Taking a grinder to Britain's motorcycling heritage.
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Monday, 25 September 2017

1954 Triumph Tiger 110 (sort of)

Worked on this with Chris a couple of months ago, loosely based around a 1954 Ton Ten, there are parts that span the '54 to '59 production period. 

Complete overhaul of the front end along with a general tidy up and recommissioning. 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Spreading the rails

On the mid sixties 250/441 BSAs there is 1/8" spacer on the bottom engine stud, on the drive side between the frame lug and the crank case. This is often overlooked during reassembly, resulting in the lower frame rails being tweaked in. 
Using a 7" length of M10 x 1.0 studding with two nuts on the inside of the rails the gap can be spread to the specified 4 5/8". 

Once the motor goes back in there will now be clearance which can be measured accurately and a bespoke spacer made to take up the gap minus 0.002" resulting in minimal movement of the frame when tightened. 

Monday, 28 August 2017

1967 BSA Restoration

 Had this 1967 BSA B44 sitting around in boxes for 25 years or more, time to turn it back into a bike.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Ed Fisher's 40A Bike

I've been studying this picture of a young Mr Fisher for longer than is probably good for me. I've always wanted to piece together something that pays tribute to the bike, but never had a frame suitable.

The frame is now here, James Holland has taken the two odd halves of a frame that I sent to him and jigged them into a mating pair. This will now be the foundation of the tribute Tiger 100.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

A Fine Pair of Double Ds

A few posts below this one shows a Parilla Tacho that I confessed my lust over. In the year or so since that post moves have been afoot. I have had a pair of Bantam Speedos reworked and am now the proud of owner of this fine pair. Both are calibrated for use on Triumph Twins, the Speedo to a pre unit gearbox drive, and the Tacho has been modified for a timing case drive.
I think, just maybe, that this is the only pair like this in existence. 

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Slipping a front end in

Put a front end into the Build Off bike, to get it looking more bike like. The shrouds are original Webco and really need re- chroming, which is a bit of a dilemma, once they are replated they loose the originality.
The front wheel is a 19, pretty sure this will end up being a 21 on a 7" hub. 

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Another blog re-emerges from the fallout.

Chas is resurrecting his blog with a Sporty build.
Check him out HERE

Friday, 1 January 2016

Smiths Chronometric Tacho

Long time readers of this drivel may recall my love of the D shaped Smiths Chronometric speedo. Here's a tacho in the same body, never knew such a thing existed! Damn I want one so bad it hurts!

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Killer A10 from sunny California

Jordan sent these pics of his mate's killer A10, custom Beezers are getting thin on the ground nowadays but this beauty makes a pleasant change. 
Ya gotta love the detail especially the chromed frame castings, this bike nails it!

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Inspirational stuff.

Alan Richards' build for Born Free 5!
I don't know if it's the quality of the light in the States, or just the quality of the finish by painters and chromers but they all seem to sparkle more than they do here!

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Start of The Trip Out Build Off Build

Going to be building a swinging arm bike for the Trip Out Biker Build Off. It'll make a change and there was a '56 Thunderbird frame looking to be turned into a bike.

Ain't really used to setting up rear muddies on these new fangled bikes with suspendies on the rear, all too bloody complicated when things can move around back there. How to mount it so things don't come together during that Great Escape moment jumping the hedge at Scald End Farm? 
The eye centers on the shocks are 330 mm, a quick phone call to Hagon's revealed that the max travel is 80mm, sooo the shortest the shocks will ever be is 250mm. Puck knocked up some temporary struts at 250mm and they were put on in place of the shocks.

The Enfield wheel in there is a 19" rather than the 18 that will go in, this means the muddie can be sat straight on top of the tyre and the mounts measured and fitted where it sits, giving the proper clearance when the shocks go back on. 

Sniped a lovely gearbox off of the Bay of broken dreams, got all the signs of being rebuilt, the seller reckons it was under his bench for 30 years.Slotted in a treat and shows the frame is pretty straight.

Slipped in a set of 10 degree raked yokes using taper roller bearings, far easier, but in some ways less satisfying than pissing about with greasy balls!

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Todd Asin, Small City Cycles


Like one of the master chefs seen on the idiot's lantern Todd Asin can take the simplest of ingredients, available to everybody, yet somehow blend it into something very special. The frame has had a small stretch in the lower rails to straighten out the neck to rear axle line, other than that the running gear is pretty much stock other than the springer front end.