Sunday, 2 October 2011

All the way from the USA....

These came from Lowbrow over a while ago but I only got down to the workshop on thursday.

They're for NAPS (Not A Project Sportster). Plan is to fit the tracker bars and return to mid controls. Last week I got a quote from the local franchised HD place and they wanted £140 for the parts I needed to run mid controls. This lot came up on ebay with a BIN of £50.

Everything I need is there (and more) only potential fly in the ointment is they were listed as for a '96-'03 bike but as I'm not aware of any difference (at least for the parts I want) between a '94 and a'96 I figured it was worth the risk.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Still not a project.....

Just ordered a set of Biltwell tracker bars from Lowbrow for the Not a Project Sporty.

Still doesn't make it a project though so my one project at a time rule is still in place....

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Not a Project Sportster II

Picked up the stuff from Lowbrow yesterday, they threw in a few stickers and a magazine for free which was nice.

So today I decided to fit the seat to my bike and remove some of the chrome that was on it.

Here's the back end of the bike before I started.

And here it is with the new seat and the some of the chrome removed.

Here is the stuff I've take off so far...

Monday, 18 July 2011

Not a project sportster.

Even though it definitely not a project I ordered some bits for the Sporty from lowbrow. Took a few weeks to clear customs but they're in the country and I've paid Import duty on them (which added 50% to the cost) and I should be getting them tomorrow (ish).

Sunday, 3 April 2011


Went up to the Mushroom Shed to continue getting my FJ ready for the summer. Only to find someone has 'customised' the tank.

I was really pissed off by this but once I calmed down I managed to get the FJ running and rode it around the yard, clutch seemed OK but one of the pipes didn't seem to get as hot as the others. I'm hoping that it's just some crap in the carb or something trivial and it will sort itself out when I actually take the bike out on the road. All I need to do not is take it off SORN.

I spent the rest of the afternoon working on the TriBSA before clearing a space in the clutter that has gathered in the Mushroom Shed so I can park the bike inside.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Evil Clutches

Stuart came over for a visit. Unfortunately his clutch cable snapped when he was about a mile away, fortunately he had a spare and we managed to get the clutch working although with a unconventional cable routing. This meant that we both ended up working on the clutches of our lardy sports tourers despite both of us having hangovers.

Sunday, 20 March 2011


Been really busy with moving house and sorting out a replacement van after mine was stolen. I have still managed to keep up my evening classes where I'm making a grinding rest. Also finished making my welding bench. Ended up using some galvanised box section I found lying around. Cleaned as much of the galv off that I could but it was still a sod to weld. Was a bit worried about getting sick from the fumes but I got away with it (although reading about symptoms on the internet got me worried about every ache and pain for a bit).

Here's the welding table in all it's glory. Its not bad considering it was made from scrap.

About the only other thing I've done in the shed in the past month is machine up some bungs for one of the Dirty Bobbers forum.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Vertical Slide

I bought an old vertical slide off ebay so I can do simple milling jobs on the lathe. It's off an Atlas but I reckon I can make it fit without too much effort.

Making swarf.

I've been pretty busy as I'm moving house but I did get some shed time yesterday.

I'm waiting for parts for the TriBSA so I spent some time machining the components of the grinding rest I've started making at evening class.

Sometimes all I need is a cup of tea and time with machine tools.....