The contents of this blog is a record of work carried out by the author and other third party information and pictures gleaned from various sources on the internet. It is published for academic interest and entertainment only. It is neither suggested or intended that any work or modifications shown here are to be carried out by any party reading the blog.
The bike kinda builds itself, all I do is put it together. DISCLAIMER
I have heard so many horror stories about the Indian made Bullet from people who's mate used to have one, that I have lost count. All I can say is that I have covered over 20,000 miles on mine in the last three and a half years, and feel happy that it is quite capable of doing another 20.
So if you like the idea or just curious, you are welcome to come along for the ride.
Monday, 27 December 2010
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
I reckon that Street Trackers and this, the Brat Style are the future of customising, because donor vehicles are available and they're still cheap, get in early.
Andy Berry phoned up last night with a progress report on the motor. The hold up is the crank, when he stripped it to replace the floating bush with a roller big end the drive side flywheel had been galled where the crank pin had been pressed in during manufacture. This is now at Alpha bearings getting the two flywheels line bored to accept a new slightly larger pin. Otherwise everything else in and on the motor is ready to go back together. I'm not really fretting about this as it's got to be right, and from what Andy is saying it will be a joy both to look at and use.
So I'm afraid it's gonna be a little longer yet chaps.
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Friday, 17 December 2010
Problem found then, but not the cure as yet, because of the weather and Britain's refusal to concede that we live in Northern Europe, the postal service is all to cock. I mean, snow at Christmas who would ever of thought it ? I phoned Paul Goff today and he is going to get a rectifier/regulator in the post Special Delivery so hopefully it'll be here Monday and normal service can be resumed. Just a point here, Paul did not supply the original unit that has gone FUBAR so this is new ground we're covering here.
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Saturday, 11 December 2010
Not really sure what is available yet performance wise, although Hitchcock's are listing a Power Commander for them, so it could be ground breaking stuff.
Good luck chaps, you've got backing from this corner.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
On reflection, it could be argued that it is the evolutionary offspring of a Bobber. Accepting the fact that in the early days bikes were stripped of the unnecessary weight to make them faster both on the street and the ovals, then this surely is a direct descendent of that ethos.
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Friday, 3 December 2010
1946 Model G 350 cc that needs finishing off, the engine and gearbox have been done the frame repainted wheels and hubs rebuilt and new tyres fitted, the headlamp repainted all the parts are with it to complete the restoration it comes with the original buff log book showing just one owner from new, the frame and engine show matching numbers, price is £1750,
It's not the bike pictured above, but that's what it should look like.
But there's a good foundation for a nice bike, no messing about waiting for a hardtail there. I'd be on it like a shot if I had the room and everything else in the queue was finished.
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
There is a new oil pressure relief valve been added, cuts in at 30 PSI and splices into the rocker feed line and diverts flow back into the tappet adjustment window.
Bound to be more in there on closer inspection, got a year to find out.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Monday, 29 November 2010
The post on "The Design Process" may of seemed long winded and over fussy, but the end justifies the means, and the job is most definitely a good 'un.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Any thoughts or comments greatly appreciated
Saturday, 27 November 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
The part in question in this example is the steering stop. The Spartan Engineering yokes are designed for trials use, and as such are not supplied with any steering stops, or for that matter anywhere to mount any. It is a must have feature, as any work carried out mounting the tank can only be done safe in the knowledge that the forks will not, cannot suddenly swing onto full lock and clout the tank. I didn't want to drill the yokes so whatever was there had to be utilised.
The steering stem is held into the bottom yoke with an M12 bolt, which is obviously concentric with the arc of the turn of the forks, so that is a good fixing point for a plate to be attached. The next hurdle was sorting out a sturdy way of stopping the plate rotating around the single bolt, luckily Spartan bore two 16mm diameter holes in the underside of the yoke for lightness, ideal for two pegs to locate. As a bonus it was also possible to utilise the same bracket to mount the head light, again saving the need to drill, and a bracket that serves more than one function is always good.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Initially I attacked the hubs, well when I say attacked it was more a threat, with Nitromors the original paint capitulated without any effort at all. Revealing what seemed to be one coat of black lacquer straight onto the steel, a finish more akin to the black japanned wood screws that were once available.
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Saturday, 13 November 2010
Because of that the frame has had a bit of a holiday and been reworked in that area, it's now all welded up and the bulky jig thing has been reduced to the bare essentials, the bolts have also been replaced by steel pins and blended in.
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Friday, 5 November 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Don't know if the folding footrests are standard US issue, be handy if they are.
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Monday, 1 November 2010
As you can see in the pictures above, it don't get any closer to perfection, exactly what I had envisioned.
Happy? You betcha!!!!
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
The levers are genuine Amal as opposed to the similar looking Taiwanese knock-offs, as is the twist grip, gone for the trials style 90 degree number to route the cable along the bars, instead of hanging straight down.
The cross brace on the bars is destined for the skip as it has no use on a road bike unless I come off a lot more than anticipated.
I guess that this pretty well nails it style wise as more flat-track than Bobber style, but after spending hours looking at it, it feels the natural thing to do.
Sunday, 24 October 2010
As the Bullet is only of the 350 persuasion, weight of components is a bit of an issue. Pretty much everything that can be made of aluminium will be. In "Tuning for Speed" they even go as far as discussing drilling the centre out of the bolts on the bike to reduce even more weight.
A not inconsiderable saving in weight can be effected by waisting the bolts down to a diameter equal to bottom diameter of the threads, leaving a short parallel at each end to centralize the bolt or act as a register for the engine plates if required; alternatively, if the bolts have solid heads they can be drilled down the centre, as shown in the diagram, the hole (which must be accurately concentric with the outside) extending very nearly to the beginning of the thread. Far from weakening the bolts, this treatment actually makes them less prone to fatigue-failure and, if carried out consistently throughout the whole machine, a perceptible mass of excess metal will be eliminated.
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
I have sent Jorge at My Enfields a copy of these pictures and he is going to contact Andy for a more in depth chat about this unique bike, and do a far more informative write up.