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

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

wednesday is the new thursday is the new saturday.......

Monday, 28 November 2011

the dangerous bonneville is done, almost a year has passed since it arrived at the loveless shed, the bike was finished apart from the wiring in july, we thought it would be up and running in a fortnight maximum, oh dear, i sadly underestimated the time scale, but, this is a well sorted bike, trying to find tdc it burst into life easily, the exhaust note  is suprisingly 'mellow' for a triumph with tt pipes, i'm going to take the baffles out and scare the neighbours...........

Saturday, 26 November 2011







last of the nec photo's, the vyrus?ducati, mildly tuned for a race bike in a revolutionary chassis, hub centre steering, not new, but never done with so much class as this, spherical bearing's and rose jointed push/pull rods, frame, milled from exotic alloy, rigid shovelhead engined chop, [ok, it's not a real shovel, it's an s+s motor, but, well, still a stunning bike, the vespa? ooh yeah baby, but, for me, bike of the show?, the treble eight ducati, anyone want to trade a couple of jack russell's?, chuck in a sporty flat-tracker? the dangerous bonneville? unfinished bmw racer project?, load of northern soul and punk vinyl?..........


the rear wheel, it's sevicable, spokes are true, the rim need's a little 'massaging' where the previous years have left their scars on the soft aluminium as the tyres have been changed, nothing an hour with a little wet and dry can't sort, the spokes need replacing with stainless some time in the future but a quick rub with some solvol cleans them up to an acceptable level, i sit in the shed looking at the hub, then looking at one of the many classic racer posters on the shed wall, clamp the wheel to the miller bed, cut a template out of an old numberplate and set to drilling away some cooling/lightening holes in the standard rim, 17mm, looks better already, removed some unsprung weight too........

saturday is the new thursday, i don't know what day it is to tell you the truth, when my alarm went off at 0445 hours this morning i really was struggling to get up, anyway, enough of all that, mr muscle, no, not me,  the oven cleaner, i'd hit the beemer diff with a coppper cup brush in my drill, cleaned up really well, but, well, a little on the kanye west style, a bit 'shiny', i hit it with a tin of mr muscle, it dulled it off to the just cast finish i was looking for, result......

Thursday, 24 November 2011





thursday is the new saturday, my shift pattern since the holiday is all over the shop, so, today is my day off, finish work at 0700hrs, dog walking and domestic duties out of the way and me and dangerous are heading down the a38 to birmingham for the bike show at the national exhibition centre, didn't make it last year due to the snow, i'm suprised how busy it is, i'm pleasantly suprised about the quality of bikes on show, for me the outstanding stand was the yamaha '50 year' display of bikes, from the old air-cooled bikes to the last of the two-stroke 500's to the latest gp bikes, the custom bike scene was well represented with a couple of really nice shovel's and the john reed[esque] little 500 bsa single, what was notable in this economic climate was the amount of people walking around with their free carole nash calender bags and not loaded down with new helmets, leathers, exhausts etc, perhaps we will see everyone chopping and changing their current bikes instead of hocking themselves with a load of debt for this year's model? i hope so........

Tuesday, 22 November 2011


 trying to get all the bits and bobs of fabrication done so we can get them welded on in one hit, i can weld but there's welding and then there's welding, chris w can weld, mad john can paint, ben 'fucking' jones can tattoo, barse can pogo like a banshee at a gallow's gig, dangerous can use the 'c' word like it's going out of fashion, i turned up a couple of spacers and tapped them 8mm to mount on the headstock so we can mount the 'avon' fairing off it, one of the previous 15 owners had 'drilled and tapped' [i use the description lightly, looked like they had attacked it with a spark eroder], the thread in the top mounting hole was shagged so dangerous stuck a helicoil in it while i made the spacers, couple of 8mm bolts to hold them in position while chris uses the 'majik' and we will have a good anchor to mount the fairing bracket, worked out the centres for the seat mountings/bracing for the rear subframe and found out we had no 30mm flat stock so i hacksawed a couple of pieces out of some sheet, dangerous faced them up on the miller and after a quick rub up to remove the teddy's i marked them out on the rear subframe........


