THE BRIDE OF BULTAKENSTEIN
If you're wondering why progress on my Bultaco has slowed lately, here's the explanation.
I looked around at all of the cast-off parts cluttering my workshop, (most of which were originally bought for this project but got rejected for one reason or another) and got a crazy impulse to do something with them. The Can-Am Qualifier tank, original GS650GL forks, my old set of triple clamps with the machined steering stem, and YZ125C swingarm that were all part of this thread at one point or another are now getting hung on a 1974 SST Panther Black Shadow 175
frame I bought for under $100. The seat was similarly rejected from my CL125S project
About this time, my podcast co-host Garrett re-powered an old KX125 chassis with a Harbor Freight Predator engine
. That got me more interested in industrial motor+CVT bikes
. For $99, I scored a new 6.5 HP LCT StormForce 208
(Predator/GX clone) engine originally configured for snowblowers. I swapped the plug-in starting motor to a regular 12V starter.
Unlike Bultakenstein, I'm using new parts where my budget allows. The CVT transmission is a generic TAV2 torque converter off Amazon. The rear brake rotor, handlebar, and master cylinders are all new as well. It's going to have scooter/bicycle style brakes, with the rear brake on the left handlebar and no foot controls. Why? Because I can, so why not? The tires are Heidenau K66.
It's going together without a lot of drama so far. Not only do I have much greater skill and increased shop capabilities as I did ten years ago when I started the Bultaco, but it's also amazing how much easier it is to build a bike when you really don't concern yourself with aesthetics.
Not sure what purpose it will serve, but it's an interesting diversion.