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

Saturday, 18 May 2013

airhead cafe racer project



i ask my ma, mavis about the carb's, 'what do you reckon to running the cv carb's mum, it will keep the price of the project down to a half reasonable level?' she fixes me with that look that mum's have, 'timmy, do you really want to disgrace the family? talk about spoiling the ship for a ha-penny of tar, your old dad would be turning in his grave, he didn't fight the jerries and the jap's so you could stick to the run-of-the-mill bing constant velocity, one size fit's all bloody boring bing's, you will look like all the other tool's on the 'tinterweb building cafe racer's if you do, take my advice son, chuck the fucker's in the bin and invest in some big dellorto pumper's with some sexy 'fly-eye' bell mouths like the italian's use on the big guzzi's you big cheap-skate' i look at my mum, i love her, she's right bless her, mavis, she know's her carb's alright......

airhead cafe racer project

and then, there's the rear diff's, do i go with the [top photo] early stroke item with the lovely 'wasted' swing arm or, the [second photo] later model 'ribbed for pleasure' item? i'm timmy loveless, it's saturday night, i'm loaded on 'staropramen' czech lager and chardonnay, i'm wearing a white vest, i'm tattoeed and i've got a sharp knife on my person as i run up and down the road swearing at the neighbour's, must be a full-moon or something, either that or i haven't got a bike up and running.........

airhead cafe racer project

so, as i'm filing away, my mind turn's to wheels, i know that i want eighteen inch rims, front and rear, i pay a visit to my-ma's shed where the over-spill of bike bit's that i've accumulated over the years are stored, [uum, the mz 250 flat-tracker project i bought a few years ago in a drunken, saturday night e-bay frenzy, must get around to that one day, i fancy another dirty, smelly, loud stroker, did i mention my mate jase's spondon yamaha project by the way? wait 'til you see this bad-boy!] sorry, anyhoo, back to the wheel's, top, the chunky, late eighties, upside down peace sign thing's? second photo, the ubiquitous bmw, seventies 'snowflake' design? or last but by no means least, my favourite's the decade spanning ally rim and spoke combo, this has got to be the way to go for me, powdercoated satin black rim's, stainless spokes and the hub's, front and rear, hit with the milling machine like on the racer and powdercoated satin black, i'm waiting, your thought's greatfully received, might not take any notice but if you have an opinion chip in........

airhead cafe racer project

my third saturday shift in a row done, i walked the dog's and retired to the shed for some serious downtime, tea in hand, giles peterson show on radio 6, sorted, gus on 'his' chair, lord teddy taking an interest on the 'frame, surplus- bracket- removal- programme' one thing that cutting and filing gives you is the time to think, i enter that almost zen-like state where i am working metal, almost unconciously, all the time thinking about and planning the project in my head......