CL360 Fairing

Hey Gang,

So I have done a bit of work on the Honda since last we spoke. I mounted a half fairing. I’m pretty excited, and I think it came out radical. Here are the pics of the mounting and whatnot.

CL360 Racer

I bent these with a torch and a pair of plyers.

CL360 Racer headlight

Mounted the headlight. Its 4″.

CL360 Racer Top Headlight

Here’s the top view.

CL360 Tach Mounted

Mounted the Tach

I went back and forth on the number plate color. I finished it in black, but I think I’m going to go back to yellow.

CL360 Racer Fairing Front

Here it is. I had the cut the headlight hole, and glass in the tunnel for the headlight. I’m real happy with the results.

CL360 racer Fairing Finished

I love this bike. I hope you enjoi it too.

It’s getting close….CL360

Ok gang, it’s been awhile since I have done an update on the CL360., and I gotta say, I’m getting excited. It’s looking fucking awesome. Well anyway, I think it looks awesome.

So i have totally rebuilt it , with exception to the gearbox. It’s working well so I didn’t see the need to get that deep into the motor. I also need to replace the cam. The bearing is shot. Well pretty bad anyway. I’m gonna run it that way for a couple of months or until the motor quits. Then I’m gonna bore it out to a 450cc, from 356cc. I’ll put a bigger lobed cam in at that time. Here’s a photo of the cam now.

CL360 Cam Bearing

It's looks pretty bad, but it still feels pretty smooth. Am I lying to you or myself?

So besides the cam, that I think can wait until I free up some money, I need to replace the rings. I need to do that right away. They are so bad that they’re getting blow-by. So bad in fact that it’s fouling the plugs. It wont stay running. I’m gonna get the rings .5 over. That way if they don’t fit properly I can file them down a bit.

I did a test paint job because I wasn’t sure about the the paint scheme. I knew I wanted to do something race style, but to my knowledge Honda didn’t have race bikes in the mid seventies. Mike says it’s because Honda pulled out of racing to focus on the Civic. I can neither confirm nor deny this, but it sounded reasonable enough to me. So anyway I wanted to do something red white and blue. I think that paint scheme looks rad, but I wanted to get the colors right. Here’s the first run.

CL360 test paint

CL360 Profile

CL360 test paint 1

CL360 Front Angle

CL360 test paint 2

CL360 Rear

CL360 test paint 4

CL360 Rear Angle

The last one is my favorite picture so far. So I got the paint mocked up, and I’m happy with the red, but Sander suggested I go a  bit darker on the blue. I agree, so I reshoot with a darker blue. I couldn’t be happier with the suggestion. I slapped on the wings, and cleared it up. It looks good from far but…..

Oh, before I show you those,  I made a # plate mount for it as well. I confirmed what I already knew about welding… I suck at it.

CL360 Number Plate Mount

It not the best but here it is.

Ok, here’s the finished paint. I have to french in a head light and make a tach mount, but other than that I couldn’t be happier.

CL360 Race Paint Scheme, Racer

That's nice

CL360 Race Paint Scheme, Racer 1

That blue is so much better

So I got a little tipsy the other night, and Mike talked me into doing an artsy night photo shoot. I am no Ansel Adams, but here they are. A couple of them turned out pretty cool.

CL360 Drixton Racer Style

Oooohh!

CL360 Drixton Racer Style 1

I can't wait to ride the wheels off this little fucker

CL360 Drixton Racer Style 2

CL360 Drixton Racer Style 3

43 I'm hoping that will be my AHRMA #

Well that’s it for tonight gang. My back is starting to smart from bending over this fucking computer. I hope you like it.  McCarron out!

Thruxton @ a Track School

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2010 Triumph Thruxton

Holy shit! How long has it been since I posted? A year maybe. I told you folks I was a slacker.

Anywho, I got really excited about riding with the wife, as she told me she wanted a bike. Yeay!  I wanted her to get a new bike, so I would never have to work on it. She was insistant on a modern classic, which also made me happy. Atleast it would look old. I showed her a total of 4 bikes to look at, which included – Ducati Monster, Ducati Sport Classic 1000, Motto Guzzi V7 and Triumph Thruxton.  I sent her to 2 different local bike shops to check them out and see which one she would like the most. I was hoping for the Ducati 1000. GP downtown San Diego for the Ducatis and Guzzi, and Rocket Motorcycles, Marina Blvd, San Diego for the Thruxton. She wound up going for the Thruxton. I wanted to get it from a Mom & Pop shop, because I believe in supporting local business. Plus these guys know Triumphs, and have been riding them sice the late 60′s.  I’m not sure why, but as it turns out I never took a picture of the bike when we got it.

This is what she looked like new. Good Looking enough.

