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

Saturday, 26 January 2013

sporty

barse has put up a link to his old webpage which features loads of old bike builds and party's from back in the day, this photo is of my old four-speed sporty that eventually ended up as a hardtail, crammed into an old santee frame, [i bet all the hipster's are getting a little excited now?] this was how it looked in the swingarm frame, almost seventy-five percent complete before the santee frame turned up and well, you all know what happened after that, [the famous 'saltracer' ridgid chop] looking back on this bike i realised i should have finished it off and rode it, i love the old 4-speed's, dead lazy torquey engine, i know a lot of the early evo's were fragile but this thing was a lovely mill, check out a few details, i mounted the crane coils off the tank, the tank had a massive crease in it from a previous accident and the tank had just been filled and sprayed, so, rather than scrapping it, i made up a bracket and welded it to the tank to mount the coils in, it looked well hard, as did the rest of the bike, i rattle-canned it matt black, polished up the motor and wrapped the pipes, if it was on bikeefix today it would have had a load of comment's from all the trendy dudes, 'i don't like this, i don't like that, i'd have done it like this, i'd have changed that, the seat isn't right, the tyres should be old school firestones and oh yeah, lose the pipewrap' well bro, show me what you built, oh, you ain't built shit? well, what do you know......

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