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Painting the Buell headers

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The Buell front forks were leaking so as a result I had to rebuild them.  While I was waiting on a few parts to arrive, I thought I take the opportunity to give the headers a bit of a clean up.  With some left over heat resistant paint I coated them a few times before curing them on the bike. My camera ran out of battery while I was spray painting them so I had to find a substitute video to show the similar process. Let's see how long the paint lasts for.

Build Diary Video Part III - TW200 Rear Fender Mount

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I finally had some free time to edit some footage of making the rear fender mount.  Quality isn't that great as I'm using an old point and shoot.  I also forgot to film some of it including making the threaded bungs. TW200 Build Diary Part 3

The Experiment - Yamaha SRX250 Cafe Racer

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We found this bike on ebay as a stock 1987 Yamaha SRX250.  I was pretty excited to win the bike at a fairly low price even though there wasn’t much information at the time about this particular model.  Which is no surprise as Yamaha had only manufactured this for a couple of years. We had picked up the bike from an area in Brisbane known for it’s close proximity to a large university and it’s toga parties.  I spoke with the then owner for a while, mainly small talk about the weather, the government and the fact that this might have yamaha’s 80’s experiment gone wrong, he then mentioned that he was in fact a scientist at the nearby university.  Irony aside is was only fitting that we named this “The Experiment”. Once we removed all of the plastic a neat looking frame begun to reveal itself.  We kept the stock tank and hand shaped the rear seat cowl, with an integrated LED taillight.  We sourced some leather from an old mercedes bendz that we used to cover the seat pan. We us

Project Tonka - Rear Fender Mount

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Things have been progressing pretty well.  With the fibreglassing of the fender complete I finished up with the rear fender mount over the last weekend.  I wanted to make this a single sided affair as on the right side of the bike I wanted the exhaust to be the hero and I felt having a support bracket to the rear fender would have spoilt that. I made this out of 12mm round bar with 18mm slugs to connect them. This took a little time to get it right with a proper roller but I managed to bend the bar well enough using just a simple jig and a blowtorch. I then created some bungs to mount the fender.  I had tapped 3 of them but snapped the tap inside one of them and took me the rest of the day to remove it. I then reinforced the two supports with some steel sheet to stop lateral movement while riding. Hoping to get the seat glassed this week so I can finally disassemble everything.

Build Diary Video Part II - TW200 Skid Plate

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Finished off the custom skid / bash plate for the TW today. Originally I wanted to give aluminium brazing a go for the first time but the stock that I'd bought ended up being too thick.  Because of this slight oversight, bending it would have given me a hernia.  So I spent a while thinking about the alternatives and I came to the conclusion to make one up with some left over steel sheet. I first mocked it up with some cardboard and then used it as a template although not 100% accurate it did give me a good base to start. Once I'd cut and bent it to the correct shape I tacked everything into place, once I was happy with the fit I welded it all up.  I then added some holes to reduce weight using a stepped drill bit. The edges still need a clean up but will do all that before sending off to sandblasting.

Build Diary Video Part I - How I made the TW200 Custom Fender

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I had the original intention of documenting this build on video but as it turns out doing this requires charged batteries and new memory cards.  Two things that I didn't have at the time I started working on the bike. I did however manage to setup the gopro for the fibreglass process.  Cut down a days job into under a minute.  Excuse the quality of video I'm still working on my editing skills. I'll try and document most of the process from now on.

