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All the ins and outs that go into building my bikes.
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035 The fiddly bits

Uncategorised Posted on Sun, March 15, 2020 22:50:58

Now that most of the work is done on the bike, it’s down to the fiddly stuff.

I really wanted an oil temp meter on the bike.Since this is an early version of the NX650, it has a different thread size. So I purchased the cheapest one I could find and turned the threaded part down on my lathe to a size of 20,00mm. then I took a piece of round billet 30mm. aluminium and cut a thread on it with the size M30 x 2mm. the fitting hole was cut to 19.98mm. and so it was 0.02mm. smaller in size.

I then heated the ring with a blow torch and shrink fitted the threaded ring with ease!

I am very pleased with the result:

Up next is a a small lightweight luggage carrier that can be removed easily! The mockup and fittings are ready. Stil needs final welding and powder coating, but I’m out of tungsten for my TIG welder so I’ll have to order some!

034 Happy New Year!

Uncategorised Posted on Thu, January 02, 2020 10:29:17

Man, I was shocked to see, that I hadn’t posted anything since July.

I have been extremely busy at work and all my spare time seems to evaporate. I’ m sorry to say that since the accident, my right arm won’t be getting better so that’s something I will have to learn to live with.

I’ve also got a new dog…..her name is Pippa

When I got her
She’s growing fast!

I have been busy on many things, mostly electrification and Hydrogen. This year 30.000 Tesla Model 3 ‘s were sold here in the Netherlands, so I’m very interested how fast the electrification of our mobility will proceed the coming years. I picked up 3 Tesla’s with a friend last week, and if you’ve driven one, you will know what I’m saying that this is the future.

Anyway I’ve got a couple of days now before the school starts again so. its time to clean up the workshop and finish the Honda.

033 first day of the rebuild

Motorcycles Posted on Fri, July 19, 2019 17:45:07

So I when I started this project I was stil in the other building.
All the parts were put in boxes, then stored and then brought over to the new workshop.
I was certain I had already bought new steering stem bearings, but I could not find them in the box, where I thought I put them!
So after hours of going through all the boxes in the attic, I finally found them.
First I tapped out the old outer bearing rings then I fitted the new ones.
The tricky part was fitting the new lower stem bearing because it’s a tight fit and easily damaged. I had to source a piece of pipe that fitted over the stem, exactly on the face of the inner bearing ring and tap it down on top of the seal underneath.
It all worked out fine.
Fitting the front fork was easy.
Then the next challenge appeared: where are all the bolts for fitting the engine?
I suddenly remembered that I was in the proces of getting new ones when I decided to build a new workshop!
So I’ve just now ordered the new bolts and fitted the engine in the frame with a couple of old bolts.
So Here we are:

032 summer holiday

Motorcycles Posted on Wed, July 17, 2019 19:12:31

So at last some time for myself.
Time to finish my second build which should work with 1 and 1/2 arm.
I Had the frame sandblasted.
After the blasting some cracks showed up which had to be repaired.

After sandblasting I always degrease outside because I use Acetone.
I needed 2 coats and 2 bakes for this frame.

Cooled down, it’s now waiting for me to start the rebuild tomorrow!

031 Time to do the other workspace

Motorcycles Posted on Sat, April 13, 2019 16:08:54

I know, I’m fortunate to have some space around my place.
and since I can’t us my right arm, I had to wait for the right time to set up my lathe and mill.
I had to drill some holes and level the machines out, but now it’s finished so here are some pics:

030 Like it is

Motorcycles Posted on Sun, March 17, 2019 10:27:22

Well, that’s taken some time.right?
Sorry to let you know that my arm won’t be getting better than it is now.
That means I can use it, but I have no strength in it.
So for all the lifting that I can’t do single-handed, I will have to ask someone to come and help me.
This is quite difficult for me, cause I’m used to doing things alone.
The upside is, that I now have an excuse to buy more power tools.

being swamped in my daily work, I have been thinking a lot on how to move forward.
So I have decided to see if I can quit 1 day a week from my daily job to be able to make some progress.

We’ll see how that develops.

In the meantime I’ve put the Honda on the lifting table and started on that.

029 health issues

Motorcycles Posted on Wed, August 08, 2018 18:27:15

Well it’s been quite a while since my last post.
I’ve had an accident while I was arranging the workshop.
The result was a ruptured distal biceps tendon which resulted in having my arm in a cast for over 6 weeks.
I am still not able to put a strain on my arm muscles but I have to move and train them to get the strength back, which will probably take another 6 weeks.
So there will be no progress till fall I guess.
In the meantime I’m gathering parts for what will be a killer project I’m very much looking forward to but won’t be started until next year.The cast removed after 6 weeks.

Keep in Touch!

028 It’s getting there!

Motorcycles Posted on Mon, June 11, 2018 20:43:51

Well I’ve been very, very , very busy, but things are coming together now.
Here some pics of the build!

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