Archive for December, 2010

24
Dec
10

oil bag is done, its off the table!

Good God I can’t believe how much time it took to finish the oil tank! I chipped away at it for the last three days and I’ve got almost 15 hours in that darn thing! Here are 4 images of the finished tank showing it just before and right after installing it. Also included is an image of the bike FINALLY off the table and on the floor. I’ve got to finish the gas tank and a couple other small items then it comes apart for paint.

19
Dec
10

Oil tank is taking shape

I spent yesterday morning creating an oil tank with more capacity than the first version. The first design gave me 3.5 quarts with the tank completely filled – the new one carries 4.5 quarts, which is a much more satisfying amount in my opinion when on a touring bike. Obviously we can’t fill the tank 100% to the top, so with 4 quarts in the tank there will be a 1/2 inch air gap at the top of the tank, and after filling the oil filter/lines the total oil on-board will be right at 4.5 quarts. Here are a couple of images of the tank in its rough form. When I add the oil fittings I’ll have the return oil dump in the front/left of the tank and the supply will be at the front/right. I’ll add a baffle running front-to-rear inside the tank, forcing the oil to travel to the rear of the tank – then return to the front of the tank to be picked up and carried back to the engine. When I was building the X-Wedge based Pro-Tour ‘X’ bike, Scott Sjovall who is in product development at S&S, stopped by to check on my progress. We got on the subject of oil tank design and issues they were seeing with the lack of oil aeration in typical tank designs. Adding a baffle and forcing the oil to spend more time in the oil tank before returning to the engine solves alot of problems. I’ll add another image or two of the tank, with the oil lines and baffle installed before I weld the cap on it – hopefully within the next couple of days…

11
Dec
10

The nice thing about a blizzard!

And this is the ONLY thing nice about it… it keeps the Homie’s at home or in the bar. Either way its all good with me because it keeps ’em from stopping by the shop and wasting my time with the endless questions. That being said, I finished mating the inner and outer fairing this morning, without interruption and its just about ready for primer. Here are a couple of images showing where the seam is between the inner and outer. On the hidden side of the two pieces I laid 4 layers of glass mat in strips to join  them together in higher stress areas, then I finished off the exterior of the seam with Duraglass. That creates a rock solid bond between the two pieces. Going home to help the better half with Christmas Decorating now with hopes of being able to add at least one more posting before Christmas.

11
Dec
10

An alternative look

I’ve had a few people ask if I’d sell this kit minus the fairing, or if it could be done using a V-Rod or Buell headlight using one of their mini-fairings, so while I’ve got the Pro-Tour fairing off I thought it’d be a good idea to show what this looks like minus the fairing. You’ll probably notice I’ve swapped out the black front fender that’s been on the bike since the beginning of the project to this bare metal one. Its a new twist I thought of a few years ago but didn’t have an application for – until now. There are two functions of the ducts in the sides of the fender. One is aesthetics – it gives the fender a lighter look even though its a full-length fender. Secondly – on full-length fenders the wind is ‘trapped’ at the rear and with this design the ducts act as pressure relief ports for that trapped air. And for those of you interested – Yes, I’ll sell you a duplicate of this fender for $245.oo US Dollarinos, plus shipping of course.

I’ve got the fairing off now because I’m mating the inner fairing to the outer fairing to create a seamless “one-piece’ unit. I’ll post a couple images of that within a few days.