She rode it a few times, and as it turns out became my daily driver. She actually wants something a bit smaller. Something more like the scrambler.

The first thing I did to it was new pipes. This thing was so quiet, when I would ride with my friends I couldn’t even hear it. I purchased a pair of Norman Hyde Pipes from NewBonneville.com. Kinda quiet at lower RPMs, but when you crack the throttle she really growls. Nice. Next to go were the shitty bar end mirrors. It was a chore to split lanes with those things. I just put on a cheap round bar end on one side. Nice. The Next thing were the bars. I’m not 50 yet, so I opted for some clip ons. I’ll never understand why the changed from the clipons to M bars, but in any case, they had to go. I thought about putting the the stock Thruxton clipons, but I like the Woodcrafts on the honda, so I went with those. Plus, they were just about half as much, for a much better clipon.

"Thruxton Bars"

Not a fan.

"Woodcraft Clipons"

That's better. Oh yeah, and I painted it gold, but we'll get to that.

I also chopped the back fender off and made a bracket for the light, license plate and turn signals. It looked pretty good, and at least I was happy with the way it turned out.

Sorry about the photo, but it's the best one I have.

 So I end up going to rallys and whatnot for vintage bike nights, and is would seem the the Thuxton gets lost in a see of black Thruxtons, so I decided to paint it. I settled on Gold.

First I did the Fender.

Then the cowl

Then the tank. I had to do it in stages because its my daily driver.

All the while, I’ve really started to dig the Thruxton Cup Racers I’m seeing on the internet. I really like the European ones best. So I ask my buddy Sander at Airtech  if he could make me a seat. He seems excited enough about to talk with Kent, and 8 weeks later I have this bitchen seat. Those guys are awesome. He also made me a seat pan so I could upholster it. I know, I know, not true racer, but I gotta ride this thing to and fro work every day. So this is how it came out. I couldn’t be more pumped.

Thruxton cup

I decide to do # plates even though I won't be likely to put #s on it.

"Thruxton Cup"
I’m getting excited.
"Thruxton Cup"
Test Fit
"Thruxton Cup Upholstered"
Upholstery is done, and mounting went well.
"Triumph Truxton Cup Racer"
I’m in love!
"Thruxton Cup Racer"
This is my favorite shot.

That’s it for now…… Scrambler/Drixton Updates to come.

Drixton Tank and Seat

The new Seat and tank look bitchen. Thank you Airtech. You guys kick more ass than a donkey farm.

I had to cut out the rear fender mount, to make everything fit properly, but Dutch said he would help me build a new rear hoop for it. Dutch is the man!  He’s my go to guy when I get stuck. A really patient dude, that has helped me debug my carbs, eletrical and now the rear hoop. But really I’m just trying to make my bike as cool as his.

I had to cut this brace/inner fender mount to make the seat sit on the frame rails. Because of the tank the seat sits further back.

All cut out, and can work on the rear hoop.

Here are pictures of the seat and tank inplace, but no mount points. I still have to weld those in.

I'm excited about the paint. I think gold black and red.

I'm a big fan of the seat shape.

Profile of the tank.

From a higher vantage point.

Rebuilding the Scrambler (again)

So I got a new Fender, tank and seat, from the guys at Airtech, for the scrambler. It’s the Drixton style. I’m really excited about it. We all know what that means…..rebuild. I was always unhappy with the build as it was. The bike itself is a blast to ride, but visually I was not entirely pleased.

I have to cut some tuff off of the frame I missed the first time. I’ll post all of that as I do it. I also have to weld a rear hoop, so I can mount the seat and the battery under the seat. Plus it will make the back end of the frame more rigid.

The first thing on my plate is venting the rear brake. I like the way it looks plus it will help keep it cool.

Here are the pictures…..

Here is the brake plate before I got a hold of it.

And the backside, with the shoes removed.

 

No plasma cutter, so I have to drill it out.

And the backside.

I'm telling you, my Dremel is my best friend.

I think it turned out pretty good.

 

And a close up. I got all the materials at Marshalls. The Screen and the aluminum plate. I just have to fix it to the brake plate. I think some allen screws will look nice.

Mike’s Bonneville

My buddy/roommate Mike rides a 2008 Triumph Bonneville, and was unhappy about showing up at bike events and getting lost in a sea of new Bonnevilles. So he decided to do something about it. He painted it. We have a sprayer and a compressor. He wanted something vintage looking, with a modern touch.

Anyway, check out the pictures. It looks pretty bitchen….

That's nice.

He sanded the muffler too. Looks boss Michael.

Oooh artsy!

He hasn’t had time to clearcoat it yet. I’ll post some better ones tonight, with the Airtech flyscreen, and a better profile of the tank. Ride on Michael.

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