Thursday, September 11, 2014

70 Year On A 40 Year Old

My folks are visiting from Ohio, they drove 2300 miles because my dad is not a fan of airlines. They ride on a Goldwing trike (and pretty hardcore riders at that) pretty much because my dad's hip can't handle a 2-wheeler anymore, so the fact this happened today is amazing. He hopped on my XS and took right to it. He couldn't kick it, but that's the only issue and we cruised into the east bay countryside for a beautiful warm sunny day. And then he took a 2 hour nap.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014


I only have 2 of the 3, but I figure you need the Trifecta to fully represent. Of course there's a handful of other makes I'd gladly put in my stable. Here's hoping for some old dude to stop me at a gas station and talk about his barn full of pre-units.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Next in line

Switching gears, time to get this bad mama-jamma wired. I spent a few bucks on some cloth wire (thanks dear!) and get to spend the next who-knows-how long doing a basic wiring job, installing the Charlie's Place Electronic Ignition, a nice front brake stay, and a few other tweaks. Then it should be ready to roll. No rush on this one. Eventually a nice custom seat. This bike has been with me for 8 years. I bought it to ride 2-up with Lori. Of course, as soon as I got it I tore it apart and it's taken this long to get back to this point. I still remember draining the sewage water out of the forks. A search for CB750 on this blog shows the many trials and tribulations.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Roll for Ted

I got my brake stay fixed (I hope) and that means I can ride to Ted's service tomorrow. Ted never got to see the Triumph running, but he rooted me on for years. He always called my garage "the place where bikes go to die." His wasn't much different. I guess if this cracks again, I'll rethink my brake stay design. Everyone told me it would bend in the center. Well it lasted a 1000 miles and cracked at the bolt on the brake plate. So take that.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Alive Again

A final 3 hour push today and she rides again! First kick and she starts, which wasn't unexpected, as I didn't play with the vroom vroom part. No gearbox leaks. No primary leaks until I ran it. I decided to plug up the inner primary chain oiler instead of routing a hose down. And also it looks like it's leaking from the cap (which is BSA). So hopefully no other issues. She runs so good I missed her. I took her on a 60 minute ride around the countryside and halfway through discovered the brake stay cracked. A ziptie got me home with no front brake. I guess that's what happens when you grind too much and thin out the weld. This will motivate me to install 220 in the garage for the welder. Oh to have an amazing shop and the time to devote. Oh and money. 10 years per bike doesn't work for me. I'll just keep dreaming. I do need to get going on a new bike and just ride this for a while. Maybe it's time to wire the CB750 and get Charlie's electronic ignition in!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Get Centered

I forgot I offered to weed-whip my neighbors yard so I didn't get as much time. But I did clean up the clutch, and re-crosshatch the steel plates. That's back on, and I shimmed around the rotor to center the stator. Maybe I can sneak away and seal it up soon.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Tomorrow should be the day.

Ride On Ted

I lost a buddy. I met Ted when I first moved to the Bay in 2006, one of the first vintage nuts like myself. He had a Shovel, and Pan, and a stable of XS650s. He rode the piss out of his bikes. He also had a very dry, sarcastic, self-deprecating wit. He was a great father, husband, photographer, and motorcycle hoarder like the rest of us. he fought hard, but in the end it was too much. He will be missed.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mr. Puddy

My love for JB Weld continues. I plugged all the lower holes on the inner chain case cover. Theoretically these holes shouldn't leak, but I'm trying to reduce my risk. This has got to be the last bike I do before I get a TIG machine and can weld aluminum. This works... but, it won't win any awards. But you know what they say, "When you're broke, do as the rednecks do." Also I decided to make my life a little easier and put the primary chain on for a preliminary adjustment before the inner cover goes back on and makes it just a little tougher to reach the left side gearbox adjuster nuts. I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.