Engine inspiration thread!

JRK5892

New Member
dude i love that motor!!! would love to learn how they get such strain lines n the engraving... is that donw with CNC?
 

beachcomber

TJ - Beachcomber
JRK5892 said:
dude i love that motor!!! would love to learn how they get such strain lines n the engraving... is that donw with CNC?
CNC - hell no ..... this is all HAND ENGRAVED in the same way that olde English shotguns were done.

The engraver was one Don Blocksidge, who is now in his early 80's - and STILL engraving! remember this work was done in 1982.

It's not just the engine cases that were engraved - I'll post a pic soon showing the whole bike.
Mudguards [ !! ], air filters, wheels, forks - even the headlight - all got the Blocksidge treatment.
 

Shermanator86

Big guy on a little bike
JRK5892 said:
dude i love that motor!!! would love to learn how they get such strain lines n the engraving... is that donw with CNC?
I doubt that was CNC, it says the bike was done in '82, looks to be just a very talented engraver to me
 

Shermanator86

Big guy on a little bike
beachcomber said:
CNC - hell no ..... this is all HAND ENGRAVED in the same way that olde English shotguns were done.

The engraver was one Don Blocksidge, who is now in his early 80's - and STILL engraving! remember this work was done in 1982.

It's not just the engine cases that were engraved - I'll post a pic soon showing the whole bike.
Mudguards [ !! ], air filters, wheels, forks - even the headlight - all got the Blocksidge treatment.
Thats amazing, can't imagine the time that would go into that much detail
 

beachcomber

TJ - Beachcomber
Here's the complete bike as it was first time round in 1982.

Yamaha Europe paid John Reed "a considerable sum of money" to build the bike which was used by Yamaha for the launch of the TR1 / XV range in Europe.

As a side issue John Reed wanted to use it as a platform to build a World Class show bike. However, the bike was regularly ridden !

Photo from BSH magazine.

 

JRK5892

New Member
that is awesome!!! i have see acid etching done all over the bike but never engraving done to this extent! just amazing work!
 

beachcomber

TJ - Beachcomber
Back in 1968 I owned a couple of M1 carbines - one was completely stock and the other ......well.

I had an engraver pal to do the biz on the reciever and barrel and then had the whole lot nickel plated. The stock was fashioned by a cabinet maker pal from "Zebra wood". Regretably pix of the finished job were torched by Mrs.B 1st.
 

dp9

New Member
agree. that is ef-in amazing. i would ride the shit out of that bike, and feel like mid-evil royalty while doing it.
 

joeyputt

The green flag sets me free
I just posted these before and after photos of the engine we built with Brother Habanero52 for his "La Pastinaca" motorcycle over on his build thread but I thought that they should be here in the engine inspiration thread as well.





















 

Rattlecan

New Member
Brother Joey,
For the mat aluminum finish, did you sand blast the covers???? and if so did you seal it with something so that it wont stain???
 

joeyputt

The green flag sets me free
Rattlecan said:
Brother Joey,
For the mat aluminum finish, did you sand blast the covers???? and if so did you seal it with something so that it wont stain???
Brother Rattlecan we did blast the covers to attain the natural aluminum mat finish and we sealed them with Shark Hide.
 

beachcomber

TJ - Beachcomber
OK guys - Thread header it says Engine inspiration, and that's what I need !! ;)

A little input from you guys as I really am having difficulty making my mind up about the motor for my Traditional 60's styled Cafe Racer TR1.

I am building 2 - one for my pal with all the good / trick stuff [ ie - expensive ] and a budget version for myself.

His will be trad. Black / Gold in the Norvin vein - so his engine will be gloss Black as the Vinnies.

My bike is going to be in a period FO Red with Gold highlights and polished alloy.

Qestion? The engine is quite a big bold statement in the bike.
So options? Gold, Red with polished fins, Black with polished fins, what ???????
 

teazer

Active Member
DTT BOTM WINNER
Raw. Vincent's never needed a coat of paint and neither does that TR1. Too much red and gold like an Irving Vincent can work but tends to look like a tart's handbag unless it's just right. They kept the motor in the raw to avoid overkill. Too much is still too much.

That's my opinion - your mileage may vary.
 

beachcomber

TJ - Beachcomber
Thanx for the completely opposite opinions !!!!!!! ;)

Unfortunately I'm not of the computer age and can't work these clever Photoshop gizzmos that can change colours for you.

Teazer / Rev - both suggestions have merit, Teazer - I'm just wondering about the quality of the castings if I go for a sandblasted finish?
Rev - I think Satin / Matt Black with the fins filed / polished is better than the Red option. As Teazer said - way too much Red.

The Gold I had in mind is the same finish as the Gold that was painted on the Magnesium castings on 7R and G50 engines. The original paint was an architectural finish, which I tracked down about 20 years ago. Imagine my surprise when I saw it recently in one of the UK's major DIY stores! [ B&Q ]
 

VonYinzer

Active Member
beachcomber said:
Here's the complete bike as it was first time round in 1982.

Yamaha Europe paid John Reed "a considerable sum of money" to build the bike which was used by Yamaha for the launch of the TR1 / XV range in Europe.

As a side issue John Reed wanted to use it as a platform to build a World Class show bike. However, the bike was regularly ridden !

Photo from BSH magazine.

This bike is goddamned amazing. I generally shy away from "overdone" but this is so nice. And hell ya to "Back Street Heroes". I love that mag. The only bookstore near me that carried it closed though. And paying $12 an issue sucked. Ha... One of the best chop mags out there though.
 

beachcomber

TJ - Beachcomber
That Alumimium Duplicolor looks so "right" - more confusion now !

The Ardenbrite Gold is virtually the same as you descibe "Champagne" ............

Yea, what can you say about Reedy's bike .....seriously OTT, but at the same time - it seems right !

Anytime you're out Saxony way - I have EVERY issue from #1 in my "Library" out there.
 

VonYinzer

Active Member
Ha, thanks for the offer... I think I have every issue of the Horse, Cycle Source, and many others from the past decade that youre welcome to if you ever find yourself in Pittsburgh. Hahahaha
 

teazer

Active Member
DTT BOTM WINNER
Shoot BC, I remember that bike when it came out, and somewhere here are the original magazine articles on Uncle Bunt's bike.

I wouldn't go sandblast but that champagne/titanium color might work. Too gold and it looks chintzy, but a tint in a silver base might work.
 

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