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

Thursday, 13 December 2012

aermacchi

when we stripped the 'macchi down to the component parts, i didn't even notice the rear splashguard fastened to the frame, it wasn't a mudguard, just a piece of metal sprayed that horrible 'great weastern' maroon colour, dangerous nitromorsed it off ready to take to the painter for a coat of two-pack, i stood and looked at it and started idly fettling it with some wet and dry, gradually working the aluminium to a matt finish with scotchbrite, we both agreed it didn't look right against the nicklel plating of the frame and i polished it to a shiny finish, tell me now, can you imagine it with just a coat of paint or does it just disappear into the ether when it's shiny?, spent loads of time dicking around with cardboard cut-out's for the footpeg mountings but, for once, dangerous was right, we need to keep the original rearsets, i straightened the bent, right hand, gearchange pedal in the miller vice and dangerous spun-up some new bushes out of nylon and some bronze stock i'd found in the scrap bin at work, the gearchange on the aermacchi was, to put it bluntly, a little sloppy, to me it's worth a bit of effort getting it sorted, i can't remember the last time i rode a bike with a right hand gearchange pattern, must be twenty five year's or more, nevermind a right hand, race pattern, gearchange, one up, four down, remember, i'm hopefully running the boxer, [left-hand, one down, four up] and the 'macchi in the same weekend races, just different classes, a recipe for disaster or what?

4 comments:

  1. You dirty Derbyshire derilicts are doing a splendid job, Dangerman is clearly a wizard on the lathe, those nylon bushes look totally sexy . . . leave the splash guard as is mate in my humble one, it looks great and just morphs into the frame. As for going from Buzzbomb to Spaghetti Spearhead, best of British mate, it'd be almost second nature for me to go to r/h shift, even with reverse pattern, but in a race stuation . . . I reckon I could kill em both within one hour . . . urgh !!!!

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  2. Whitey, I read your reply before I saw the photos, and I thought what is he banging on about, then I saw the photo; nices bushes indeed, a very tidy job.

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  3. Think I said it once, but again I say you should show that bike, after you race it of course. A couple of machinists and ace wrenches you and Dangerous are...probably 'hellofanengineers' as well. Keep up the good work. As a mechanic I got used to 'switch-hitting' when it came to shifting bikes. Been a while since I've ridden any older British bikes...I'd probably muff it for awhile...

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  4. Your bushings are pornographic.

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