Monday, June 29, 2015


From El Corra Motors

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Continuing ruminations on the BSA redesign

I'm at a loss for words at the moment. No reason save for the fact that I've been steeped in numbers lately. Anyway, pictures of nice Oil-In-Frame British motorcycles. Three BSA's and a Triumph.
I don't know if the Triumph pieces all work together or not. But then again it's a lovely motorcycle and I keep going back to it. I like it. The BSA on the bottom has some nice bits but the seat doesn't work on that bike. They've got their peanut butter and chocolate all mixed up. Needs a Rocket Gold Star seat.  I'm still working on the design of our sidecover.


Tumblr Neo-Hippie

Lost the link

From here

Friday, April 24, 2015

Thinking Beesas again

I've been working on the BSA sidecover project again. I ran across this treatment this morning at Pipeburn. Obviously not a BSA but the frames are essentially the same from this period. It certainly wouldn't compliment the aesthetic we're shooting for but an interesting method nonetheless. Hose management is interesting as well.

I'm a little further along than this photo shows but my progress is slow. I actually made a paper mockup the other day that looks promising. Given the time I may make another based on a different idea. After that, I'm not sure. I may make one from foam with which the Chief can work or I might bang one out of some aluminum flashing I have just to see how it will look.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015


If you are able...turn up your speakers. 

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Wayne and Eddie

Both pics from El Corra Motors blog

Yeah, been a bit of silence here lately. The time is about to change and the weather is warming up...a bit. I'm starting to think bikes again. Not that I wasn't. Just a little more up front.

I happened across a couple of very nice replica racers over at El Corra Motors this morning. The matching clogs are a nice touch. A little more inspiration to the Chief for his Kawasaki project.

Friday, December 19, 2014

So...Here's what I'm Thinking

There's a long way to go from here and I still haven't quite finished the wheeling machine for Frankie. I'll get there... Anyway, I like where it's going but I don't have much time to elaborate. I colored it green as Unk mentioned he was thinking British Racing Green or dark blue. I'm a fan of green but I'm not ruling out blue. More to come. Cheers.

Friday, December 05, 2014

BSA Design repair PT.2

O.K., so the Ducati side covers are decidedly sexy. On to the tanks. No, we're not making a new tank. Ain't nobody got time for dat. The first pic in my last post is of our BSA before Unk bought it. I think. Generally speaking, our bike still looks just like that but the tank has a couple leaks so he bought another tank. I don't know what they are called in BSA speak but it's bigger and ostensibly does not leak. I like em both. Now since we are still comparing British to Italian, let's leave Bologna and take a trip a couple hours North and West to the shores of Lake Como. No, not to see George Clooney but to the Moto Guzzi factory and peek in on what Leno Tonti and his boys have cooked up for early seventies motorcycle styles.
Oh. Mye. Gawd.
Pic from Here
Pic from BikeEXIF
These two make me drool. It's no secret I like green but we need to focus. Tank shape. It's got a little dip down and in right behind the cylinder head. Very nice lines. Plenty of fuel. The triangular bump on the V7 cover flows nicely with the tank as does the newer panel on the 1000 in the second Guzzi photo.

Here it is in it's current state in front of a slightly newer 650 twin. Not the greatest photo of the overall bike but it shows the shape of the tank nicely. Bump out, comes back in and up behind the cylinder head. Same deal but less aggressive than the Guzzi. More British. Why am I bringing up the tank? Two reasons. A) the side panels we are trying to fix do not match either of these tanks, stylistically. B) The seat. Wait, what about the seat? Not unlike The Dude's rug, it really ties the room bike together. Have I lost you yet? Well, I have failed to mention that if we fix the side covers that ridiculous tail lamp housing is going to be the new weak link aesthetically speaking. This is all strictly my opinion, by the way. So since we're going to have the shot bag and teardrop hammer out anyway, might as well do something about that tail end. But, I'm getting ahead of myself.
So the Ducati GT sidecovers have a good look and you can see how they'd fit right on the Moto Guzzi V7 Sport. All of these bikes have a similar enough profile and our big BSA tank is the nerdy cousin of the Guzzi tank.  All that tells me I'm on the right track. I think the paint color and design (if any) will have a bit to do with this also. The frame on our bike is grey. My understanding is the bikes came this way and the Americans did not like the color. Many dealers were repainting the frames black so they could sell the bikes. I think it's ugly but with the factory two tone paint they made it work. Ironically, the two tone paint also hid the nice line just along the bottom of the tank and made it look a little more like a slab than it really was. Grey stays. That weird ass magenta color on our tank? Yeah, not my cuppa tea. Unk didn't like the kind of green I did so I'll put that one in my pocket. Dad mentioned in one of his posts that the GT panels bump out and he would prefer more of an innie, as it were. I think I agree but I'm not sure that we could do something like the 750 Sport/900 SS covers without making them look like an exact knock-off. 
From Here
The outside shape is right on. The BSA covers have to contend with the giant oil bearing backbone however and oh, did I mention it's also an airbox? We can deal with all that. The point is they have to look better and function as well. I have no doubts about function, airbox or no. Looking better is the challenge. Many have tried...few have succeeded.
Nice bike, side covers courtesy of Campbell's Soup. 

From Shop Teacher Bob's blog
Pretty good attempt here. The side covers are better than stock and I'll leave it at that. 

No idea where this one came from. 
Number plates are always an easy out, but we're not going flat track with this one. That's funny, this we build bikes all the time. 

BikeEXIF again
If you are into skinny jeans, have a handlebar mustache, and an axe that you don't know what to do with, you can go this route. (Actually I like this bike, just don't tell anyone.) Look how nice the line along the bottom of the tank appears in this picture. Why did they hide that? I'll go back to my sketches and keep thinking on it. More to come.

BSA design repair PT. 1

I could drag this one out forever but I'm short on time. My father and I co-own Grumpy Unk's 1971 BSA Lighting 650. Unk hated the sidecovers and I agreed to help design some new ones that Dad would build. I think we're moving forward with that. I'm not a fan of the sidecovers myself and my favorite thing in the world to do (well, perhaps...third favorite) is design stuff. I'm not going to pretend I'm a better designer than say Fabio Taglioni or Leno Tonti but perhaps we can do better than Nigel Ramsbottom or whomever that came up with these three piece, steel and zinc die cast afterthoughts slapped on the side of the newly (at the time) redesigned A65 line.
The Bike in question. It's not that dark in person.
Okay, they're not that bad. I had one of these for a while and I've always liked the way they look bone stock. I do feel the looks could be improved a bit and in the spirit Hippocrates, I look first to do no harm. We won't do anything that can't be undone with some wrenches.

No idea where I got this one, no copyright infringement intended. 

Body by Fabio
No idea where I got this one, no copyright infringement intended.
Speaking of Fabio Taglioni. My guess is this is no chicken and egg deal here. The Brits needed cash to keep all of motorcycling alive in 1971. Down there in Italy they were building these beauties. I doubt the Italians were sending spies up to the land of blancmange to find out how to make a motorcycle look sexy. To play devil's advocate, I would think most folks would take the Ducati over the BSA any day of the week. Opinions vary but if you squint a little, the aesthetics are very similar. So what could we do to fix the slap-dash styling of the BSA? Hmmmm....we could steal those side covers. I'm speaking stylistically, of course. If I was a designer worth my salt I'd Photoshop those babies right on there. But that's not an option at the moment. Moving on. 

Holy crap that's cool.
No idea where I got this one, no copyright infringement intended. 
While we're squinting, if the PO of Unk's bike had just dumped a big-assed handful of metal flake in that baby blue paint, we'd have something like this. You know...sort of.