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

Sunday, 7 December 2014

ducati trackbike project [the peaky blinder]

welcome back fight fan's, quick update on the peaky blinder project, we continue to discover the damage inflicted on the bike by the previous owners and try and put it right, case in point, the top nut that holds on the top-yoke, ragged to fuck with what i presume is a hammer and screwdriver and a pair of mole-grips, why? cleaned up on the lathe and the tooling holes re-drilled to 6mm, cleaned up the two fork-top nuts that had suffered a similar fate at the same time. attention turns to the front brake caliper, i was hoping to keep the oem, brembo gold, i tried to clean it up with brake cleaner and soapy water, no such luck, it's salt marked, stained and filthy, the hardware rusty and beyond fettling, used the old 'mr. muscle' oven cleaner to draw out the dirty anodising from the surface of the caliper, cup-brushed and finished with a quick rub with solvol, new fasteners turned up in the lathe, [stainless, coned and relieved of course] new pads, stainless bleed nipple, banjo-bolt and the back of the caliper fly cut, loses some weight, but, more importantly, looks the dogs danglies, a little detail on something you don't even see. had hoped to re-use the brake disc, but, to be honest, it was donald like everything else on this fucking bike, i order up a new brembo, serie-oro race item, a lot of money i know but when you are only running a single disc and are planning to do a closed lap of the isle of man tt circuit in september then you really need to fit the best [ bollock's, can't believe i let that slip out.......]