Double Vision: Dual Engine Triumph Race Bike Update

I have been working on this bike non-stop the last six weeks, and it has caused me to empathize with people who have chosen the life of the recluse, leaving behind friends and family for a sole pursuit. I am not there myself, but I am looking through the keyhole and I feel as though I have come to some sort of understanding about that sort of thing though I rather wouldn't. But I digress; it has been a couple months since I updated photos of the build, which has since changed names from Milwaukee Murderer to Double Vision.

Special sprockets. This here is what joins the power of the motors by linking the crankshafts.

Oil tank in progress. Made a wood buck out of MDF and hammered annealed 5003 aluminum to make the face and dished back. Thanks to Jay Roche @ Special 79 for some tech posts on his blog which helped me out. This tank consumed at least 3 full days of my life, and I mean full days, but it is the nicest thing I have ever made.

Sometimes simple things are the best, I really like the way these fender mounts turned out.

This primary guard involved a really large MDF buck and plenty of time. I feel as though I welded miles of aluminum building this bike. Turned down a circle of MDF in my lathe, routed the edge over and hammered the dish over the clutch basket area. 1/2" strip welded to that to bring it out a bit more, and the face and sides all welded up while clamped to the wood buck to keep it in shape. Mounts to 9/16" stainless round bar that is welded to the stainless motor plates. Should be up to tech for Bonneville in August.

More aluminum, chain guard and number plates. This was a little while ago and was about the end of the major fab work. I subsequently tore the bike down to the bare frame and finish welded everything. More pics to come soon... ?

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Commented on 6-9-2013 At 10:49 pm

Awesome detail. Thanks

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Things are happening...

Back in Stock! Killing Hipsters

I'm just going to have to pull the trigger and start making these by the 100's instead of the 10's, but for those of you emailing me, yes, I've restocked the shop with more sizes. But seriously, thanks to everyone who's continuing to order from the shop, you're helping to make the continuing educational studies of the "Beermuda Triangle" expeditions a reality! (Yes. We spend the profits on BEER.... That's what we do. It's better than a cardboard sign on the freeway on-ramp).



Operation #MileMuncher

I traded a bike for this S&S pan in a Paughco frame a few years back, and this machine has been a total beast. It's now got shovelheads on it and we've played Mr. Potato Head with various fenders, tanks, forks, pipes, etc several times. I've ridden it to the bottom of Baja and back, through the Tail of the Dragon and all over NYC, not mention one end of CA to the other. A couple weeks ago, Otto hammered it from Iowa to Salt Lake City via 13,000' Bear Tooth Pass and countless miles in the rain. Needless to say, we are fans of this simple format. (Big S&S engine, basic frame, not much else)

The GI Chopper

So, when our buds at
S&S asked if we wanted to build a bike around one of their engines, it only took a millisecond to answer back with a resounding "Hells Yes!" We mulled around different options, maybe an Evo since they never get any love, maybe a knucklehead? All good choices, but at the end of the day around here, we tend to lean towards the venerable old shovel engines. Now obviously this isn't your typical OEM 74" shov. Nope, this one is the 93" Alt/Gen style and we opted for single plugs and slightly lower compression just to keep things simple.

Otto's never been so happy.
The plan? Well, the basic idea is this: build a no-bullshit chopper that can hammer down the highway for days at a time but have a higher finish quality than anything I've previously built. It'll have brakes up front (for once) and will be kick-only. Kinda like our helmets, it'll look traditional but use a lot more modern technology than immediately meets the eye. We're going to use parts from our own shelves as well as stuff from our pals at Lowbrow Customs and Drag Specialties. Of course we'll make some stuff from scratch and visit some of our friends along the way to tap into their expertise. The goal is to have it wrapped up by Born Free and ride it from So Cal to New Jersey for the 10th annual Gypsy Run.

We will do a some blog and video updates along the way, and you can follow the hashtag #milemuncher to see updates on Instagram. Stay tuned!


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