Sunday, February 20, 2011

Project Blue Basketcase - xs400 - Update 2

Steady as she goes....

I've mounted the rear fender along with the tail light and they feel really solid. I threw on a pair of omni pod filters(54mm fits perfect) so I'm hoping it wont need to be heavily rejetted. I'm not sure how they perform, but they're much cheaper than the K&N's I have on my other xs400 project. The rear tire is on order and should arrive next week. I ordered it through Bill Kasson's Yamaha, who will be mounting the tire as well. Bill really knows his Yamaha's and I mean ALL of them. Seriously, I know a lot myself and he taught me a thing or two. On top of that, Bill agreed to donate some goodies to the East Side Classic Rally I'm putting together for June.

I'm currently tracing and removing all unnecessary wiring which is turning out to be a bit of a headache. I'm sure it wouldn't have been this bad if I had been a little more selective about which basketcase case to get involved in. Sounds like most of my relationships...

The electrics are my current priority and hopefully wont be for much longer, as I HATE doing electrics. Although, there is something nice about having less clutter around the bike and having less to hide.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

project cb160 - Disassembly

Disassembly. The easy part. For those that haven't done this on a bike yet, do yourself a favor and make a few small investments. The necessity of these items is totally dependant on the complexity of your bike project, but even with the 60's Honda's it's not a bad idea to pick up a few of these items. The short list includes:

-masking or painters tape
-brush on white out
-quart and gallon sized zip loc bags
-digital camera(take more pictures than you could possibly need)
-a few large size cardboard or Rubbermaid bins
-sharpie markers(preferably multiple colors)

These items will allow you to catalog and organise all those easily losable parts that make up your bike. The last thing you want to have to do is spend your project budget on non performance parts that already own...someplace...

The 160 is getting the complete ground up restoration, as in frame off, parts will be everywhere so organisation is key. The frame will be sand blasted at the a local do-it-yourself blasting shop and then dropped off for powder coating. I've always been impressed with Honda's use of the engine as an integral point of frame support, especially back in the 60's.

Further progress on the frame off restoration:

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

East Side Classic Update

Pluggin' away at the "to-do" list for the East Side Classic and making headway. We settled on a logo and I've got some flyers ready to roll. I've even set up a facebook page to get the word out there. In fact, take a minute and friend us on facebook.
Logo I developed for the event:

Los Links!

Who needs bing when you've got me?

A lot of moto related sites and blogs out there have WAY over populated link areas, mine is a bit more refined. Of course, there will be more to come, but these are a few that are near and dear. Consider it an education.