donderdag 9 november 2017

INDIAN SCOUT FTR1200 CUSTOM

Too bad this is only a concept

INDIAN SCOUT FTR1200 CUSTOM























vrijdag 21 juli 2017

Buell S1 White Lightning – 1998 Buell S1W

The White Lightning, also known as the Buell S1W, was the one-year-only, cream of the crop edition of the S1 Lightning. 
Made only in 1998, the White Lightning took Erik Buell’s concept of what you could build around a Harley engine to an extreme. 
It may also end up being one of the most collectible bikes from Buell’s run.


When most riders first encounter the Buell S1 White Lightning, they think it’s something radically new. 
But in reality, it’s only the latest of a long line of Harley-Davidson-powered sport machines that former Harley engineer, Erik Buell, has been building since 1987.

Like its predecessors, and unlike traditional American cruisers, the White Lightning is a pure sport bike, one built following Erik Buell’s own unique rules of motorcycle design.

And unique, it is! With its hyper-aggressive, junkyard dog styling, it doesn’t look like anything else on the road. 
But rather than distract, its unique lines draw your eyes to the Buell’s rather novel components.

The frame is familiar chrome-moly tubing, but follows unconventional lines and uses the engine itself as part of its structure. 
It rides on a set of trick, race-bred inverted forks up front and a fully-adjustable, but horizontally-mounted, rear shock that’s designed to extend over bumps rather than compress.

Primary braking load is carried by a single huge 13.4-inch front disc that’s gripped by a six-piston caliper. 
While the all-American drivetrain delivers power to the fat rear Dunlop, by way of a kevlar-reinforced belt.

The air-cooled 1200cc V-twin engine starts life as the same unit found in Harley’s 1200 Sportster but Mr. Buell then adds free flowing heads, a lightened flywheel, recalibrated ignition, and bigger exhaust headers. It inhales through this ungainly-looking, side-mounted airbox and exhales through a stainless steel exhaust system, notable for the sheer size and efficiency of its muffler, as well as funky details like the inconsistent weld quality and hardware store hose clamps attaching the heat shield.

The end result, measured on the dyno is 100 PK and 120 NM of torque. A huge increase over stock.

This not only means serious, wheely-pulling bottom end, but massive midrange. And the power keeps on coming to a very un-Harley-like 7,000 rpm.

Unfortunately, the 90’s Buells suffer from some pretty poor reliability issues. 
After the Bike came out so did the recall’s.
If you by a Buell make sure are the recalls are performed.

This bike:

RECALLS:

SAFETY RECALL CODE 0807 - 1997/1998 FRONT BRAKE ROTOR DRIVE PINS
SAFETY RECALL CODE 0808 -TURN SIGNAL FLASHER
SAFETY RECALL CODE 0810 - FRONT ISOLATOR MOUNT SYSTEM
SAFETY RECALL CODE 0811 - S1 AND S1W NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE
SAFETY RECALL CODE 0815 - FUEL TANK VENT VALVE ASSEMBLY
SAFETY RECALL CODE 0813 - SIDESTAND SWITCH
RECALL CAMPAIGN 0821 - RACE MUFFLER RETENTION KIT
SAFETY RECALL CODE 0820 - NEW SHOCK ABSORBER

MODIFICATIONS:

PRO SERIES RACE HEADER 2.5”
PRO SERIES EXHAUST
RACING IGNITION MODULE
MIKUNI HSR42 SMOOTHBORE CARBURETOR
FORCE WINDER AIR INTAKE
FRONT PULLEY 37
REAR PULLEY 61
S-1 BATTERY REPLACEMENT KIT
2001 X1 SHIFT LINKAGE KIT
2001 BRAKE LEVER
2001 FOOT PEG KIT
2001 FRONT FORK AND BRAKE SYSTEM
REVISED PRODUCT PROGRAM BP5 - ISOLATOR KIT
PRODUCT PROGRAM BP7 - EXHAUST HEADER MOUNT RETROFIT KIT
SHOCK ABSORBER AND FRONT SHOCK MOUNT
UPGRADED PRIMARY CHAIN TENSIONER


If you want to see all the modifications I made on this bike follow this link:
MODIFICATION’S BUELL S1W


MODEL YEAR: only 1998
APPROX. NUMBER BUILT: 2,000

The White Lightning Colour name was Ice White Pearl.
Later that model year they make different colours S1W as well.

