Monday, 31 May 2010
Panther motorcycles were manufactured in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, UK from 1900 to 1967. The most famous models are big (~600cc) "slopers" which, myth has it, fire once every lamp-post. Promoted as "The Perfected Motorcycle" they were noted for innovation for most of their history. Panthers were often used for hauling sidecars. The combination of the advent of cheap motorcars and the collapse of the British motorcycle industry brought production to an end. They are simple and fairly robust machines which enspire enormous, some might say obsessive, enthusiasm in their owners. These factors, combined with relatively low cost, have resulted in a fair number of Panthers being still in use and few concours museum pieces. A "practical classic" and a great bike to ride and tinker with.
Saturday, 29 May 2010
Friday, 28 May 2010
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Any comments gratefully received.
Monday, 24 May 2010
Sunday, 23 May 2010
Saturday, 22 May 2010
The DB side has been less deeply engraved, making the effect of nothing there more believable. It really looks like one of those fossils that appear when a piece of Welsh Slate is cleaved.
All in, the whole episode has turned out really well, the results are what was hoped for and with Scarlett's input even better
Friday, 21 May 2010
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Monday, 17 May 2010
John handed me a an envelope and said that Scarlett had left it. Well you know how it is, kids at Christmas and all that, opened it up and was greeted with this;
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Friday, 14 May 2010
Monday, 10 May 2010
Come across this band by chance reading the local rag. The following is the profile lifted from their Myspace page
About The Silver Brazilians
The Silver Brazilians emerged from the burgeoning underground Iranian Rockabilly scene where they were discovered at Tehran’s premier hotspot The Golden Abattoir. The club had long been known as a jump off point for many important and influential bands including The Basralittes, D.N.W.A and, of course, Glukel Shapiro & the Burka-Popes but none have transcended geographical, religious and underwear constraints quite like Deaf, Slim, Ted and Kirk - known collectively as the Silver Brazilians. Oddly enough, original bass player Nobby Hymen was tragically smashed in a 'string changing misunderstanding' but was quickly replaced by his clone Ted D. Rocker - a vast improvement on his predecessor on account of his having asymmetrical ankles and a better head. Deemed too risqué by the media, a recent T.V appearance saw the Brazilians having to be filmed from the hair up; an incident gaining them the accolade of "the sauciest rock & roll band in the world!" With songs like ‘Iraqdonalds’, ‘Let's Get Killed’, ‘Crack Baby’ and (who could forget?) ‘The Madness of Suzuki Seijun', the Silver Brazilians' genuine love of snoods and balloon bending has changed the way people think about Cuban heels forever.
As a point of interest, the Trumpet gearbox and clutch handled the power without complaint for all those years.
Saturday, 8 May 2010
One of these arrived from Her Majesty's Thunder in North Carolina this morning. Should cause a few grins around the bike do's this Summer. May piss a few people off, but hey ho, it's not a life threatening problem to 'em
A block of material that measures 10cm x 10cm x 10 cm is 1000 cubic centimetres.
Reduce the dimensions by 20% to give 8 x 8 x 8, this results in 512 cubic centimetres.
so that will be a major step forward in ending up with a usable piece
Friday, 7 May 2010
Thursday, 6 May 2010
The bloke who made it came in today, his wife dropped it off on Wednesday (strong woman) so it was the first opportunity to speak to him about it. When he asked if it was OK, I had to tell him that it wasn't quite what I had in mind. I did take responsibility for the cock up though, as I had not checked the drawing before handing it over, lesson learnt for the umpteenth time. All credit to him though, he said that he would have another go and will bring the drawing over tomorrow so we can go over it and discuss in some detail what I actually do want. I think that I should go with it as the shape is truly custom and it will look ace if and when it's right. May even get a few more knocked up and post 'em for sale.
Having said that, plan B will still be continued as the time factor may well become an issue again.
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Following yesterday's hole of misery and bitchin' there was a little a brightness starting to creep in today.
For starters, and to give you some idea of my problems with the "custom" made housing, I weighed it today as promised, and, get ready for this, it goes 2.4 kg !!!! I shit you not, that's about 5 lbs for all you non metricated brothers out there. Now I know what you're thinking, how can a light housing weigh that much ? Well when it's virtually a solid block of steel it bloody well can. I'll get a picture of it just to show the sheer bulk and presence of it.
These pictures are the start of what might go on instead. The housing is a Sportster indicator shell, which is only just deep enough to contain the bulb holder. As you can imagine I ain't particularly happy with the step between the housing and the lamp unit. Fitting a turned ring of between 10 and 12mm between the two halves with a radius to marry and merge the two diameters is the thought at the moment. Should look OK in Bitchin' Black and not to obvious, just have to try it I guess.
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
A couple of posts ago I told you that I was eagerly anticipating the imminent arrival of the rear light shell. Well it turned up this morning, I grabbed it out of the box it was in and my heart sank, even before I saw it, it weighs loads, at least a kilo ! I may weigh it tomorrow just as a matter of interest. The bloke has not scalloped it out as thin as he could like I asked him, instead there's an inch hole down the centre. On top of this it's about 10mm too big in diameter, so all in all it's 'king useless. The actual shape and finish is spot on, which makes it worse.
The problem I suppose is dealing with people who are not into bikes themselves and therefore don't really understand the use and purpose of what they are being asked to make.
The other thing that got my goat, was that I did not have a back up plan in place for this eventuality, so things are now pretty much where they were several months ago.
One chink of light in the darkness, is that I have a set of Harley indicators in the shed which are 3" diameter, one of these may be OK but it'll mean going down that old compromise alley once again.
I may keep it as a paperweight to remind me to be a bit more specific in my requests.
Sunday, 2 May 2010
I posted some really moody black and white pics of Indi's Scout, known as Two Face, these two pictures show how and why the name came about. This bike really sums up shed built bike building, a man carving his own path, building it the way he sees it, and not a catalogue part in site.
Scarlett over at Dirty Bobbers has just released a great range of Tees in Bob's Shop. Great old names like Bates, Flanders .... well you can pop over and take a look. Not only will they make you look cool this summer, at the price of a tenner there will be change left over for a brew. (Edit) Ooops, change of plan gang, Scarlett messed up when she loaded the advert, there should have been a price hike, that's now in place. So you'll only be able to get a half with ya change. To make it up to you all, I've put the banner and link across the top of here to save any grief.
Saturday, 1 May 2010
These sweet looking Fishtails have just become available from Feked at 22" (550 mm) long with an inch and three quarter inlet, they are a very reasonable £39:95 plus tax. Probably 50 quid by the time it's in your hand. Gettem while they're hot folks and be the envy of all your chums this summer.
Ever since I posted about Bobbin' the Bullet a couple of weeks ago using the Hitchcock's hard tail conversion, I can't stop thinking about doing it. I can't really use the Madras Marauder as that means I would have to buy a daily rider to use, and that's not what I'm after.
I would like to get another 500 Bullet to convert, and rather than get something in a project status, I'd rather it be up and running. So, if anybody out there has, or knows where I can get, a decent 500 Bullet for a reasonable price please drop me a line.