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

Monday, 7 November 2011

 back to reality with a bump then, a couple of hour's work see's the bike down to the last of the component parts, i make two piles, stuff i need for the racer project and stuff that will never see the light of day again on this machine, the wiring loom, heavy 'snowflake' cast wheels, air box, handlebars, controls, footpegs, silencers and all the plastics, the seat, lights and all the other parts that are redundant, i box them up and move them to the secret loveless storage facility or my ma's shed next-door-but-one, i dig out the workbench and me and dangerous carry it round from the secret loveless, [ok, you get the picture], a quick tidy up, clean the tools down and put them away, sweep out the shed and set the bench up, engine out of the frame and get the frame and swingarm onto the bench, i go around the frame and mark with a white marker brackets and hangers that can be cut off, the brackets on the oval top tube under the tank, the rear footpeg/silencer hanger plates and especially the massive centre and sidestand castings, any weight possible will be removed even down to the steering head lock set, the frame shows it's obvious norton featherbed influences, the major difference being the bolt-on rear subframe rather than the norton's welded rear frame rails and shock mountings, right, that's it for tonight, i'm stumped by the fact that i haven't got a thinwall 27mm socket to drop the swinging arm out, i turn off the lights in the shed and turn to lock-up, then i go back in, put a spanking new blade in the hacksaw and cut the huge loop off the subframe, that's better.........



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