New exhaust and new shocks.

gs450 mufflerTo get ready for the weekend I had to fabricate a muffler for the GS450. I don’t think my neighbors were very happy with me driving around with straight exhausts. At the same time I constructed a simple two to one collector for the exhaust, I have no clue if it will give more or less effect but I like how it looks 🙂
GS450 exhaustGS450 HandleI also got some help in finding a suitable clutch and throttle wire for the taller handle bars. The brake line costs me a tenth of the bike so I guess that was a bit pricy but I was in a hurry so I couldn’t be picky. The exhaust, muffler and changing of the handle bars was done in one day and now that I have ridden it for a few days I’m getting used to the different way of sitting. The bike also got a bit lower because of the new rear shocks, they’re about two inches shorter than stock. I already broke a tail light when the rear wheel ripped it off so the current light is just temporary.

Today I got a hold of a gas tank that from what I was told was from a NV20 1925 and of course I had to do a mock up and hang it beside the bike. I like how it looks (I edited the image in my phone a bit to get rid of the lines from the stock tank).
PicsArt_1369848208516_201305292006181052053666114Hopefully I will have the time to mount the tank pretty soon -=/Anders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The one day chop.

DSC_0023Yesterday I managed to lean a bit too far in a corner and put the GS down on the ground, I’m blaming the brand spanking new tires (and the new size of the rims, the original ones were 18″ front and rear and these are 19″ front and 16″ rear) that are a bit slippery until rode in 😉
As a result I decided to cut the bike to pieces and kong the frame (don’t get on my bad side!). Before the chop it all looked like this (if you look closely you can see that the mirror is broken and there are some scrapes on the engine and the clutch lever due to my small incident).
DSC_0028Since I was alone in the garage in the morning I got right down to cutting the frame up where I wanted to kong it, it’s fun seeing an idea take shape when you’re holding an angle grinder! I didn’t have enough quality tubing to build a completely new rear frame so I had to reuse the existing tubes after cleaning the pieces up and bending them the way I wanted (in that sense it’s good that the GS is really long).
GS450 Chop 3Everybody told me that a chop couldn’t be done in a day but with this bike my goal is to be able to ride it to the garage, build some stuff and then ride it home so I kind of had to get the fabricating and welding done all at once. Maybe it’s a silly idea to have but I just don’t want the bike to sit in the garage the whole summer just because I don’t have the time to finish it.
Gs450 Chop 4This is what the bike looked like when i rode it home at around 21:00, hopefully I have the time to fabricate a new gas tank (I think everyone can see that this tank is way too big and not even closely the shape I want) and mount the rear turn signals sometime soon. After that I’m just going to find a smaller headlight and do something about the gauges (and of course the seat needs some padding).

-=/Anders

New arrival: Caspers XS650

xs650 077Last saturday I went with Casper down to Norrköping to meet up with Erik from Kapten Mogade. Casper bought his cool looking Yamaha XS650. With 23″ front tire, poor mans hardtail and cool paintjob 🙂 The bike in the back is Eriks HD shovel.

xs650 079Here is a better pic of Erik´s shovel with suicide clutch and all. Since we talked alot about armadillos and badgers  with Erik he gave us each a pair of cool  Kapten Mogade goat skin gloves. They are real good ones, check out Kapten Mogade at http://www.kaptenmogade.com/

/ Smeden

Swap meet Tumba and a day in the sun.

Suzuki GS450 TumbaYesterday I got up bright and early (I had to work late on Saturday so there was no beer for me) and went to a small but good swap meet in Tumba outside of Stockholm. I almost froze my fingers of on the way there at 08:30 but it got warmer before I went back. In the picture you can see my bargains tied to the GS450 I’m going to modify. I got home with two gas tanks and some handle bars, hopefully at least one of the items will fit something I’m building.
After I dropped the stuff off in the garage I was supposed to work but the day was way to nice to waste on working so me and Casper met up with some of the other guys at a coffee shop in Stockholm and went on a ride out to Plebs Choppers in Hässelby. Got a bit jealous of their club house, I wish we could have that kind of space. A couple of the guys went home after that but the rest of us went down to Calexico’s Restaurant in Hornstull to try out some of their Mexican food. Great stuff! Below is a picture of the bikes that were with us out to Hässelby, it’s quite a mix of styles 🙂
DSC_0857More days like these are most welcome!

-=/Anders