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Old 10-24-2015, 07:04 AM   #1
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So after two show wins and a national magazine feature it's time to make some changes to the bike I love.

To be honest, there is some stuff here that I should have done from the start but I completed this build off the back of a long illness and the summer was ending and I was keen to get some riding done before winter.

There's a show I went to recently and they had a great custom build tent. Made me with I had "loved" my bike rather than ride the hell out of it and got it in the show but this is my goal for the next year.

I plan to make a lot of changes, not so much to how the bike looks, the stance etc. but just update stuff and change what's not working for me.

I'll be doing this over a period of a year so it's a slow project but I'll update all I can. I'm still building the supercharged bike and a Hot Rod so I am going to be busy but I just need stuff to do.

If anyone has thoughts or recommendations for parts, I am happy to hear about tried and tested parts any day. Some parts I already have a good thought in my mind about but others, I will like help with.

So here's what I've got planned:-

Paint

I plan to completely rework the paint and sharpen up the look.

I used spray can / rattle can paint. My compressor was broken at the time but it's not great paint and when the cork seal broke on my tank cap it tore the paint off with the petrol leaking out.



Stones chip it bad.



And I foolishly strapped my tent to it and this was the result.



Engine

There's quite a lot going on here, some running repairs and other stuff that just didn't work the first time around.

Broken rocker box fin I need to repair and the seal on the rocker spindle clearly has failed.



I damaged this cover when I dropped the bike as it caught a steel girder end that I didn't notice in the grass at a show. I plan to run a total open primary belt drive here.



Rocker Inspection covers. I want to get a matching set.



Gear lever needs cleaning down and chroming. This was a running repair and got me out of a fix.



This carb need a clean for sure and I want to run a velocity stack.



A part time fix that never got sorted.



This is the only oil leak. I want to get it fixed.



Controls

I never liked these levers. They were too cheap. I have a much nicer set I will use.



This throttle has to be the worse I have ever used. Definitely up for replacement and the grips have gone sticky so they will go.



These fuel taps really don't work for me. I would like to find a classic looking one with a reserve feature.



Wheels

The hubs need to be polished front and back and I need to polish the wheel spacers I made up.







Footpegs

These are tool long, they scrape on the ground in turns, they are too small diameter and the knurling is too fine.





The number plate holder needs to be reduced in size. This was the last thing for me to do to get riding and I didn't have time to fix it.



In fact, one of the few parts that requires no change is the amazing seat that Adrienne made me.



I hope you guys will enjoy what's going on here as much as I will be enjoying doing it.

Cheers, Dan.
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Old 10-24-2015, 07:24 AM   #2
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I'm looking forward to seen the changes even thou I really appreciate the looks of a bike that is ridden. Getting things right usually requires a couple goes, that's why my scrap bin is so big.... lol. I rattle canned my wifes tins on her XS then I cleared with rattle can clear.... the kind with a hardener capsule and it is petrol repellent. How about a small vintage head light tucked well in between the "trees".

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Old 10-24-2015, 07:32 AM   #3
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Hey Lester, thanks for chiming in. Here's the thing about lights, I really like the simple look and if I had lights front and back I would also have to run a brake light and have a damn ugly rear reflector.

In the 3 years I have been riding this bike not having lights has never given me a problem. I guess it's like anything, you just work with it.

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This will be a pleasure to read.
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Old 10-24-2015, 12:20 PM   #5
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Well, I sure hope so Ratso.

I forgot to post a pic of the original build so here it is with my dear daughter and our dog Bella.

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Old 10-24-2015, 12:27 PM   #6
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So here's the first part for the face-lift. I already had these as my wife bought me these for my birthday.

They are an Amal copy but real nice still and have a great feel about them. I love the double pinch bolts.

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Hey Lester, thanks for chiming in. Here's the thing about lights, I really like the simple look and if I had lights front and back I would also have to run a brake light and have a damn ugly rear reflector.

In the 3 years I have been riding this bike not having lights has never given me a problem. I guess it's like anything, you just work with it.

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Reckon it would look better with lights-mini Bates or Unity at front-still discreet. I run a tiny stick on reflector on the big gay licence plate I have to put on at MOT time. That only gets worn once a year...
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Old 10-25-2015, 02:05 AM   #8
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Thanks for the input Hoghead but I am going to stick with no lights.

A couple of other mods I want to do...

Rocker caps are not matching so I need to source a matching set.



And there is damage to the timing cover that I want to repair.



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Old 10-26-2015, 09:10 AM   #9
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Rocker caps are not matching so I need to source a matching set.




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I can't wait to see how your improvements. What type of covers are you looking for? I may have a set floating around here that you can have.
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Thanks for the input Hoghead but I am going to stick with no lights.
a gentleman does not motor about after dark- joseph lucas
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If he was relatedto Lucas.... I can understand why
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That's funny Jaws

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Anyone got an opinion on these? Anything better out there that has a reserve option?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1308951669...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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Anyone got an opinion on these? Anything better out there that has a reserve option?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1308951669...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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Old 11-01-2015, 01:30 AM   #18
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Thanks for the pointer Dan, you're right about the Pingel tap, they look beautiful but are pricey. Sadly I don't have the budget for 2x of those. I'll keep looking.

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Interesting article.

http://www.groups.tr-register.co.uk/...ol-update.html
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So for paint, I will keep to an orange theme but with a twist. Gonna use some flake.

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