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

Sunday, 23 November 2014

ducati trackbike project






dug the sprocket carrier out of the parts bin with all intentions of just gunking it down and wafting with a rattle can, it's a piece you won't even see, after i cleaned off the grease and grit i could see that, at sometime in the bikes history, the chain had jumped the sprockets and twatted the carrier, i set to with some 400 grit wet and dry paper and cleaned up the damage, stuck it in the lathe and machined up the front surface and drilled out some 10mm holes between the strengthening webs in the casting, costs nothing and weighs even less......

Saturday, 15 November 2014

ducati track bike project




took the frame, swing-arm and top yoke in for powdercoating at 1100hrs yesterday, txt message complete with photo's at 1500hrs, job done, picked up my bit's at 1600hrs, chris at 'the wheel specialist' in burton-on-trent is one of the good guys, a real enthusiast and brilliant service to boot. really chuffed that the hugger mounting holes i welded up have dissapeared, 'huggers, we don't need no steenkin' huggers.......'

Thursday, 13 November 2014

ducati track bike project [aka unradical ducati, the blind stagger, the poverty bike, peaky blinder]





everybody's a fucking expert, i'm a pipe fitter - welder by trade, the last few welds i've had done by 'expert's' have been a pile of toss, so, i've dug out the old 'hobby' arc welding set out from under the bench and done it myself, filled the holes in the swingarm where the hugger fit's onto the standard bike, cleaned off all the redundant brackets on the main cradle too. had a couple of hours spare tonight so filed off the casting flash off the bottom yoke, wet and dry and a quick polish with solvol, yes, yes, i know you won't even see it, but, i can't sleep at night if i know i left it...............

Sunday, 9 November 2014

ducati track bike project [aka unradical ducati, the blind stagger, the poverty bike, peaky blinder]











peaky blinder update. building bikes in a shed, keeping it real....no t-shirts, no stickers, no hats, [beanies as worn by guy martin or snap-back peaks] no wax cotton tool rolls, no aluminium coat hangers, no hipster bollocks, no kissing arse, no product placement in trendy shops, just straight up, honest, no corporate, no fuck's given exchange of views, free of charge, no agendas, no politics and no censorship.......