Friday, July 3, 2015

Triumph Bonneville Review

I generally don't care too much about stock Hinckley Triumphs but somehow caught myself watching this review. Thing is, once I started I couldn't stop. This guy and his video editing style is genius.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ran When Parked

1977 Triumph Bonneville Tracker Project - Someone motivated with a shallower project queue than me should take this home. Cool parts and it seems like a fairly good deal.  This bike could be a real screamer. Seller is from Flathead Rob's birth place so I'm sure he could get the local's discount.

1977 Triumph T140v street tracker project. I started this project with fiberglass from Grand Prix glass and it is a XR750 seat and a Schell tank. I bought the tank with the inner and outer not yet assembled and modified the inner to fit the OIF frame and then sent it all back to Grand Prix to be assembled so it is a perfect fit to this frame. After taking a year to finally get my very expensive fiberglass back, I had lost interest in the project and it has just been sitting.

Brand new Marzocchi forks and billet triples from Captain Dirt in Spokane, I had sleeves machined to fit the triples to the Triumph frame. Vintage Grimeca brakes. Engine has about 9000 miles and is a good runner. I had robbed the clutch hub from it for another bike and have since got another hub but it need reassembled. I just set it together real quick for the picture, seat pad doesn't stick up like in the pic. All the engine parts are there including the Amal carbs. Includes a wrecked T140, minus engine, with a that is mostly complete for parts. Boxes of other parts. Pretty much everything is there to put it together. The last pic is of a bike with the same tank, seat and frame, This was my goal. Has a title. $2100 Will trade up or down for a BMW GS, Tiger XC or KTM Adv

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ajo's Save

This video has really been making the rounds but on the rare chance you haven't seen it I think it's worth posting again.

Found - Lost Helmet

My son found a red & white Arai helmet and Alpinestars gloves near the Crocodile Sunday night - 6/28. If you happen to know the rightful owner please let me know.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

British Tools & Fasteners

I had to cutdown and re-thread a set of Triumph pre unit forks tubes for a project bike I'm working on. I originally thought I just cut the threads on the lathe (they'd be my first lathe turned BCS/CEI threads). I don't really have access to a lathe large enough to handle the size of the tubes well so I ultimately decided to buy a tap instead. An Internet search took me to British Tools & Fasteners. I was familiar with their website but up to that point I had never bought anything from them before.

I did quite a bit of research but could never confirm for certain what the thread was. I contacted BTF with the best specs I could provide. Based on the specs alone BTF was not able to 100% confirm the thread despite them taking time to do some Internet research of their own! I basically decided I'd have to take an educated guess and order one. Unfortunately Murphy's Law assured my guess was wrong. I had to return the tap for the correct one. BTF was super helpful and their communication was simply awesome.

The large taps BTF sells are not inexpensive. Dropping nearly $100 on a single tap is not an easy pill to swallow initially. That said when my 1-1/16 BSC/CEI plug tap arrived I could immediately tell it was the highest quality tap I've seen in my life. Once I used it I was even more impressed!

You may be saying to yourself "It's only a tap, who cares?" The primary purpose of this post is to share how much I was impressed with BTF from a customer service perspective. Vintage motorcycles are primarily hobby for me, meaning the whole thing is supposed to be fun. Way too often the third-party goods and services you rely on to complete a vintage motorcycle project are a complete nightmare. When I run into someone exceptional I feel almost obligated to share. If you need British taps/dies, tools or even just fasteners I'd highly recommend giving them a shot.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sullivan Motorcycle Collection

I've posted stuff on the Sullivan Collection a a few times in the past. 
Evidently Bobby Sullivan has decided it's time to downsize and portions of the collection are being sold at the Mecham's Auction in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.  From the Mecham's website:

Owner of Sullivan’s Inc. and a prolific collector of Triumph motorcycles, Bobby Sullivan is in a league of his own among motorcycle enthusiasts. His collection of Triumphs spanned every year from 1936 through 1972 and comprised more than a hundred various models at its peak in size. What makes Sullivan and his collection especially unique, aside from its obvious depth and breadth, is the way it came to be. Most of the bikes that spent time as part of Sullivan’s collection were products of ground-up nut-and-bolt restorations using original, factory-correct and NOS parts whenever possible, which for a collection of this magnitude and vintage is an extraordinary feat.

 “We’d put the bikes together the same way any good Triumph shop would. We’d inspect everything, replace anything that didn’t look right, and then lubricate the parts during the assembly,” explains Sullivan. “We didn’t put oil in them because the seals would swell up, and then they’d start to drip.”
Sullivan eventually ran out of the space needed to house the bikes in his collection. “When you can’t walk into your conference room ‘cause it’s full of motorcycles, you got a problem,” he says. “When you go downstairs or out back and you can’t move because it’s full of motorcycles, you got a problem. When you do a photo shoot and it takes four hours to move the bikes out for the shoot, and then a couple of hours more to do the shoot, you got too much stuff.”

Over the past couple years, Sullivan has worked to find suitable buyers for his motorcycles, and has been successful in selling many. But selling motorcycles as fine as his is a huge undertaking, especially when dealing with such a large amount. Having worked with MidAmerica and Mecum Auctions in the past, Sullivan felt that utilizing their auction platform would be an excellent way to send off a select portion of his elaborate collection. A total of 15 of Sullivan’s motorcycles will be offered at the second-annual Mecum MidAmerica Harrisburg Motorcycle auction, August 2. Don’t miss the opportunity to claim a small part of Sullivan’s art as your own as it crosses the block at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Incidenally it appears the Mecham's Motorcycle Auction in Harrisburg will be televised as a part of the regular NBCSN coverage 7/31/2015 - 8/02/2015.

Dodge 2.0

On a previous occasion I mentioned how much I appreciated Dodge's recent marketing targeting car guys. This one is pretty good too.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ran When Parked

1944 Indian Chief - This one has shown up on eBay a couple of times now. The listing description mentions that it was restored by Jerry Greer. There's a lot to like.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ran When Parked

1948 Harley Davidson U - If I ever own a Harley I suspect it will look a good bit like this one. In some ways I'd even almost prefer a BT flatty over a Knuck. I suspect it's a faux patina bike but I hardly care in this case. If it were mine I'd swap the Sparto taillight out for a Crocker and then not change a damn thing.