Friday, 29 August 2014

Thursday, 28 August 2014

ZX12 Turbo

Neeeed moarrr TURBO!

Neeeed moarrr TURBO!
























#TurboZX12 #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

EmmaMoto

This is the best video.

Ever.

Emma MotoRacer






#EmmaMoto #ЭммаМотогонщица #EmmaMotoRacer #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Dog CX

If you look to the column to the right, somewhere in the middle is a section called labels. If you're ever bored just sort of click around them - I find it a more interesting way to experience this blog than just looking at it day by day.

If you look closely, you'll notice a label for 'CX' and another for 'Dog', neither of which occur very often.

So maybe you'll understand why this picture of a dog standing atop a CX is too good to pass up!

Dog CX
Incidentally, I had a dog that looked a lot like this one, who's lifespan broadly coincided with my period of CX operations. So this image appeals to me on a number of levels...







You can read the story behind the bike here...

http://www.pipeburn.com/home/2014/08/27/78-honda-cx500-patrick-sauter.html#.U_5gB2M0cq8


#CX500 #RatBike  #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Friday, 22 August 2014

Icon - Old Ghost

I've been waiting for this for a while now. I've seen some of the build-shots and I've been curious to see how it would turn out.

And it turned out amazing... Fucking amazing!!

Icon - Old Ghost GPZ 900


Retrograde Engineered: ICON 1000 Old Ghost from ICON 1000 on Vimeo.


Icon - Old Ghost GPZ 900

Icon - Old Ghost GPZ 900

Icon - Old Ghost GPZ 900

Icon - Old Ghost GPZ 900

Icon - Old Ghost GPZ 900

Icon - Old Ghost GPZ 900

Icon - Old Ghost GPZ 900



#IconOldGhost #IconMotosports #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Project Stealth KLR - Side-Stand Foot

This is a simple little mod that gets applied to almost all of my bikes. It costs virtually nothing, it weighs virtually nothing but it takes the hassle out of parking on soft surfaces.

It's a must for a dirt-bike and pretty useful on a road-bike.

Mercenary Garage - Stealth KLR 250

Mercenary Garage - Stealth KLR 250


#SideStandMod #ProjectKLR  #BlackOpsKLR #MurderedOutKLR #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Zero Engineering

Zero Engineering


#ZeroEngineering #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Vibrazioni Art

Vibrazioni Art


#VibrazioniArt #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Thursday, 21 August 2014

KLR250 Strip Down

While I'm waiting for various KLR spare parts to make their way to Dublin, I'm stripping down the KLR to get it ready to send to Tallaght Powder Coating.

Mercenary Garage Stealth KLR 250
The KLR is a lovely bike to work on.



The last couple of things I've worked on  (the Buell and the quad) have both been nightmares of seized bolts and broken parts - it got so bad that I can't even look at the Buell without loathing it! Even though all that's really left to do is adapt the Yoshimura can to fit the Buell header, I keep avoiding it 'cos it means trying to undo some of the bolts underneath the motor and I just don't want to go there again...

By comparison, the KLR is a delight to work on. The rear sub-frame unbolted easily allowing superb access to the (remains of the) airbox, the shock and the carb. So far, all of the bolts have unstuck easily and I haven't had to resort to a big hammer, blow-torch, welding rig or impact driver.

That's not to say I haven't uncovered any problems. At some point in the bike's life, the sump drain threads were ringed. And instead of going and getting a Timesert of a Helicoil at a motorcycle shop, the owner elected to tap out the drain hole and fit the biggest bolt in the world! It's 30mm across the flats! I expect it's off something agricultural...

Mercenary Garage Stealth KLR 250
The underside of the motor - note the gutter-bolt holding the belly pan on. And if you look carefully, the enormous sump bolt is also visible in this shot.



Mercenary Garage Stealth KLR 250
The mystery sump bolt, believed to be the world's largest, refusing to speak to the press this afternoon...






#ProjectKLR  #BlackOpsKLR #MurderedOutKLR #KLR250 #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Ride & Tired

Ride and Pride


#RideAndPride #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Sportster Girl

Sportster Girl


#SportsterGirl #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Strip Club Choppers

Strip Club Choppers
(Note the pole on  the Harley in the background...)









































#StripClubChoppers #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Speed Merchant

Speed Merchant


#SpeedMerchant #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Damien Kennedy

Stunt rider Damien Kennedy rocking a Mercenary sticker at the IFSS event in Ballyconnell last weekend...

Damien Kennedy






































#IFSS #IrishFreestyleStuntSeries #DamienKennedy #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Tee Shirt

Noel made this. It's deadly!

Noel made this. It's deadly!


#Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Project KLR

How the fuck do you break an airbox?

I mean, think about it. It's right in the middle of the bike. In front of it, the engine. Above it, the seat. Behind it, the rear wheel. And all around it, the frame...

It baffles me how this bike can be simultaneously in surprisingly good condition and totally fucked up!

Mercenary Garage Stealth KLR 250


#KLR250 #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Buell Update

I've lost all my love for this thing. Thank FSM it's nearly finished...

Mercenary Garage Buel XB12S Camo Wrap

Mercenary Garage Buel XB12S Camo Wrap


#Buell #MotorcycleWrap #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Ebay Day

Yesterday was Ebay Day in the workshop...

Ebay Day


#Mercenary #MercenaryGarage

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Boano Africa Twin Tank

This arrived in the post yesterday. It's a 42 litre fuel tank for a RD04 Africa Twin. I bought it from Rugged Roads and it was shipped directly from Boano in Italy. Rugged Roads are very pleasant and easy to deal with and the whole process only took a couple of weeks.

Boano was one of the Marathon Africa Twin pilots back in the Paris Dakar in the late eighties/nineties and has been manufacturing Marathon parts based on the original bikes for some time.


Boano Africa Twin Tank
The standard tank holds about 23 litres and weighs about 9kg dry. The Boano tank surprisingly, weighs in at 8kg.


Boano Africa Twin Tank
The profiles of the two tanks are similar, but the Boano tank seems to have additional volume to the rear of the filler cap.


Boano Africa Twin Tank
There's a very noticeable difference in plan.


Boano Africa Twin Tank
It's big! Scary big!






#Boano #RuggedRoads #RD04 #MarathonAfricaTwin #AfricaTwin #BigTank #Mercenary #MercenaryGarage