Flying Merkel tribute build... the Flying Merkin??

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Rebuilder, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    Taking bets now.

    Front brake / no front brake.

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  2. Rebuilder

    Rebuilder Been here awhile

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    I'm sure I could come up with something. I have all the plans and CAD files ready to go.

    I'm also planning an Ironhead Sporster powered Racer if that interests you. Those motors are easy to come by and with my exposed rocker mod (in the works) and seriously trimmed down cases it will look pretty period correct.
  3. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Is that the blue rendering you have a few pages back?

    Def interested. I have all the fab tools, tubing benders, waterjet stuff so id just need the files to study before I pulled the trigger on a motor.

    My cad program will read dxf dwg type files, it's rhino3d.

    I've been looking to do a board tracker ever since I saw the bicycle types from felt bikes being transformed but they always lacked something and I want a real motor so this could be fun. Plus having the tubing bender makes a big difference. What sort of od tubing ate we talking here? Biggest die I have currently is a 1.25"
  4. Rebuilder

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    Yep that's the preliminary design. It's still in the works though. I'd be happy to help you out with a plans kit once I get a little further along. Hope to start on it this spring. I also have head tubes, head tube bearing cups/bearings, tank bungs, internal throttles, internal clutches and all the other fancy bits to help with the build. From the looks of it, you know your way around a custom build though.

    I use 1.5" for the main frame. 1.25" for the fork and 7/8" for the rear triangle. It's probably overkill but I like the beefier look.
  5. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Mark me down as a definite.if like to use a readily available motor if possible.

    I don't have a 1.5" or 7/8" die. I could sub a 1" for the 7/8" and buy the 1.5.

    If you are going to make a builders kit with the parts you mentioned id prefer that to fabbing it all.

    Let me know when you are ready and we can talk. I'm still trying to get my rally bike finished so no rush


    I love the concept, great work so far
  6. Lambo

    Lambo Been here awhile

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    I am also interested, the Ironhead Sportster build would make it reasonable to get the motor etc. Please let me know as you get closer. So what year Sportster should we be looking out for?
  7. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Great build but it's to bad there isn't more classic tribute DIY plans for other bikes that are just way out of everyone reach due to cash issues. From brought ss800 onwards to the Merkin. Loads of people would love ride something that had the look and feel of the greats. Indian etc.
  8. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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  9. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Still makin me jealous... Wish I had built a Merkel a long time ago. I'm running about 7 years behind schedule- got my supermoto about 10 years after I wanted one, back when no one had ever heard of them. Working on the Cafe now, and there considered the new "chopper- everyone's building them. Board tracker has now been done (excellently, I might add). I'll build my own, in about 7 years.

    In the meantime, just you watch- the next bike I want to build is something WWII-ish- flat green, older styling, very utility and over built. I guarantee you'll start seeing people building something like that in the next year or two, and they will become the next big thing in about 5 years... :lol3

    /hijack off

    Cant wait to see the new bike!
  10. Rebuilder

    Rebuilder Been here awhile

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  11. Rebuilder

    Rebuilder Been here awhile

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    I've said it before and yes your early plans got me inspired to build my Merkel.... thank you.
  12. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Sorry, wasn't meaning to be all whiny... :eek1 You have done a MUCH better job than I ever would have! Just glad to see unique things come to life.
  13. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    So, uh, I said I wasn't in a rush...but are you done yet with the plans?:D:lol3

    You should toss up a link to the jockeyjournal build thread, I love the fab work steps.
  14. Rebuilder

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    No seriously, seeing your thread was sort of an ah ha moment for me. I realized what I was thinking wasn't totally crazy.
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    396 low-post lurker

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    Very Cool! I see you are using a Triumph trans, but I don't see and adjustment for the primary chain... Going to use a slider or roller?
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    I haven't drilled the lower mounting holes yet so the plan is to make them slotted for adjustment or if that doesn't work I'll run a roller on the bottom.
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    that is the way the nortons was setup a sliding trans,or use a shoe like the buell-sportster,the buell being stronger and cheaper.
    American sport bike has all the buell stuff.
  19. Lambo

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  20. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Just checked out your thread on jockeyjournal.

    Damnit, Rebuilder, your tidy welds are making me self-conscious about my skills.