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    Getting close to what I want with the Jockey Shift.



    Still going to do a bit of work on that. We've started fiddling with the foot clutch.

    Couple pics of sand-blasting the oil tank/battery tray combo...



    ...pouring some of the media out.



    I will have some time later today or tomorrow to put some other media in the tank, seal it up and let it run in the tumbler for a bit.

    After that will be time to pressure test it.

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    Forgot to post this earlier.

    This is a Counter Bored Pivot, with a graphite impregnated bronze bushing, wave washer and a shoulder bolt. We'll be using this for the jockey shift...should provide smooth, clean movement.



    About 45 minutes ago I put some mixed media in the oil tank, capped off the openings, and put it in the tumbler to get the inside all cleaned up from the welding.



    Going....



    Going...



    Gone.



    In another 10 minutes I'm going to pull it out, and empty the media and crap out.

    Then it's time to pressure test it!

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    Typically, when I get a bike I look at doing the following, pretty much in this order:

    Get the Comfort Triangle set up with seat, pegs, handlebars

    Do my best to SEE & BE SEEN with LED Lights

    Performance- get a good Stage I installed, along with good cooling, & a sound I like

    After that I may add additional creature comforts...highway pegs, grips, port for heated gear, adjustments/replacing suspension components, sissy bar, racks, etc. (this can be never ending)

    Lastly I look at aesthetic changes, having kept that in mind in the previous adjustments, but sometimes there are things done purely for aesthetics...paint, license plate relo, etc.

    With this bike I am doing everything in a Different order.

    I have a certain look that I want...had that firmly in mind even before locating the donor bike.

    That look/feel is at the core of what I am doing with this bike.

    HOWEVER, being that I will be 59 before it is done, AND that it is intended to be a Daily Rider, AND that I have a fair amount of aches & pains .....

    I am having to figure out how to do the look & feel that I want while still ending up with a bike that is:

    Comfortable, with good front suspension and good seat suspension, will be well lit for SEEING & BEING SEEN, and will still have a good Comfort Triangle, as well as being a solid performer (and sound bad-ass) .

    These, sometimes conflicting, requirements make for some creative thinking to get it to all come together. Coupled with only having a few hours a week to work on it, it is making for some slow going.

    This last week I did not get much done visibly, but we did spend sometime working out the last few details of the jockey shift, and made some progress on the foot clutch.

    Hopefully I'll have a few pics next week of some progress.

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    Got the oil tank done, ready to use. Pics below...

    Waiting on some cables and a few other parts to be cut out before we can move ahead and finish up the jockey shift & suicide clutch.

    After struggling for a couple of months on which switches to use on the handlebars, finally decided that NO switches are going on the handlebars.

    Going to hide the switches best I can down on the frame, so I can reach them with my left hand...turn signals, kill switch, maybe a horn button. The high/low switch for the headlight will probably be On the headlight bucket.

    This will leave the handlebars clean. A grip on the left side, throttle grip and front brake lever on the right side.

    We toyed with the idea of a portioning valve for the front and rear brakes to operate off the foot brake. But there are too many slow moving times on grass, gravel, etc. that I will not want any front brake applied.

    Here are the rocks and grit I dumped out of the tank that I was using to clean it up when in the tumbler.



    Next was some hot soapy water....



    ...then shaking it around for a bit.



    I repeated this process 4 times until I was getting only clean water out of it.

    Next was pumping some air into the tank, went up to 20 PSI...



    ...then put it under water to look for leaks.



    Devin was sure there would be a few...there were ZERO leaks!

    Put some oil in the tank to keep it from rusting.



    Tank is now ready for us to get the rest of the bike done!



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    We spent a bit of time late Friday afternoon on the SBS bike.

    Here is the stock location for the regulator-



    We're building a bracket to relocate the regulator a bit lower, and then we'll be cutting out two, and maybe all three of the cross members, to open/clean things up a bit.



    After that we spent over an hour brainstorming on what to do for a top motor mount.

    I already cut the factory monstrosity off the back bone.

    We came up with a ton of ideas, and discarded all but one....THEN we came up with an idea of something we have never seen before. It is a bit out there, and within a week or so we should have a mock up done, and we'll see how it looks.

    Basically we are going to tie the two cylinder heads together with a coil mounting bracket...then we are going to come off the back of that with a curved bar that will mount to the backbone Behind the back of the tank.

    It may end up ugly, or it may end up looking good...we'll see.

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    So...we've been doing some work...but not much picture worthy.

    Here is the whiteboard in my office...some of the things on it are done, or almost done, but still a lot to do. Nice thing is that it used to be quite a bit longer.



    Last Friday Devin and I spent quite a bit of time researching alternatives for a rear brake master cylinder...we felt with the way we wanted to build the exhaust the MC could not go in the stock position. We then explored putting it along the frame rail on the right side.

    After staring/conversing for hours on the exhaust, pulley guard and MC...



    ...we came up with a different thought on the exhaust than what I had been thinking of for the last few months.



    We'll be deleting the cross-tube...yes, that will sacrifice some power, but it will sound better, and I am not looking to get every bit of power that I can....

    the front exhaust will follow the frame rail, then curve up for a few inches along the rear rail. The rear exhaust will get chopped about 7 inches from the end, then curved down to the rear frame rail, then run exactly parallel with the rear frame rail until right before the rear brake caliper.

    Both exhaust will turn out from the bike just a touch at a 45* angle.

    This will leave room for us to use the stock rear MC in the stock location.

    We may use the factory pulley guard, or may make our own. I like the idea of the factory one with the nice chrome finish to match the rest of the chrome of the power-plant. But to do that we will need to clearance out quite a bit of the back side of it to get the chain to clear.



    That's where we stand right now. Not a lot of photo's / visual progress, but a lot of progress in decisions so that we can proceed in several areas.

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    On May 1st I ordered a part from a pretty big name aftermarket supplier. I did not tell them what it was for (SBS Chop) or that I am the "K" in DK Custom.

    When I ordered it I was told it would ship out within a day or two.

    On the 9th I still had not received it, so I called. They said that is strange it is in the "Shipped File" but they could not give me a tracking number. They asked me to call back the next day to get the tracking number.

    Long story short, I called back 5 more times, each time they said I should be receiving it any day, but that the gal that does the shipping is "out of the office" could I please call back to get the tracking # from her.

    Finally, on my 7th call, which was on the 18th, they gave me a tracking number.

    I received the product on the 19th, it had been shipped on the 17th.

    For 6 calls when they told me it was shipped, it, in fact, was not shipped!

    At least I finally got it....but if I was working on this bike as much as I want to, that would have been much more irritating than it was.

    Bummer is that the quality is not so great on it, so we will probably be making our own version of it from scratch.

    I am not going to name who it was...but I will not be recommending them as a supplier to anyone, that is for sure.

    For the record, TC Bros. & Bung King are two suppliers I have ordered parts from for this build and their shipping has been quick, and the parts have been great!

    I am going to be gone half of next week, on a Memorial Ride for Larry Weaver. So it will likely be week after next before the next update on this bike.

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