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

Friday, 7 December 2012

aermacchi

the aermacchi has been sitting on the footpegs with a couple of old axle stands for support, not the ideal arrangement, especially as we are going to knock up some rearset mounting plates so we can pull the peg's back a couple of inches too, if we use the traditional 'roll-on-roll-off' paddock stand's they tend to stick out beyond the end of the bike bench and, with space at a premium in our crowded little shed i decided to make a stand, the rail is just a piece of 21mm x 21mm pipe bracketing, a couple of 't' pieces and two-hole angle brackets, guestimated the length of the two horizontal's, cut them to length and end-milled to finish, measured the upright's, cut and milled, the aluminium 'v' brackets were just a couple of offcuts of 10mm dural stock out of the scrap bin, didn't even have the 10mm x 25mm bolts in stock and i was buggered if i was going to waste stainless on a stand, so, i hunted through one of my big boxes of skip-find bit's and bob's and found some 10mm x 40mm bright zinc set's [that i think were left over from one of the kid's old ikea beds] and just cut them down to suit, dead chuffed, we can get the back wheel out easily, dick about with the rearset's if i have an off, the bike's secure to work on, transport in the van and we've gained valuable space in the shed, result, especially as it's cost 'nowt......