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Old 19-07-2011, 05:37 PM
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Default Not one of mine..but thought you'd like to see it

This one isnt one of mine, this is Franks bobber... 1200 xl motor in a Krafttech frame, which has been raked out to 40 degrees, which also meant having to lower the rear frame loop too. Forks and brakes are early R1, wheels are Harley aftermarket (soon to be black), most everything else is one off..yokes, exhaust, seat, forwards etc...
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Old 19-07-2011, 07:39 PM
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Old 29-07-2011, 03:50 PM
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A couple more pics of the bobber.. forwards and brake mount are made in stainless, so I imagine they will be polished. Note the one off rear brake reservoir..
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Old 29-07-2011, 03:52 PM
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Since I was away for a long weekend riding around South Wales on my 888, I decided to redo the seat and drop it off to be recovered before I left. This is the third seat base the bikes had, and this makes the third re-cover. The first was ok, but after a couple of years the cover started to come away as it was only clued down to the ally base. I had wanted to make the ally seatbase a bit slimmer where it meets the tank to better follow the lines of the frame, but it went off to the seat man before I got a chance to do the work. It came back and I couldnt fault the quality but it didnt look how I wanted, the foam was too thick and I still wanted to reshape the ally base. This time it took me ages to remove the cover and foam, it had been rivetted on and the foam clued with some bloody strong stuff. It was good to see three different layers of foam used, just a pity I had to rip it all apart.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:53 AM
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Default Not one of mine, but worth a look

This bike is owned by a mate of mine.. a ten year on going project.. 1978 Z1000 with R1 back end, one off yokes etc, one off injection system, huge amount of work, oh and mustnt forget the supercharger
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:00 PM
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Finally got hold of a rear mudguard for the chop project, it needs a bit of work yet, but I'm pretty happy with the way it looks, as it was made to suite the 18 inch rear wheel. Still not sure about the tank, some days I like it just as it is and others not so sure, as it can look a bit too small. Tried a sporty peanut tank (way too small) and a king sporty (didnt look right) and a 4 inch stretch teardrop tank too,that looked completely wrong..
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:06 PM
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Default couple of trikes

My mate Saf had a couple of Virago trike conversions in his workshop, one a 535 the other a bigger engined version, not sure which, that one was stripped and rebuilt as the owner wanted the frame powder coated and new paint etc. Here they are in the middle of being 'converted'. These are both being given a pretty simple conversion using the original swingarm pivot, beefed up a bit though..
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:32 PM
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Default Honda 400/4

This isnt a chop, but I like it, so here it is.. a 1978 400/4. I got it in the spring, as a non runner as it had been sitting unused in a damp shed for a few years. Bit of a risk, but thankfully with a new battery, plugs, oil and some fresh petrol, it fired up no problem. It looked far worse than it was, the motor ran fine and everything worked as it should and was very original, right down to the original handbook still being under the seat. It sailed through its mot and I used it as a town bike and decided to do a gradual restoration on it, while still keeping on the road as much as possible.

Its a great little bike, it really feels tiny compared to bikes today and very comfy too, sips petrol and costs pennies to insure on classic insurance. Whats not to like
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:47 PM
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Default Honda 400/4

My good luck continued, as a mate happened to have a pair of rusty wheels for a 400/4, which he was glad to see the back of. I stripped these wheels, polished the hubs (which took bloody ages) and got new rims and spokes from David Silvers (surprising cheap), and before long I had a nice set of wheels to go on the bike. Oh before I used the rear hub, we did spin it up on a lathe to make sure the brake drum was ok.
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:56 AM
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Default Honda 400/4

It seemed every bloke 'of a certain age' who saw the little Honda wanted to have a go on it or wanted to know if it was for sale. Eventually, someone I knew made me an offer I couldnt refuse, but wanted it restored too. So now rather than doing a gradual rebuild, the bike was to be fully restored. I'm not doing a cost no object 100 point perfect show winner, its going to be ridden and that means using stainless fasteners, braded hoses etc.

