Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Finished tandem pics

Finally have this beautiful fully lugged tandem frame finished. The customer is providing most of the components, so I don't have complete bike pics, but these are pretty good. 

The paint is a very nice pearl cream color, really classic with the hammered fenders!

The large hole at the end of the chainstay is for Di2 wiring. 

I kind of wish this one was mine!


Monday, September 14, 2015


Finally have paint on this great looking tandem. It's a pearl cream color with brown logos. 

Monday, July 06, 2015

Tandem start

I've got a good start on the next tandem this year (it's a big tandem year for me). This one will be lugged with S&S couplers and no lateral tube. 

Making lugs is the start. Here's the captains seat lug getting made from raw tubing:

I take pieces like this and turn them into a lug

 After some brazing and a whole lot of carving it looks like this:

Here's the whole set of lugs:

Installing couplers is next. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Not very bike related

Well, it's not a bike, but many of you who know me know I'm also car guy.  I'm thinking about putting my baby of 17 years up for adoption:

It's a 1992 Sunburst yellow miata which I've owned since 1998.  The list of upgrades is pretty long as it's been my project for 17 years.  The condition is phenomenal, particularily for a 23 year old car.  All paint is original and in excellent condition other than the lower front air dam which has some rock chips.

114,000 miles which for a 23 year old car is mighty low.  Compression on all 4 cylinders is right at OEM spec (I'm happy to measure it for serious buyers).

It has a Jackson Racing M45 supercharger with Big Boost Kit and a slightly turned down nose pulley on the blower providing about 9psi of boost.  The Supercharger system is very well sorted out, meaning this is my summer daily driver and requires no special attention.  The only quirk is on cold start-up occasionally there is a small throttle waver until you start driving.  I can provide video of it for serious buyers, but it's truly a non-issue just want buyers to be aware.

Timing control is done by a Bipes ACU unit, additional fueling is provided by rising rate fuel pressure regulator with JR BBK black box controller, high flow fuel rail and larger 254cc injectors and of course a higher pressure fuel pump (part of the JR kit).  Also has an O2 clamp.

Here's a more complete list of upgrades:

JR m45 supercharger kit
JR BBK kit
Bipes ACU
High flow fuel rail and injectors
Roadster sport stainless exhaust with OBX header
DDM works air intake heat shield
Innovate Motorsports LC-1 wideband Oxygen sensor and controller/guage
Flyin' Miata stage 1 clutch (best feeling high clamp force clutch out there!)
ACT lightened flywheel
Autometer boost guage (and LC-1 guage) mounted in custom stainless surround in dash
KYB GR-2 shocks, new this year
969 Racing 6UL 15" wheels with Toyo Proxies and Mcgard spline drive lug nuts.  Mounted, balanced by Goodwin Racing.  Very good tread left, best tires I've ever had on the car!
Hard Dog Duece roll bar
Robbins sunfast canvas top with glass window (new in 2013)
Voodoo shift knob
IL Motorsports center console (best cupholder and center console available!)
Leather shift and brake boots
Chrome shift boot and vent trim rings

It's a blast to drive and is daily driver reliable.  It's never been raced or driven on a track, I just like a fun road car.  Performance-wise, if you wanted to get faster the next logical steps would be intercooling or water injection and then a stand-alone ECU,

Condition is great.  The car has been waxed more times than it's been driven in the rain.  Never seen snow, it's garaged every winter.  If you're serious, let me know and I'm happy to share more details.

I'm thinking around $8000 seems fair based on the condition and upgrades.