The Birth

The Magura throttle is a pull throttle so we made a little lever arm to flip reverse it.  Although the arm isn't really that little at the moment.  But the different holes will allow a choice of throttle response and then it can be cut down. 

 That'll do, pig.

 Poor man's generator

Decided to see if the thing might fire.  Tony wasn't there so I was kinda bricking it.

I actually forgot to prime it but on the third kick there was a splutter from the engine

4th kick

Guess who taught himself to weld?  Kids, set your flame right, not too much oxygen and don't destroy it with an angle grinder when you can use a file.

Fifth kick muddafucka!

Romance of Rust

I was only ever going to make a mess of removing the cancerous growth from the WR tanks so the job was entrusted it to a proper surgeon.  Popular opinion was that Lance down at Romance of Rust is better than the Mayo clinic and he kindly agreed to roll up his sleeves.

There's an actual Hetchings in there!  Look closely and you can see the trademark curly rear stays on the bike behind.

The good doctor himself

This was so mangled it was rubbing the primary chain. Now it's pancake flat.

This is all new, except the tabs.  He even mimicked the wrinkles and the sloppyness of the welds.


On the right is the cancerous part that he cut out.  Used to leak faster than a blind lesbian in a fish shop.

The baffles on the inside.  All perfectly copied by Lance, naturally.

Extend your forks the hard way

Look carefully at the sliders.. mental mental, chicken oriental.

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Does anybody know why my pictures are resized to 800x534 pixels when clicked on even though I'm uploading them at 3776x2520 pixels?  How do I keep them full size?

Sportster upgrades continued..

Got some NOS rear shocks from the XL1200S for a really good price.  Larger diameter with a gas reservoir and adjustable compression and rebound (two settings I won't know what to do with)

(By the way, painting the brakelight bulb red because the lens fell out doesn't really work, it just looks off white..)

Electric start

Saw this on eBay recently, a cast electric start housing for a 45" gearbox.  Not 100% sure how it drives the box..

Sportster upgrades

My first trip after changing to the older style sportster tank I ran out of petrol on the motorway with no phone battery.  After that I tended to get really paranoid and fill up at every petrol station I saw.

Phase 1 of the upgrades - install some kind of clever petrol metering device

Thanks to Tosh for the welding!

Snot slick

I've looked at this bike a thousand times but only just noticed how sexy the exausts are! - for more great photos

Behind Bars

Take I
Didn't last long.

Take II
Cut down some 7/8" Apes.
Looked good on paper but too big for the tight front-end.

Take III
Minimised some 7/8" Triumph bars.
Swedish quick action throttle and Magura lever.  Trials grips.
Got that speedway look.

Third time lucky.