Monday, December 27, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

LAST POST

I should of posted this a long time ago, but this blog is dead. I have redirected my blog efforts to www.biltewellinc.com and www.rubbertreestudios.com . 3 blogs was just too much.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Motor In The House

I've actually been sitting on the completed motor for about a week now. My dad ran it up to Temecula before I took off so I could officially release the title on the frame and begin the process of registering the new bike as a special construction. Good times my friends.


Monday, May 10, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Laced

At the moment I am dickin' off in Las Vegas celebrating a triathlon I just did last weekend and hanging out with some friends from the moto days. I am hoping that McGoo looks something like this right now. It's hard to describe how stoked I would be if my bike could be a roller before Harold takes off on his Euro Trip.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Spartan Work

That's right, we officially drug the frame into the work shop to begin mounting things up. I thought we'd be doing this stuff a few months ago but none the less, I am glad to see it where it is. I'm hoping in a week or so I can have this thing rolling with the motor mounted.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Sacred Steel

BFJosh. McGoo. Bill and I all took a field trip last week for ChopCult and Biltwell. Our first stop was West Eagle and the second was Sacred Steel. Jason @ Sacred Steel was kind enough to allow us to shoot some bikes. Here's a bitchin' shovel with some of the best flake I've seen.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Chopped Keys

Here they are after the first cut. I had to hack a whole 7.25" off the throttle side for the internal throttle to work. I only took 2.75" off the clutch side.


Here they are with the internal throttle and grips installed.


Side by side comparison with a stock dimpled set.



Thursday, April 29, 2010

Perfect Size

I've never been able to brag about how big my hands are so I knew finding a nice set of grips was going to be tuff. Luckily, my friends over at Joker Machine offered these super compact billet grips for my less than manly paws. They measure 4 3/4" which is just the right size. Install looks to be fairly simple with a total of 3 set screws working to secure them in place.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Benchmark Set

Kim @ Benchmark hooked me up with this beautiful breather for my build. He is making these sweet looking units for all different types of scooters. Check out his site for other cool billet bits and pieces.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

Before and After

Stock Sportster lower triple tree with steering stops.


Stock sportster lower triple tree after 3 hours of work cutting, flap discing, filing, and sanding. Not hard to do just really tedious and time consuming.
The finished product will be glosee black powder coat so it should hide my imperfections.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Back on it

I'm not one to get discouraged easily, but building this motorcycle has tested my patience and determination. My motor build started as a projected 3 week project and is now creeping up on the 7th week. Engine paint took 1 more week than expected, but I have been battling with the guys @ Rev Performance to get the correct pistons for about 5 weeks now. They finally butterfly cut my pistons and I hope to get my motor fully assembled with no more delays this weekend.

Aside from my heartache I did get back on top of the aesthetics this week. The steering stops got flap disced, hand filed, and sanded to remove the steering stops and I also got the throttle and mirror turned down on the lather to work with my Keystones.

The bars will be getting cut down by two inches on either side and prepped for mirror and throttle install this weekend as well. Look for a much happier Mike D. after this weekend.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Gettin' Heads

Andrew @ Rev Performance came through with flying colors. They got my heads, relieved the chambers, installed bigger valves, and had them sent back to me within 48 hours so I could make sure to get my motor back together this weekend and stay on schedule.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Close

There it sits, begging for my attention. Soon my friend, we will meet again. But not until your parts are in my possession.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Master at Work

There he is, my dad, John Ellis, and the master of all things mechanical. Ever since before I was born my dad has been working on all types of 2 and 4 stroke engines. Everything from cars, trucks, motorcycles, quads, three-wheelers, and even jets! I can't remember anything my dad wasn't able to buy a manual and fix. He's overseeing my motor build and helping me when I run out of talent. I have all the confidence in the world that this thing is going to sing like a bird when it's finished with him keeping an eye on things.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Valve Issues

I got the motor all torn down with help from my dad. Unfortunately, when we went to install the new psitons, the valves were running into the pistons. This is setting me back about 10 days because I ended up having to send the heads back to Rev Performance to have them check and see what the problem is. If everything goes as planned, we'll be assembling everything Easter weekend. For now :(


I thought I was getting some work done...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cams In

Just got the cams installed. The shiny new versions look awesome. Just hope it works with everything else I have picked for the build.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Big Bore Radness

On the advice of Rob Rouser, I went with the Rev Performance 1250 kit for my Sporty. Here's a pic of the billet aluminum nickasil cylinders. Now I just need to wait on my new rocker covers to come in and I'll be ready to reassemble this thing.