Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Well, I did it again! I bought a 1965 Super Cub that runs, has a title, but needs significant work. My wife, who loves me in spite of it, thinks I've got a screw loose. She's probably right. But, somehow, this bike really appeals to me, and I got it at a reasonable price. One thing I learned early in this restoration hobby is not to buy a bike that has no title - getting a replacement title in the State of New Jersey is kind of like - impossible.
What I plan to do in this project is rebuild the motor, add a 4th gear to the transmission, add turn signals and a corresponding turn signal control to the handlebar, install new rims and tires, replace the exhaust, re-cover the seat, and maybe even paint the frame. Then I'll ride it around for a while and pass it on to somebody who will take care of it for the rest of its "life".
Engine rebuild: CT Trail Bikes - http://www.cttrailbikes.com
Seat cover, blinkers, blinker handlebar switch: Ebay (most items from East Asia)
New wiring harness (that supports blinkers): Apex Cycle - http://www.apexcycle.com
Tires/tubes: Beatrice Cycle - http://www.dratv.com
Other parts: Ohio Cycle - http://www.ohiocycle.com
Frame painting: TBD (probably a local auto paint shop - one who's motto is, "No job too large or small".
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The above photo is one of my all-time "Celebrity + Super Cub" favorites. Two unique examples of intelligent design - the Honda Super Cub and William F. Buckley. Perfect together, aren't they? In my opinion, only a free society could produce a design like the Super Cub, and Buckley seems to "get it". Could anything so simple, practical, and pleasing to the eye ever come out of the Soviet Union, Cuba, Communist China, or any other place where the human mind and spirit are (or were) repressed?
This is an '81 C70. It was mechanically sound, and all I did was to clean it up and style it a bit to look like the bike in the "Look of Love" Youtube video. It was a lot of fun, though.