Projects

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This is a 1977 Yamaha XS 650 project for a customer converting it to a Street Tracker.

We started out by polishing the crankcases

Next the gear box and crankshaft are installed using new seals and gaskets

The kickstarter is eliminated and a blanking plug is installed along with the shift linkage and clutch

New oversized cylinder barrel is painted black and oven cured and new standard pistons and rings are installed. The head is stripped and bead blasted along with the rocker box. Valves are lapped and new seals installed.

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The frame, wheels and front forks are here and we are starting a dry run on assembly to work out the fitting and adding brackets as needed for battery box, muffler mount and related hardware

The frame is a Chaney, the forks are from a R-6 Yamaha as are the front disc’s

The wheels, triple clamps and rear disc are from A&A

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The seat pan is a Champion replica, the tank is a aluminum H-D XR model

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Engine mounted in the frame and ready to align rear sprocket on quick change carrier and weld on tabs for muffler mount and fabricate inner fender

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It’s 3-8-2012 and we have started over with a new frame from Richard at Mule Motorcycles. The previous frame had many issues and the quality was poor to say the least.

Here’s the frame and swing arm

Forks, shocks, wheels, engine and exhaust pipes mounted

fab a brake lever from 1/4″ aluminum plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fab and install side stand 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

relocate rear brake master cylinder 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picked up the frame from the painter and started final build

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This project started life as a 1966 Triumph 650. Step one not shown was to remove everything down to the frame. Next removed all tabs and brackets not being used in this build. Modified the rear frame section to accept the fiberglass seat pan (a Knight copy), also removed the fairing mount lugs from the steering hea

 

 

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Next the wheels get built starting with bead blasting the hubs, powder coating, and lacing to the Boriani rims with stainless steel spokes and mounting the Pirelli M53s.

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Next the frame gets the old paint striped and primed and the small dents and dings filled before final prime coat and finish paint.

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The small parts get cad plated for use in mounting the brake backing plates font and rear.

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The Ceriani forks are mounted along with the swing arm and the wheels are installed.

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The oil tank, fender insert and the electrical mount tray are fabricated and installed.

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The headlight and preliminary wiring is installed.

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Now the engine begins assembly starting with the polished crankcases. The holes are bored in the front engine mount casting to provide crankcase breathing while  plugging the original breather pipe which was connected to the intake cam timed breather.

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Cleaning the sludge trap.

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Starting to assemble the engine with the left crankcase half.

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Note the screen in the front mount casting which acts to baffle the oil and return it to the crankcase through the lower bore hole shown earlier.

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The engine gets bolted to the frame minus the transmission gears, primary drive, clutch, timing gears and magneto.

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Timing gears and gear box installed.

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Primary drive and clutch installed.

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Inner gear box cover installed.

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New pistons fitted to the cylinders.

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Pistons mounted to the polished connecting rods.

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Barrels installed.

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Degree wheel calibrated to top dead center.

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Oil pump and outer transmission cover installed.

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Cylinder head gets new valve guides, valves and springs.

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Head and rocker boxes installed.

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New carb’s installed.

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Exhaust pipes and mufflers installed.

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ARD magneto cover gets slotted on the milling machine.

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Magneto timing is set.

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Finished product starts on second kick!

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This is a series of pictures showing a Rickman Triumph project I completed in 2007, Not every detail of the build is shown; it started with a “project” I purchased in 2005 and let soak in the corner for a couple of years waiting for the theme to develop. I had visited the Ace Cafe in London when I was protecting our country from the Commies in 1961 in the Air Force and remember ogling the bikes there and dreaming of having one of my own someday. Someday came in 2007.


Not only did the Rickman win it’s class at the 2008 Legend of the Motorcycle Concours at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. Here is a picture of Mark Wilsmore current owner of the Ace Cafe handing me the “God of Speed” trophy!

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In 2004 I put together this Triumph Flat Tracker from a few boxes of parts I had lying around since my race days back in the early 1970’s. I displayed it in my office along with a stock 1966 Triumph Bonneville. Some friends said I should take it to the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours in Half Moon Bay; so in 2007 I entered it in the show. I also signed up to ride my 1966 Bonneville in the next day event leaving the Ritz Carlton riding to Alice’s on the skyway and back to the hotel. This was my first major show and I was blown away by the quality of the bikes there and the set and setting. Following are some photos of the build and the event.

We won!

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But first this nice lady from the Chamber of Commerce said we should park our Toy Hauler on the other side of the temporary staging area. When I ask if it had rained the day before she said that it had but it would not be any problem driving to the spot. We buried the Tahoe to the axels!

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So the nice lady from the Chamber called a tow truck and had us extracted from the bog. She even paid for the tow truck!

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The next morning we are in a mile long line to unload the bike at the Hotel. One way in and one way out; it took forever.

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Once we got to the 18th hole it was the most amazing display of motorcycles I had ever seen!

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Mert Lawwill  was there and signed my Ken Maley steel shoe!

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This is the Bonneville that went on the ride.

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I never took many pictures of the build because at the time I never dreamed of having a web site or the interest of promoting Ron Peck Motorcycles. Here are the few that I could find.

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And getting presented the “God of Speed ” trophy!

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This is a 1951 Triumph Thunderbird I restored for Dann Moser in 1992. This was a major restoration as seen in the before and after pictures. Don’t try this at home!




3 Responses to Projects

  1. Pingback: The latest stunning Triumph work of art from the workbench of Ron Peck « Motorcycle Photo Of The Day

  2. Laurence Boag says:

    I am always blown away by your work! Congratulations on your success. I do miss those parties at Brownells…

  3. Pingback: MOTOBUILDER » Mind Blowing Custom Tracker

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