27 October, 2011
Last night we celebrated my 37th birthday at Burgers and Brews, in downtown Chico. I enjoyed a Sierra Nevada Nitro Stout with a luscious bacon cheeseburger. The Mrs. enjoyed a chicken salad and a glass of vintage 2011 ice water. Mmmm, that was a good year.
I scored quite an assortment of loot from my folks and the in-laws, and of course Susan. This pretty much sums it up:
Beer, tools, candy, clothes, new lunch box, book on CD, and a new beard-beanie for those cold nightly walks.
25 October, 2011
21 October, 2011
Just a quick sneak preview. I was desperate to get the wheels and tires mounted, before we took the tank up to Oregon for Mr. A to work his magic. It will be the last day I have the tank on the bike until Christmas.
I got the wheels built last night, using the new spokes/nipples I got from Thailand. Amazingly, they arrived in 5 days, despite just using Thai parcel post. The wheel rims are new Warp 9 2.15x18, which are both wider and lighter than the original old crusty units. The tires are Shinko 244, in 3.5 and 4.1x18 size.
This is version 2 of my seat idea, and I like it. Just a nice simple black vinyl seat. I used some little push-pin style dudes that are meant to go on the bottom of furniture, to make it easier to slide them around. I wanted to give it a pleated look, but don't have the ability to sew through thicker vinyl. This may be my final design:
18 October, 2011
I got bit more assembly work done the past couple days. Tonight was a headlight, speedo,and a mock-up rear seat I'm not real satisfied with. I made another quick seat tonight with a different shape that looks better, but it still needs something to set it off. I'm thinking some upholstery buttons to give it a pleated look.
I threw on an 18" S90 front wheel and a 17" Trail 55 rear wheel just to give it something to roll around on for now. The new meats will be much bigger.
16 October, 2011
4% abv (Utah)
Despite the low alc content, this was a very tasty brew. Very full body, with good malt flavor and hints of plums and coffee. Not quite a porter, but still very good. A huge surprise!
Bless you Joseph Smith.
I got quite a bit of paint work done over the past few days, including the frame, suspension parts, hubs etc. This morning I started the assembly process, as shown below:
14 October, 2011
13 October, 2011
Yes, I added another bike to the stable. In this case, a make and model I had never heard of, which was part of the attraction to it. It is a Miyata Miyapet, made by the Miyata Bicycle company sometime in 1962 or 63. It is a bit of a mystery, as they apparently only made motorcycles for a couple years. So far I've only been able to find a few sales brochures for sale on ebay. Not much else with regard to history or technical specs. The brochures say it is 50cc, has a 3-speed with conventional clutch, is 12v, and has a starter.
12 October, 2011
After just a couple days of soaking the piston/cylinder with ATF, the Kawi engine magically unfroze itself. I gave a gentle turning of the flywheel, and it just decided to turn over. I pulled the cylinder off, then drove out the piston pin and removed the piston. I'm now soaking the main crankcase chamber with ATF.
Exciting photo of a clean piston and a dirty engine case:
11 October, 2011
I placed an order on Sunday with Motorcycle Superstore for some various parts for the Bushmaster. Including new tires, tubes, grips, universal throttle, handlebar, and other items I have since forgotten. Since I spent enough coin to qualify for free shipping, they apparently decided to ship items as they became available. So far I've received two shipments, with a third scheduled for arrival tomorrow, and a fourth scheduled for Friday. It's going to be Christmas all week!
One item I wanted to specifically comment on, where the tires. I wanted some big beasty meats for this Brat style project, and I found the Shinko 244 to be just my cup of tea. I got a 3.50x18 front and a 4.10x18 rear. The funniest part though? The fact that the sidewalls are marked with rather large letters the term "Golden Boy." Those crazy Koreans!
There stands a chance I could get some mockup done this weekend.
10 October, 2011
I pulled the cylinder head off the Kawi engine late yesterday, then mounted it to the work bench. It isn't nearly as bad as the BS-7 engine was, but it is frozen. I think a bit of soaking with ATF will help free it up. In fact, I know it will, as I'm already seeing some ATF leaking past the rings and out the exhaust port.
I was lucky in that the flywheel pulling tool for Honda 50 engines also fit the Kawi perfectly. And talk about grimy! The flywheel was massively encrusted in a pasty sort of acid/rust crust. I will need some sort of puller to get the stator off though, as it sits too far inboard of the engine case to get a screwdriver under.
In this case, it is spelled Miyata. A Miyata Miyapet to be specific. I know hardly anything about this machine, and google isn't being very helpful either. Pics of this 50cc beast are below:
We'll see if I can arrange for pickup from the owner this week.
No Susan, I don't need another motorcycle. Thank you for understanding.
02 October, 2011
01 October, 2011
I spent some time this morning mocking up the "new" frame pieces on the Bushmaster. I have most everything just tacked into place, but I like where it is going. I replaced the rear subframe area with new tubes, and triangulated them down to the main engine cradle. I also built new upper shock mounts, that tie into the joint of the seat and triangulation tubes.
Now I need to get serious about new wheels and tires. I'm thinking about the Shinko 244 tires in 3.5 and 4.1 sizes front and rear. The big rear might be a touch tight, so I may settle on 3.5 all around.