Wednesday, July 25, 2012

2nd Annual Belmar Bike Show 2012, Best Sportster Winner: Midnight Cycle!!

Midnight Cycle is honored to receive the Best Sportster Trophy this past Sunday at the 2nd annual Belmar Bike Show. There was a load of really nice motorcycles there. Fun definitely had by all & 10th ave Burritos = Yum!
  • 1977 Sportster, Custom  Modified
  • Owner: One "F" Jef,.. Jef Cass
  • Built by: ~ Midnight Mike @ Midnight Cycle ~ Boonton, NJ  ~ USA
 I'd like to thank my Excellent friends for their support, Especially: Les, Nick, Gary, & Kurt.
You Guys Rock!
 ~Midnight Mike~

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Motor Case repairs

 Here we came across a broken boss on the kicker cover side of the case that had been drilled out and tapped previously to accommodate a foot peg that had seen some trauma. The hole breaking its way into the transmission cavity needed to be restored and strengthened for use.
 You can see the deep plug machined to fit the offending area in (pic 3). It also keeps the proper deck height which then was welded inside the transmission cavity and out for sufficient strength and durability.

 The timing plug hole was also repaired by milling the existing stripped out plug hole oversize, then machining a piece to be lightly pressed in to the case and welded on the inside, drilled and tapped to accept the stock timing plug. good as new,...maybe even better.  :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

On the road

Sliding into Miami.. literary, rear tire  blow out on 95 south .
Thanks to cycle rescue for the pick up & heaven cycle for the fresh tire.
Armed with some light tooling, some creative methods were utilized..
Good times..

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

On the road

3 hours in the rain with a blown rear brake line from Daytona to West Palm beach. Big Thanks to brother Jim at compound south with the assist. Stage 1 mission complete. Back on the road, southbound..

Monday, March 5, 2012

Rear wheel assebly is on!

After frame modifications,  Adam's rear wheel conversion assembly and alignment is going to work out just perfect.
Dead nuts!
Thank God for accurate measuring tools.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Slinging Lead with Metal Master Les Dunham

 Yesterday I had the pleasure of working and another lesson with metal master Les Dunham! One of the truly old school great masters of metal manipulation.
 I stand humbly in his shadow and am proud to have the opportunity to be his "grasshopper".

Here you see Les leading in the various bungs and filler neck on a Led Sled oil tank for Jaimie Jef's sportster custom. 

P.S. Factoid: Les began learning how to work with the torch and lead when he was 10 years old.
 no worries, there won't be a test on this later. :)
Have a great day

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Weather Report..

The weather report.. a slight chance of brrrr..
 Its a big gloves kinda day.
 stay warm people & have faith ~ Summer is coming!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The beginning of Kurt's Stampede Race Machine

The beginning of Kurt's Stampede Race Machine
There is nothing I love more than building a machine with a purpose on the horizon. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Kurt's 1976 Shovel Motor Carnage..

 Kurt's 1976 Shovel Motor Carnage

Wrist pin damage...ouch.. nice chunk missing too..

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Adams Long Bike

Here, I widen Adam's frame to accept an early brake configuration, align the rear chain, and center the rear wheel in the frame for true tracking.