I've been really sick since last Tuesday (that's about when it started). My life put-on-hold. I sat under this light (sometimes off, sometimes on) for much of the time. Not getting anything done.
I started reading these books I've had for awhile . . . My whole body ached. My head throbbing. I never felt so weak - and I lost about 6 lbs. in 6 days. Not good. The books both take place in California, in about the same county. I bought Cannery Row on the suggestion of Max at 4Q - and I like the way Hunter S. Thompson writes. I read Sonny's version (which is great), now I'm reading Hunter's version.
Not one to lay around and do nothing, I made a few valiant attempts to do stuff. I needed some sort of forward progress I could achieve inside the house without too much effort. I was really sick and didn't feel like doing shit.
Maybe I could stripe my rims? I'd been thinking about it - and I didn't want it too bright. The One Shot paints are fine, but Fire Red is too orange, Bright Red is too bright when painted on black. Their Maroon is too purplish. I found this old can of Sherwin Williams - Carmine. It's a very old can of enamel, but I shook it - and it sounds good? A local sign painter named David Scrimger gave me all kinds of paint from his days of sign painting in Los Angeles, San Diego and here in Iowa.
The can had the name Paul Pellner on it. Who's Paul Pellner? Maybe I should call Dave and ask him who he was? So I called Scrimger, and asked him about Paul. He told me Pellner was one of the best layout and sign painting artists he ever saw. "You give him a sign job, or a banner to paint . . . and what you got back was a real advertisement !" A beautiful piece of work." Very detailed and perfect on proportion and style. Paul was from right here in Charles City, and many of the signs throughout the city in the 50s and 60s were from Pellner.
This old KEM Bulletin Color No. 106 Carmine is a beautiful shade of a classis evening lipstick red. It striped great - and I didn't thin it or anything. It flowed like genuine, old vintage enamel paint should . . . rims striped in the tradition, and with honor of Mr. Paul Pellner.
Ricky (Anchor Moto of Kansas City) is building a chopper. Not just any chopper. The powerplant will run a chopped 1981 Sportster set of cases, with the transmission portion sawed off. This modification was all done by Lehmann Performance (Pat Lehmann of Minnesota). It will run a belt drive primary, and standard FLH 4 speed transmission.
The Last Word indicator don't lie . . .
Pat did a really nice job on these cases. They look like Four-Cam drag racing cases ! Ricky will build the rear motor mount into the frame to match the case assembly. I'll remove the races and rollers and have them blasted by Gelner, then assemble the lower end, bore the cylinders, do a set of heads . . . and hopefully it will go go go . . . .
1952 K Street Bike: Good Rear Brake, Poor Front Brake, Mushy Front End(little rebound), Stable handling at speed, Greasy rear tire, Sticky front tire, Good power band 20mph-55mph zone, lightweight, easy starting, low maintenance. Left Hand Clutch/Right Foot Shift, CV Carburetor
1952 K Flat Tracker: Good Rear Brake, No front brake, Mushy Front End(some rebound), Stable handling at any speed, Good tires, Good power, Very lightweight, ok starting, Left Hand Clutch with Right Foot Shift, Dellorto Carb.
1952WLA: Good Rear Brake, OK Front Brake, Bouncy front end(no rebound), Twitchy handling at speed, Solid, Sticky tires, Great low-speed torque, lightweight, easy starting, low maintenance, Left Foot Rocker Clutch/Left Hand Tank Shift, Linkert Carburetor
1952FL Chopper: Great Rear Brake(but it can lock up rear wheel), No front brake, Good front end, Stable handling at high speed (but wobbly at about 30mph if you take your hands off the bars), Solid tires, Great power band, Ok starting, Left Foot Rocker Clutch / Left Hand Jockey Shift, Super E.
1961XLCH: Good Rear Brake(touchy), OK Front Brake, Mushy Front End, Stable at all speeds, Great Tires, OK Starting(but it is an XLCH, so that can change), low maintenance, Left Hand Clutch and Right Foot Shift, DC Linkert Carb.
1964XLH: OK Rear Brake, Grabby Front Brake, Ok Front End, Stable at speed, Great tires, Good Starting, normal maintenance, Left Hand Clutch, Right Foot Clutch, Super E.
1965XLCH Stroker: Good Brakes (front and rear are good), Stable at all speeds, Good Tires, Hard Starting (you probably couldn't start it), some maintenance, Too fast for braking (but they're all a bit like this) Left Hand Clutch / Right Foot Shift, Super E Carb.
I guess if you ride old bikes (which you do) you adjust to the conditions of the motorcycle? It's a sub-conscience ability to know what's happening under you. If you have multiple machines, and you ride them all regularly, you can jump on one and not miss a beat. The more you ride it, the more you get in-the-groove. There's not a (new or old)motorcycle that you'll just jump on and everything will flow perfectly. I'll let someone ride my bike, and they're like - "That was fun." We didn't go real fast, and we just cruised around.
Vintage motorcycles, it's just a great way to spend your day.
I like the dash the same color as the tanks (Clapper's suggestion).
This bike kicks serious ass.
These rear fender strips are kinda short?
I like this black SU Eliminator. It looks vintage. Maybe powdercoat the air cleaner parts and just paint the carb slide bowl so you could keep the inside clean? The whole motorcycle a stripped stocker, small mods the more you look. Functional. Ride the sucker.
Mv Agusta brand . . . he then went on to drive Formula One cars and captured the World Championship in 1964 driving a Ferrari. The Italians had a name for him which translated to; Son-of-the-Wind. Surtees was known as a fast (but very calculated) racer. The best kind I feel. I'm sure his racing performance helped bring about the saying, "Don't (expletive) with British road racers."
Ready for measuring and assembly !
ABOVE: The sprocket is up high, is that for the rear wheel? How can a tiny gear like that get you 175mph? It's a two-stroke, so it can't be for overhead cams. Different sized expansion chambers? Carbs in the front.
Off with the ice tires . . . on with the dirt tires. Sign the waiver, strap on the shoe, and do some laps (probably scared shitless). Build a bike yourself, go around the dirt track. The booming "vintage scene" and groups of dudes my age who want the same thing make it possible.
Morty says, " Our race team depends on Motion Pro Products. "
Ask for it from your dealer . . .