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Jim's Speed Twin Build

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Jim, May 25, 2019.

  1. Jim

    Jim The thrill of victory and da agony of da feet. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    The SG build is winding down. The only major item left is making the the forward pegs and controls... and I'm still ponderin' on how to do that. I'll get it legal this coming week and put some miles on it while ponderin'. So.... time to start the next one. Here's what I'm starting with....

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    It's an eighty something special frame with a seventy something engine. The engine even has compression on both cylinders. I've got 2 more engines so, this may not be the one I go with. Still working out the details.
    I've had these down in the shed for the past 6-8yrs....

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    XS1 wheels and brakes that are in pretty good shape... very little rust on the chrome.

    During the SG build I made a rotisserie frame jig. It made painting the frame a lot easier.... but I was always building the jig for this project... and the next...:rolleyes:

    So.... drum roll please.... here's what I'm going for... a late 40's early 50' Triumph Speed Twin look.

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    Or maybe even this.....

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    After a year and a half of a restoration and all the detail work that goes with it, I'm ready for a build project that allows me a little more latitude on where to go. Should be an interesting journey.
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2019
  2. Jim

    Jim The thrill of victory and da agony of da feet. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

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  3. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

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  4. OHRider

    OHRider XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Jim have fun with the build :) I am working on a SR500. My goal is 60s British Scrambler.
     
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  5. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

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    Seems members here are willing & wanting to be in the hunt, sourcing parts for your Speed Twin theme project. This is going to be a blast to watch !
     
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  6. Jim

    Jim The thrill of victory and da agony of da feet. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    I like that idea. Do you have a build thread?
    This the look you're going for?

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  7. Jim

    Jim The thrill of victory and da agony of da feet. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Slight change of plan... going to use this frame....

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    82 Special. Reason I'm gonna use this one is that I have a title for it. It'll make life a little easier.
    Gazillion spoke wheels are for sale..... Anyone?
     
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  8. geedubya

    geedubya geedubya Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter


    G'day Jim,

    Ditch the tiller bars and definitely fit the chair.

    GW
     
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  9. yellowvibe

    yellowvibe XS650 New Member

    Would love to see a Triumph Speed Twin build. :)
     
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  10. OHRider

    OHRider XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Yes this what I am going for. Nothing here some stuff on the SR500 form.
     
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  11. Jim

    Jim The thrill of victory and da agony of da feet. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Got a link?
    Also... feel free to throw some pics in this thread from time to time. I'd love to see how it's progressing.
     
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  12. Jim

    Jim The thrill of victory and da agony of da feet. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Teardown.
    Unbolted everything from the frame today. Took it outside and soaked it with oven cleaner. That actually worked much better than I expected. A few spots to scrub... but cleaned it up damn good. Mounted it in the frame jig and we're ready to start slicin' n dicin'... :rolleyes:

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    This is the basement workshop. Jig, TIG, plasma torch and all that good stuff is down there, so all the frame mods will happen down there. I'll bring it up to the garage for assembly.
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2019
  13. Jim

    Jim The thrill of victory and da agony of da feet. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Also ordered this used monoshock off Ebay today. It's off an 06 Suzuki GSXR 750. Anyone have any experience with said bike?

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  14. Beags64

    Beags64 XS650 Addict

    This one's gonna be fun....:popcorn:
     
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  15. GLJ

    GLJ Ran through life like my hair was on fire 650 time Top Contributor

    Going to be an interesting build. A monoshock speed twin. Cool.:thumbsup:
    :popcorn:
     
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  16. Jim

    Jim The thrill of victory and da agony of da feet. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    My bones are too old for a hardtail... :yikes:...;)
     
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  17. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Well this took an interesting turn! Hey when you get ready to build your engine, there’s a good how to , in the tech section! ;)
     
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  18. MrBultaco

    MrBultaco it ran before parked Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

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    I've always liked the early Triumphs. Looking forward to your build thread Jim...and I know it's going to be a good'n with your talent and innovations.
    Got to have plenty of cut-off discs.....and a grinder.
     
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  19. Jim

    Jim The thrill of victory and da agony of da feet. Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    ♬ The First Cut Is the Deepest
    Deep breaths Jim.... no hyperventilatin'.... there.

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    No turning back now... :rolleyes:
     
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  20. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi Jim,
    yeah! An Amaranth Red Speed Twin-Steib lookalike rig. I presume the monoshock is for the sidecar suspension.
    I got photos of an XS650 sidecar subframe if you need them.
     
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