Friday, May 28, 2010
So, what Bob had to do was mount up the wheel in his lathe, and machine the existing hub out of the center, leaving the rest of the original hub captured in the wheel. While Bob completed this, I ran over to Alreco Aluminum here in town, and found a 6061 T6 aluminum billet that was 6" in Diameter, and approx. 7" long. That 18 lb. piece of billet was $60.00! That billet was the one Bob whittled down for me for the new hub, and you can see the results below......
Because I wanted to use the later H-D style double row sealed 3/4" axle wheel bearings, Bob cut the hub center to accept the '00-up rotors. The sealed bearings are the Timkin cross reference for the OEM bearings that I had my trusty bearing house get for me, at about 1/3 the cost vs. Harley's parts prices.
Bob also drilled the L/H side of the rim for a valve stem, and you can see it at about the 2:00 position on the rim. I gave him a new H-D mag wheel stem, and it was the perfect size to fit in between the convolutions on the rim.
The next hardest thing was finding the tire itself. When you're talking 17" tires, you're in spotbike territory. I looked for weeks to find a front tire that was not only a non-radial 17", but one that was narrower than a 140, 120, or a 110. All these narrower 17" tires were either not available in the USA (most were available in the UK, Germany, or Japan, but the import duties and shipping would have killed me), or they were shown in the manufacturer's website catalogs, but when I asked about availability, I found they were discontinued sizes. I finally found a 100/70-17, and I'm not talking on where it came from! But, it's perfect.
I'm super-stoked! Now I have a set of matching Centerline wheels, ready to go for my VL framed project.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Listening to music.
Listening to radio.
Talking with passengers.
Changing CDs, tapes, MP3 tracks, etc.
Yelling at other drivers.
Operating a GPS system.
Smoking. Listening to audio books. Eating food
Talking on the phone (without a hands-free device).
Taking off clothes.
Reading road maps.
Taking off jewelry.
Working on laptop.
Reading newspapers or magazines.
Watching a movie.
Playing video games.
Browsing the Web.
Putting on clothes.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Steve and I stayed until the "last dog was dead", then headed back to the hotel. We got up late, made a reservation in Kerney, NE for that night, and hit the road. The weather was windy, but sunny West of Des Moines, but that turned to windy and dark over Omaha/Council Bluffs. As we were going thru Lincoln, the rain we had dodged all during the trip caught up with us. It poured on us for the last 140 mi. that day.
We made Kerney in the rain at dusk, checked in to the Super 8, had McDonald's for dinner, and dried everything out. We sleped in a little, ate breakfast at a Perkins, gassed up, and rode the last leg into Denver. From the NE border all the way into town it was windy as fuck (but sunny), and we were pretty tired when we rolled into my driveway by 7:00pm Monday night.
I know Steve shot some more video film, and shot pictures at the party, but I haven't seen any of it yet. In the mean time, check out these sites for some great pictures:
Here's another couple "test" segments from Part-timer Steve's work on his "mini documentary". I dunno, all this video editing shiznit that Steve's been working on, he may be on to something here. The kid's got a talent for all of this!
From what I can tell, this segment has some of the Sinners July 4th Liberty bash, and some of us entering Nevada, going thru Vegas, and on to Primm.........
.....and this segment looks to be our night gas stop 3/4 of the way across Utah, in the section of I-70 I like to call "The Bermuda Shorts" - because it's the 120 mi. stretch between Green River and Salina that has no services (read gas), cell phones for the most part don't work, and you loose your radio station signals in. Steve took enough gas with him to get thru it, and that's what he's doing here, gassing-up under a full moon.
It also looks to be the Colorado I-70 trip section thru the Eisenhower Tunnel, Glenwood Canyon, Grand Jct., and some of the section of I-15 from Utah into Arizona and Nevada.
Pretty good, eh? I'm looking forward to the whole DVD when he's finished.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
You don't want to miss this. It's gonna be jam-packed in the Kung Fu, people are coming in from all over the country for this one.
Monday, May 10, 2010
When Part-timer Steve and I rode out to L.A. for the Sinners July 4th Liberty Bash, Steve took his camera with him, and filmed almost the entire trip.
Steve's been working on this film for a long time, and has been taking classes at Apple to learn his editing software, and to get the visuals and the soundtrack all put together. He has about 30 segments that he's completed, and is in the process of stitching them all together in one cohesive package. The segments include everything from day and night road scenes there and back, tripping all over L.A., the Sinners Party, the Friday cruise night at Bob's Big Boy, Wes' 4 Aces shop, a stop at Frank Kaislers' place, and a really good, long segment on our visit with Mike Parti at his home and shop/museum, just to give a few examples.
This is one of his "test" segments he's put together for YouTube, and as he goes along, he'll add a few more there, and we'll have the link here, too. Steve's goal is to do a complete DVD of the whole trip. Let him know what you think.......