It’s days before a New Years.
I thought I’d share with you guys whats going on with my XS projects and the site and cram it all in to one post.
I have mostly been focused on my hardtail project. I cut the bike in half at the end of summer 09 and had plans to get it all put back together and ride it around the block before the snow fell here in Michigan. That was probably unrealistic, considering all the custom work I had planned and other shit I have going on. So, it will be finished by spring of 2010. I keep changing my mind on different parts. I’m on my third gas tank. I really dig the way the Alien tank sits but have been influenced by how sick Joels narrowed sporty tank turned out. I’m trying to keep things super simple and keep the bike profile narrow and Find the lines the bike whats to flow in. I enjoy working on my bikes as much as I do riding.
The electronics are finished. It’s a bare-bones minimalist set up. It’s running a electronic ignition and a banshee permanent magneto hooked up to a R/R combo and a very small gel battery. (I’ve been taking a lot of pictures and intend to write some tutorial at some point) I still need to run some wiring through the frame tubing. I just turned out a set of wheel spacers for the 21 inch aluminum alloy Suzuki front wheel. About a week ago, I built a new table to get my bike off the ground and got a space heater (It is cold as balls in MI). Next up on the to do list is to rebuild some carbs, build some attack style handlebars and get a plan for the exhaust.
I dig the way it looks from the rear profile. Things are moving forward one part at a time. I should have a really sick bike to bomb around on by spring.
I lowered the front forks to the specs in “THE PROPER WAY TO LOWER YOUR XS650 FORKS” – then I threw the lower Fork ends on the lathe for a shave and to clean them up a bit. I think they turned out pretty slick.
The XS650 Chopper project
The XS650 Chopper project has grown pretty fast. It’s already been 13 months since the site launched. It has definitely been cool to talk with guys and see what they’re doing with their bikes as I reengineer and put together my rides. We have been able to do a couple magazine quality posts a month which is pretty cool and fun. We are pretty close to selling out of the T-shirts. I think there’s like 10 L left. There are plans to do another shirt but not the same style or graphic. Thanks to all the dudes who have picked up shirts it really helps me keep the site going.
Here are some of the site analytics for August.
50,000 is about the reach of a small magazine. Pretty impressive I think for this project. I will have to pay closer attention to my spelling and grammar. (probably not;) There are a bunch of ideas in the works for the site but am still limited by time and money! Can’t print my own money yet and have a lot of projects going on.
Anyway, this Year went by fast as Shit! BIG plans for the Year of 2010!
Here is a good Tune. Tom Waits – Lucinda