Sunday, November 20, 2011

BSA 441 Board tracker. The seat, rounding the corner

Git back to the seat, made the upper parts, some pivot things, and.......ta daa. I still need to tweek it around a bit, but it nice to have the whole deal in front of me now to work with, instead of just in my head.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

BSA 441 Board tracker seat

Ok, I started with a Brooks saddle for this bike, then I stepped up in size on the saddle to another Brooks, I love how they look and are made. I still felt kind of guilty, knowing the seat was just my taste in looks, but would really be not practical for the fellow in reality. So I decided to just make an older style Bike seat myself for the 441.

Added some tabs

Made this brass thing, from asnother brass thing, reshaped it a bit...

Filed, wire wheel, later hammered it..

Ah Hah, now we have something. Ends. we have two ends.
And a middle..and spring seats for the rear...

And a pivot ball for the brass front to pivot on.....I do have a plan here, I think. Another 30 parts to it and itll make more sense. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

BSA 441 Board tracker Levers

Trying to make the simplest bar end levers in existence. There has to be a little more going on then meets the eye. Particularly on the throttle side. But heres the basic idea.

BSA 441 Board tracker thingi's

Ok, last we made the carriage step into a claw looking thing. I added some tips to the 3 ends & added a mount at the top, hammered and filed a bit and wah la. I went with the old Harley Hummer head light, and added modern lighting.

Now what will this thing be?

I love the roller, feel like Im steering a ship. Im rethinking the seat for the third time. The Brooks saddle is very cool, but I think the rider may actually ride this bike and would be happier with something a bit larger and more comphy.  Im going to try something, this will be the first part of the something....

Friday, November 11, 2011

Freedom or Death Debauchery # 3

The horrible, horrible, bad, really bad bad bad Gas tanks youve heard about for a year......
Please click here to go to the story.... or tale.....not sure, Im just following the leader here.

BSA 441 Board Tracker, going really old school

1880 stage coach step, twas broken......its ooo k.

It puts the step in the fire....

It smacks the step with the hammer...

It makes the Tiger claw...or something.....

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Meanwhile, back at the ranch....... 441 BSA Board Tracker

Im thinking  a deep long light, maybe the Harley Hummer light. This front end and bike seem like they want something different for a headlamp bracket.....

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

freedom or death bike, #2. the money honey.

Please click here to the dedicated page for this and to see post #2 That shows the real money deal, since trent has said it cost 2000 to build, it cost 10,000 to build, Jeff was given 4000 cash, 4000 parts,........its never the same twice, even on his own site, the real money spent, and by who is here, so......

Also, if ever bored, here are the pics on my old site from the build, taken here, at my home. Obviously you can see I did do a wee bit off work to this bike.......

The original deal, was me build the basic bike. He had two people in Texas that he said he had, one to do any little fab work needed and supply a seat, and one that would go through the mechanics of the bike, the carb, brakes, the general all around as he specialized in xs650's.

Later fellow number one was fine to tweek around stuff, til about 1.5 days of dealing with Trent & he wanted him out..... Jeff ruins Trents life again..
Fellow number two, did a wonderful job on the carbs, went thru brakes and such, plumbed the ax gas tank & pump that I supplied nicely (of course to read it now on trents sites, its a stroke of genius that he concocked...whatever), and then the fellow charged trent about a third his normal Rate and trent exploded since hed bloooogged about him  or some shit. The bike remained at that shop for 6 months or so until Trents girlfriend could pay to get it out as it was about to have a lien on it. So then it all changed to I built him a bike that needed all this shit fixed, the brakes werent safe, the starter died, etc etc.....Jeff ruining his life yet again.

Freedom Or Death bike , Biker Metric. Get your popcorn.

For our first installment .....  A brief recap.
Last year I built Trent a bike, an xs650. He offered $4000 dollars to build a wacked out xs650 chop bob kinda cool bike. Id wanted to build a japper, but they dont really bring money on resale so never had the chance. Trent was all about garage builders, cheap jap bikes, enabling folks to build neat bike, afforable, and wanted to push the Metric side of things. All good, I was kinda into it, and  the $4000 would cover donor bike, and parts, maybe some paint and stripping etc. Id do the labor free of charge for whatever that ending up being, $4000 would get it done. He and Bandit, Keith Ball, would take care of shipping it down the Texas, for the ROT Rally have a delivery Bash, models, bears, photographer the whole deal.  Cool.

I found a good, well stored XS locally for $850, Trent sent some doe, I got the bike. Reviewed parts that needed bought, or made. Emphasized the first thing needed was a tail, and the duel 21" rims an tires, a must at the beginning of a build like this. Well, a long time passed, no more money from old Trent, just excuses that he couldnt sell his VTX he'd crashed, and lost a contract he had doing web stuff or something for a hospital, so he was broke.......This drug out. (Although in trents posting now, its refered to as, The Builder (me) sitting on the bike for months)  MmmHmmm . Got to the point, if this thing has a shot in hell at ever getting done, it was crunch time,a couple months away is needed abandoned, or some parts actually needed to appear.

 I asked a friend who builds awesome Tails and Oil Cans if hed kick in towards Trents Bike, Trent would pimp him on the web, etc. He said yes. Then I called another, he said yes, this was starting to look like I could now get a tail and at least go forward, the bike had been sitting torn down a while at this point, needing a tail and wheels & tires..

I told Trent the my 2 guys would kick in, and Trent lite up realizing, cool, free parts, Ill pimp them, alls well, he sent out emails asking for others to kick in towards his bike and got a few more people to kick in. So now it was the community bike build. So I got to it after the tail showed up here, That next day I started, with 5 or 6 weeks to go........

The rest of this long series of Poo flinging will have its own page so I dont clog my main blog with this BS.

Look at the header above at top of blog, you see Home, Ducati Front end, Freedom orDeath. Click on the freedom or Death,  this will be a page dedicated to this long drawn out deal.

Comments are enabled on my blog, so comment away.
Trent, though he preaches freedom of speech, disabled comments until after he approves them on Biker metric, so he can keep his haters silent on his site. Freedom or death and all that.......unless he looks bad, than no freedom....ha.

Click the freedom or death page to continue above please, to read trents own words from his blog.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

V-twin Cafe. some new stuff.

I played with making an air cleaner, not up to par yet, needs tweeking, but I like it. On the bars I was going to wrap with brown leather to match seat, but I tried some gel line bike wrap. I like to look an feel, hate to weird print, need to get some strait brown on final assembly. Need to make something for the speedo, its a small electronic jobbie that is fairly small.