Thursday, February 23, 2017

Project Bike: Dad's XT500 - Chassis tear down

Dad has been working away on the project bike. Tearing down the chassis after getting the engine rebuilt. Needs some fork seals and some seals to freshen up the carb.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Project Bike: Dad's XT500 - Engine Rebuild

$1000 in parts and a couple days of Dad's time later and the engine is all freshened up. It needed a new cam and rocker arms since the exhaust valve rocker wore through the hard surfacing. Also replace the cam chain and piston rings. Its pretty cool you can still get OEM parts for a 40 year old bike. A few parts did have to come from Japan...
I'm getting excited to hear this bad boy run.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Project Bike: Dad's XT500 - Street tracker plan

So here's what my plan is for the XT500 when I give it the street tracker treatment. I want to try and balance its 40 year old styling with some modern twists drawing from my history of BMX, offroad, supermoto and flat track racing. Modern inverted forks, number plates, 19" wheels, big front brake, MX bars, flat track seat pan and more.
Some inspirational bikes:

Project Bike: Dad's XT500 - Engine tear down

 Dad started tearing into the engine and he figured out what the ticking in the top end was. Look closely at the contact pad on the exhaust valve rocker arm. It has worn through the hard surfacing. Looks like we'll need new rocker arms and a cam. These engines had a known problem of oil starvation to the exhaust rocker pad. While Dad had the bike he moved the oil line to the exhaust side to try and help avoid these issues. Maybe it was starved for oil at some point.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Project Bike: Dad's XT500 - Tear down begins

The tear down begins. The bike is in my grandpa's garage in Port Elgin. Dad is going to be doing a lot of the engine and restoration work before we bring it down to my place in Ayr.
 Step 1: We got the engine out of the frame

Monday, July 11, 2016

Project Bike: Dad's XT500

I'm reviving my blog to document the progress on my new project bike. Please follow along...

I've been wanting to start a project street bike for a number of years now. One of the many discussions with my Dad about what kind of donor bike would be best he remembered his old 1977 XT500 was still in my home town and owned by a friend of his. It took a year or so of bugging the owner to let go of it. Today it finally made its way back to our family!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

VIDEO: Cam ripping around on his Strider

My son Cameron loves riding his Strider balance bike so I made a little video of him ripping around our neighborhood. He was almost 2 years old in this video.These bikes are a great way to learn balance for bicycle riding. I even made him a small ramp to ride over which he can't get enough of.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Video: Tallahassee Supermoto Jam 5

Here's a great video from the 5th annual Tallahassee Supermoto Jam held down in Florida. Some year I'm going to get down there to ride this event. Always looks like a great time...

Friday, November 7, 2014

Robbie Maddison's DROP IN

Robbie Maddison does cool things on dirt bikes and takes them to crazy places you wouldn't typically ride. In his new video for skullcandy he rips his KTM in Supermoto trim up a mountain road to ride a bobsled run back down. High speeds and no room for error on that run. Then he switches back to the dirt wheels to ride up the mountain again to drop in on a ski jump course. The jump was massive and looked like he was going to jump all the way to flat at the bottom. Check it out below, its a must watch!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

VIDEO: Rossi's Ranch

Here's a really cool video of MotoGP stars Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi riding Rossi's personal dirt track in Spain. His track looks really fun, a lime stone TT/ dirt track / road course with some elevation changes. Perfect training circuit for throttle control and maintaining traction.