Archive for ‘Maintenance’

September 19, 2017

Dealer

Repairs under Warranty – that’s what was behind the dealers doors in the 70’s. Poor management, product, and development back in the U.K. Meant shiploads of Bonneville’s, Trophy’s, and Tridents were sent ‘Statesward in various levels of quality… the red overlay hints at the bloodshed that was to be… well as they said back then: “You meet the nicest people on a Honda!”

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August 3, 2017

‘shop scene

Morrie’s Place – the busy workshop at Ed Zenders place is a hive of activity. With all four workstands taken up with motorcycles under repair, a workbench full of engines, parts, tools; and more bikes awaiting attention, there’s a healthy dose of work in this great vintage ‘shop. Overhead the old signs herald days past when more local garages kept owners rides roadworthy.

July 27, 2017

Twelve

Ben & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance- my nephew is 12 today. He got a new exhaust pipe for his mini-bike. Ready to rip-up some dirt! 

July 8, 2017

Alas…

City of Brotherly Love – cool photo of a busy motorcycle workshop in the near north of Philadelphia. Yorick & Sons Moto is a full service repair and build garage. Located in the blue-collar hipster neighborhood of Fishtown. http://www.yorickandsons.com/

May 15, 2017

Roadside Maintenance 

There’s a’wys summat! When your machine is reaching half a century in age even a 100 mile jaunt can uncover a mechanical snafu. Here Dean finds that the small timing pin plug behind the cylinders decided to jump ship somewhere between Glencoe and Antioch. Upsetting pressure and spewing a fine mist of oil onto the frame he had to get a 1/2″ bolt from a Napa auto parts store to make a temporary fix.

Knowing your bike inside and out means these impromptu repairs just delay an otherwise smashing weekend ride… 

April 5, 2017

Boiler Suit for Geordie?

Helpin’ Hound – I’ll just put this image here…

February 23, 2017

Giddy up 

Gearing Up – the work involved in stepping up from a 19 to 21 tooth front sprocket required some notching to be done to the case so the larger diameter gear could be slotted into the primary drive axle. 21 equally spaced grooves. Whilst I was in there the clutch was renewed which gives an very noticeable grab when throttle is applied. The gearing give about 12% extra wheel revolutions for the same engine speed. 

February 21, 2017

Hacky Dorty

Swarfega! – working on old motorcycles can be filthy work. I always find myself with oil ingrained hands even after a minor fuss of the bike. When doing the sprocket there was two chains to deal with, a road crud encrusted underside, some aluminum filings, and general grubbiness. 

February 19, 2017

Sunny Excursion 

Rather terrific weather today. Though a chill in the air under motion, the sun was warm with a crisp light and the roads clear. Taking back road that offered more than a few stretches, to let the newly geared engine stretch its legs, I can confidently announce that there’s a hefty bit more grunt in the parallel twin. She lowped along comfortable at 60 with more to spare. 

February 18, 2017

May days in February 

Climate Change – with an unseasonable warm-up over this February weekend, where the mid sixties are being reached, I’ve had to work this last week in getting the Bonnie ready for at least one days riding. I’ve changed the front sprocket from a 19 tooth to a 21 so I can squeeze a little more speed out of the engine. The work necessitated removing the clutch and making alterations to a sprocket access hole in the back of the primary case. I’ll show that work in a blog post later this week. I put in new clutch friction plates for renewed ‘bite’, and installed a new clutch basket as the current one had notches in the tang grooves. 

February 4, 2017

Scarab

Bug Cub – like some emerald carapaced bug, the wee trials bike was brought out into the chill February air. I took it around a parking lot to let the engine and gearbox ‘stretch their legs’. 

February 1, 2017

Links

Back on the Chain Gang – as Chrissie Hynde sang back in ’82. I’m giving the Bonnie’s drive chain a good cleaning: degreasing, oiling, scrubbing, lubricating. Making sure the rollers and pins are supple to power the back wheel. 

December 31, 2016

Annual Goals

NYR – New Year’s Resolutions: the time of year when you need to take stock and wistfully ponder on what the heck you got up to and wonder what bedevilment you can get up to in the ensuing year. Here’s mine: project; new bike; travel; go places with my lass.

December 13, 2016

List

Winter Projects – as the warm weather recedes into a distant memory now is the time to figure out the tasks to undertake on the bikes. Still some sorting of the Cub; cables, wiring, a timing cover seal, a little more carb fettling. The the Bonnie is getting a new front sprocket; two teeth up for a little more top speed, then fresh clutch plates for bite… some oil line work…. it never ends keeping these running! 

November 14, 2016

Crank

Meatball – Recent biker documentary Brittown features titular motorcycle connoisseur from the Hell On Wheels bike shop in Anaheim, CA as he eats, drinks, and sleeps British iron.