Friday, January 30, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
This is a little off subject, but where are all the drag bikes? Where are all the old drag racers who tuned their triumphs to run 10's? Where are all the people who ran fuel back in the heyday? Where are all the seventies painters who painted fairings like this?
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Im always snooping around the Big D cycle center website and checking out Keith and the guys projects. They completely restored the famous "Texas Cigar" and are active in road racing and land speed racing. You couldnt find a cooler group of cowboys anywhere. I met them last year, and they let me use their suitcase tig to fix a broken mount on Wes' bike. They have a passion for vintage and modern british powered bikes, and their lakes bike #728 is probably one of the coolest race bikes on the salt. Here is a pic of a norton powered streamliner they re-did. Dont mess with Texas!!!!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Heres a pic of a great father and son duo that we met on the salt last year. They were campaining this flattrack style 750 triumph. If my memory serves me correct it had a champion or trackmaster frame, a carls sport shop primary cover, and a big bore kit of unknown manufacture. They went 117 or so, and said they might resurrect a cub they had in storage for this year. Dig the Zappa shirt!!!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tacked up the steering dampner mount and slid on some tabs to act as gussets, I'll finish weld it after the fairing comes off for the 64th time. Tacked up the bars to the clamps and sat on it to determine the comfortable angle, then swung it back and forth with the clutch lever on it to make sure nothing hits and there was enough clearance for my hands. There is alot of rules in the rule book in regards to handlebars, how far outside of the fork tubes the bars can go has a minimum and a maximum, your thumbs must be 10" apart with your hands on the bars, the maximum angle the wheel can travel side to side from the wheel centerline is 15 degrees per side, your hands must not hit the tank before you hit fork stops. All this must be factored in as well as the travel of the steering dampner, because the dampner cannot act as a fork stop. Triumph fork stops are integrated into the lower tree on the trees I'm using so I small made piece of plate that mimics the contour of the stock tree that I'll weld on. Basically, It makes the lower tree 9/16 prouder in the right spots to stop fork travel where it needs to--with all that other rule stuff factored in. It was a head scratcher but Im doing it for the love!!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
What would I have done with the best crew last year. Thanks Chris and Chris. Here is a picture of Chris 2, burnt and dirty in back of a trailer that says it all. This was after we spent half the night in the parking lot fixing my bike.
Here is a pic of Chuck ready to make a pass at El Mirage, its not quite Bonneville- but it satifies until August. Check out his bitchin leathers!! Over his shoulder is Tony Marsella aka Tony "Pizza" aka "Pizza" Tony, he was an early sidehack racer- before the days of ohc japanese monster motors--- Consult "on any sunday" for reference.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
We bench raced this last year over dinner... We each get eachother crappy cheap shirts to wear around Wendover. Shirt close-outs at Wal mart, stuff like that. Im getting Wes something like this:
Im looking for Chucks and Chris' at Goodwill... BE PREPARED!
Im looking for Chucks and Chris' at Goodwill... BE PREPARED!
Wacky facial hair is a Bonneville tradition we try to adhere to every year. Here is Ha-Milton's (Chris #2's) look for last year. It is sort of the Slim Pickins, 1800s shopkeeper look. This year Chris says he is not gonna shave or get a haircut until he gets a record. I am sure it will be a cross between Ronald McDonald and Grizzley Adams.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Weekend thrash and the frame is now stretched 6 inches. I can actually fit on the bike now... Made some clip-on clamps and got my ride height figured out. I was worried about finding tires, but Wes suggested the Avon that he runs on his bike for the rear- and Chuck had some extra cub stuff lying around- so Im running a 19 in the rear and an 18 in the front. No i am not running two wheel drive its just a cub 18" rear wheel for ride height mock up. More pictures soon of the primary and the finished up clip-ons.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Here is a pic taken from the Team Triumph Texas website... Lots of great slogans on this board- My favorites are-
Think before you ask questions, ask questions before you guess.
The only people you should try and get even with are those who have helped you.
Goal- a dream with a deadline
Murphy lives in Wendover
Here is a picture of Danny Macias' pre-unit dragster. GP Carbs, cub forks, and a stretched frame. Other than the forks it could be a great lakes bike, I like the low stance of this bike. The stretch is what makes this a lowrider. My bike needs a 4" stretch, should have pictures of the start later today...
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I need to section the lower half of my body. Chop out about 6" of femur and re-weld it back together. Thats what it will take to ride a rigid preunit when you are 6'1". Plus MONGO has long legs and this guy in the pic is stretching when hes all of 5'... So I am moving to Romania to learn the lost art of contortionism. It takes dedication when youre a member of Saul T Nutz..
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
After attending the 60th annual Bonneville Speed Trials with Wes, Chuck, and Chris- I realized what I was going to do with the rest of my life... Race Bonneville and try to set land speed records. Now that I have officially started building my bike January 1, my philosophy behind the build and the bike will be BREAKNECK SPEED. I will be posting pics of the progress as well as random Salt related stuff. Here is a pic of a loose mock-up in late December. Check back soon!!!
Alright, the countdown has begun. In 2006, Chuck and I were both building our bikes on January ONE. Since then, we have traditionally begun the countdown on Jan. 1. It keeps you sharp and keeps you thinking about getting it all done before Speed Week in Mid-August.
Stay tuned as Chris H. builds his bike, Chuck tweaks his machine and I refine my beast for 2009.