Archive | May, 2011

First start

As I wrote last time we started the new AS3 for the first time. Well, here is the video of the new AS3’s first start, in HD!

You have to click on the video, put it in full screen mode and select “720p” to get the HD (It is worth it, click!)

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We’ve kept working on both our new AS1 drive project and our AS3 project. At the moment we have the AS3 up and running! It is hooked up with an external battery and a temporary fuel tank at the moment (the fuel tank is a bottle!). We’ll finish up the last parts and get a gallery up and running soon! We shot some video of it when we had it running, we’ll have it up on the site soon as well.
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Sometimes you find things you weren’t expecting to find, or didn’t even know existed. This is one of those times: we’ve managed to find old cans of spraypaint. That in itself is not very strange or interesting. What is interesting is the fact that these are original Yamaha cans of spraypaint still in their original shrinkwrap. They are over 30 years old so the paint in them have probably seen better days but they’re a fun thing to have.

We also have new updates for the red AS3 project and for the new AS1 drive project. The AS3 is almost done, if everything goes as planned it will be ready for the road in a week or two, just in time for summer. Check out the AS3 update here.

The AS1 drive is also coming along nicely, even though we started the project recently we’re almost ready to start this one up as well. We were lucky to have all the parts needed on hand when we started the project. In this update you can also see how to construct the internal part of the kick assembly (that’s why the update has the tag “Tip”, click it in the sidebar to see other updates that can be of help with your own projects). Check out the AS1 update here.

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The AS3 is as good as done, everything except the fuel tank and seat are in place. We’re sending it off to a friend who’s something of an expert with electrical systems to make sure all connections and voltages are correct. All that’s left to do when it comes back is to get some petrol in it and set up the ignition.

Since this bike is intended for the road we’ve used newer spark plugs and we’re paying extra attention to the engine timings and the electrical set up. If everything goes as planned we’ll have it up and running very soon.

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Mostly new

We’ve made good progress with the new AS1 drive since the last update: we’re almost done! Everything from the rear wheel to the front fender is in place. Unlike our last drive project we’ve replaced most of the parts with new ones. Some parts like the engine block and return spring for the kick have only been cleaned, others like the front fork is NOS.

In the pictures you can see how to put together the internal kick assembly.

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