With the engine being in good condition there was no need to rebuild it, but it did need to look good as new... so here's the before photo, after the motor had been given a good clean, but before it was bead blasted and painted.
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:06 AM
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Default Honda 400/4

While the engine was being sorted out, the fork tubes went off for hard chroming (by Dynasurf nr Sandbach) and a few parts went off for chroming (by Niphos in Crewe). There wasnt that much chrome to do, as it was often cheaper to just buy a a new replacement than have the original part rechromed.
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:14 AM
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Default Honda 400/4

Next job on the list was paint.. the frame and swingarm was taken to Triple S in Bingley, I always use Triple S, not the cheapest but the quality is always excellent, and they go to the trouble of masking off all threaded holes etc, which saves a hell of a lot of time when you come to rebuild the bike.

I was a bit concerned about the state of the tank as I looked pretty rusty, with deep scratches everywhere, but Mike the painter reported it was a good tank with no filler or dents, just a bit of surface rust which was no problem. I was really pleased with the paintwork when it came back, and it didnt cost too much either..
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:26 AM
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Default Honda 400/4

We wanted to use stainless nuts and bolts throughout the bike, and so I was slowly going through every fastener, taking notes of the size, length and so on, when I found a place on ebay that had already done the work for me and were offering kits for the 400/4. They do a full engine kit, chasis kits and so on, even the long engine mounting bolts in stainless.. Well,we pushed the boat out and ordered a full set for the whole bike. Cant remember the exact price, but it wasnt too bad and that includes all the oddball sizes and the motor mount bolts too.

Here's the painted motor in the powder coated frame, oh btw thats not my workshop, mines never that clean. Its my mate Tim's workshop (Hammer and Tongs Performance in Sunny Warrington). I've borrowed a bit of worktop space, as I dont have any room at home at the mo. Its actually in a corner of the Dyno room.. as you can hear ... in this short video I took of the 400/4 on the bench http://youtu.be/b-C7seQto7s
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:05 PM
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Got my seat back at last, it may not look much different but its what I wanted, and the quality is excellent.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:09 PM
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Default Franks Bobber

Franks bobber is running now, just a few little jobs to get it on the road. Frank intends to ride it like this for awhile to sort out any issues before the bike will be stripped for paint. Its got an internal throttle, and is about to have a thicker set of yokes, so as to hide the riser bolts.
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Old 11-08-2011, 05:15 PM
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Default Another not one of mine...

I should have called this 'my projects, but mostly others peoples..'

Here are a couple of pics of a yam 850 TDM chop I've been keeping my eye on since it started out as a motor, forks and a rear wheel.. Its a bit different, with a internal throttle and 1-off internal twist clutch, no levers on the bars and push button gearchange, the seat post suspension is built into the frame and came from an office chair, very wide yokes, extended forks and the old rear wheel used on the front, rear is a 300/18 on a one off wheel, lots of other funky stuff too...
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Old 16-08-2011, 10:55 PM
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Default Back on the dyno today

Put the Merch back on the dyno today, to see if the new pipes work. The good news is that torque and power are up, now getting 144 lb/ft and 129 bhp at the rear wheel. Run weak at the top end with the biggest main jet in the Mikuni jet kit (180). So will need to order a few larger sizes from NPR in Manchester in the morning.

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Old 18-08-2011, 06:16 PM
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Default Dynotime

Got send this video today of my bike on the dyno, they were trying out different needle heights to try get the fueling spot on. Its looking like I can have max top end power and too rich fueling low down, or perfect carburation in the mid range and sacrifice some top end power. Oh well, still some more dyno work to do tomorrow.

