Author: Kevin Forth

1966 Honda CL77 Scrambler – Head is Disassembled

This weekend I was able to complete the disassembly of the engine head.  Compared to today’s overhead cam engines, this one is a bit different, being a one-piece head.  Still, this was advanced stuff back in 1957, when the engine was first produced.  The camshaft is…

1966 Honda CL77 Scrambler – Engine is Apart

With the Dnepr project finally behind me, I’ve turned my attention to the 1966 Honda CL77 Scrambler restoration.  The bike has been disassembled for a several months, but the engine had yet to be taken apart.  These 305 cc engines were reliable and strong, but still…

Dissecting a Failed Triumph Bonneville Starter

When the starter failed on my 2014 Triumph Bonneville T100 after only 6700 miles, I searched online for a new replacement.  The part is made by Denso and is similar to many new motorcycle starters priced under $100.  After seeing some Triumph dealers listing the part…

October Fun

Ryan and his dogs spent a long weekend with us is the north, joining Eric and Elise at Sherry’s house for outdoor fun.  Eric helped Ryan reassemble his 17 year old minibike, which joined a fleet of minibikes for rides around the trails. Ryan’s dogs also…

Update: Dnepr is Back on the Road

After 20 months of weekend work, the Dnepr MT-11 was back on the road today, looking more like its late 1930s German ancestor.  I took a 12 km test ride around the Alden, MI area to see how the bike operated.  I still have some buffing…

Amish-built Barn Arrives

Today we received our Amish-built barn, made by Cedar Creek Storage Barns in Manton, MI.  The barn is 14 feet wide by 24 feet deep, and will hold the pontoon boat during the winter.  There will also be room for storing other items, like kayaks, paddle…

Update: Dnepr Wiring and Cabling Progress

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted an update on the Dnepr project, so I thought I’d share a few pictures.  I worked about 10 hours on the project this weekend, focusing on finishing the front brake cable installation and adjustments and the clutch cable.…

Update: Dnepr Electrical Pieces

When I started the Dnepr MT-11 rebuild project, I decided early on that I would conceal the electrical components that were originally exposed to the elements.  Not only did their original placement allow corrosion and dirt to accumulate, but the electrical parts and related wiring were ugly…

Doctor Nicki

After years of hard work and countless moves to new living spaces, Nicki graduated from Lincoln Memorial University on May 13, 2017, with her doctorate degree.  We can now officially call her Doctor, but to me she’ll always be Nicki. We had an informal celebration at…

Milan

As we head to the border for a nice afternoon in Switzerland, I thought I’d post a few pictures of Milan.  The Milan Cathedral took 6 centuries to complete and is quite massive.  It’s the largest church in Italy and fifth largest in the world.  We…