Month: February 2012

Video of John Renwick and Ed Wallbank testing Epimetheus, the 1665cc Vincent, on the dynamometer.

“probably about 180”  HP….

What a bike!  What a tuner!  What a Shop!!  And these gents are having a hell of a good time!

When it’s on the dyno, turn it up LOUD!


Hat Tip to Hell For Leather

Another Chanderjeet Royal Enfield miracle build…

When I look at builds like this it humbles me. I realize that comparatively, I’m lazy slob who spends too much time thinking and not enough doing. Off to the shop with me to make amends to the gods of the mods..

And for crying out loud head over to the ADV rider build thread and check out the full history on this bike.

Hey there,

As you read in the title, the project was to fix an old beaten up 1965 Royal Enfield to a Scrambler. I live in New Delhi, India and this Enfield was originally imported from UK. All pics from start till today are updated on my advrider thread. Here’s the link ::

Also a little history on the project, this was my second project (you also featured my other project on your website. It was a Royal Enfield Cafe Racer). This has been named after my wife too (Richa + Enfield = Richenfield). Also, no fancy machines were involved in making of this bike as you will see in the pics, all custom work was done by hand and all body work was done the same way.

From this:

To this:

And finally arriving here:

A Travis Lawson, Iron Spade Cycles bike that fell through the e-mail cracks….

..and shame on me.

You know I’ve got a very “confused” (long story) KZ650 sitting in my garage at the moment and looking some at of the bikes Travis has built has me inspired… Time to give the old gal some attention I think. I have a similar 750 top end and assorted mods but i think it’s back to stock for the engine (they were plenty fast really) for simplicity and reliability but something a lot different than stock with the chassis I think.

Here’s what he sent me back at he end of December.

I thought I’d send you these shots of a recently finished project I did for a close friend. Its a 1979 KZ650 that we punched out to a 810cc via Wiseco bigbore 10:1 comp pistons and a KZ750 cylinder. Quite a bit of custom fab was done for the GSXR1000 foot controls to mount as well as the ZX6 swingarm which is about 2″ longer than stock. The seat base is an Airtech designed for a CB750 and it fit right on with minimal cutting There is a 1/8″ alloy under tray that the seat base mounts to and hides all the electrics behind the custom alloy side covers. My buddy proudly served in the 82nd in Desert Storm so the paint scheme was even more fitting. Hope you like it. We’ll do a proper photo shoot this spring after a couple minor bugs are worked out of it.

I really like the seat work. I think the latest “Wrenchmonkee” flat-top style seat is getting a bit over done. This seems to fit the line of the bike better and those rearsets are a godsend since there are no proper aftermarket rearsets for the KZ650. Beats me why not.

Now that’s an understanding wife! Davis may sends in a sweet Yamaha enduro hybrid and a REALLY cool wedding cake!

Davis May sends these in..

Here is my 1973 Yamaha DT3/250. This is my first and only motorcycle. I bought it off Ebay three or four years ago now. I learned to ride on this machine. Its kinda of a mutt. I was not sure if I wanted an enduro or a flat tracker so I kinda did both.
Things I have done-
RD350 Triple Tree
Honda Front Wheel and Hub (went from a 21″ to 18″)
Fiberglass tail section that was built for a Triumph
Webco High Compression head
Expansion chamber(sorry no photos of it)
Relocated ignition switch
Relocated Speedometer (no tach)
Hand Made wiring harness

I have to give my friend Bill credit for the paint. He did all the hard stuff. I just buffed.

The cake is my wedding cake. My wife had to know what she was getting into.

I hope that you enjoy

That’s a great bike and an even better wife! Nicely done sir!

The Mighty Honda MB5 “out in the wild”!

Jim Meyer spotted this clean little scoot and sent her in.

Steve, I spotted this today and had no idea what it was, never saw one before. Very cool little bike. Where has all the simplicity gone?

Good Question Jim.

These engines had decent specs including 185 psi compression! And I’ve read that some US versions had top speeds in excess of 50 mph. Wow!

Type Air cooled 2-stroke, reed valve
Cylinder arrangement Single cylinder 40 degree incline
Bore and Stroke 39.0 x 41.4 mm (1.54 x 1.63 in)
Displacement 49cc (2.98 cu in)
Compression ratio 7.6:1
Max Horsepower 7.0 BHP @ 9000 rpm
Max Torque 4.05 ft-lb (5.6 N-m)
Oil Capacity, transmission
Oil tank 1.1 US qt (1.0 liters)
1.2 US qt (1.1 liters)
Lubrication system Forced (eng) and wet sump (tranny)
Air Filtration Oiled polyurethane foam
Cylinder compression 185 psi (1275 kPa)
Engine weight 38.6 lb (17.5 kg)
Idle Speed 1400 rpm

Super cool Hodaka Super RAT!

Was kicking around Craigslist for the heck of it and stumbled across this ridiculously cool tricked out Hodaka!  And as of the Date of this post, it’s For Sale.  Again, NOT mine.  Don’t know the owner.

Man there’s a LOT of love in this build..

From the AD:

1974 Hodaka Super Rat Model 98. This bike won the 100cc Florida Vintage Motocross Series in 2011. It has a PVL ignition, Harry Taylor Gen3 Up-Pipe, Ohlins rear shocks, front end is from a Thunderdog 250, 1″ extended swingarm, Excel rims and much more. If you want a bike to win the 100cc class this is it.