Sunday, November 29, 2009

Being framed

Finally after countless hours building the girder fork I have started on the frame. A portion of the frame is made of stainless with the majority in mild steel. Where the two materials meet I wanted to treat it like you would a lug on a bicycle frame so I coped the steel and press fit the stainless into it after which I ran a little tig bead around. I love the zen like moments that tig welding creates... I love the focus!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Model A

Built between 2001 and 2005 by Speed Shop Design this 1931 Model A Ford is now owned by a gentleman named Tim in Tacoma, WA. Tim laid down a sick black paint job that simply makes the car look amazing. Like any true hot rod the car seems to constantly evolve to improve reliability, performance, and style. I love seeing this car around at all the local gatherings.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hot Bike

Go get your copy of the January 2010 issue of Hot Bike on the news stand today. Not only did Special #6 get a five page feature but it also made the cover!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Too many ideas!

I feel like I will never get around to all of them so I sketch them real quick in my sketch book in hopes that some of them make it into future projects. In this drawing I particularly like the idea of making a sprung sissy bar/banana type seat that hides the spring under the tail piece.

One of these days! ;)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

one part Triumph + one part Norton =


Over the past few months my dad and I have been talking allot about the bike I am designing for him. I had been playing with the idea of making a frame from scratch but with the BSA project being so labor intensive I was a little worried that doing so would take forever for him to get his bike made. So... after lots of thought I figured the best frame I could buy would be a feather bed and low and behold I was able to score this 1965 slimline feather bed frame. I like the slimline frames over the wide because I feel the waist will lend it's self to a more sculptural tank and tail piece. I want to make a roller of the parts asap so I can start the sheet metal work. This thing is going to be kick ass!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Parts is parts...

... well not really. Last week I spent allot of time on the lathe, mill, and the belt sander making more components for the BSA project. This bike is about 95% one off components, pretty much the only thing I'm not fabricating is the engine. What your looking at here are a couple of top plates for the girder fork as well as some front axle pockets. I also machined some stainless exhaust couplers for the unique 2 into 1 system the bike will have. The other pieces are aluminum and something I am not going to talk about... you will just have to wait and see the finished bike to understand what they are ;)

Hopefully next week I start welding some frame components together but I'm not so sure, I still have a shopping list of parts to machine about a mile long.

Sick Food :(

This week the flue decided it was my turn to be sick. All I have been able to do is a few sketches here and there and no fabrication time in the shop. Last night Lynn stopped by our favorite noodle spot, Samurai Noodle, and got me the perfect comfort food :) I love my tonkatsu ramen!!! Thanks babe ;)