Mak's step-by-step guide to building an un-original, but still fun, cafe bike

makenzie71

Been Around the Block
I change my own tires because I don't trust a lot of local shops and because I'm cheap...it's an adventure sometimes...

 

hermanzini

New Member
Ha ha! that is a buzzkill!

Have you tried the zip-tie trick, makes it a whole lot easier both getting a tire off and on.67295795_2832906926725685_9210158088932294656_n.jpg67127738_2832906943392350_8123901743844032512_n.jpg
 

Maritime

Over 10,000 Posts
I've done it at least once. Sucks. I did however buy the HF tire changer and bike wheel adapter and even though I still use my motion pro irons as the machine tool really sucks. Having the bead breaker and the tire up off the ground is worth the price. I can even do car tires.
 

makenzie71

Been Around the Block
So I got new fork seals...then I forgot to put oil in one...then I forgot to put the damper rod in it...then I forgot to bleed the other one...then I finally got them all together and mounted. Then I installed my new tires! Then I got my wheels mounted. Then I decided that I actually was not willing to give up on the high mount left exit exhaust and redid that. Then I realized another thing I forgot...bonus points if you can spot it haha

 

CarbsAndCylinders

Careful With That Axe Eugene
So I got new fork seals...then I forgot to put oil in one...then I forgot to put the damper rod in it...then I forgot to bleed the other one...then I finally got them all together and mounted. Then I installed my new tires! Then I got my wheels mounted. Then I decided that I actually was not willing to give up on the high mount left exit exhaust and redid that. Then I realized another thing I forgot...bonus points if you can spot it haha

Footpeg mounts?
 

makenzie71

Been Around the Block
Left some room for your feet?

Looks killer though, nicely persevered
It's going to be pretty close to my heel but it'll be manageable. I might end up making a little heat shield. It's pretty tight to the frame and I'm going to running some fat BMX front axle pegs for foot pegs, I'll have room to scoot away if it's a little warm.
 

makenzie71

Been Around the Block
I've tried the zip ties...I didn't care for it. Might work okay with a skinny tire but it kept me from keeping the opposite side locked down inside the rim. Maybe I did it wrong....but mounting tires isn't a difficult process so finding tricks isn't a priority for me.
 

makenzie71

Been Around the Block
Two good spoons, really. If I don't care about the wheel I may throw in an old Craftsman flat head for good measure.
 

Jimbonaut

Over 1,000 Posts
DTT SUPPORTER
Give me all the tire spoons in the world and I'd still just sit there staring at them wondering what to do next
 

makenzie71

Been Around the Block
Final iteration of the exhaust. The welds aren't pretty but it's the best my Harbor Freight welder can do lol. I'm glad I didn't bail on it, I really like the way it came out. I need to polish and scrape and sand a bit, but not much.







 

Jimbonaut

Over 1,000 Posts
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Is the reason for the double muffler purely aesthetic? Genuinely interested - I don’t know much about this kind of thing. Do you need to account for restriction or anything like that?


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makenzie71

Been Around the Block
I do like the aesthetic and that's a big part of it, but the real gains here are going to be a larger, divorced system. Each cylinder gets its own pipe. Makes carburetor tuning a little trickier but if you do it right you can get a noticeably faster throttle response...and I really like the way a divorced twin sounds.
 

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