At the Deviants CC compound in Vancouver, WA… I spent a few hours going at the BSA frame with an angle grinder yesterday. My mission was to remove the bondo from the frame so I could see what is really going on with the structure of the hard tail, where I need to cut and start over again.
The welds look pretty old judging by the wear and tear, and Wolf told me they were probably stick welds not something more fine tuned. Whoever built this bike must have fancied themselves a sculpter because they chose to use the bondo crap to shape it instead of metal. Seems silly to me.
Hi there, and thanks for the compliments on the blog! Very glad you enjoy it.
As for the knee armor, I have two different types that I use and enjoy for different purposes and with different boot/pant combos for comfort.
Icon Stryker Knee Guard ($105 on RevZilla)
Some of the perks of these is that they’re very sturdy, would fit bigger people well (I’m petite and they fit fine), and that they’re lined with Hydradry which wicks moisture. Air channels help with cooling, too.
Dainese Knee V Guard ($65 on RevZilla)
The Dainese shin and knee guards are a little longer than the Icon version, and they’ve come down in price since the style I have. Mine don’t have the same lower straps (they just tuck into boots) but otherwise are very similar. The perforation in the plastic is nice too.
I would definitely suggest picking some up! While it’s not as safe as wearing leather or textile riding pants (especially with the lack of hip/thigh/butt protection) it is a huge step up from riding in only denim.
I don’t have enough time to chop up the GoPro video right now, so here is a light review of the 2013 Sang-Froid Riding Club Alley Sweeper Urban Enduro today (some people are still out doing it).
My tally on the poor borrowed XS400 (below)… one close call, two low sides, a bunch of mud, broken GoPro mount (sorry and thanks Joe), broken headlight bucket, tweaked front end and turn signal. Oh and a sweet bruise.
It’s every journalists (or wannabe journalist, if you rather) dream to get to travel and photograph their favorite things… in this case the lovely Sasha of CafeRacerXXX sent me on a mission to photograph Tesla, a Triumph build by my friend Jeff Yarrington of Saint Motor Company in Maryland. With a little help of Kevin Dunworth of Loaded Gun Customs, Sasha organized a great event.
CafeRacerXXX organized a MotoLady meetup, a video was planned, and days were set aside for a photoshoot of the bike.
So, I bought this early 60’s BSA frame a couple months ago from a neighbor with the intent to start working on it when the Monster is done. I didn’t post about it because I knew I’d catch a whole lot of flack from people wondering why the hell my Monster has taken so long, and why I’m picking up new projects before the first is done. But let’s face it, if you’re into motorcycles and especially customizing them… you know exactly what is going on here.
It’s got a Harley rear wheel on it, a custom (crappy) hard tail job, and a fair amount of rust. Anywho, since I’ve done all I can do until this week on my Monster, I decided to take the rear wheel off this bad boy and start cleaning up the frame.