Monday, February 27, 2012
The shop project is moving along slow but, at least it's moving. We decided to go with a floor board set up for the foot controls. Mounting the floor boards shouldn't be a big problem. However, routing the exhaust and setting up the shift and brake pedals my be a different story. We'll see how it goes, stick around...
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
After returning the Dyna Fatbob project, we were given a new 2012 Sportster Fortyeight to play around with. I've really wanted to do something with one for a while now so we're really stoked with this opportunity. Anyways, after we closed up an Saturday, I went over to visit the The Speed Merchant headquarters in Signal Hill, Ca. My plan was to get my hands on a set of their 39mm fork preload adjuster for the Fortyeight. I was able to speak with Brandon, one of the principals of SM, about some fork oil and spring rates he like to use with the adjuster. It's very important to get that stuff right to get the most out of your tuning and he seemed pretty clear on what works best. That info will save us, or you a bunch of time too.
I also picked a couple of other SM items while I was there. One of them was this really nicely cast derby cover. I got it in polished finish and you can see the quality of the casting. I also grabbed a set their new handlebars. No pictures because I'm not sure if they're ready to show them just yet. But, after I sat on the SM test bike, I wanted some for our project. It's an excellent bend for an aggressive, cafe' style setup. One more thing, all of their products are made right here in So.Cal. Thanks again for your help, Brandon.
You can check them out and buy their stuff at www.thespeedmerchant.net.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
A lot of people come in the shop and ask why I haven't been riding my bike. Regretfully, I have to tell them, I can't ride it because the rear motor mount broke off of the engine case. I'm not sure how or why but, that's the deal. Since a case change on these rubber mount bikes is a giant pain in the balls, time and money wise, I've been on the lookout for a complete motor. Well, thanks to the good people at Westminster Harley Davidson, I finally found one. I know it's just a Sportster but, it's mine and it's one of the most user-friendly Harley's I've ever ridden. Anyways, the new and improved version should be back on the road soon. Thanks again to everyone in the parts department at Westminster HD.