Project Tonka - Rear Fender Construction

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Have made some good progress on the TW200 over the last couple of weeks.  Originally I was going to use a steel black fender and cut and shape to suit.  However I wasn't happy with the outer radius as most of these off the shelf fenders that would fit the 7" wheel were flat. Scrap Ply to use for the plug I decided to shape my own creating a plug out of plywood to replicate the radius of the wheel.  Once that was done I filled the spaces with expanding foam.  I probably should have used the two part expanding foam as the builders foam left too many air pockets after being shaped. Nailed into place Expanding foam to fill the voids Should have used 2 part expanding foam as there were so many air pockets Then I glassed a female mould with 2 layers of woven cloth and a layer of chop strand.  Because the foam wasn't perfect I had to spend a bit of time sanding and filling the holes left by the foam. Next I created the final male mould, this time I

Honda CBN400 By Ed Turner Motorcycles

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I was oblivious to  Ed Turner Motorcycles until today when I stumbled across this Honda CBN400. The French workshop has been creating some one off customs for quite some time now, heavily influenced by 70's and 80's culture and the American Hot Rod scene.  What I like about these builds is the attention to detail and the equal balance between machine and design. A perfect is example is the 1979 Honda CBN400 Pics by  ©  Pierre Le Targat  &  Loïc Le Moullec

Project Tonka - Yamaha TW200

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After a few months sourcing a new project I managed to pick up this 1990 TW200 in relatively good condition... by that I mean it ran. TW200's a fairly slim pickings now a days since they stopped importing them into Australia a while back, along with being a popular base for custom builds.  The history of this bike as with most AG bikes was that it had sat on a farm until recently. Unused and hanging with the tractors and other machinery for a number of years.  It was then picked up by "another guy" who had the intention of customising it but never got the chance. The classic Tonka Truck with it's FAT wheels The Dubs are recognised by their enormous fat rear tyre, and after hearing of it's history I couldn't help but to associate it with my childhood of playing Tonka Trucks in the sandpit.  For those that don't know anything about Tonka Trucks they were the toys to have in the sandpit.  Die Cast metal trucks that were able to move pales of sand

Screen Printing the LSG Logo Tee

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I still get stoked when I get an order for one of our Tees come through.  It's so cool to be able to hand print these tees for someone that's gone out of their way to purchase one. Thanks a bunch for the support everyone. Benny

How to build a motorcycle workbench

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There comes a time in every garage dweller's life that they need to at least build themselves a workbench.  After having completed a couple of other woodworking projects I thought it was a good time to use some of the remaining scraps and get the bike off the ground onto a more suitable working height. The build was super basic and took about half a day.  The cost of materials was around $80 although I did have a majority of the hardware and some lumber. Considerations I spent a large amount of time working out the ideal height for the bench as I wanted something that I could comfortably work on the engine as well do any necessary wiring around the dash etc.  I'm about 6ft so for I figured 500mm was a good height.  I also wanted something that I could easily move around hence the addition of the castor wheels. As for the width I also wanted to be able to have the side stand down just for ease of rolling the bike up and down off the table.  The length I kept at

Another Day another Seat

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The last couple months have been super busy.  Mainly building the CT110 Postie Bratstyle custom seats for the kind folk that have bought one off me. It takes a little time as it's still a manual process from the glassing to the fabrication of the bracket.  I also double check the alignment after it gets back from the upholsterer to make sure the taillight sits where it's meant to. I enjoy the process or maybe it's just the fibreglass fumes. Again thanks everyone for the orders, I've got most of them out of the way so I can move on with a couple of other builds in the pipeline.

Yamaha Scrambler

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Yamaha are set to release a new model to take on Triumph and Ducati in the scrambler department. The SCR950 Scrambler will have the following key features Modern Air-Cooled V-Twin The 58-cubic-inch (942cc) engine is an air-cooled SOHC 60° V-twin with four valves per cylinder, a pent-roof-shaped combustion chamber, and 9.0:1 compression ratio.  Unique Upswept Exhaust System A 2-into-1 exhaust pipe layout on the right side of the engine contributes to the lively performance and styling of the machine, with an upswept muffler for improved ground clearance and a pleasing exhaust note. Inviting, Flexible Ergonomics The SCR950 puts the rider in a position of control to handle whatever the road throws at them. A wide and tall crossbar-type handlebar creates light steering feel, while centrally-mounted footpegs and a long, flat seat allow the rider to move easily to adapt to different riding styles. Handling-Focused Chassis A double-cradle frame features sporty geometry for nimble,