|Al Coates came with us on the Dambusters2013 Charity Ride last year and is riding with us again in 2014 but with a difference ... he is re-building an old Honda CX500 to ride with us all the way to Arnhem! (itself a bridge too far).|
Al liked the RAF references but as Dakota didnt sound right and the CX500 has a reputation for being ugly (between Simon FrancisMatthew Salisbury and Al theyfighting to make the bike handsome) Project Beaufighter is born.
The project so far ....
Update2. Feb 19th 2014
After me sitting down using complicated mathematics and pi for the first time since school I thought id worked out a linkage system for the monoshock....on arriving at Simon's workshop with my findings he'd decided to fabricate his own brackets and as he puts it "weld it on where it looks right....suck it and see"! We've used a cbr600 shock directly bokted with no linkage as I have a few different springs to try... youve guesed...he got it right first time. Wheel and suspension travel all in tolerance and compression and rebound feel controlled. He really is worth his weight in gold (or just lucky). Last this month has been the rear wheel. Due to moving engine, cutting frame to line up driveshaft the rear wheel was 10mm too far left!! I took the wheel to Woodward Ship Engineers in Hull who promptly showed me the wheel was bent! Scouring ebay I came across a BRAND NEW IN BOX ntv wheel and won the auction at £28!!!! On arriving I rang honda with the part number.... £690!!!! Woodwards have machined the hub, and both wheels now are inline. I need a holiday....... piccies below ....
Update 3 - August 2014
Ok....yes its been a while.
Due to the nature of this project and the amount of work involved I knew from the start I'd need help along the way. To cut a long story short the fabrication went 3 months overdue, the bodywork got damaged and returned unpainted, as for the seat.... Lord lucan may as well be sat on it as it seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth!
I'd about given up and thoughtI wouldl do a slower proper job for dambusters2015 and take the GS1200 to Arnhem and then I realised although there a few things I'm not very good at in life, and giving up is one of them. So.... dry build completed
The frame is a work of art abd due back from powder coaters next week. Exhaust system has been made from some r6 downpipes and an old xl600 supertrapp end can.
All ancillaries into powdercoat and my old racing friend Keith Pringle #83 is on with a new tank and the dipping graphics. The engine is going in as she came out other than a clean. Honda know a thing or too that I probably can't improve on in 3wks in my shed. Fiirestorm front end is resealed and sprung. Sleeves made for yokes and bars. The hardest part to come is the electrics.... cbr1000 binnacle with a cx500 tacho grafted in anyone???? Hopefully in 2 more weeks she'll be on her own wheels.