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

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

trial fitted the exhaust header pipes tonight, the rear pipe catches the top right mounting bolt on the plate we have made up to carry the rear brake master cylinder, right hand footpeg, fluid reservoir, either going to have to reduce the head on the bolt or counterbore the bolt head into the plate to give us some clearance, whatever, the pipes still look the business....
i'm working away on the lathe, reducing the spacers that mount the rear brake / master cylinder / brake fluid reservoir when i notice the lathe getting noisy, dangerous looks at me like it's my fault, 'what's that noise?' , 'it's the lathe dangerous, it's gone all noisy', 'i don't like that noise', 'neither do i mate, let's strip the lathe down to it's component part's and investigate, it's not like the sun is shining and we should be riding, i've just done a twelve hour shift on my day off and i need to shower and eat something before i faint or anything...' i struggle to get the bolts off the motor in the confined space of the base unit while dangerous has a chat with stuart, i drop the motor off and discover the pulley is wafting about on the shaft, we dig some shimming steel out of stock and shim the pulley back onto the shaft to square it up, the pulley has sheared the key off the shaft sometime in the past and the previous owner has bodged it to keep the lathe going, i sort out two old quarter bolts from the scrap bin and we manage to fashion a repair, not ideal but sometimes needs must.......
ditched my rearsets and gone back to the traditional 'mid's', spent loads of time trying to come up with something trick for the rear brake lever but i keep coming back to the standard lever, sometimes i search too hard to change things when the answer is staring me in the face, ten minutes with the hacksaw, file and wet and dry and i have what i've been looking for all along....