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This project originally planned to be a simple rigid wet frame daily rider, but what you see here is the end result, the Birmingham Bee-Liner.
I approached Jeremy Cupp of LC Fabrications for his help on building a hard tail section of the frame. Once we got the bike to the shop, we began to discuss some other ideas and decided to make it a full on build. The red Warp 9 wheels and tires were from a Honda dirt bike that I had dual-sported. My friend, Dan Doughton donated the '73 Triumph OIF, which was the backbone of this project.
Jeremy and I cut all the unnecessary crap off the frame to make something undesirable desirable. We wanted to keep the bottom of the frame 3 inches off the ground, but still run a 21" front wheel. So the backbone was lengthened 3 inches and relieved a few degrees, along with 2 inches added to the up stretch.
The hard tail was also made in house along with the paint and seat. Jeremy designed the girder front end that we fabbed and it works well with the Fox Vanilla R shock. Since the bike was so narrow we scrapped the idea of running a conventional gas tank. We turned the wet frame oil tank into the gas tank. It holds about 1.5 gallons and the gas gets to the Mikuni carb by the way of a vacuum fuel pump from a lawnmower.
The rear axle is fixed so we fabbed up a chain tensioner with heim joints. I always wanted a jockey shift so we moved the shifter to the left side and modified the stock controls to accept a clutch pedal. Much of the bike was built out of junk lying around the shop. A 5 inch exhaust elbow used for the oil tank. Pieces of the rear fender and handlebars were underneath the work bench. The headlights were off of Jeremy's old race mountain bike that were in a box the last 15 years. A few old British exhaust sets donated their bends to help the motor exhale. The rear brake was removed from a 250R Honda. The engine used is a '67 BSA A65T that was purchased from a yard sale.
The cases were split and freshened up to stock specs except for a .020" overbore. Carburetion is a Mikuni 32mm with a Clay Cobb side draft intake manifold. The Joe Hunt magneto was purchased thru ebay along with the Peterbilt shift knob. The steering stabilizer was used from an old cold water knob that was on my Grandma's basement steps.
Jeremy and I have become good friends during this build and now I am an involved member of LC Fabrications. — Shane Ramey
The Bee-liner was the AMD 2009 World Championship 14th place Freestyle winner and the Smoke Out 10 winner.