Back together

06 June, 2015

The Bike Frame has again been back to Weld-ac for some more welding.

Jason wanted to see how the bike would now stand and support his weight after the bottom shock absorber bracket has been welded on.

bits and bats laid out on the yard ready for Jason to assemble are as follows

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Stuff now being put back together

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Just had to take this pic of the Happy Soul.

 

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Think he is happy with it :)

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This is where he took the camera off me to take his own pics

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The Welding looks very good

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Jason said he is very happy so far with the bike and its progress.

 

Bits Of Everything

30 May, 2015

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Please note that the reason for the Jack is because there is no side stand fitted

The Swing arm is now on without any blocks of wood :)

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Rear view in front of od rear tire

 

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Top view of the petrol tank and just picked out to Jason that the brackets are not parallel to each other. He went :(

 

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View but lower down !!!

 

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Bottom suspension bracket tacked and welded on

 

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This is how it will look :)

 

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another view of top mounting

 

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And another view of the top mounting

 

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Top view of Shocker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bits and Bobs

13 April, 2015

 

Ok so my Partners cellar was full before all the bike parts went into it and now you just can't move

He has taken all the parts down into the cellar so that he can work on these inside and as this project is going to take some time he does not want them storing outside.

It took him and his son to lift the engine

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The frame is being chopped and J is getting ready to start the welding process before the old paint is to be blasted off

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Might as well keep the wheels also in the cellar.

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J

06 April, 2015

This is J the bloke behind this mean machine. Like I said before he turns fifty but not in 444 days like I'd previously said, now he only has 436 Ha Ha Ha

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what a hunk, As you can see he don't smile much:/

Colour

04 April, 2015

Wow never did I think it would be so hard to choose a colour for the bike but my god it's is.

Ok he said to me yesterday what colour should I do it??? I said black & chrome looks nice!!!

should I do it orange? he said.  "No" was my reply. What about gold & black? Isaid.  "No"

He said red I said NO.

He said green I said NO.

He said purple I said mmmmmm

went out shopping and left him too it. Came back and he had made me a drawing :)

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 We have agreed on purple. Feed back on him not having black & chrome would be good :)

 

Swingarm Issues

01 April, 2015

After talking to Paul at one off welding in Barnsley, my bloke has said that moving the lower shock mounting points isn't as simple as he first thought, actually it is quite simple to cut off one thing and weld a new one on but it is the stage after this, apparently aluminium after welding becomes very soft and as this is a point where potentially a lot of strain could be placed this would need to be hardend which in itself is a long complicated process.

We have these options now for a swingarm:-

 

Monoshock Version

Frame needs to be strong at upper shock mounting point - eg thunderace swingarm

 

Cantilever

similar to monoshock but less force is applied to frame - eg, YZF750 swingarm

 

Twin shocks

weaker swingarm due to welding

would need to be hardend

or

add a new plate to spread the load of the new brackets

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move the top shock mountings back by 2inches

or

have a rigid hardtail type rear end

or

get some extra long rear shocks, maybe 400mm instead of 320mm and use existing mountings

 

 

More pics needed and a decision to be made

Home Sweet Home

30 March, 2015

It's arrived home.... Please meet the Bad Boy !!!

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Wow so much work to do in so little time but it didn't take him long to strip the seat and panels off.

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As you can see there is alot of rust, it's going to require alot of new parts and elbow grease to get this looking good

I think i should get some pictures of the Man behind the bike :)

The Purchase

30 March, 2015

So where do i start? Guess it should be eBay

After hours and hours of looking at bikes on eBay for instance CB750, CB900, Z1000, CB500, XS1100 my partner found this.

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Looks ok i thought :/ 

He said he had plans to change this into a Cafe Racer. "Why" i said. His response was "I already have a baby girl ZX12R ninja i want a Bad Boy" :/   Ok!!!

He was outbid at first but like any man had to keep on bidding. He won it !!! He then had to hire a van and travel to Preston to collect it and hand over the hard earned amount of £430

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Looks rough but he says it will be the dogs bollocks when its complete... I told him he only has 444 days to do this and i was going to log his every movement.

Problems with the bike are as follow :-

No front brake

No rear brake

Rear end of frame totally rusty

Electrics are shot

Not heard the bike run

Old thin tyres

Shaft drive

Exhaust is no good (rusty)

All i can say is get ya tool bag out bob :)

 

 

29 March 2015 (444 Days to go)

30 March, 2015

Hello,

My name is Heidi and I will be updating this blog as and when my partner, Jason does some work on this project.

He plans to use his 1978 Yamaha XS1100 and turn it into a café racer so he can ride this on his 50th birthday. 444 days and counting 😃

Please feel to comment on this thread, there will be an update with the spec of the bike very soon, along with several pictures for each post and the people who have helped this build happen. 

This shall be my first blog so any advice would also be welcomed 😃

 

 

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