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

Friday, 29 April 2011



cleaned up the stainless unf and unc fasteners that i picked up from the classic bike show, it doesn't matter how many lists you make you always forget something, i forgot the rear sprocket mounting bolts so mocked it up with old bolts to sort the chain alignment, so it was nice to finally get those loctited home, the top rear shock mounting bolt was too short so i replaced that and spun up a new ally spacer to mount the supertrapp cans from, the supertrapps?, you either love them, [i do], or hate them, [dangerous hates them], i know they are on the wrong side of the bike and that the engine isn't the xr750, but they just scream 'flatrack', the pipes are tuned length to the motor and they really suit my big-bore and hsr42 carb so why change it?, i like the straw colour of the stainless too rather than chrome, anyway, it was quite a fruitful day in the loveless shed, i fitted a new choke cable after some ham fisted nob broke the plastic mounting bush on the old one, [ahem], carb off, manifold off, bellmouth off, coil mounting bracket and coils off, funny how a five minute job suddenly swallows up an hour, made up some new ht leads, [moved the coils from under the tank to the top motor mount], made up a brake line for dangerous for the bonneville and we dug the racer out and replaced the 7mm pvl ignition mounting screw that we had rounded off starting the engine using the drill rather than running up and down the road bumping it, [7mm, what sort of size is that?, rarer than dangerous buying a round and another 'stafford' purchase], we timed the engine up, replaced the cover and dangerous pushed me down the road, i dropped the clutch and bumped the motor into life, quick run up the road and everything seems fine, might have to drop a couple of jets, seems a little rich, but i'll wait until we get to rockingham on monday, dangerous notices the pipe-wrap is smoking and i check the exhaust header nut, even though it's lockwired it's loose, tighten that up and we lockwire it from both sides rather than just the one like some nob had forgotten to do last time, [ahem], we work our way around the bike without talking, checking the fasteners are tight, the pads, chain, and steering head bearings, wiping and cleaning the machine, suddenly i realise it's beer 'o clock and we sit out in the yard just looking at the bonneville........


'american gothic', don't know if anyone else can remember the sam raimi produced series from the mid nineties, the opening shot's were of a young boy, caleb, saying, 'someone;s at the door.....', you knew from that point on bad stuff was going to happen, anyway, got up early this morning, [must have been the excitement of the royal wedding, or, perhaps thinking about the preparation for monday's 'classic bike burn-up?],let the boy's out, brew on and pick up a copy of 'classic racer', twenty minutes later i'm aware the boy's are still outside, 'someone's at the door.....'