After completely stripping the bike, TR style frame bracing was welded in, along with an extra cross member for the mounting of a custom made 2 stroke tank.
After media blasting, the frame and swing arm were powder coated metallic grey.
The fuel tank was also blasted clean, and small rust pin holes repaired with weld.
We designed a new top yoke from aluminium, which was mirror polished.
We also designed a keg style 2 stroke tank from ali, that would be mounted to the new frame cross member.
Flat bars were to be mounted to the new yoke, using some nice Yamaha clamps.
Lots of polishing and re chroming.
We made a tray to carry the battery, and the other electrical items. These will be hidden in the seat hump for a tidy look to the frame.
The seat unit, and a base for mounting the seat cushion were shaped to fit the tank.
30mm oversize rear shocks were used to lift the rear a little.
Titan Performance rearsets naturally.
Suzuki Maui blue is no longer available, but a Mazda blue proved to be a perfect match.
Shod with new Avon Roadriders, and an upgrade to a GS500 headlamp....it starts to look like a bike again.
The 39 year old motor is mechanically good, but cosmetically bad......
We designed a new instrument mount, and front fender brace, which were cut from 2mm stainless, and mirror polished once bent to shape.
The new custom oil tank is mounted. It will be polished along with the engine cases.
The ports were plugged with silicon, and the engine was soda blasted complete.
My pal Pete Grainger did the paint. We adapted a set of the stock tank stripes for the seat unit, and had Ian at Eyeball signs cut the Alpina element to match. The bike has been nicknamed Alpina, since I rode it over the Alps to Italy many years ago.
The engine is in, bodywork mounted, and work to get the pipes mounted correctly is in progress.
Done ! The final polishing and fixing is complete....just need to ride it now and iron out any niggles.
About 9 weeks from start to finish....TT here we come !
Fantastic.....how much fun did I have on this at the Island?........massive thanks to my good mate Tim Hart for all of his hard work.