another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Sunday, 14 November 2010


got the frame on the workmate and gave it a good gunking to get rid of nine years worth of grease, out with the trusty hacksaw and first to bite the dust are the rear frame rails, they were already shortened back to fit the seat unit but i never got around to finishing them off properly, chopped off the rail back to the top shock mounting and then hit it with the grinder and flap wheel to finish it off, still needs some work with some wet and dry, next to go was the silencer mounting on the bottom frame rail, don't need it because of the high level supertrapps so might as well lose some weight here too, what really struck me as i was working on the frame was the quality of the welds compared to earlier sporties, loads of weld splatter, nowhere as good as the earlier models i've worked on, weight is a major concern if you are going for performance and standard sporties weigh a ton, anywhere you can lose weight you should, the component parts need lightening as much as possible, no wonder the triumph's ran rings round the overweight harleys back in the day, i'm on a mission to see how much i can get off this thing.....

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