This vid was taken with a canon camera, but it cant cope with the noise, the pipes are pretty loud in a confined space.

http://youtu.be/hLHaPstpghQ

And this one just showing the bike warming up on the dyno today and the screen the operator uses, its not so loud the the mic couldnt cope with the noise, as I just blipped the throttle so show the way the screen changes to shows revs, air/fuel ratio, temperature, etc

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Old 23-08-2011, 12:54 PM
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Default Its enough to make me buy a Honda

My insurance renewal dropped through the letterbox this morning for the 131... had it gone down a bit, maybe stayed about the same? Nope..its gone up by 80% and now they want photos, detailed spec and maybe and engineers report.. not a problem.. I know a very nice motorcycle engineer , but they've been insuring the same bike without any problems since 2004. Thats with Bikesure, so now waiting to here from Carole Nash to see if they are any cheaper, though I'm not holding my breath on that one.
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Old 23-08-2011, 04:17 PM
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Default Time to eat my words

Just had a call back from Carole Nash, I need to sit down as they quoted me just 310 fully comp for my 131 inch Merch (all specs listed) as opposed to 870 frrom BikeSure.. I'm pleasantly surprised as Carole Nash used to be more expensive than Bikesure and their customer service went pants when they expanded, then again that was about 8 years ago. They've obviously much improved since then quite pleased really as I remember calling Malcolm Nash direct to sort out my insurance in the olden days.
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Old 29-08-2011, 11:26 AM
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Default More pics fo the Compbike

Progress is slow but steady on the compbike these days.. First we've been working on the multi stage lock up clutch, its almost done now. It uses Ford Escort Mk2 rally car sintered clutch plates, because they are the right size and fit the splined output shaft of the 2 speed B&J gearbox. Here's a pic of the clutch 'basket', its a big old thing, as the clutch is designed to slip off the line and up to about half way down the track, as otherwise the rear tyre would just spin up.

The other pic is of the output side of the gearbox, what your looking at is an outboard bearing support, the drive sprocket from the gearbox is behind this. The gaps needed for the chain to pass through to the back wheel havent been machined yet. You can see here how we try to lose as much weight as possible, where ever we can, it all helps.

In the last pic you can see the gearbox now in place (left hand side of the pic) and how the support bearing bolts to the side plate which helps hold everything together.
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:25 PM
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Default Proper chop :)

Saw this at Saf's place today, in for a revamp.. proper 70's CB750 chop.. coffin tank, banana seat, maltese cross tail light, mile long front end...
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Saw this at Saf's place today, in for a revamp.. proper 70's CB750 chop.. coffin tank, banana seat, maltese cross tail light, mile long front end...

asked him to tell the chap it's stuffed and to offer him 50 as scrap - didn't take me on board though
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Liking the idea of that Yam TDM chop...
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Liking the idea of that Yam TDM chop...
Yeah i agree,i searched all over locally a few years back looking for a decent biker to rip the parts off and never found one.
Always thought they would make a nice chop.
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:56 PM
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They seem to be a forgotten motor, I always liked the TRX version with crank changed to give a Ducati like 'v' twin sound. My mate Jeff is just about to build a little TDM powered dragbike, that may end up supercharged. I'll keep me eye on that one.
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Twist clutch, push button gearchange, no levers on the bars... bit tricky but Les the owner seems to be doing ok on its maiden yoyage.. a couple of short vids on youtube from earlier today...

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The green bobber in the background of the vid is a bit different, though the foot clutch and hand change are to b changed to standard controls as its a bit too weird for the owner along with a few tweeks here and there to make it more practical.
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defo built for someone with short legs - sat on it yesterday, and that exhaust would melt me knee off in 5 mins! still very very nice though
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Twist clutch, push button gearchange, no levers on the bars... bit tricky but Les the owner seems to be doing ok on its maiden yoyage.. a couple of short vids on youtube from earlier today...

http://youtu.be/rWvsOuSFLSQ

http://youtu.be/IS7s7EJ6H2g
Les has been going on about this bike for ages. Good to see him finally get a chance to test ride it.
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