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     It's one of those...

     It's one of those days when you come home exhausted from work but you still have something to do before you can rest your corpse in bed. I, personally, have to update dWrenched.  And when I finally track solid info and awesome photography; man-o-man; another top notch article it's about to come to life !
         Also I'm looking at pullin an all nighter, again...

   Long story short, Veikko Sikiö took the expression ''radical'' to the extreme. Not only by design, but also as a building process. In his shop, Waylon Machinery, in Juupajoki, Finland, he dared the gods of machines and built almost the entire bike, hadmade.  Long story, let's read what Veikko said for Bikernet :

   ''Everything began in the spring of 2011. I had just finished my Harley –Davidson Panshovel, and taken it to Tampere Hot Rod & Rock Show.(...)
   While staying in Tampere the whole weekend, I went to see what Pekka Poramo was doing at his place nearby. There I saw something utterly amazing, Pekka was casting a crankcase for a motor he had designed himself! The atmosphere and the overall finish of the work totally blew my mind! At that point I realized that’s the road I want to take. From that day on I started thinking of making a motor of my own, and the thought of having a break from bikes was postponed.
   The planning of the motor started during the summer. I had many ideas but in the end I didn’t have to look too far. With my first bike a BSA B33, came two B31- motors (or actually just some parts of the motors). The Cylinders and cylinder heads could make a beautiful v-twin motor. The idea was to use more of those BSA-parts. I also thought of using four BSA camshaft. While doing some calculations and measurements, I realized there wasn’t going to be enough space for the camshafts, if the cylinder-angle was going to be the usual British 50 degrees. Now With a 60 degree angle I could make the camshafts work with correct timing, but now trying to acquire a magneto could cause some extra trouble. I searched the British EBay, and found a Robert Bosch 60 degree magneto. No matter what the price I had to get this magneto in order to seal the deal with the 60 degree cylinder angle for my bike. 

   I still needed more parts, like a crankshaft, an oil pump, and the rest of the parts for the distributer head which I still didn’t have. I bought two broken HD Sportster crankshafts, and made one new one out of them. The oil pump came from a Speedway Jawa. That external oil pump seemed like both an easy and good-looking solution.

   Autumn had come and now I had all the parts required for casting the crankcases. I started with making the cast models from plywood. First I made the model for the output shaft side, because it was much simpler. I also had to make a liquid gas furnace, big enough to melt necessary amount of aluminium. I also had to make myself all the other tools which were to be needed in the casting-work. After some testing I managed to get the system working, and I could start the casting of the crankcase. After the first successful cast I started making the cast model of the distributor side.''

















     (...) The mechanical parts started to be ready apart from polishing and final installation.
(...) While I was thinking about the frame, I had an idea to make the rims by casting as well. After doing some serious thinking I started making a cast model from plywood. The model had to be extremely precise, so that I could balance the rim afterwards. 
(...) First rim was a failure, but the second and the third were successful enough. On the front rim there were made places for 24 magnets, which are producing electric current for the lights when combined with a self made coil. I lathed the rims to the final size with a big lathe from at my workplace; the rims were too large for my own lathe. After some polishing and grinding I balanced the rims. One rim took 35 grams extra material and the other 50 grams, so the rims were a great success. 
(...) In the spring 2013 I got the wheels under my bike. 
   The ribbed oil tank was casted from two parts, and welded them together afterwards. The saddle was also casted from aluminium and I also glued couple thick leather pieces on it to make it more comfortable. The rear fender was made from stainless steel as were the handlebar and the exhaust pipe. The usage of the clutch and the brake works with the same pedal. The system works as following: when you press the pedal, it first frees the clutch and when you continue pressing the pedal, the brake kicks in. I made a test version of the leverage system at first, so that I found the right relations. The leverage system was also made from stainless steel. Footpegs and handles were lathed from hard plastic, and grinded and polished afterwards. The gas tank was made from aluminium with Pullmax. It was extremely difficult and the tank didn’t end up being very good, but I didn’t have enough time for making a new one. 
(...) Assembling the motor took also quite a lot of work.
The feeling when I heard the intake and exhaust sounds for the first time, when rotating the crankshaft, was amazing! I had a great believe that the engine will actually start.
(...) Few first tries only produced only little bit banging and booming, but the engine didn’t start. The reason proved to be a wrong set of needles in the carburettors, I had gotten them used. When I managed to get the carburettors in a tolerable condition, there was ignition. Adjustments were of course totally off, but there was anyways some rotating motion. Little by little I got the carburettors adjusted better and the motor was running fairly well. The oil was also circulating as planned. Now when the bike was already running, I only had to make some minor parts, like the electric coil and the headlights. There wasn’t so much time left, my aim was to get the bike ready for the Norrtälje custom bike show.''
     -Veikko for Bikernet.com (Read the whole article, here)




     Not only that Veikko got the bike done in time for the Norrtälje Custom Bike Show, he won best of show ! WSA by Veikko Sikiö also took the 2nd place at the AMD Championship in 2014. It's not my place to judge, but I think a higher position was in question in my opinion (*wink *wink)
   
   Remember when I said that I'm in for another all nighter at the beginning of this article ? Well, mission accomplished; (3-4-5 hours later). A lot of the time spent on the article also included getting hipnotised by the actual machine in the photos. I mean, man...
      The details, the work, the vision, the passion...  












    Photo credit : Veikko Sikiö / Mikko Henrik Huotari / Bikernet / AMD - Onno Wieringa

Ps : Would like to dedicate this article to two of my best friends; Dave Friend in Uk &; to Reinhard Wirtl from Austria; cheers guys ! (Feelin' like a hot shot for doing that hahaha )

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