Thursday, 23 November 2017

Bitsa frame and fixings.

I cut some curved straps (thanks Jim!) that follow the arc of the rear wheel to mount the Panhead toolbox on. Also scalloped some tubes on the mill to fit the oil tank and fix the rear mudguard to. Got the oil tank tacked in, mudguard next.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Mostly machining.

Turned up a pair of nuts to convert the Triumph rear axle to use the BSA chain adjusters. Machined a couple of clevises (clevii?) to fit the sissy bar to the rear frame.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

More progress on the Tribsa chop.

I got most of the unnecessary brackets cleaned off the frame, welded up some holes in the top tube and fitted the headstock bearings with the help of some sleeves. The front end slotted straight in, need to fab some lock stops though. Made up a new cylinder head steady, tacked on the tank mounting bosses and we took it outside to check everything I'd done so far looked ok.
Next job is to mount the the rear wheel properly and work forwards.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

I started work on Random's bitsa chopper a while before it arrived here.

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!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Made the most of an unseasonally warm and sunny weekend.

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

Random brought his Triumph round last week for some modication.

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

Saw some cracking bikes at this years DGR.

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

Went up to Heage windmill for a brew and a looksee.

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.