- 1258 Ice White Pearl
- 378 Carbon Black
- 295 Molton Orange
- 138 Billet Metallic













LinkCOMPLETE PRODUCTION HISTORY OF BUELL MOTORCYCLES MODEL YEARS 1983 to 2010

Link: X1-Files Buell Tube frame modifications


vrijdag 19 augustus 2016

Norton Commando Roadster MK3


This is a Norton Commando Roadster Mk3 from 1975 I found in Belgium.
It was bought in the United States in the early nineties by a couple of friends who went to states and to make a tour by motorcycle.
After they bought it, it turned out that the Norton wasn’t the ideal motorcycle to make this journey because of all the luggage to carry.
They bought another bike to complete the trip but decided to take the Norton back to Belgium.
There it stood in a shed, occasionally started en maintained.


I found a couple of issues, which is normal since the bike wasn’t on the road for almost 25 years.

The inside of the tank was rusted.
The tires showed cracks in the rubber.
The inside of the brake units were full of rust.
The carbs couldn’t be properly adjusted (new ones ordered)
Too much play on the swing arm bushings
Leaking exhaust system.

So I fixed all that and gave it a good tune up.

Cosmetic:
The rims and spokes showed a little rust. I really like those aluminium rims so upgraded that.
Black tip exhaust were no good so I switched to the reverse cone silencers.
Put on an older type rear light.
Did a upgrade on the front brake system (the old system just doesn’t works that great)

I mounted the original turn signals.







Also see my blog about the Norton Commando Interstate I restored in 2010 

vrijdag 29 juli 2016

BMW R60/2 BMW R60


Since a long time I was searching for a BMW R60/2
I really like the classic design of the Boxer engine.
This bike is known as the “Vollschwingen-Fahrwerk” model.
Because of the use of 2 swing arms (front and rear) and this series of motorcycles was made from 1955-1969
The series consisted of the following models:
R50, R50/2, R60, R60/2, R69, R50S and the R69S
The 50 and 60 models had low compression engines and the S models had High compression engines what made them a little more un-reliable.
That is why my choice fell on the R60/2
A Motorcycle that has more torque and horsepower than the R50 models but is very reliable.

I was lucky to buy this motorcycle from Gerrit how is a very enthusiastic motorcyclist with a beautiful website.
He bought this motorcycle in 2010
Click HERE for the Website from Gerrit Speek.






  
Though BMW invented and first used oil-damped telescopic motorcycle front forks in the 1930s, it chose to use Earles forks on these models. The triangular front Earles fork (named after its designer, Englishman Ernest Earles) precluded any front-end dive during heavy front braking, which is common with telescopic front forks. It also worked well in sidecar duty. (Vollschwingen-Fahrwerk) Though heavy and ponderous in turning, the Earles fork gave the old Beemer a steady and reassuring ride.



Really nice…this bike still haves the original tool kit and air pump.




I didn’t quit like the air filter being black and the “white” lead battery.
I painted the air filter aluminium and replaced the battery with a maintenance free Gel Battery 



At some point this BMW probably had a sidecar
It has a wide rear wheel rim 2.75Cx18 instead of the 2.15x18
The Speedometer has a “wegdrehzahl” from 1.44
This goes with a bevel gear ratio of 27/7

This bike now has a bevel gear ratio of 25/8 which is for a solo machine so this doesn’t work properly with the speedometer.
Instead of the 1.44 (Miles) or 0.9 (KM) it should be 1.2 (miles) or 0.75 (KM) 


A couple of years ago BMW Classic remanufactured some parts that where hard to come by.
There are still some of these parts available. Historic Parts Catalogue.pdf  

So I bought a correct speedometer for my bike and since I live in the Netherlands one with a scale in Kilometres.




Now after some 500 miles the bike has a couple of small issues that we are going to fix this winter.
-      One rear shock absorber is leaking
-      Little oil leak between the engine and the gearbox
-      Rubber of the drive shaft  is old and has cracks
-  What about these oil slingers???

What we did this winter (2016/2017)

BMW R50-69S LED Lightning

For now I have got a perfect and very reliable running bike.
Just some cosmetic work to be done.
Paintwork and the wheels need some work.
Perhaps next winter, I really like the “patina” look.

“Underneath” this bike is completely new.