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

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......