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

Thursday, 19 January 2012

 we need a way of mounting the new lithium lightweight battery that i bought at the newark show, the little beauty weighs in at under a kilogram, it's in a carbon reinforced case, is sealed and can be mounted any- which- way up, they were originally for military use so are a tough bit of kit and the guy who we bought it from assured us it's not affected by vibration, as we were originally going to fit the big, heavy standard battery in the standard battery carrier i left the mounting points on the [now] powdercoated frame, this always gives us the option of using the standard battery and carrier in the event of a failure to the trick item, [i hope we don't get any failure though at 150+ olde englishe pounds a throw, otherwise a certain battery salesman will find it difficult walking around with one hanging out of his backdoors], sorry, got off topic there for a moment, anyway, not one to miss out on the chance to get the centre of gravity way on down, [and let's face it, totally over- engineer a new battery carrier, try out the new end mill and create loads of swarf to boot] so, a piece of 16mm flat stock, roughly hewn to shape with a hacksaw, [wish i had a bandsaw.....] battery measured, work marked out and start to mill a recess for the battery to sit in and mount off the top of the gearbox where the old air-box used to sit...........
                


every now and again you stumble on a site that literally takes your breath away, ben kingham and his dad tim's website is one of them, this is the story of two totally dedicated men who build and race the best looking vincent twin's you have ever seen, i have corresponded with ben a few times through the british historic racing site and he was kind enough to comment on the loveless blog and post us up a link, the egli machine is a real beauty, not some molly-coddled entry in a classic bike concourse competition where old duffer's will mark it down for having the wrong diameter 2ba washer behind the nut that holds the horn on, but, a full-on racing bike being used in anger on the track, just check out the site for the full skinny and be sure to have a look at the picture gallery and video's for maximum inspiration.............www.oldracer.co.uk [or click the link in my blog list in the right column]