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

Monday, 27 December 2010

mrs b on my honda xbr 5oo chop, didn't have a shed back then so built this one in a lean-too on the back of our house, forks and wheels were out of an xs 250 yamaha custom, [the original honda wheels were the horrible 'comstar' stock pressed aluminium things, spent hours wet and drying the polished rims and spokes on the wheels , masking up the rest and hand painting 'jap-lac' the rest, the round oil tank was a disaster, the chain hit the under side of it and i had to have it 'windowed' to allow for the chain-run, all this after having it painted, the rear mudguard is horrible! it needed pulling forward about 15" and a side mounted rear numberplate  instead of trying to keep everything symmetrical, really liked the xbr 500 engine, ran one for a few years as my daily transport, they did pretty well in single cylinder racing as i recall, quite a few ended up having exotic racing frames wrapped around them.....
after cutting down the cam cover the primary drive cover looked a bit unbalanced left in in it's natural crinkle black finish so i set too christmas night after everyone had gone to bed and nitromorsed the black paint off, scraping away with an old rac membership card until dawn, two dogs, asleep on the chair, radio six and a bottle of wine for company, love this time of night, worked through 'til the early hours, boxing day night same again, everyone in bed and i worked my way down from 400 grit wet and dry to 1500 to finish, this afternoon i'm back in the shed while the girls hit the sale's, finish off with solvol and get the leaking fork seals out of the bonny fork-legs for dangerous, he is flinching as i attack them with my screwdriver and 'toffee hammer', sorry mate, sometimes you just need to use brute force to get results.....