Finally began work on the cafe racer that’s been sat at the back of the garage for years. Bought some deep rimmed hoops and had them laced to reconditioned hubs. Thought it’d be nice to put an old drum brake on the front for a real cafe feel.
Shaved the front forks to suit the drum and reconditioned them and also added external springs to give it a period feel. Stripped and repainted the yolks and clocks and dug out a pair of drop handlebars. Had a full set of R6 bar switches etc and as this bike will need to go through an SVA then it’ll need indicators and the full works so these should do fine and give the bike a more up to date feel.
New headlight, headlight bracket and indicators finish off the front end. Now looking for a (cheap) ally period mudguard to go over the olde ribbed tyre.
It pays to have a talented daughter – bored and in need of a few quid she decorated dads leather jacket!
The XL is probably the favourite to go to make a little room – any offers?
My boy has come of age and has bought his first bike, we’ve been out together so that he can learn the ropes. Who knew that you could have so much fun at 30 mph (?)
Took some time to pull out a few bits for the XS café racer project. Good friend John Slenzak took my old wheel rims and laced them up to the old TLS hub. Loads of work still to do but at the moment we’re just gathering together bits from here and there so that we can hit the ground running when time permits.
A big sorry to those of you who’ve been logging in to see what we’ve been up to …….. truth is that a new job further afield has meant the day to day drudgery has taken over any ‘free time’ to spanner.
We do have a couple of new projects plus its time to re visit some of the part complete / basket cases.
We have had to have a re-think about the number of bikes in the garage as it’s now impossible to get from one side of the ‘shed’ to the other.