Project Storm

29
Aug

Girder Optimisation Animation

Girder Optimisation Animation

An animation of some early optimisation work on the girder front suspension for Project Storm

03
Aug

Project Storm on Facebook

Project Storm on Facebook

We've got the build blog, and you can now keep up to date with Project Storm on Facebook. We'll keep more detailed and technical stories on the blog, while the Facebook page will have more snippets and behind the scenes updates on Project Storm's progress. Like the page to keep up with all the latest happenings, and make sure to Share the page with anyone else who may be interested in Project Storm.

04
Apr

Funny Front Ends

Funny Front Ends

Well, I've been thinking more about the front end for this Project Storm, and I'm actually thinking of going down a slightly different path with it... Like many bike enthusiasts, one of my all time favourite bikes has got to be the Britten V1000. If you've not heard of it, have a look into it. An amazing bike and an amazing story about how a guy in New Zealand built this bike from scratch and beat the world. Since I first discovered the Britten many years ago, I was always fascinated by the bike's front suspension which was like a double wishbone suspension on a car. After looking into it a bit more, I ended up down the rabbit hole of girders, Hossacks, Duolevers and all other kinds of non-fork front suspension which have been generally lumped together as "Funny Front Ends" (or FFE for short). Ever since then, FFE's have been a curiosity to me and something I've wanted to know more about. Rather than having a telescoping fork, FFE's have a rigid fork structure which has various kinds of suspension linkages at the top attaching it to the bike's frame. There's all kinds of

10
Mar

It Lives!

It Lives!

I mentioned in an earlier post that when I got the bike, it didn't have any keys. I wasn't too worried about this as I thought any good locksmith for Royal Oak could just cut a couple of new keys, or worst case, just replace the barrels. That was until I realised that being a later model than my other bike, this one's got the Honda Ignition Security System (HISS) on it. A bit of online searching revealed that HISS can be a major PITA to get around... apparently even original owners who have lost their keys have had to spend thousands getting their bikes going again. The HISS system requires matching key (which has a microchip in it), ignition barrel and ignition control unit (ICU) for it to allow the bike to start. Not having any one of those three items means you have to replace the whole lot, which is not a cheap exercise. I managed to find a guy who had all the gear to reflash the ICU to match a new key & barrel, but even then two keys was going to cost me $500-600. Not ideal, but I need the bike to run so I thought

06
Mar

It’s All About Proportions

It’s All About Proportions

Now, I'm the first to admit it... it took a while to figure out, and was a little hard to come to terms with at first, but the truth is.... I'm an engineer, not a designer. There. I said it. I think most kids at one time or another fancy themselves as a car designer and I was no different. My bedroom walls and schoolbooks were always covered in sketches and scribblings of cars and bikes. Some were tracings using mum's good baking paper (thanks mum!), some copied from photos or magazines, others were my own creation. And I always thought they were pretty good... That was until I started as a trainee engineer in the automotive industry and saw what a real automotive designer is capable of... there's so much more that goes into a vehicle's exterior design other than a few fancy sketches. Those guys are true artists and I'm just a guy who likes to draw cars. I've since figured out that numbers, maths, calculations, stresses & strains are more my style and that my artistic abilities are actually somewhat limited! One thing I have learnt about design though, is that it's all about proportions. No amount of bling, chrome, fancy

04
Mar

We Have CAD

We Have CAD

As I mentioned in my last post, I planned to create a CAD model of the VTR1000 to then modify and get an overall view of what I want the bike to look like.  Well, after a bit of digging around online, I was able to track down and purchase a CAD model that someone else has already done, saving me a lot of time and effort. I'm not sure how accurate it is, but it certainly looks the part visually, and will be ideal for these early stages of setting out the design and packaging of various parts. Here's a few pics of the original VTR1000 CAD model that I rendered up using SolidThinking: And here's a few more where I've just turned some parts off and played around with the positioning of other parts such as the headlight, windscreen, seat and exhausts: This is going to make life a lot easier and really help me narrow down what I want this thing to look like. Let me know what

24
Feb

Straight Forks

Straight Forks

First job on the bike was to get the front end straightened out so I can wheel it around. The forks, rim, rotors, etc are all way too bent to be used again, so this is just to get it mobile again while I decide what I'm going to do with the front end. I stripped off the bodywork on the front, and as you can see, it's all pretty bent under there: The axle was bent too, so after much persuading with a rather large hammer, I managed to get it all apart. I checked it, and yep, the forks are bent alright... After a bit of handywork on the hydraulic press, I managed to get them down to about 1mm of runout, which is going to be good enough for getting around the garage! Also did the axle while I was at it, and funnily enough, the whole thing went back together much easier than it came apart! I really couldn't be bothered straightening the rotors though, so they came off and went in the bin. The front brake lever was broken

22
Feb

Project Storm: The Beginning

Project Storm: The Beginning

Ok, so now you know why I'm doing it, let me fill you in on the story of Project Storm so far. I love bikes. I'm a V twin guy and the KTM RC8 has always been a favourite bike of mine. Earlier this year, a mate of mine spotted a damaged one at the auctions and sent me a link, so I had a look. It was an online auction for written off bikes and before this guy sent me the link to the auction, I didn't even know such a thing existed. I always thought you actually had to go to the physical auction and stand around all day waiting for your lot to come up... this online setup makes it too easy! I already had this bike build idea in my mind and thought the RC8 would make a good donor, so I signed up and put a few bids on but it ended up way too rich for me to justify. So while I was there, I put in a notification alert for more RC8s and also the VTR1000F, which I already own (a red '98 model which I love). Two weeks later, I

21
Feb

Welcome to Project Storm

Welcome to Project Storm

Welcome... Welcome to the build blog for Project Storm. I hope you find it interesting, amusing and maybe even a little inspiring. The purpose of this build blog is to document the design and build process of a custom Honda VTR1000F Firestorm (or Superhawk in the USA) motorcycle. It's going to be a blend of hands on, backyard engineering and the latest computer design, engineering & simulation techniques, which is what my business, Bremar Automotion, specializes in. It's my own personal bike, and I'm doing this project for a number of reasons: The no. 1 reason is purely for my own personal enjoyment and satisfaction, and to have a cool bike to ride at the end of it all! It's been too long since I've had a project on the go and grease under my fingernails, so it's time to get my hands dirty again... As a showcase for the design and engineering skills of Bremar Automotion If it all goes well, generates some interest and I enjoy it as much as I think I will, I'd love to set up a business designing & building custom bikes and parts. This project is a bit of a toe in the water for that,