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

Sunday, 20 February 2011


barse nipped up to see us this afto, i'm just washing the dog's down and i hear the off-beat sound of a shovelhead approaching, barse is frozen, his fingers are white through a combination of vibration and cold, we catch up in the shed over a brew, he digs out in his blue primary school pe bag that he carries all his 'special bits' in, he roots through the bag and finds the kickstart off the dangerous bonneville that chris w has repaired, pulls on his gloves, jumps on the kickstart, the shovel coughs into life and he rips off down the road, listen mate, you need to get yourself a modern bike and stop fucking about with that old nail.........




so many things still to do but running out of stuff without the wheels, sunday afternoon, sort out the primary side footpeg hanger, i've run rearsets for the last couple of years, but, to be honest, with the combination of low seat height, old bones and acute leg to footpeg location, i've decided to bin them and go back to mid controls, typical me, had the footrest mounting powdercoated then realised i had to chop the bracket up, hacksaw the casting, drop on the miller to clean up and paint the bare metal with smoothrite, stand on the radiator to dry while we knock up a pair of footpegs out of 25mm roundstock, 75mm long, counterbored for lightness and knurled on the lathe and tapped out 8mm to mount them off the primary case, other hoodies are available but my batman logo one is my favourite.....

the finished coil mounting bracket, the hole centres on the coil were different to the head steady centres so a little careful drilling was required, drilling through from both sides so as not to break through into the other holes, all the edges were radiused and the front and rear profile ball-milled to lose some weight and make it look more interesting, cut the stainless socket caps down, cleaned them up on the lathe and slapped it on with a dab of loctite, still waiting for my wheels back from frenchy, the hubs are back from the powdercoaters but the rims were only 38 hole instead of the 40 holes we need to match the hubs, that's one of the frustrating things about projects, waiting for parts, the hubs went to the powdercoaters the week before christmas and we have only just got them back, the rims were ordered at the same time and now we have to wait again while the correct items are sourced, this has a knock-on effect with other jobs that need sorting, until we fit the wheels we can't make the mounting for the rear brake caliper and brake reservoir, both time consuming and beard tugging projects, we need to make a spacer for the gearbox sprocket to bring the chain in line and we can't make the subframe to mount the seat because we don't know the height of the new 17" wheel and tyre in relation to the suspension travel which determines the height of the subframe, i love projects me...............