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Adrian II

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on: August 30, 2019, 11:58:36 PM
Erica slightly stunned me a while back asking, following the completion of ASBO14, if she could have a go at restoring on old bike. Let's see, big spare lumps of Electra-X engine all over the garage, a '94 Bullet 500 frame (with current registration) hanging up on the garage wall, forks and wheels kicking around... Yeah, why not? (Erica did metalwork at school.)

Only thing is, she hasn't ridden a motorbike - ever. OK, she has driven cars for a long time, but to ride a motorcycle in the UK she will need to pass her theory test, get compulsory basic training, and will then have seven day's intensive training with her full license test at the end of this. That's great, and is in hand but while she is building the project, what will she have to ride?

Well, back in March a a friend said he was selling one of his bikes. An Electra-X, no less, I'd always regretted not repairing my old one when it ate its big end, so YES, THAT'll do! Especially as this one was a runner and cheap too.

The bike was not without its problems, though. The very first owner was a bit of a ham-fisted experimenter, it seems, the poor bike had been subjected to the world's ugliest twin rev counter/speedometer conversion, and he had chopped the wiring around to make it all work. Here it is in all its dreadful glory.







So in the last few months I have bought a right-foot shift conversion from Henry Price and one of those ludicrously cheap PWK flat slide carbs to fit, but now with the cooler days arriving it's time to crack on.

Now I **could just have got those fitted and sorted out some of the other bits of owner-abuse i have been finding, but the though came to me, why not make her ride into something with some more class than just another old Bullet. Hmmm.

OK, I have a plan. What? Cafe racer? not with our backs, thank you. Street scrambler? Been there, done that. Bobber? No, I have complained about enough of those!  ;)

OK, I need another Fury yoke from Hitchcocks' infinite supply and a new set of plain top forks for it (99 GBP delivered from India plus 17GBP tax and customs), and I think I can reveal where this is heading.



Early days, but I have harboured a hankering to come up with a street tracker for some time

I think I'll stick with the naked stanchions for now, the fork gaiters and short shrouds could always be fitted if necessary.



The bars are Norton export.

Currently on order are

       the Bates-style 5.75" headlamp;

       the flat track seat;

       the AHRMA-style white racing number plates, which will take the place of that silly bit of cardboard.

I'm after a proper classic number/license plate with a 564 tail lamp for the back to tuck up under the f/t seat, which will admittedly leave a bit too much fender hanging out at the back. Don't want to chop that one, but there is another rusty Electra fender kicking around which came with the small stash of spares, that might clean up OK for a modest trim - nothing too radical. I shall take it off the front and move it round to preserve the rolled edge at the back.

Got a bit of a junk pile building up...  :-X



In the longer term it might look better with a Series 1A/Series 2 Interceptor tank (painted orange?  :o ) or maybe the same sort of tank that is on Not A Fury with the small chrome panels and badges.

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Reply #1 on: August 31, 2019, 10:33:11 PM
Never a dull moment!

Watching this one...


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Reply #2 on: September 02, 2019, 07:43:01 PM
First crack at lining up the seat and side plates. The rusty old spare fender came in useful too, though I will need to tidy up around the rear light.

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