Friday, December 21, 2018

Joyride 150 BMX pump track pics

Last weekend Cam and I, along with some other buddies, headed over to Joyride 150 for a session on our BMX bikes. Our man Dave Levitt brought his camera gear and snapped some great pictures of us. I'm especially stoked about the one where he caught Cam and I in the same frame. Nothing better than sharing a passion with your offspring and them being as stoked on it as you are!

We rode for a solid 4-1/2 hours and Cam must have done 100 laps on the pump track. He progressed quite a bit in just 1 day and was ripping by the end of the day. I basically had to drag him away when it was time to go. Definitely need to get back for another session ASAP.

Project XTracker: Seat pad

I picked up my seat pad from Haversack Leather. I quickly threw the tank and seat pan on the frame to check how it fits up. It's perfect! Natalie @haversack_leather nailed the look I had in mind. The pleats give a nice vintage feel and matches up with the highlighted engine fins, wheel spokes and tank sticker. The black leather cover is feels really high quality. Give Haversack a social media follow, check out her other leather goods and keep her in mind for your next project. She's located in St. Mary's Ontario.


Project XTracker: Engine paint

Cleaning the 40 years of grime off the engine was a challenge to say the least. I think I spent 3+ hrs just cleaning the engine to prep for paint. The plan was to freshen up with new black paint and to sand the paint of the sides of the cooling fins. 

All cleaned up, masked off and hanging from the garage ceiling in the Dexter (TV show) killing room-esque DIY paint booth. 

Project XTracker: Wheels prep & paint

 The wheels got the wire wheel treatment too to remove the majority of the old paint to prep for paint. The plan was to go with the same paint scheme as stock: black with polished spoke faces and rim lips. i thought about going all black with only the spoke faces polished but I thought it would be too black and make the aluminum finish forks stand out too much.

Project XTracker: Tear down, frame paint prep & paint

The bike is now torn down and final weld out of added brackets done and shaving of the rest of the unused brackets like the exhaust hanger and steering lock below. Since I didn't have access to a big sand blast cabinet to fit the frame I went about cleaning it up with a wire wheel on a drill and a scotch brite type flap wheel on an angle grinder.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Project XTracker: Fiberglass seat base

This will be another lengthy post... 
I wanted to make a new seat to fill the gap between the seat and the tank that exists now. The seat pad shown is the same one my Dad used all those years ago. I decided to go the fiberglass route so that it will be formed to match the profile of the seat pan and tank exactly. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Project XTracker: Fuel tank mounts

I cleaned up the fuel tank mount by making up some spacers to accept a countersunk head screw. You can actually buy a very similar setup through The Vintage Spoke. I figured since I could make my own on my lathe. I used some 1" aluminum round stock that I had from making my front number plate and tail section mounting washers. The fuel tank mounts also match the same design as these washers to tie it all together. Fun little project on the old belt drive Atlas lathe...

Friday, October 19, 2018

Project XTracker: Motogadget Motoscope Mini Speedometer Install

This will be a longer than normal post as the installation of the motogadget motoscope mini speedometer had a lot of details to sort out...
 I bought the unit from Perth County Moto back in the spring but only now got it installed - It was a busy summer but now its time to buckle down to get this think finished and prettied up.
The unit will be mounted to the handlebar and located between the bar mounts

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Project XTracker: Ride with Cam

This was a great moment! I was able to take Cam along for a ride on project XTracker. What makes it so special is that I remember riding on the same bike with my Dad as a kid. My Dad actually made some foot pegs that mounted to the frame with some hose clamps to allow me to sit in front of him and stay comfortable & safe. Luckily my Dad is cheap and doesn't throw things out so naturally he held onto these footpegs for 25 years in a box in his garage!
I mounted them up on the bike. They didn't fit 100% since I welded the rear brake master cylinder mount to the frame but they still worked.
We went for a little 15 min ride and it was great. Cam had a blast and I loved bringing this full circle getting 3 generations of Bellamy boys onto this 40 year old bike! The XT isn't going anywhere so hopefully Cam is able to recreate with one of his kids in the future. Now that would be cool...

Project XTracker: Painting tail section

Delayed Post: July 25, 2018

With the extra holes in the tail section/ seat pan filled it I could now get down to painting it to match the fuel tank. The tank and original paint are in great shape so I couldn't strip it to change the colour. I originally didint like the brown but it has really grown on me. Keeping the brown will maintain a vintage feel of the bike and tie it back to when my Dad owned it.
The Yamaha paint code is a 00V0 GGB Ginger Brown. While searching for that info I came across a thread on the XT500.CO forum with info on a readily available paint that matches really close. The paint is from Montana Cans and is their Gold Series G 8100 Orange Brown. I found a source in Toronto and ordered a can or paint and primer. This paint is  geared towards graffiti and its a bit different than your standard aerosol paint. It's lower pressure and comes out slower in a larger 'cloud" so  you can get a bit closer to the part you're painting. It ended up working out pretty good and the colour matches great.
I picked up a can of higher quality (than tremclad) aerosol clear coat from my local Napa. It ended up with a bit of an eggshell finish but considering my minimal paint experience and small $$ invested I'm happy.