Friday, September 22, 2017


Skimboarding is fun... I bought this skimboard of a buddy's brother back in high school and held on to it. I bust it out a couple times a year. For some reason I'm sore for a week after each session... Getting old sucks.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Project XTracker: Steering stops

Since the forks on my bike arent the stock units the steering stops didn't match up and the fork legs were hitting the fuel tank. My solution for this was to use two M10 socket head bolts to act as the stops. I marked up the bottom triple clamp where the face of the steering stop on the frame laid where I wanted the steering to stop. Then I measured out where the center of the bolt needed to be. Drilled, tapped and installed the bolts. It worked out pretty good and is a nice clean solution.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Project XTracker: Rear wheel drive & brake setup

I got a couple hours of work in on the project bike last Friday night. Worked on getting the rear wheel drive and brake system mounted up. I got he hub adapter and custom sprocket a few weeks ago. I had to machine up axle spacers and caliper spacers. The drive and brake side spacer had to be machined to fit the caliper hanger and allow it to pivot. I did this with making it a 2 piece part that sandwiches the caliper hanger. I got the spacers machined, bolted it all up and it fits up just as planned. The clearances are close but shouldn't be a problem. I still need to make a stay to support the caliper hanger. Positioning the caliper on the bottom side may make the caliper stay easier to fit unless I get real creative since the shock is in the way.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Project XTracker: Front hub adapter mounted

I got the front wheel hub adapter mounted up. It fits! Nice slip fit over the hub shoulder to transfer the braking load. I also made up some axle spacers to get the wheel centered and spaced properly.
Looks pretty bitchin' with the 320mm rotor and 6 piston caliper...

Gotta love it when everything works out first try. Rotor is centered perfect in the caliper...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Project XTracker: Hub adapters are in

Hub adapters and brake caliper hanger I designed and drew up are finished. I had a machinist friend make these up for me. Machined from 6061 aluminum. They look great now lets hope they fit! Once I verify everything fits and works as desired I'll most likely get them anodized when I strip the bike for paint.

As I mentioned before the rear end is going to have the sprocket and brake on the same side of the wheel to be different. With the adapter now you can see how this is going to work out.

Drawings for the engineering nerds like me out there...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Project XTracker: Filters, Headlight, Tires

I picked up a K&N air filter and crank case breather filter so that I could ditch the stock air box. I ordered these online direct from K&N. Good prices, cheap shipping that was super quick (2 days from California) and no duty fees!. I also scored a 'sample' of an Optilux (Hella) mini light bar from one of the light suppliers I deal with at work. The plan is to mount it in behind my front number plate with a nice opening cut and flared around it. I mounted a pair of used tires off my flat track race bike to get an idea how it will look with the flat track rubber. They're Golden Tyres and are acutally DOT approved for the road. Looks pretty killer to me. The rear wheel clearance to the seat/ frame looks tight so I'll have to check into that a bit. The forks are real short so that helps to make the front end look much less chopper like.

Still rockin' the inner tube steering stops... 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Project XTracker: Front end mounted

I got a couple hours in on the project bike this weekend and managed to get the GSXR front end mounted up. It went on surprisingly easy and didn't need as much machining as I thought it would.
The XT500 stock has individual ball bearings in the steering stem. I bought a conversion kit for taper roller bearings that comes with the 2 bearings and 2 races to press into the frame. Luckily the steer tube bearing diameters on the GSXR triple clamps are the same as the XT500 so no special machining needed there.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Project XTracker: More parts!

Project name update - I decided to start calling the bike project XTracker. It's an XT 500 and will be styled as a street tracker.... self explanatory... and I can use #XTracker on social media to track project posts.
New parts this week:
The rest of my exhaust parts came in. Stainless 12" reverse cone megaphone, 18degree bend and mounting bracket from Cone Engineering. This will match up nice with the stainless low pipe header. Going to hit up my buddy Kevin the TIG welder to fab these babies up.

Custom aluminum 40 tooth rear sprocket from PBI sprockets. I ordered the sprocket custom machined to my specifications and it shipped the same day! It wasn't cheap - $100 usd shipping (plus $20CAD duty... grrr) but should do the trick nicely. Time to sort out the hub adapters....

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Project Bike: Dad's XT500 - Old pics

Here are some pics of  the XT in action that you probably won be able to ever do again. Wheelies on the Lake Huron beach and riding on the Port Elgin harbor ice in the winter. The ice riding shots show a different bike but its the same XT engine in a different 'framer' chassis.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Project Bike: Dad's XT500 - Exhaust header & rear brake caliper

More new parts! My exhaust header came in this week. It's a Hoos Racing 1-3/4" stainless low pipe.

I sourced out a better rear brake caliper to fit my rear brake setup. Its a Brembo unit that came stock on a number of Ducatis. I got this one of a friend (AJ) that I race flat track with who is also into road racing Ducatis. I think I'll eventually paint the caliper black and keep the Brembo logo polished aluminum.