I am pushing very hard on the aerodynamics this year to really try and up my speeds. Here are some photos from the frame build
The fit and finish of this frame is incredible, I can't thank David Bird enough!
The first thing I did when I received the frame was mount up the Ceriani front end and the front 19" and rear 18" wheels from last race season.
The first issue I found, which I expected, was that I needed to run a smaller front wheel as well as modifying the front forks. I did some research and got the ball rolling on that, deciding to run a 17" Akront wheel with a Goodyear Front Runner drag tire. Changing the wheel out set the frame level and gave me enough room for the suspension necessary,
I also dropped in a full lump motor and set of exhaust pipes as well as a 7Metal West aluminum fender so I could stand back and really get a good idea of the whole stance of the bike.
It definitely has a drag bike as drawn by Ed Big Daddy Roth feel to me!
I mounted the front of the fender (struts to be finished later as they have to incorporate mounts for the tail section as well)
I used another of our aluminum seat pans and heavily cut and ground it down to make a small hard-mounted seat that sits down between the rails and allows for me to easily slide back out of the saddle onto the fender for my racing position.
I drilled the frame crossmember and welded in two bungs to mount the rear of the seat.
For the front of the seat I used a Biltwell stainless seat pivot and cut it down just a little bit! The seat doesn't need to pivot at all but it was just a nice way to mount it, and I do love these pivots.
this thing already is amazing!
I wonder how fast this thing will go ......
I wish I had a filled warehouse with all the parts I need to work have fun buddy!!
let us see the power plant of this beast!!
Nice. Headin' in the right direction. How much travel will you have on those forks? 2"?
Pete, when it's done around 2" yes but this will be set up pretty stiff. It is a straight line bike and on a graded surface so it doesn't need a ton. Bob, I will show some motor pics later but I am not divulging too much about what is going on in the motor!
You don't need a lot (if any) suspension at Bonneville. My sidecar is rigid all round.[/QUOTE]
Exactly, it will take out a bit of vibration, but that's about it!
Bonneville is very smooth. You might encounter the odd little bump but nothing much. El Mirage has a few bumps and dips (depending on how much rain it go over the winter). The suspension you have is more than enough.
kyle_malinky_1967_bonneville_2012_salt_flats_race_ bike_rear_controls_1 by lowbrowcustoms, on Flickr
Here are just a few pictures of the Tarozzi rearsets I mounted. They are the same ones I used the first two years and worked so well and look great so I used them again for this build.
kyle_malinky_1967_bonneville_2012_salt_flats_race_ bike_rear_controls_2 by lowbrowcustoms, on Flickr
I mounted these by drilling and tapping the axle plates (I did change the mounting hardware for the rearsets out from metric to standard Grade 8 bolts) and I used a threaded 1/2" bung as a spacer. These are tacked to the axlep lates and will be fully welded to really make the mounts beefy.
kyle_malinky_1967_bonneville_2012_salt_flats_race_ bike_rear_controls_3 by lowbrowcustoms, on Flickr
nice build man, see u on the salt! i should have my 68 triumph out there and me and 2 of my buddy are building hot rods to play on the salt with too.
no, we probably arnt going to run anything this year, the last few years we have helped build cars for people to race, but it would be cool to set up a bike like u are. but for this year we are just putting together toys. we are having our own little build off so to speak lol, im building a 1928 chevy modified roadster, one of my buddys are building a 1927 Tall T coupe, and the other one is putting together a fiberglass tbucket that i have had for years, i just found out a couple more in our crew might be building rods too, a 1932 ford PU, and a gasser style VW with a small block up front. it should get interesting lol
i cant wait to see ur build done
I am still playing catch up on this build thread but here are some shots of some parts I have already fabbed up, see what ya guys think.
Here is the required steering stabilizer, this year I used one with higher damping capabilities, and a heim joint to allow for more adjustability.
I mounted my rearsets right off the axle plates in front of the axle(the axle is in a full forward position for mock up) and also tapped a hole above the axle for the rear fender struts.
Here is a shot with the completed brake stay, and rear brake control and linkage. The rearsets are adjustable Tarrozi universal reasets(a bit modified) and all the heim joints, hardware, and rod is all stainless steel. It holds up well in the salt and this years setup has a ton of adjustment.
I also spent a little time on the lather turning down front wheel spacers for the new front wheel. No brakes.
While I had Tyler there to help me we heated some stainless rod up and I bent it to match the wire form I made for my rear fender struts.
Now I can finish mounting that fender tomorrow, strip this down and start finish welding a lot of the mounts and work on sleeving the frame for my oil tank!
I just stripped the bike down this morning, I have some work to do to the front end, and while I am at it I am going to weld all the mounting bungs solid, and drill and sleeve the downtube for my oil tank mounts. Just a bit over 5 months to Bonneville! I need to finish the oil tank, and then start mounting and modifying the fairing and tail sections.
This is badass. August, right? I might drive out and watch o keep our2012 bromance strong. Ttys,
Ps: kteck satin silver master cylinder and clutch lever set? What do you need fom me, Kyle?