Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Deep Six Cycles first ever machining video!

We recorded and edited this video to give every one an idea of what we do and the care that goes into our products. We learnt a lot by the time we finished filming and editing the first half and made some adaptions while making the rest of the video. Part 2 kind of slays part one! Still a lot of room for improvement, but considering this is the first video I have ever put together and edited I am pretty happy with it. The second part is a lot more fast paced with multiple camera angles and such. I learnt a lot by the time I was half way done filming and editing. It was fun and we will be trying to add more content to our channel for all of you who are interested!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New, Old, Awesome!

We have been cranking out the same old awesome while adding some new products too! Check out the new kicker mod we are offering for XS650s! Send us your kicker and we can hook it up to match the other pegs we offer! We know you have been having a hell of a time finding a cool XS650 kicker pedal and pegs, we got ya covered...

Oh Yeah we still do awesome in brass too...

Monday, December 22, 2014

Legalize Lane Splitting on all public roads!

  Please sign this petition. I am a firm believer in white lining and lane splitting as long as it is done in a safe and responsible manner. It is legal in California and most if Europe just to name a few! If you have ever been caught on the free way on a motorcycle especially an air cooled one or while trying be some place due to some sort of emergency you will want to sign this. Just being able to move even 10mph over the vehicles that are stopped or at a crawl will get you home or the next off ramp much sooner and it is one less vehicle sitting there idling blocking traffic needlessly polluting. Please repost this on your blogs and social media! The link to the petition is below!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Those sell outs! (AKA The new Deep Six Cycles News Letter)

  Man I can hardly believe it my self! Deep Six Cycles has a New Letter? Isn't that for the super corporate wallet humpers just looking for another credit card swipe? Actually  no. The truth is we are excited about our products and what we do. In the ever changing  world of social media trends it is some times hard to keep up and make sure we are reaching the people who would be the most interested in what we do.
   So that is where a News Letter comes in. If you are interested go ahead and sign up, it's easy as heck. Then we can let you know what we have been up to and you may even find a special offer or discount for subscribers only. Who knows? Sign up below!

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required

Deep Six Cycles Machining Brass Hand Grips Sneak Peek Video!

  We have been working on a video of our brass hand grips being machined. We just released an unfinished sneak peek on YouTube. Personally I watch stupid boring (to most) machining videos on YouTube when I can so I thought others here may like to see it. I am still learning the editing software as I go and since its shot by us in house it wont be too polished. But I hope it is fun to watch informative and some one will find it interesting... Check it out and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to see the rest of the video when it is finished! Check it out!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Deep Six Cycles Brass Key Chains!

  We have added brass key chains to the online store! We have some set designs but a lot of our key chains are made from scraps and left overs. We may experiment with different designs or features. These key chains vary in design, many are one off and have different features from each other. We will not be listing every single one off key chain separately, but you can always come by and see them here in the shop! They are manually machined right here in house in North Carolina with pride. Or take a gamble and get a surprise! Check out the store or come on by and get one!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Deep Six Cycles Chopperiffic Give Away!

  Can you believe it? We are giving away a set of bars or a set of these crazy foot pegs! All you have to do is repost the first photo below on Instagram with @DeepSixCycles #ChopperifficContest as the comment. That is all it takes to enter. The winner gets their choice of these bars or pegs! The drawing will be held on January 31st.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Honda CM450 Bobber/Brat Bike (Making a Lower Shock Mount Bushing Puller.)

  I have been working on modifying a Honda CM450  (Bobber/Chopper Custom thing). I am in the middle of mounting a fender to the Swing arm. I wished to weld the mounting bung for the fender struts to part of the lower shock mount on the swing arm. The only problem became the fact that there is a metal sleeved rubber bushing pressed into the lower shock mount. Heat from welding will absolutely result in this rubber catching fire. Since no reasonable amount of hammering with a punch or drift would budge the bushing I had to come up with another solution. I did not wish to take the swing arm off to press out the bushing in the H Press.  Nor did I want to just weld it and have a melt down. Time to search through the scrap bin! 
  I was able to locate some 1"360 brass and a bit of 1-1/4 6061 aluminum. Game on! Please note some of the steps taken may have been skipped as this is not meant to be a tutorial for turning and lathe work. And some of the basic fundamentals were not photographed.  

Here we have the 1" Brass and 1-1/4"Alum drops left over from another project.

I started with the brass first by taking a facing cut to true up the end of the part and eliminate saw marks. 

Here is the finished facing cut.

The part was then Center Drillled.

Next drilling with a 5/16 drill bit in order to be threaded with a 3/8-16 tap later on. 

Next I added a heavy bevel to the outer edge. This will help the puller enter and find center of the i.d. of the shock bushing mount as it begins to displace the rubber bushing . It reduces chances binding.

Counter sink before tapping to eliminate the bur caused by drilling and ensure the tap enters concentric and on center to the drilled hole. This can reduce tap breakage. Others may find the tap creates a bur and prefer to counter sink after tapping. Both ways have worked for me. Next I threaded the part using the slowest turning speed with the back gear of the lathe engaged. Unfortunately I was in a rush and failed to photo the tapping operation.

