Sunday, December 30, 2012

CRAZY RACK: mockup swingarm

hmmmmmmmm.......  not so sure on the longer arm now.  It really kicks that wheel out the back.....
Plus, the monoshock setup won't work without drilling a massive hole in the top of the arm, which would further weaken it.  Not sure that will work.

With the Harley shocks.  That's cool, a little bit wide maybe but it would work.

Shocks moved back to give a better ride.  Doesn't look as good, and it would require some healthy beef where they mount, which means a lot of rebuilding of the original mount.

Looks good- but the right side shock would hit the chain.

NOW, we're on to something!  Let's think this one over for a bit.....

Closeup of clearance cuts made to the swingarm to fit.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Going long: CRAZY RACK returns

Just mocking this longer aluminum swingarm up to the ironhead dragster project.

It's like it was MADE to fit!  Same inside width-  some machining off one side to fit between the engine case and the frame, and BAM! 

About 4 inches longer

Same inside width!  Adjuster design will be tricky though, hmmm.....

Pivot bolts are within 6 thousandths!  No messy or time consuming spacer machining!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Build Life

When people ask us how much money is invested in the CNC milling setup, they choke when we tell them that it's more than a nice used car, or two, or three.  We drive broke down vehicles that we can barely trust around town in order to buy tools capable of turning an idea into a product in a four hour span.  From the design, to the coding, to cutting the blank, to testing the code, to milling a stamp, to pressing leather in the hydraulic press, we can have a new product line in half a day.  And that is pretty much what is meant by "build life" on this latest keychain-  sacrificing normal creature comforts and devoting that time and money to a craft.   By the way, if you are need of your own custom CNC'd leather stamp, or any variety of small, one-off machined bits, contact us here.

Christmas is over-

Back to work-  new B&B belt loops, to be added to the store shortly.....

Monday, December 24, 2012

Sweating the small stuff

New stamp for keychain, belt loops, tiny products we will need to do.  This one is 1", yet still retains amazing clarity! 

Sunday, December 23, 2012


...klink!  That's about what the new (old) Pexto 137 sounds like.  Worked out a labor trade with Nick from Ace Cyle / Trumpnut here in Reno for this bitchin foot shear.  Cut up a ton of good sheet just because it's so fun!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

New leather stamp

Danny finished machining this 2  1/2" stamp for pressing our logo into future leather projects, there were two previous versions that were just not right but this one is money.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Playin' Grab Ass

Made this handy little rough leather cover the Ironhead seat to stop from sliding off when the seat is cold (and slippery).  Works great!

Maintenance time

Finally got a chance to put the Ironhead back up on my lift and address some issues-  first and foremost cut the exhaust in the front and raised it up an inch, the muffler would drag in hard right turns.

Then Danny machined some stainless rocker nuts for the left side to replace the crappy plastic tipped Harley garbage.

Finally, got the new 7/16" conical head bolts in the sprocket.  A while back, three of the 5/16" bolts sheared off and one jammed into the chain adjuster as I was coming into the driveway.  The wheel is tapped for 5/16" bolts, however the sprocket was designed for 7/16", rather than drill and tap out the wheels I expected the smaller bolts to hold the sprocket centered with the flanges-  WRONG.  The extra slop and leverage of the spacer caused them to loosen.  Danny machined the spacer holes to 7/16" and straightened the pattern (the spacers were on the bike when I got it, and mis-machined), and I drilled and tapped the wheel.  We did the same thing on the brake side for peace of mind.

Also resealed the generator for the FOURTH time.  Let's hope it stops leaking now, LOL

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Back to the Yamaha 100-

New side covers out of aluminum-  mounted using the stock MX100 quick fasteners and mounting studs from the old frame.

Monday, December 17, 2012


HUGE thanks to Kike at Biker Zone Magazine for featuring the '87 Sportster!  It's from a month or so ago just took a while to make it overseas :-)

It's a roller!

Got a little issue with the neck machining sorted out (ALWAYS TEST FIT RACES BEFORE WELDING NECK ON), and everything welded up.  Now on to the steering stops, sidestand, tank mounts, etc.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Feeling left out

The Lincoln welders felt totally negelected with the new Miller in the house-  so we made a whole new cart and stacked the SP up on the TIG, and made this super cool little welding helper!  We never really had a good setup to stow all the cords, the helmet, gloves, and more, but here it is.  Way cool...

Get 'em while you can!

For those new to B&B, we are all about the DIY mentality, and that includes our apparel.  We print each shirt by hand, one at a time in our laundry room, the old school way with a simple screen, some clamps, an iron- not even a hinged fixture!  They certainly have a lot of character since each one is unique....  But anyway, these will be the last shirts we print for quite a while, and our webstore has been totally updated to reflect all of our current stock.  If interested you can purchase one here at our web store.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Thank you Cycle Source!

For the bitchin layout of the '87 Sporty!

New Wallet- City Morgue Cycles

New wallet for our friend Chris Meyer from City Morgue Cycles

Welder? or....

.... Spaceship?!?!  Who'd have though joining two pieces of metal would necessitate such complex circuitry?    Good thing I'm not an electrician or this would scare me-  all we had to do was swap the jumpers and some input wire positions to get the new Arc Pak 350 to single phase for home use.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Be on the lookout:  we need some NOS or good condition Lincolductor lead cable for our AC225S Buzzbox.  Got any lying around?  Two leads at least 25 feet long each, 4awg is what we need.

Trade ya?

Bye bye


I know-  it's sacriligious to think we would ever get rid of the Sherpa, let alone trade it for one of those BLUE machines, but this tool is more of an investment in our future than an old trials bike, so it had to be done.  Arc Pak 350 with a 22A wire feeder, cart, and more.   Farewall, Sherpa, we will miss you lots......

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tip the bellboy?

Hardly.....  Not with bags these size!

Made some new leather bags that can also double as sissy bar bags.

Holds all of about six cans and a change of clothes. 

Just the right size not to get in the way....