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

Thursday, 4 February 2010


life, it gets in the way of motorcycle projects, i want to be in the shed but mrs b wants her jobs doing, we went to ikea to get a new storage unit for the computers, i-pods, cd's, my magazines, dvd's and all the other stuff, it's like shaun of the dead in there, all these people buying the same tea-lights, pictures, rugs and even the same house plants, weird, tell me, in 30 years time will people still be looking at these pieces of furniture as a classic?, no, because they will be in a landfill site somewher e with the rest of the 'snoord', 'blankan', or 'rattus', i hate ikea.

barse nipped a little job up in the week, that's his sporty front end leaning against the radiator on the right, he's gone for my tip about fitting a brembo caliper to improve his brakes and managed to score a pair of ducati treble nines off e-bay for £60, [bastard], needed to make a mounting bracket up for the fork leg, i already had the steel pattern made up for the calipers i fitted to my bike so dave knocked one up in a couple of hours out of a nice piece of dural, barse shamed us in to having a bit of a clean up, both dangerous and i are pretty methodical but when we are building we tend to go our own ways and leave the shed in a right mess, sometimes we don't even talk, head down doing our own thing, sometimes we have full blown rows triggered by the most petty thing, the other night he came in and put 5-live on the radio when i was trying to catch up with the archers on radio four, we almost came to blows, i kid you not.

it's all about measuring, adjusting, measuring re-adjusting and measuring, this front-end has been in and out more times than a fat bloke at greggs, dropped the forks through the yokes by 40mm to establish a bench mark for the steering, the clip-on's sit another 40mm below the yoke, don't know if the bars will hit the tank yet until we fit it, the 6mm bolts in the clip-on's are longer than stock, [the bushes are tapped], but i prefer to leave a longer bolt so i can 'belt and braces' it with a nylock nut, don't want it coming loose on the track, had to go with a set of renthal grey grips, no reason, they just look faster than black ones.

the fork-brace, check out the nice ball milling in the top, rear and front of the brace, no 'splits' in this one for easy fitting, you have to take the forks out to take it off or fit it, it's not a cosmetic thing, you need to keep those skinny little fork legs running true, the top of the fork leg was slightly egg shaped so we had to strip the front end out again and take a quarter of a millimeter out of the bore where the brace was causing the forks to bind, this is where you lose a lot of time, a whole nights work wasted stripping it down, modding and re-fitting.

so, at last, we are starting the build and the bike is at least sitting upright on the bench.