Monday, 21 November 2011


finished cleaning up the redundant brackets from the bolt-on subframe, the subframe really does look very flimsy, held on by four 8mm bolts, if it was just a seat mounting like on a modern monoshock bike it wouldn't be so bad, but when you consider that it also act's as the top mounting for the twin shocks and all of a sudden it starts to look pretty feeble, i know a lot of people who modify the boxers make up a beefier subframe and have it welded to the main frame cradle, [i've done this myself on a previous project], but i really don't want to go that route this time so i'm sticking with modifying the stock item instead, i got a couple of pieces of 25mm round stock and faced them up in the lathe and drilled and tapped them to take the 8mm fasteners, chris w is going to apply some sparky majik from his special wand to weld them in position, this should add some much needed strength to this crucial area, i'm going to knock up a couple of bracing straps to weld to the subframe fore and aft of the top shock mountings to try and stop some of the 'whip' applied by the shaft drive and to also double as seat mountings, i had to try the manx slimline seat and tank on for a quick 'visual' before i called it a night.......


couple of hours more preparation on the swingarm, finished scraping off all the old enamelling, rubbed down with a couple of grades of emery and a final clean up with a copper cup brush in the drill, masked off and a wipe down with some celulose thinners to remove any stray oil and grease and hit it with a couple of coats of silver smoothrite and hang up to dry.

Sunday, 20 November 2011


something to soak up the saturday night beer-fest, a mr's b breakfast cob monkey face special, veggie bacon, tomato, mushrooms, two eggs, hp sauce, double egg and two hash brown's.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

                               

                               had this photo of me on the mz at mallory park hairpin mailed to me today,
                                 [thank's lee, appreciate your kind comment's, fuck the honda replica's!]  




                                saturday come's slow, shift pattern draw's me the short straw and i'm at work for the second saturday in a row, in early doors so i can get away as soon as, home early afternoon, match today, we lose again, home, walk the dog's, pissed off, grab a cobra and in the shed, can't face scraping and sanding the swingarm, [i'm easily distracted you know, don't know if i've mentioned it?] pick up the top yoke, the handlebar casting's bite the dust on the miller, another beer, doesn't look right with the mounting holes still exposed, grab a sharpie and doodle different shapes, back on the miller, have a beer, aluminium swarf, yeah, that's better, dog's bitching and moaning as i turf them off 'their' chair, [soon jump back up on my knee], glance at the clock, y'all know what time it is? it's beer 'o' clock......
 yukimi nagano

Friday, 18 November 2011



at last, the frame is finished, i weighed all the redundant bit's i've cut off, 7.2 lb's, that's a free horsepower according to the model's on the 'tinterweb, bloody hell, it's been hard work, tonight i turn my attention to the swingarm, dangerous chipping in with comment's as i remove the diff, he's dicking about with the bonnie, he's tickling and cleaning and i'm nitromorsing and scraping away, removing 30 years worth of shit, corrosion paint, undercoat and anything else that the previous 15 owners cared to throw at it, you need a factory part to remove the drive shaft from the swingarm, i decide to go with the clean-up and ,smoothrite' finish to keep the cost's down, nitromors fumes, rust particles and growler's in my finger's, why?....

Thursday, 17 November 2011

brinng, brinnng, briiiiing, bbbriiiinnnnngga, bbbbriiinnnggaaaa, briiiinnnngaaaaahaha, mz's, brilliant...




Wednesday, 16 November 2011



the daily grind. yep, cut, file, grind, file, wet and dry, laborious, time consuming but well worth the effort i reckon in the long run, the last cut was the steering lock, on the beemer it's hard to cut it out and make a decent job of cleaning up the headstock, [had to drop the frame on the miller to finish it off, it's a bugger to get a file in and clean it up, had a bit of a flashback and checked out the blog from a year ago, 17/11/10, i was doing the same job on the sportster, almost a year to the day, spooky......