Sunday, July 8, 2012

What to do with a Triumph motor

So this project is a little off in the distance but I need to figure what direction I am going to go with the Triumph motor that is sitting in pieces in my garage.  The reason I need to figure it out is so I can get rid of the stuff I am not going to use on it.

So do I go with a cafe/vintage race bike, something like this but with a Triumph motor not a Norton

Or do I build a two up longer chop.  King and queen, about 6 over springer, something like one of these.

None of these are my bikes, all pillaged from the Internet.  Let me know what you think.

Next up on my to do list is tear down the Ironhead and rebuild the top end, paint, and powder coat.  It is going to take a little while as money is tight. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Knees in the breeze

So I got a chance to go see one of the great national parks this country has to offer a couple weekes ago.  Me and 6 other guys rode 787 mile round trip and visited Yosemite National Park.  Amazing country and a great trip.  So glad life worked the way it did and I was invited on this trip and I could make it.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Joys of owning an Ironhead Chop

So a few weeks back I was riding to work and something sounded like it was rubbing.  At first it sounded like the front of the bike but I couldn't see anything while I was riding.  I was on base and not going to fast and didn't have far to go so I just rode it till I got to work.  Well, after getting there I realized it was coming from the back not the front.  After a little investigating I found that one of the bolts holding the rear fender on had backed out and was rubbing the tire.  I got a nice groove down the tire now but it is not to bad.  I am still going to run it.

Kind of hard to see in the picture but you get the idea.  Since I have been riding it several bolts/nuts have either loosened or came off to include my rear axle bolts.  The only thing I can blame it on is stupidity on my part.  So the original idea was to get it on the road and ride it for a few weeks to shake it down then tear it back down for paint and powder coat, well I then got orders to Cali and was not sure I would have the time or the money to get it done before I moved.  So I left it together and figured I would do it when I got here.  With that said I didn't use loctight on shit and it is vibrating its self apart.  That coupled with the fact that the it is burning oil I will be tearing it down real soon to redo the top end and do a proper finish build, possibly throw in building a springer in there too.  Sorry for the rant, stay tuned for more fab and random shit.