I've always struggled polishing, never managed to get it right, I was mighty pissed off earlier today having spent hours messing about with a mediocre result, considered paying someone else to do it, but cash is tight due to the amount the engine is going to cost me. Came back in, had my tea and a few beers, spent a bit of time 'researching' some more on the net, took a deep breath and had another go - I think I've finally unlocked the 'mystery of the mop':
Well, thats 2 parts of the new project, can you tell what it is yet?
Mentioned before about the Yam, well here it is finished:
On the road for less than £500, including purchase price, tax, MOT and full engine rebuild with a Wiseco piston. Yep, its only a 125 and its never going to be worth that much, but for me most of the enjoyment comes from spending the time in the garage messing about with them. It turns out to be fun to ride too.
Wish i had a before photo, I literally pulled it out of a barn where it had been stood for 15 years, covered in horse shit and straw.
Special thanks to Terry for rejuvenating many parts with Zinc and Nickel, saved me a fortune and i've got loads of shiny nuts, bolts and spokes too.
Time for a change, not ridden this for almost a year now - its no good sitting in the garage - needs someone to love it and take it trials riding, plus I've got the urge to buy something else! - on e-bay, but sensible offers considered - 07540015100
Back last November my wife's step dad called me about this little beauty, he told me over the phone there was a Yamaha 125 - 1974 going cheap through someone he knows, they only wanted £100 - I was keen as mustard and let him know - a week later it was travelling back to Northampton in the back of my wife's hatchback.
Stripped it down and cleaned it, but then i lost a bit of interest due to piling money into the Triumph engine and missing a few essential, but hard to find parts for this.
The Triumph is now back on the road and over the last week I've been looking at various DT / CT builds and have built up the enthusiasm for this again. Chucked some chunkier tyres on tonight and I think it looks pretty good (the front tyre is about an inch taller than the rear, just doesn't look so in the pic)
Its nothing fancy granted, but how many classic bikes can you buy and have a little fun with, complete with an engine and V5 for £100?
Nothing is cheap anymore, especially new Conn Rods for 50 year old engines, some things however are worth paying for.
There was no way I could fit the old rods, once that was established I decided against second hand ones due to availability, cost and the likelihood that they wouldn't be any better than the old ones - that left 2 choices - R&R engineering rods from the US or Thunder Engineering.
Both retail at the £300 mark, but Thunder are based in the UK, only about 30 miles away from me as it happens, so I went local.
The rods turned up today and I can confirm they are worth every penny of £300, the quality of machining is superb and the finish is awesome, every edge is nicely chamfered, the rods are polished and it is impossible to feel the join between the rod and cap, even with your finger nail.
Doing a proper rebuild job on an old brit bike is never going to be a cheap exercise, you might as well spend a few quid extra, get some decent stuff in there, so as not to have to worry about it again, and at the same time support a genuine British Engineering business sticking their neck out to keep our old sh!t on the road
An Ltwin of course, and can be yours for a steal at £2700
This is the engine that Carl Fogarty rode to WSB championship victory, will run rings around a sportster and at this price is probably cheaper than you could pick up even a tatty version of 'Americas finest'
9500 miles on the clock and in immaculate condition, if anyone is interested, get in touch or see the link below for loads more info and pics