On to the aluminum. After facing, center drilling, I selected a W size drill bit. The letter size W bit is about .011 larger than 3/8. This will ensure that the 3/8 bolt that will be passing through the aluminum block will rotate freely with out binding or friction. Next I selected a large drill bit just under the od of the brass part I turned and began drilling the counter bore. Do not drill all the way thorough you only need the counter bore to be a little deeper than the lenght of the brass piece and the bushing you are removing. The goal is for the bushing and the brass to be able to enter the counter bore of the puller completely. The roof or ceiling of the counter bore will support a washer and bolt head on the other side (outside). This set up could have been done with the bolt passing through the brass and the threads in the aluminum or using a nut on the outside to draw the brass puller through the shock mount. But this would have required pulling the rear wheel to perform the work. Which I saw as an unnecessary step at this time.

Next I bored the counterbore out to .020 larger than the O.D. of the brass portion to allow for a nice friction free slip fit. This way I would not have to worry about the bushing binding and becoming caught inside the body of the puller once removed from the shock mount.

Here you can see the heavy chamfer  entering the i.d. of the counterbore. This helps guide the bushing into the counterbore.

Here you can see the other side of the aluminum body a 3/8-16 bolt will pass through. The head of the bolt will ride against a washer on this flat surface. The bolt will pass through the aluminum puller body then though the rubber bushing and thread into the brass puller. Be sure you have the heavy chamfer on the brass puller facing the bushing. It is also imperative to make sure the bolt is long enough to thread all the way through your puller body before pulling begins. This will improve the wear of the threads in the brass and decrease the likelihood of damaging the threads. This tool is a great once in a while item. In daily use I would find another option for pressing a threaded top hat bung into the brass body of the puller. But I believe otherwise brass and aluminum are the perfect materials for this tool. They are soft and will not mar or score the shock mount itself. Aluminum could have been used in place of brass but you will likely have problems with the threads stripping. So if that is all you have on hand you will probably have to modify this design.

Here it is ready to extract the bushing. It worked great and did exactly what I needed it to. This tool could have been made a number of different ways. With the tools and materials I had on hand this was the easiest way for me to get it done. Hopefully this will spark an idea for some one that will help them out in a pinch some day. I am also aware that I could have bought a puller of some sort to do this or made a tool to work with my slide hammer. But again this took under 20 minutes and was completed with scrap and cheap material I had on hand.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Sale!

You know this is one day only! Get it while you can! Email me at or check out the store!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Jaded Billy D from Hellmutts Triumph

  I had not been working out on my own all that long when Billy D of Hellmutts and I stuck up a deal. I would supply some brass pegs and such for his Triumph project and he would hook me up with a helmet. It was a great deal for both of us I think. I still run the helmet nearly daily and the lining job and paint have held up great! And Billy went on the build this totally bad ass Triumph! I stole the pictures from so be sure to check out the link for details. Also if you need a vintage helmet or have one you need to have refurbished be sure and hit up I sure can't say enough good things about the service and craftsmanship that Billy and his wife have provided! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Carnage and the Beast! Oh wait, I mean beauty!

If you have not been paying attention to our posts on other social media you may not have realized that I managed to completely decimate the sprocket cover on my Ironhead Sportster chop.

Here is the carnage! Opps!

I was going to construct a whole new mount/ sprocket cover. But since I just wanted it done so I could ride I buzzed it back together. Hopefully this winter I will be able to get around to ordering up some material and fabbing one up!
Oh and this is just another one of those slammed mornings getting everything shipped out! 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Deep Six Cycles Stainless Rabbit Ears and more!

I made these bars the other week. I still have a set for sale. Polished 1" Stainless Steel Rabbit Ears with Polished manually machined brass pressed on. 3.5 mounting pattern. $285 plus shipping for this pair. Email Or check out our online store for more info!
  Deep Six Cycles Polished Stainless and brass Rabbit Ear Handlebars photo IMG_20141029_124455_zpsf1515723.jpg photo 20141029_124054_zps3c0fe710.jpg

 Oh and we can hook you up with pegs for those funky Ironhead and Shovel mounts! Brass Foot Pegs for Ironhead Sportsters and Shovelheads by Deep Six Cycles photo IMG_20141015_080615_zpsda79c5ce.jpg

We have been selling quite a few of our brass products with and antiqued finish. See those pegs on the left? Brass Foot Pegs and Shift Knob by Deep Six Cycles photo IMG_20141015_074322_zpsb91c0484.jpg

And these antiqued foot pegs and hand grips. Brass Handgrips and Foot Pegs by Deep Six Cycles photo IMG_20141015_071248_zpsd955418b.jpg

Here are a set of Brass Hexogram Pegs, Brake peg and Grips with a special custom spin.  photo 20141017_163611_zpsbce65f89.jpg

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Another Customers Bike

 One of our customers sent us a picture of their super fly clean little XS650 chopper / bobber. This bike is running our aluminum XS650 Tracker Pegs. What a sweet little build! And don't forget these pegs are in our online store!

Friday, October 24, 2014

That Thing 2014

We had a great ride and I would like to thank every one for turning out for "That Thing" our run through the country side. 

The Stumblers arrived early.

Early and waiting on the rest of  the folks to show up for the ride.

 Look at these guys. Love my brothers.

Running front of the pack.

One of a few over the shoulder riding shots I took. Strangely this is only one of the photos that have surfaced that has non Stumblers who attended the ride in it.

This rail speeder swung by while we were rallying to go!