Thursday, February 28, 2019

Closed For 2019 Season

Dear Friends and Customers,

Slagheap Cycles will be closed for the 2019 season. I'll be spending most of the year in California learning some new skills. After that, it is unlikely that we'll re-open for general service and maintenance, but will most likely go in a new direction with the shop. I'm sorry that we won't be able to help you with your bikes this year, and am grateful to all of you for your loyal use of our shop. Thank you for a good six years.
Slagheap Cycles

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Rare Bike For Sale

Here we have a 1967 Honda CL77 305 Scrambler, the high performance and rarest version of the venerable Honda Dream. This version is twin carb and kickstart only, but it is still a 12 volt electric system, so you get decent lighting and better battery choices.

We've completely rebuilt the motor, and everything on the bike has been disassembled, refurbished or replaced, and reassembled. The bike came in with 13333 original miles and has *7* miles on a freshly rebuilt motor.

Here's a list of all the work that has been performed:

* engine sandblasted and painted
* top end bored .50 oversize w/new pistons, rings, etc.
* valves lapped and new valve stem seals
* all new oil seals and gaskets
* new clutch plates and springs
* transmission and kickstart mechanisms rebuilt, lubed and adjusted
* new fork seals and fork oil
* carburetors rebuilt
* new enduro-style tires
* new ignition switch w/2 keys
* new modern voltage regulator/rectifier
* new lithium-ion battery
* new seat cover
* most body parts sandblasted, aluminum polished w/vapor blasting or painted
* aftermarket turn signals with relay and switch and period-correct lens colors

Bike is not in showroom condition, but looks very good and was built to be ridden. Rides great, sounds great, and starts first kick. Also has a clean Pennsylvania title, a real rarity for bikes this old!


Please get in touch if interested, thanks!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Gone to Croatan...(actually Croatia)

Friends, the shop is going to be closed for a few weeks while Geoffrey tries to discover his sea legs sailing in Croatia. We will re-open on SEPTEMBER 6TH. We will not be checking our voicemail, and only sporadically checking email while the shop is closed, sorry about that. But we will be back at full swing in September. In the meantime, here's a few of the fun projects we've worked on this summer.

Shop full of bikes mid-season

All the nice new parts installed on a CB350:
Pamco ignition, Ricks' stator, VM30 carbs
Checking out the finished product:
"Is it faster?" "Yep"

Honda Aero 125 ready for its maiden voyage
1-year-only 2-stroke ripper
1965 Honda C200 - The mini Dream,
Oldest bike we've worked on so far

Friday, March 9, 2018

Bike For Sale - 1981 Suzuki GS450 EX

I know, I know, you're thinking a GS450...I've seen a million of them, one of the most ubiquitous of the UJMs of the 80s. But have you seen *this* GS450. The EX variant is pretty dang cool (in this writer's humble opinion) - nice rear seat cowl, and a tank design that is basically a throwback the the earlier cafe racer style...*knee protectors not included.

We did a lot of work to this bike after it languished in a basement. Valves have been adjusted with new shims, carburetors cleaned, and a year-old battery that has been kept well-tended. The only thing it really needs is a new front tire (tread is low). Buy it for what we're asking and we'll install the tire for free - just get a tire to us!

24k miles, clean PA title, $1250

Monday, January 8, 2018

CB450, CB500 Twin - Mikuni Carburetor Conversion

If you've ever had issues with your CB450/500 stock Keihin carburetors, you might want to consider this conversion. We've found the Keihin carbs from these bikes to be amongst the most difficult to get tuned correctly, especially on the CB500T with its additional circuits for the air cutoff valve, for which the rubber parts are extremely difficult to find.

Our frustrations with this led to a little experiment in which we replaced the stock carburetors with a set of Mikuni VM32 carburetors, as shown below:

You have probably heard of the Mikuni VM32 carburetor - it's a classic model used on a wide variety of small engines, and really popular for racing. It's extremely tuneable with a huge variety of adjustable needles, jets, etc, all of which are widely available.

Mikuni made many different variations on this carburetor for different applications. You may not have noticed, but there is something special about the ones we used. These were originally meant for 2-stroke snowmobiles and have small oil injection ports near the intake flange of each carburetor. We were able to convert these to be vacuum lines that can be used to synchronize the carburetors, which is very useful on any bike that doesn't have separate vacuum ports on the motor or intake manifold itself (think CB350, although you probably want to use a VM30 for the smaller motor).

The carburetor intake boots do need to be replaced to accomodate the Mikuni, but we were able to create a setup for the air boots that allowed us to use the original airbox. You will definitely want to experiment with the jet and needle sizes to get the correct fuel mixture at all throttle positions for your bike.

The only other real issue is that the choke levers, idle and mixture adjustment screws are usually "left-sided," so the right carburetor will be difficult to adjust. Right-sided carburetors exist, but are hard to find. However, there are different choke setups that can be installed, so once the initial carburetor setup is done, you can use the choke without much issue.

Also, we can do all this work for you if you're interested, just get in touch!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

New Sign and a New Bike

We finally got a sign after 5 years in business, courtesy of Britt Lawson, who freehand drew the letters and then cut 3/16" plywood out with a scrollsaw. So now you can find us easier when cruising down Forbes Avenue. Thanks Britt!

In front of our new sign is our newest bike, a 1967 Suzuki K15P, also known as the "Hillbilly" - a street/trail that was their rival to the hugely popular Honda CT90. The big difference is that this one is 80cc and a two-stroke, and has two different sprockets in the back, the idea being that you could have one chain on the small sprocket for street riding, and then swap it out for a longer chain on the rear sprocket for trail riding. It's a super fun little ripper, with supposedly a top speed of 55. And of course, it's for sale. So get in touch if it strikes your fancy.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hawking our wares on the world's biggest (and baddest) online marketplace

Ben, who setup our Instagram, has also been taking photos for our new ebay store, which you can find here:

Honestly, Ebay are a pretty awful company - but they're the only game in town when it comes to selling used parts online, and they know it. So, it looks like they'll be taking at least a 10% cut of anything we sell on their site...then Paypal gets their cut, but at least we can feel good that we're helping to keep the Post Office in business.

The good news is that starting our ebay store has also forced us to organize the chaos that was our inventory of used parts. Now we actually kinda know what we have in all these boxes! So, if you see something you like, get in touch through phone or email for better prices! Cut out the middleman!