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Old 10-19-2012, 01:31 PM   #1
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Question Can you recommend a local machine shop?

I just got the bill for my new fork stem bolt that had to be custom made to adapt Honda forks to the Rickman frame.
I had it made outside since they were recommended and I don't know any machine shops here.

Ouch.

$200 for a stem bolt??????
That is double what I paid for the forks.
So, when I next need some custom machining, where do you suggest?
I would buy a hobby lathe/mill but I have no room to put it.

I will be needing axle bushings at the least to be turned.
Possibly other custom metal work I can't do too.

Thanks for any recommendations
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:48 PM   #2
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hmmmmmmm..... $200 for a bolt. a clever guy should be able to "Spenard" something together for that one (too late I guess). as for machine shops to recommend... no, none of them seem to be able to follow directions. if yer a non-asshole you can use my lathe for ah......... future draft picks shall we say.

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Old 10-19-2012, 10:02 PM   #3
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Pissed Rickman

I am building a Triumph 650 twin (TR6C) powered MkIII Rickman Metisse.
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=818140

I had been unable to source Cerriani or Betor 35mm forks so when a friend suggested mid '70 Honda XL or CR forks that are also 35mm, and he believes are improved copies of the period correct Cerrianis.
So I was able to buy a front end from the one year only MR250 enduro verion of the CR250 mx bike.
But the fork stem bolt is too short and is welded into the steel lower triple clamp.
Then i bought nice Honda XR500 clamps that are all aluminum and have a pinch bolt on the stem bolt.
Only, no bearings are made that would fit the clamps and the steering tube in the frame.
ARGH!!!

So it seemed easy enough to me to find a stem bolt that could be turned to fit both.
That was what I asked the shop to do, modify an existing bolt to fit.
Instead they made a new bolt and a new set of nuts (bearing retainer and top nut)

I didn't ask that they give me an estimate, my mistake, but they didn't tell me they were making a new one from scratch.
Why they didn't cut threads to use a common nuts i don't know.
Other than to run the final bill up.
They will not get another nickle from me.

And to add pain to the injury, today on eBay is a complete Rickman Betor front end.
Starting price?
$150.

ARRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhh!
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:21 AM   #4
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"Instead they made a new bolt and"... ya see what I mean.... they do not follow instruction.

TR6C is the real desert sled... good on ya for making one in the real frame. you should have checked fleabay for Bultaco stuff... the were one of the big Cerriani users in the mid 60s on (edit: well... mostly Betor... but samey same & the right stuff for the vintage). Husky & Montessa too. I ran Bulto in the early 70s... they were a BIG step up suspension wise.

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Old 10-20-2012, 12:10 PM   #5
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I recommend Unique Machine. Draw up what you need and they'll get it done. I used them frequently in the past. And they always did a perfect job.
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:58 PM   #6
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A member on this site runs TriJet in the valley. Machine shop w/ complete powder coating facilities, etc. They've done a couple jobs for me and I was definitely happy w/ their work.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:28 PM   #7
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dang.... I just looked at yer thread. I had a spare B50 wheel a year ago... gone now. what you should do is go here:

http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbth...Board=1&page=1

and post your needs, I used to spend a lot of time with that group & there are some really good guys that can pitch in. there is also a Triumph board.

good source for Brit parts:

http://www.britcycle.com/

http://walridge.com/section/view/ind....html?fnode=31

and in last place.... http://britishonly.com/

P, S, pretty sure the B25 wheel is the same as the B50 (talkin the wet frame models only... 1971 & up). also, the TR25W is a B25 with Triumph badges & is the same except for trim and the front end .

PPS there was also a Triumph that was made until at least '74 that was a B50 with a Tr tank... TR5mx & variants
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:36 PM   #8
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I also have a lathe in my shop there are a few guy here that have them and can use them. Iam no master but I can make simple stuff.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:50 PM   #9
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Why, thanks all!

I see I should have posted up here with a plea for help before sending my parts off.
My total machining experience with mills and lathes was two years of machine shop in high school.
A long, long, looooooooooooooooong time ago.
Well, OK, 1971 & 1972 so I am probably no older than a few others here.

Thanks for the offers to use your machines but I would not pretend to be qualified to use another persons equipment.

Maybe someday I will find an affordable mini mill/lathe on Craigs and learn how to do it again.
Machine shop was my favorite class. I even took it at night school for more time to make things.

I will beg for local help when I next need something custom made.
Which may be before long since I have a few bike projects going.
In addition to the Rickman build...

A DR650 Street Tracker:





A DL650 Wee Strom that needs a new front end (forks, wheel, & both disks) Yes, I bought it this way.



And a VX800 to build into a cafe racer.


Projects, I love 'em

And those are just the motorcycle projects...
I need a trust fund and a MUCH bigger shop.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:26 PM   #10
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Now that VX800 could make a nice adventure bike. My buddy from Missouri's dad made one and the build is in the bike section here. He did it all himself for less than 2500 bucks including price of the bike.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:38 PM   #11
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Thumb VXAdventure 800

Yes, i followed along with his build and even made a post or two.

If I decide to sell the Wee Strom I might give the VX the ADV treatment with better suspension and wire spoke wheels. I have a set of USD (Husky) Marzook 50's that would be a nice addition in front. It has Progressive shocks on the back but not enough travel, however that can be addressed. It is too stinking heavy for my preference, but so is the Wee. The gearing is lousy too. First is too high off road and fifth is too low on the highway. But, the engine is sweet!

Street tracker or cafe' racer... or long legged, long distance ADV bike?

A D2D Special maybe?
I would love to make it one year and ride an unusual bike.
Not the DR, too common. Ho, hummmmmm....
Maybe the TW200?

So many possibilities!
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