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Everything posted by Kimjon

  1. The shift linkage ended up on a less than perfect angle after shifting the centre point about 100mm. It worked, just...but was shit. So I machined up some stainless rod to extend the length, as hey let's be honest, a little more length is high on most guys wish list: I then tapped an M8 thread through it, and used about 30mm of M8 threaded rod to connect it to the existing linkage. This added ~60mm in length and i made the rest up by having the threads out a bit on the rod ends. Boom!! Now the linkage has near 1:1 give or take mechanical advantage, so about as positive as you could get in a set up like this. how does it work now? Perfectly...Fuck yeah!!
  2. Maybe? My leg already looks like this, so I'm keen to try retain it and not take it off the foot peg more than necessary The wiring is the big job. I started it, way back in L4 lockdown, but its not something I enjoy doing. Just gotta get over myself and do it. Its all there, no excuses.
  3. The forward controls looked awesome, I figured someone must have done some kind of R&D on them, or at least tried them out, but whoever designed these was a fucktard!! Seriously, the shifter arm had its pivot center about 100mm behind the foot peg. The arm was only about 150mm long, so 150mm - 100mm = 50mm of room to squeeze your foot in. ○Basically you had to lift up with the shifter here. ○Then, you had to lift your entire foot off the peg and lift it up and over the shifter, put you entire foot on top of the shifter to shift down the gear, with no heel contact on the peg at all, your foot literally floating in thin air with only your toes sitting on top of the shifter as you brake and down shift!!! Most forward controls have the shifter share the same pivot centre as the foot peg. I checked all my measurements and think I can get away wwith moving them very close together, as the arm is quite long. Re engineering the mounts. Now it work more like this: Only the tip of your toes has to flip around the shifter, maintaining heel contact all the time on the footpeg. Much better, it actually works now. You can simply pivot your foot, maintaining contact with the foot peg and shift gears up or down, just like a real motorcycle should. I'm happy now, much better.
  4. Its growing on me, its actually a very solid bike under the 20 layers of rattle can paint jobs hiding its past, like an old hooker smeared in makeup and cheap perfume. I bobbed the tail to tidy it up, looks much better already. All I did was unbolt shit. Then added some bar end mirrors i had left over from projects past. Today I purchased a motorcycle dolly, because I've always wanted one. I'm not sure why, as apparently motorcycles come with their own wheels and aren't that hard to shift on your own...who knew?? But hey, I achieved a life goal of owning a motorcycle dolly, so I'm still calling it a win!!
  5. Okay, slight u-turn... Some v-twin Japanese nostalgia to add to the collection. Tho the cunt who sold it to me did a runner with a box containing the wiring loom, headlight and a heap of good stuff promised in the sale. Long story, but just yet another sad reminder that in life you're going end up doing business with a cunt every now and then. Anyway, the bike has good bones. I have steel, a grinder and a welder, plus about 100hrs this week alone of watching YouTube on cafe racers...so let's get past that small hurdle and start planning a cool build. No time frames, no budget (As in zero).
  6. That my teenage dream right there. Well the DR200 and a ferrari F40...hey dreams were free...
  7. Small project today. Something I've always wanted, but they sell for ridiculous money (plus postage from UK on top!!). So I made one, basically cost $20 for the oil can (with oil, that I'll pour into my mower, then replace with 2T oil). I knew that old belt that broke on me would get a second chance. It did me well for about 12 years wearing it most days. Braket mocked up. Tadah!!!
  8. Another random project: Now I can get away from using those stupid valve master squirty things, that no gas stations appear to have anymore
  9. I don't know why this fascinates me, but im always amused by what I can get into my vespa glovebox 1.5L coke bottle...pffftt, hardly touching the sides! 2L frozen chocolate icecream...pffftt...I could easily have fit the coke in there too and done it in one trip, but doing multiple trips is kind of my go-to choice of entertainment these days.
  10. Full send, bolted down now and working great! The big lawnmower wheel adds a lot more velocity to the belt than my other linisher has, so that equates to faster rate of shit getting removed. The maths looks like this: Bs.M = SDF (Belt speed × material = shit done faster) Another win...
  11. And a good opportunity to test my new linisher, see what its appetite for eating steel is like. Yip, it loves it!
  12. Courtesy of the US postal service. Stamped metal license plate...America, fuck yeah!
  13. Finished and working great! Just need to bolt it down to the concrete so I can use it without fear of it toppling over.
  14. Maybe? Think 150cc scooter variator, or quad bike/ATV version? should handle a fair bit of power? I still think a fucked motorcycle engine, cut gear box off it, weld sprocket to crankshaft... for free
  15. Not finished...but you get the idea. I've made it so the top can move around in 90° increments, so you can use it in whatever position you need. Left, right, big wheel or little wheel etc...Paint to come next.
  16. Turns out even a cripple can change an oil seal... Its was leaking so much, the rear brakes no longer worked. I used degreaser and cleaned it all out. I didn't wash it with water inside the rear hub because I didn'twant to contaminate the gearbox oil etc, fingers crossed that doesn't do bad things? I just whipped it down with a rag best I could? I then sanded the brake surfaces on the drum and the pads, put it all back together and boom...brakes work hard out, easily locks up and does skids.
  17. Rear fenders, in true early 2000's Jesse James Monster Garage style "FREEBIE"... Another awesome GC hooked me up. Plug for Retroscooter in Akl for all things ummm retro and scooter???
  18. Looking good man! I've been hard out watching cafe racer TV on YouTube. This style is really growing on me, in particular your bike and moto guzzi (ural and Honda too) with the v or boxer style motors, so cool!
  19. Yes!!! Free delivery, total GC...and although his van was rather big, I didn't end up in a rape dungeon...so things couldn't have gone better.
  20. Soooo, I kinda fucked my knee, as in big time fucked it. No, I wasn't riding a dirt bike, a harley, scooter, motorized mobility scooter, tall bike, drift trike, gokart...nope, not even a goped. I simply went to step up onto a deck and some shit broke inside my knee. Totally unspectacular, no cool "war stories" to tell... Now my biggest problem i was about to face is that I drink coffee like water. In fact some days I don't drink water other than what comes in my coffee or beer. So I was getting kind of desperate to solve this first world problem...but never fear, a solution was in hand, introducing the copyright pending "crup holder":
  21. I've got a lot of ideas for this, some of them are even good ones. I'll start keeping an eye out for parts and see where this goes depending on what pops up.
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