I’d already ordered an Aluminium Number board, albiet an oval shape, when I spotted this. A 100mm “Dominator” lamp will sit in it nicely. I’ve even found some nice billet mounting brackets for the number board, but at $40 a time, I’ll keep looking for now.
I like the look of these drilled brake plate’s
Nice short “underslung” Spannie on a DT based bobber. I’ve found an interesting pipe kit that allows you to make up a pipe to fit.
To quote AJS Motorcycles “Two Stroke Exhaust Kit. All you need to fabricate your own classic 2 stroke expansion chamber. Suitable for 250cc – 410cc. As used on our own Cotton replicas.
Each kit consits of:
1) Front bend. 2″ Diameter.
2) Front cone.
3) Centre section.
4) rear cone.
5) Tail pipe (35mm OD ready to accept our STEALTH muffler).
All sections are seam welded. You just need to angle the sections and hold together with masking tape until you are ready to tack and weld” Sounds easy!
I’m still a bit loathed to start until I’ve got the paperwork back from the DVLA. The bike needed to be inspected – check the frame number was ok – which I’ve done, and they’ve located the bike, so should be all OK. Once I’ve got the V5 in my name, I can move a bit further.
I’ve got all the parts to fabricate the seat, and lower and rebuild the forks. In fact, all I need now is a Tank and some rear dampers.
Well, fluid in my thought’s.
My ebay sourced seat unit arrived. A nice bit of kit, and, seemingly made to fit the TS250 frame. Sitting perfectly over the rails, and married up to a cheap (as in a tenner, as in useable but in need of love) GT250 Fuel Tank also found on ebay looked pretty good. The tank will need some sheet metal work altering to fit perfectly, but that could have been easily achieved by grafting in a small section of the original ER Tanks underside. But, and it’s a big but……………………………..
With the seat in place, the original bars dropped to give an idea of the seating position if fitted with some “Clubman” or “Ace” type bars, and my 6’2″ frame (recovering from a prolapsed Disc) did not sit well on the TS250’s dainty frame. Flat drag bars may help a bit, as would some rearsets – I kinda guessed where I thought my feet would end up, but concerned that I’ll end up with a bike I cant ride for more than a few yards I need a re-think.
Wondering back to my thoughts about including some “Bratstyle” styling in the bike, the simple fact that I like “Street Tracker’s”, and the donor bike’s off road pretences…………………………………………
|Clean and simple rump|
|and I like the use of number boards|
|even more so incorporating the headlamp unit|
|and I really like the idea of removing any factory airbox|
|Bratstyle seems to get it’s influence from Cafe Racers, Bobbers and Trackers|
Off to the Classic Jap Show at Knebworth today, mainly for it’s Autojumble. I really need a fuel tank that I like as my starting point. The seat unit – if I go Bratstyle Tuck n Roll – has already been fabricated in the grey matter a dozen times, and the rest will be driven by the seat and tank.
“Low Buck Garage Tech” posted on XS650 Chopper, by Mulligans Machine. Another great article giving step by step instructions on dropping front forks.
Follow the link: MULLIGAN MACHINE: Low Buck Garage Tech
The relationship between rake, trail and offset
- If you increase the rake, the trail increases
- If you increase the trail, the rake increases
- If you increase the offset for both yokes then the trail decreases
- If you increase the offset for only the top yoke/ triple tree then the trail will increase
- If you increase the offset for the bottom yoke/ triple tree independantly then the trail will decrease
How to alter a motorcycles rake, trail or offset
- Rear suspension – lowering it will increase rake and trail
- Front forks – shorter forks will decrease rake and trail, also you can alter their position in the yokes to help shorten their distance
- Aftermarket yokes/ triple trees – alter the offset to then alter the trail without affecting rake
- Wheel diameter – smaller front wheel will decrease rake and trail, smaller rear wheel will increase rake and trail
- Tyre thickness – same as the wheel diameter
I’ve been able to make a small start. Anything with a thread is getting a good soaking with Penentrating Fluid – daily.
Tank, Seat, Bar’s, Wiring Harness, Mudguards and Oil Tank are all removed.
In the meantime, the ebay search engine is getting full throttle. I’ve managed to find a few bit’s and bob’s that could be useable. (photo’s all the original listing photo’s)
|Glass Fibre, Alloy base, and upholstered and listed “Used but as New”|
|It’s the 1st seat I’ve seen wide enough to fit the subframe.|
|Honda CD Wheel look’s salvageable, and was cheap enough.|
|Oil Catch Tank – 180mm high could make a decent Two Stroke Oil Tank|
|280pc Stainless Socket Head Set – cheap at £10|
|TS Chrome Headlamp case, listed as rust free – hopefully it is|
and eventually to something like this?
Yes this is a Suzuki T500 based Cafe Racer, but you get the idea.
The second photo is of an American build, based on a TS250. It can be done.
In truth, I can’t start the build until November or December this year. I simply do not have a workshop to work in. When the Bob the Builder has finished, I’ll have a nice new garage, and then the build will start in earnest.
In the meantime, I’ll scour the web and visit some Autojumbles, gathering the bit’s n bob’s I need to convert my Suzuki TS250 into a back road scratcher – I hope.