The bike kinda builds itself,
all I do is put it together.

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 Hitchcock Rigid Conversion

Mission Statement

This blog has been set up as a record of my attempt to build a cool Bobber style bike out of the Royal Enfield Bullet. With the cost of genuine early British and American bikes and parts spiralling upwards in the face of the current global economic climate, building a retro style custom is rapidly becoming cost prohibitive. Initially, there will be a period of accruing parts and information as the bike I intend to re-create is my daily rider.
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, 29 November 2010

Steering Stop, Stopping The Steering.

Got a bit carried away with the mudguard situation yesterday, realised today that there are no detail shots of the steering stop plate, mounted and doing it's stuff. Well here it is, in all it's stopping glory.

These are the bolt positions for the actual stops themselves, whether they remain as a couple of cap heads or not remains to be seen. Probably strength versus weight they are better than most things. Aesthetically, they look like, errr, cap head screws really, but still, they do have an engineery feel to 'em.

This part I'm really pleased with, the protruding threads are the bottom of two more M10 cap heads. If you open the picture up you will see that there is effectively zero clearance between the bolt and the plate, the holes were cut at 10 mm diameter dead size. The holes in the bottom of the yoke are bored 16 mm and the heads of the cap screws have been lightly skimmed back to 15.9 mm, the steering stem bolt hole is 12.2 mm for an M12 bolt. So less than 0.3mm (0.012") to play with anywhere, this will eradicate any movement of the plate in operation, that may work on the steering stem bolt. The whole thing went together without the thought of hammer, file or drill.
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.

1 comment:

  1. That second picture is a classic "up the skirt shot". Nice work.