Showing posts with label Project XS Sidecar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Project XS Sidecar. Show all posts

Monday, 14 September 2015

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Electrics Tray

I didn't get much workshop time over the weekend but I did manage to fabricate an under-seat electrics tray for the XS from 2mm aluminium. It hangs down below the seat rails a little but it won't generally be visible - particularly after it's been powder-coated black.

 The electrics will be pretty minimal - really just headlights, stop and taillights and a horn. The sidecar will have its own stop and taillight and headlamp.

All of the electrical components are staying on-board the bike except the battery which will go in the sidecar to act as ballast on left-hand turns.

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Electrics Tray
The switch is the on/off for the headlights and the two large grommets will take the battery cable and the lighting loom for the sidecar.


Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Electrics Tray
The regulator/rectifier is bolted to the underside of the tray to keep it cool.


Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Electrics Tray
The tray sits low between the seat rails - I'll weld in tabs to secure it later.


Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Electrics Tray
It's reasonably low in profile and it won't generally be visible when the seat goes on.




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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Friday, 4 September 2015

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Footpegs

I spent most of the afternoon in the workshop learning new things* and this is all I have to show for it...

*Breaking shit.


Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Footpegs


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Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Taillight Assembly

This evening I welded up the licence plate bracket and taillight. There's some more welding (and grinding) to be done when the frame is stripped.

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Taillight Assembly

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Taillight Assembly

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Taillight Assembly

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Taillight Assembly


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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Switches, Idiot Lights and Licence Plate Bracket

I got some more work done on the XS today.

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Switches, Idiot Lights and Licence Plate Bracket
Neutral and oil lights.

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Switches, Idiot Lights and Licence Plate Bracket
Starter button - There's a horn button on the left-hand side. That's it for switchgear on the handlebars.

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Switches, Idiot Lights and Licence Plate Bracket
Number plate holder, hand made in 5mm plate. The brackets on the right are unfinished parts of the taillight assembly.

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Switches, Idiot Lights and Licence Plate Bracket
The number plate holder mocked-up in situ. It's at an angle such that, even if the tyre hits the frame loop, it won't hit the number plate or the bracket.

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat - Switches, Idiot Lights and Licence Plate Bracket
It's taking shape...






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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat

So I've made some small progress on the XS Sidecar project. I've tidied up the front end to the way I want it, eliminating the instrument cluster and the original enormous headlight.

I've retained the original speedometer and fabricated a bracket to situate it snugly against the new 850mm wide drag-bars the I made.

And I fabricated a mount for the new, hemispherical headlight. It's a bit of an odd choice for a headlight and if the bike was just going to be a bike, I probably would have gone for a flatter lamp and mounted it as close to the forks as I could get it.

But this bike is destined to have an enormous zeppelin of a sidecar stuck to it and I think this lamp will make more sense then.

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat
This doofer allows the horizontal and vertical aim of the headlight to be adjusted independently of each other. 

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat
Mounting brackets fabricated in 5mm plate and welded to the bottom yoke.

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat
It's a very robust setup and I like the look of it.

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat
Mounting bracket for the speedometer fabricated from 3 mm aluminium.

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat
Drag-bars on riser allow the forks to be dropped through the yokes to get the bike nice and low.

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat
Throttle is off a trials bike. There isn't going to be any switchgear.

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat

Project XS 850 Sidecar Brat


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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Sidecar

Today I went with my friend Dominique to Cork to pick up a mid '50s Watsonian Monza sidecar to go with the Yamaha XS 850 I picked up a while back.

Thanks Poppet!!

Mercenary Garage XS850 Sidecar Bobber Project

Mercenary Garage XS850 Sidecar Bobber Project


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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Project XS 850

So I spent some time getting to grips with the XS 850 project today. It's a mixed bag.

It still has an American licence plate dating from the mid '90s. It was cost effective to import bikes from the 'States into Ireland then so that makes sense. American bikes tended to be well looked after whereas the Irish bikes on the second hand market suffered from a lack of maintenance and bodged repairs. Unfortunately, this bike has spent the last 20 years here and is also suffering from lack of maintenance and bodged repairs!

The clocks were showing 20,000 miles which I was pretty happy about but upon inspection it turned out that the inner cable of the speedo has been removed so the indicated mileage is very likely inaccurate. However the seat and footpeg rubbers are in reasonable condition so maybe it's not too far out.

I did a compression test and all three cylinders were consistently low, Squirting some engine oil down the plug holes didn't change the reading which suggests that maybe the valves need adjustment. I'll see about getting the correct valve shims over the next few days. If the compression comes back up, I'll proceed with the project. If it doesn't, I'll write it off as a bad gamble.

On the plus side, the engine looks like it was never opened so with a bit of luck, it just needs the valves adjusted.

Also on the plus side, there is no evidence of crash damage and most of the parts I want are there apart from the front mudguard.

However, the wiring loom is fucked. This is pretty typical of bikes of this age that have spent time stored out of doors in Ireland. I can't imagine that the bike would ever run with the wiring in this condition. Me, I'm not too bothered about this - I enjoy wiring and I'm comfortable to wire it from scratch.

The only real disappointment is that the forks are pitted and so will either have to be re-chromed or replaced either of which is a relatively large cost compared to the purchase price of the bike. I'll have a think about how best to approach this if the valve adjustment fixes the compression issue...

Mercenary Garage - Project XS 850
Does this make my bum look big?

Mercenary Garage - Project XS 850
It's mostly all there except for the mudguard.

Mercenary Garage - Project XS 850
The clocks will probably clean up well.

Mercenary Garage - Project XS 850
These are the bits I'm mostly interested in.

Mercenary Garage - Project XS 850



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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Road Trip

I'm going to Limerick in the morning to pick up the new XS 850 project.

Yamaha XS850










































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Friday, 31 July 2015

Radical Departure

Despite swearing to not get any more motorcycles until all the half-built bikes in the workshop are finished, MERCENARY has just purchased another project bike.

Some people never learn...

Radical Departure - Yamaha XS850


Radical Departure - Yamaha XS850


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