Just want to say have a good one everybody. Thanks to everyone that has helped make vintagechop a success this year. 1 year old and doing better than i ever imagined.
my joy morning commute - winters here proper now. i have about a mile of this great road to get out then onto main roads. my wonderful council hasnt even gritted the main roads when i got to them - happy days - went down on the main road when the rear wheel decided it wanted to go faster than the front - not to worry - im built to bounce.
Dad is finishing the engine off as i type so i should have it back here for xmas. throwing it in there over the holidays.
have taken 7 inches out of the bar width that i wasnt happy with before, added foot clutch / police style tank shift. started the clean up - i forgot there was shiny stuff under all the oil and road crap that was caked all over the bike - its been leaking like a stuck pig for the last few thousand miles so was in real need of the engine rebuild. crapping itself on the tipple run this year just pushed me into it like now.
ok so winters here. the plan was to be ready for winter with the trike but as ever with my personal builds - missed deadline again...
moved it out of the main workshop so i could get the shovel ready for getting its heart back next week. it looks at home in the snow. its damn close to being done - wiring and a few adjustments but nearly there. another couple or three days work on it will see it there
never too happy with the lump of billet they supply to bolt the mag to the motor. well got the thing glass bead blasted and it looks a lot more in keeping now - bit of muck on it and it will kinda pass for cast, sorta....
and the little fella is now riding up front - decided to go with the tank shift
Just found these pics of my first rigid bike. Was great fun to ride pretty tatty and noisy as hell. i didnt build it, just modified, like battery pack in pannier with those wires running to it - total loss system that would JUST get me to work off a full battery jump-start pack for a car. nice carry mat and duct tape seat - 2 layers of comfort. was fun while it lasted - but the engine was on its arse and the charging side was completely dead so i sold it for cheap and moved onwards and upwards.
think this should do it... before and after
nothing fancy on this bike but getting the engine back together over xmas holiday. make up some proper struts instead of the makeshift angle iron i have in there to work out the stance. its dropped 3" at the minute - ill probably take it back up 1/2"but thats all.
think street / strip slammed 80s thing - well ive got it in my head anyways....
Its the sort of thing i would drag home coz it has potential. its not one of mine but easily could be.
my bud ads came round today for a bit more work on his work bie. hes a courier and has stuck over 100,000 miles on this fazer in the last 2 years, brings it here when it needs anything odds and sods - dirty quick fixes always - its a rat in the true sense not in the "i stuck some shit on it" sense
like its got its front sprocket welded on coz the thread stripped out - classy fixes like that...
the side rack was a few months ago, well - he decided he needed a HUGE rear rack as well as the top box - doubles what he can carry, and the more he can carry the more he earns
so angle iron frame with a mesh base out of a skip he found that i tacked in. always fun hacking on his bikes and he normally even brings chips & battered sausage for dinner - hes a good man
just realised i hadnt put up a link to download the choppers magazine
Ed roth choppers magazine - dirty great big zip file with issues 1 to 6 in it
got the little man drilled and plugged an on the jockey setup for the shovel - undecided if ill go with a tank shift or jockey at the minute - either way ive got a rocker clutch going on there and this little man will ride with me
got some 1/2 inch UNC bolts, lopped em down, drilled em out and threw an m8 tap down them. run the threaded slugs into the bottom of the risers and voila - biltwell risers now fit onto my R1 front end for the twin panther
Its a plan forming - no exact plans yet but from the maps / photos it looks like some nice riding. Bit more research then some pre-running and a plan will formulate.
Similar milage to last year
Yes its happening
Next year we go east. Dont know where yet, dont know when, dont really know why... but east it is.
Keep your eyes on here or www.thetipplerun.blogspot.com [link on the right hand tool bar] for breaking details when they happen.
ever got to a rally and forgotten your shotglass? never have the problem again... the shotglass tail-lights dropped in today and will be up in the store in the next day or 2, been a long time coming but well worth the wait - they are a super cool, premium item. im selling them with the fender mount
took the shop truck up to the parcel place to get my latest batch of goodness. they like me up there - they are always amused that im tying all these parcels onto a bike
all the released biltwell megaflake helmet colours are now in stock here in england ready to post to your door. so thats the Megaflake Root Beer, Megaflake Sunburst Orange, Megaflake Brite Silver and Megaflake Midnight Black
a new bike that i actually like out of the box!!! maybe im coming down with something
more info on it over here