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.
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!!!!