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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-01-2017, 03:40 PM   #1
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I'm sure I'll mess up along the way at some point so why not point it out and make me look like an idiot (this is my first custom bike afterall)
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-01-2017, 03:41 PM   #2
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Well it's a rather unusual start I suppose. The bike is 80 miles away from me, I don't have the licence to ride it home yet so there she will sit, 80 miles away.

How ever I've taken inspiration from another fighter (can't remember your name sorry) who had his bike over 200 miles from his flat which is shared with his girlfriend and he did work in his flat and bought a frame to start mocking things up on - this is the route I'll be taking so I'll get the dated photo from that point.

I've decided to call my bike Liz after a friend who sadly lost her life at the age of 22 doing what she loved most - riding her speed triple 1050 - I've decided to try and use as many triumph parts in my build as possible


I've got a few parts already so I can at least start working on things.

This is what I'm hoping to create

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Hell yes, im in for another rc24 being built

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How ever I've taken inspiration from another fighter (can't remember your name sorry) who had his bike over 200 miles from his flat which is shared with his girlfriend and he did work in his flat and bought a frame to start mocking things up on - this is the route I'll be taking so I'll get the dated photo from that point.
That'd be me

Looking forward to seeing this come together!
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Just finished work and there was a package waiting for me....






zx10r forks have come, the only disappointment is that what I thought was a scuff is actually a dent
Photo makes it look worse (paint wise) than what it is but shows the dent rather well

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Onwards it is... and out of the bedroom. Hang on this is the wrong forum for that.

I took the wheel, forks, and finally the calipers downstairs, I got the mounting bolts for the calipers from a pair of very bent 675r forks and the bottom yoke from them too.


and the rest of the stuff


Raided the garden for a bit of tube that's 25mm..ish... this is 23mm typical but this is it cut down to length ish.


With the calipers bolted on I put them on the wheel without the spacers at this point. Looks alright so far.


Until I look at the caliper alignment



I had some tea (to eat) and had a break, looked in my room again for the caliper and I couldn't find it. Found it under some stuff in the shed my mum had been moving (typical - how most of my things go missing), it was last on the kitchen table.



Delighted with my efforts I had a cuppa tea,, more specifically a pint of tea. Why? Because I'm English... and moving onto urm cheesecake.


I then took some measurements for future reference.







Celebratory cheesecake, also just realised the colour scheme of the wheel matches the cheesecake... which remind me I'm hungry again. Dammit!!!




As I say these are for later references.

I wasn't able to do anything else as the tube was bending and not the right diameter, axle bolt - should I find one - will be bought next week. Having that will allow me to work out the front end dimensions easily, I have a few mm to play with either side thanks to the caliper running track for the disc.
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No progress has been made but I have new parts, and others on the way.
Today I bought a rear sub frame, frame and tank, 60 miles from home so I did the only logial thing was - bungie it onto the back of my trusty cb500.

Can finally get some dimensions sorted out for the swingarm so that should be good.



Couldn't get a dated paper sadly so I've used the monthly issue of motorcycle monthly (November issue)


Oh and I've got the front axle bolt coming at some point next week so that should make the front end workable.. just need someone with a lathe now who's local.
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Is there any issues in using a bronze bushing for a wheel spacer fitting between the bearing and the forks?
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Seeing as you can get aluminium spacers, I can't see it being too weak. Are there any potential issues through corrosion or dissimilar metals?

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The spacers that I have from the speed triple are aluminum, I know they need to be milled down to make the caliper alignment on the disc correct.

These are what I'm contemplating buying. They're nice and cheap (lost my job this morning) and will give me a better guide for the spacer length that I need.

https://simplybearings.co.uk/shop/p1...duct_info.html
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