After some significant time at work, I was able to get after the Matchless project some more. I was not the best at doing before/during/after photos. But there are some to see how all of it was accomplished. By the time I remembered to take photos, I had already had one fork leg apart. For … Continue reading Front Suspension Rebuild Part 1: Disassembly
It has been a while since anything has been posted. I just started a new job which has severely limited my time in the garage and also hampered any updates that I might have. Recently, I have been working on getting the stock RZ wheel to mate to the '86 GSXR front end, but those … Continue reading An addition to the collection….
One of the other motorbikes in my collection is a 1955 Matchless G80CS. In its origin, it was designed for early moto cross racing. In fact, Bud Edkins (the man who did the jump in "The Great Escape") was a Matchless factory rider in the early 50's. The G80 was a 500cc single cylinder motor. … Continue reading Matchless Engine Vapor Blasting
After less than 2 years of owning my E39 Wagon, it has just about spent as much time up on jack stands as it has on the road. However, now that it is "complete", it is one heck of a ride. Last winter I set out to get the suspension all squared away. I had … Continue reading 2000 BMW 540i Touring 6 Speed
My wife, father, and I drove to Raleigh today to catch the "Rolling Sculpture" exhibit at the NC Museum of Art. While the exhibit was fairly small, but there was some very cool vehicles there. I had never seen any of the featured cars in person, some I had never even heard of before. … Continue reading Art Deco Cars at NC Museum of Art
About 2 years ago I picked up a 1978 Triumph Bonneville T140E from the bar owner I knew back in college. A little bit of elbow grease and some homemade gaskets for the carb and the bike was up and running. I had it for about a year, before an ad on craigslist came up … Continue reading 1988 Yamaha RZ350 Disassembly
2005 Triumph Thruxton R Chassis/Suspension Mods: Triumph Daytona Forks Free Spirits Triple Tree Ohlins rear shocks Yamaha R6 monobloc calipers Brembo Mastercylinder Carrozzeria Wheels 17×3.5″ front 17×5″ rear LSL Steering dampener Frame has been detabbed and passenger pegs removed Engine Mods: TPUSA built 988cc motor - 92WHP Keihin FCR39 carburetors D&D TT full exhaust Remapped … Continue reading 2005 Triumph Thruxton R
In May of 2011, I bought my first bike a 2005 Triumph Thruxton in Caspian Blue. This was after much deliberation on wanting an older bike because of the style and wanting a newer bike because of the reliability. All the while trying to get enough performance that I would keep the motorbike long term, … Continue reading First Bike and First Build