"When you’re riding the greatest torque to weight ratio on the planet, you must blast beyond lethargic unassuming cageriders every few minutes to release pent up machine/man stress-inducing anxiety. There exists uncontrolled relish and glee in this exercise."
-The Motograph – A Confederate Motor Company


Tapered bearing install_MF

So SOHC Honda stock stem bearings are the floater type. And it was time to upgrade.

Today I installed an AllBallz stem bearing kit from - www.dimecitycycles.com -

Went very smooth after watching a YouTube video on how to do it.
- http://youtu.be/3H-G111JXbU -

-I heated the upper and lower races and then pounded them out, tapping on all four sides sequentially so they don't lock up.

-Then put the new races in the freezer which made them much easier to install by taping again sequentially on them with the provided washer into the stem seat.

-After that I pounded off the stem race with a flat head while in a vice...nothing technical there.

-The kit is universal for CB's and CL's. so it comes with extra washers and seals. The taller seal and thinner washer work for the CB750s.

-After placing them on the stem I heated up the bearing, after packing with grease, and used a pipe and the extra washer supplied, to pound the bearing evenly on the stem.

Effing done.


Fancy in Grand Rapids_MF

Some shots from shop time on the other side of the state. My homies Jordan and Alex are wrapping up a cb500 and kz360.

Also doing two bikes for friends.

Jordan also relocated my petcock forward as its a Kawasaki tank was hitting my motor.


If it doesn't fit, cut more_MF

After hitting a motivation wall on Sunday...(most likely the giant burger I had for lunch) I watched a video on a Bugatti restoration by the Mullins museum -http://youtu.be/GCKlyeFqxcE

It motivated me to get my head back in it, so I spent the next two hours MAKING this panel fit. Removed alot of plastic, and it's nearly there.

What is awesome is how an originally Honda (81CB) side cover matches so well line for line, to a Kawasaki tank....makes me wonder which OEM copied which.

Also continued machining my adjustable rearsets.