He brought round me a set of Ceriani Forks and yokes, a Yamaha hub laced to a 21" rim and a Suzuki tls brake plate. I had to make up an arbour to machine the face of the brake plate down, then open up the slot in it to take an aluminium torque stop which I had welded to the fork slider. Then machine up a spacer for the other side, all to get the wheel to run centrally in the forks. I seem to remember there was also some messing around with bearings and spacers inside the hub to get it to spin without catching the brake plate. No such thing as a five minute job, but at least when the bike arrived it was hopefully going to be a relatively easy job to get the new front end in!
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Sunday, 15 October 2017
Today we went for a meander around the peaks to the Yondermann Café. Yesterday's outing was a ride around the Soar valley ending up at the Draycott Tap House to view a local chap's motorcycle collection. All in all a cracking couple of days!
Friday, 13 October 2017
It's a Speed Twin engine in a rigid BSA frame built some time ago when big fat forks and sports bike wheels were cool. The plan is to junk everything but the engine and frame and go for a more traditional look.
Friday, 6 October 2017
For the last 5 years me and Daz, together with various folk from around here, have ridden the Sheffield DGR. This year, as Rich had decided to bow out after putting together 5 amazing rides, we thought we'd try the Nottingham run. The starting point was the Triumph factory at Hinkley for coffee and pastries (and a gander at some splendid machinery) followed by a ride up the back roads past Mallory Park to Pidcock's Triumph in Long Eaton. As well as Mrs Benchdonkee we were joined by Nick and Marie who had decided it would be a top idea to join us as we were several pints of real ale into a Saturday night. Nick rode my '47 AJS (never having ridden British before) and Marie went on her Honda Grom, the furthest she'd ridden in 20 years and both had a wonderful time! When we arrived at Pidcock's we were treated to live music, plates of sandwiches and cakes. I must admit that initially I was a little unsure of the over Triumphisation of the ride, but was very impressed with the way it was organised and the hospitality was second to none. Oh, and Nick won top prize in the raffle, a rather snazzy jacket!
Sunday, 10 September 2017
Me and Grant rode up to Codnor and met up with a few of the usual suspects. Had a splendid autumnal meander courtesy of "road captain" Andy to another Heage Classic bike gathering. Saw a nicely modicated Beeza using a Honda 600 engine that looked it grew there.
Saturday, 5 August 2017
I got it brazed back on but knew it would only be a temporary repair. The other day as I was re-fitting the exhaust after looking at the kickstart bush, it broke off again. This time I did a better job, had the head faced and bored to take a new spigot with a flange on it. Plenty of area to allow me to silver solder it back together for a permanent fix.
Monday, 10 July 2017
Friday, 7 July 2017
Tuesday, 4 July 2017
Thursday, 29 June 2017
Before I messed around with the carb and exhaust on the SR I thought it would look better with a 21" front wheel and longer forks. I'd discovered through surfing the bay of fools that Honda XL185 Marzocchi forks were the same diameter as the ones on the Yam. This meant that I wouldn't have to mess around adapting some Honda yokes. Also because they are leading axle, the front end wouldn't be jacked up at a daft angle, they would just extend the wheelbase a little. What I didn't realise was the Yam yokes are 16mm wider than the Honda ones, so when the front wheel arrived I had to make new spacers, adapt a spindle and extend the brake plate to meet an equally extended fork leg boss.