Its been a while since I’ve had time to tinker in the garage. I finally got around to throwing some parts at this Buell Blast. Seemingly a simple lightweight motorcycle conversion it turned into a mechanical challenge rather quickly.
Upon disassemble of the gas bike I soon realized this wasn’t going to be easy. The complete rear swing arm AND kick-stand were attached to the engine block. This quickly made things challenging as the bike was basically in 2 parts.
Chapter 1, Re-attach swing-arm
First and foremost I had to figure out a way to re-attach the rear swing arm. Using levels, lasers, and good ole’ rulers I situated it perfectly with the main frame based on previous measurements and pictures I had taken. I then used cardboard and cut out templates to make a very stout bracket aluminum welded bracket.
The original swing-arm bolt would NOT work as it was clamped on one end (no head or threads) I only had two holes in my bracket. I found a very large metric bolt on McmasterCarr.com with two nuts used to lock the proper tension on this shaft.