Monday, September 15, 2014

Rachael's '76 XS650

Back in May we finished reassembling Rachael's XS650 engine. (Some fun videos found here) She brought us back the whole bike to finish some fabrication work and wiring. We promised to have it done by Gypsy Run and we delivered!

This bike originally came with a drum brakes so we had to fab up new mounts for the rear master cylinder, reservoir, and brake switch. 

We made up a new battery box to hide the ballistics 4 cell battery and all the wiring. The bottom triangle is removable to get access to the rectifier/regulator.
 Rachael all ready had the battery box made and we just added some tabs for mounting. The solenoid and E-Advancer are also mounted behind the cover.

New battery box cover.

The frame received a new coat of gray paint. 

It's starting to look like a motorcycle again!

Lots of wiring!

Lights work and fires right up!

We ended up doing a last minute tank swap and did a 60 mile shake down run in the dark.


Friday of the Gypsy Run Rachael came by to pick up her new wheels.

The Fire Chickens approve!

This bike is ready to bomb the streets of Brooklyn! This was in the works for quite some time and I'm glad we were able to lend a hand in getting it finished! Enjoy Rachael!
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Old Foto Friday!!

My Dad's cousin, Chris Kusto, and his wife riding my dad's shovelhead somewhere out in Michigan. This could be one of the best photos of this bike in the "green" version. As you can see this has also been the main inspiration for the direction I'm taking my shovel in. Big thanks to Mike from 47 industries for replicating these handle bars for me.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

RetroFit Party!

Time for the annual RetroFit Party! Ride in, camp out, food and booze while it lasts. Need to know where? Drop me an email. See ya there!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

What Do You Do With Two Broken Motorcycles??

What do you do when one bike has a bad motor, and the other has a bad frame. Swap 'em out! Ben wanted to do this engine swap in the future anyway, but there's no time like the present!

The bottom end took a dump on the pan.

The frame on the shovel developed a serious crack in the neck gussets ... on both sides.

 Out goes the pan.

In goes the shovel.

 Made up a new front head pipe to wrap around the floor board.

In goes the clutch.

On the road again! 6 hours total for this swap. 

Show Stoppers and Road Choppers.... AND Cafes....

In between the madness of Strange Days there have been some other stuff we've been working on! This is Samantha's 360 Honda "Milly". She did most of the work herself but needed some fab work and some tuning to get her bike back on the road.

After I got the bike tuned up I re-worked the tail section. I cut the loop section out, slugged the ends, and re-mounted the fender.


 It sounds nuts, but to get the fender to mount better under the seat, I had to cut off the original mount, flip it around, move it forward, and weld it back on.

 All tucked up nice inside the seat!

Ben made up a new battery box that is hidden down inside the frame.

I also made a new license plate and taillight mount.

And we're cruising! A few more kinks to work out but this bike rips! I really regret getting rid of the 360 I had... Thanks for letting me work on this for you Samantha!