The owner of the bike had a good suggestion. At first i wasn’t too into the idea but now that I am seeing everything come together, I really like it.
He suggested that we powder coat the hubs in white:
We are going with some wide shoulder Akront/Morad rims. I can’t wait to see these on the bike.
I took them to Johnson and Wood in North Hollywood to get laced. They bought the spokes for me and laced them for a very affordable price and a reasonable turn around. I’m surprised when I receive responsive and courteous customer service these days and the wheel guy, Al, was great to talk to. He and I traded a few faxes and phone calls talking about the proper offset. He was proud to give the wheels back to me and offered to re-adjust the offset if i felt that anything seemed incorrect.
Test fit and I’m dying to get some rubber on these dubs.
Rub a dub dub. New Battlax BT45 Bridgestones ready for the roads!
Not to much build progress has happened on the Cafe bike lately. However, i have gone on a bit of a shopping spree.
In the mail, i got some pleasant packages from across the pond in Europe.
The gentleman i am building the bike for wanted to steer clear of all the traditional exhaust. I couldn’t agree more and wish i could take credit for his idea. Though it will complicate the build process, i am more then willing to take on the task. After some hunting, we discovered some pipes from a R12 BMW motorcycle. The R12’s were made in the 30s and 40s by BMW… and have completely different dimensions of a 70’s BMW pipe size and mounting region… but adapting it is all part of the fun!
Vintage Exhaust from a VERY old R12 BMW
But then the mother load came!
box from england... oh boy...
nice wrapping job! definitely like chirstmas!
Wheels! Wheedo! I ordered a set for my bike too (one rim is back ordered)… and hot damn, they sure look SWEET!
Yep! That's what we ordered. Spain's Akronts... via England.
I can’t wait to lace these on some clean, powdercoated hubs. this bike is going to look so tasty. the wide shouldered Morad / Akront wheels are definitely the vintage, bad ass touch…