Romeo & Juliet Broadway Racer by Shinya Kimura

About a month ago, it was mentioned on Shinya Kimura's blog about a 10 day build commission, he had taken on. If you've ever followed Kimura's builds you will know that most often he spends many months on a build. So this seemed to be an interesting task, for him. All that was said about the build, is that it was based on a "new" Triumph, newer bikes also being atypical for the artist behind Chabott Engineering.

Turns out the bike is used in the latest Broadway production of "Romeo & Juliet", starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad (daughter of The Cosby Shows' Phylica Rashad). Pretty sharp for a 10 day turn-a-round!


Brough Superior: 1150cc Roadrunner 1150

Brough Superior returned to the Bonneville Salt Flats this year in style! One of the machines they took was this beautiful aluminum dressed 1150cc racer nicknamed "Roadrunner". Pure elegance on two wheels.

The pilot for this craft, Eric Patterson. Find out more Brough Superior here and here.


Marvels, Mysteries & God Sent Solutions

I am very happy to say that I have overcome the last mechanical issue that was plaguing the Baroness and I. The filler plug for the driveshaft is stripped inside the fill hole. No matter what I tried, pulling while turning with vise grips, prying while turning, the plug would not come out of the hole. I did NOT want to have to drill out the plug and insert an Heli-coil, more time and money, but I needed to get the final drive lubricated. So I headed over to the ADV forums and posted my situation and got the best advice from an inmate called "Hardwaregrrl". She suggested using a battery filler ( a bulb and tube, much like a turkey baster) and pulling the boot off the transmission and introducing oil through the tranny end of shaft.

I didn't have a battery filler, but I did have a meat injector(syringe) and some tubing. So I cut a length of tubing to reach the final drive, filled my syringe with gear oil and inserted it into tubing and filled her up! Hallelujah!! Now only thing remains is to set the timing and synchronize the carbs. My buddy Clay is going to help me out with that, and I'm waiting for him to get back from his moto-trip to the Adirondacks.


BMW R25/2 with Steib Sidecar

Not sure if it's the "punk rock" in me, or a total disregard to etiquette (I'm like school in the summertime--No Class), but could not resist the urging to bring attention to this elegant restoration of 1951 BMW R25/2 equipped with a 1950 Steib sidecar. Whatever the rules are for "not wearing white after Labor Day", I seriously doubt that there is any valid argument, against rolling out on a machine this exquisite, anytime of the year!!!

For more details for this machine, check out the equally detailed oriented and informative MotorRivista site.


The Baroness Awakens

Well, I am happy to say that on Friday night, after many months of laying in a dormant state, the Baroness awakened! After getting the newly acquired alternator installed, I was taunted by a haunting "click" and no varoom! Damn, so used to something catastrophic happening, my first thought is that starter motor is no good. So I immediately remove the starter motor from the /6 and start to remove the same from the /5 to replace with said unit from /6, you got that?


Luckily, at this point, Clay walked into the garage as I'm about to pull the starter motor from the /5. He asks what I'm doing, I tell him, and he asks if i checked the battery. No, I hadn't, but I put it on the charger 2 days prior, but it sat 1 day off. As well as sitting for all the time the Baroness has been down. So we check the starter motors with the installed battery, neither one moves. Checked it with a spare battery, that happen to be about, and POW, movement in both motors! So leaving the starter motor in place and changing the battery, I go again to turn the key and WHAM BAM THANK YOU MAM!!!! The ol' girl growled like a panther!!!


Summer's End

Summer has come to a close and the Baroness is still not road worthy. After feeling like things were so close to an end, I continue to learn that marrying the /5 engine into the /6 chassis is more than just a simple swapping of a motor. After having no signs of life after hooking the battery up. I dragged my defeated body and mind home, figuratively scratching my head the entire trip.


The next couple of evenings, I spent quite a bit time surfing the innernets, reading electric schematics and diagrams, plus seeking advice from the inmates on the ADV rider forums, which proved most helpful. My first problem, the starter relay. I had hooked up the /5 relay when in fact, I needed to use the relay from the /6. No problem, that relay is less than a year old and I know that it works! Hook up the /6 relay and still no juice, damn. I started tracing and re-tracing my wiring and double checking the schematics and not until I decided to start at the battery and trace every single connection, did I find that a crucial cable coming off the starter motor to the diode board was missing. Part of how I noticed this was comparing the charging system of the /5 with that of the /6, I happened to see an open terminal on the /5 diode board that was connected on the /6. When I removed the top engine cover, I could clearly see there was no power getting to the charging system, leaving the circuit incomplete.


Ten Days Ago

Got back at it and re-attached the swing arm. Thank you Clayton for guiding me through this formerly unknown territory. Also, fluids began to be added back into her veins, engine oil and new filter, transmission oil and refilled the forks after I did a bit of jiggery-pokery on the front end. Unfortunately, the fill plug on the drive shaft is stripped and this wasn't discovered until after the shaft had been drained of it's lubricants. So need to figure out what to do about that.

Furthermore, went ahead and switched out the contact breaker plate and what not. Seeing how the /5 was encrusted with sand (there is a story behind that, but it's not mine to tell). Wanted to replace the condenser as well, but the dern screw was stripped. Maybe I'll have the patience to get it out in a day or two.


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