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#803438 03/30/2020 8:31 PM
by expresidente
expresidente
Lets see the plus sides of the almost worldwide shutdown. At least over here in Hamburg area, we don't get our daily traffic jams out on the streets and the air is not that polluted as normal. And i am going to like it, that life is getting more chilled. The people aren't out anymore making business or spending money for things that are not necessary.
As we are living a quiet life anyway here in the "outback" of Hamburg, i started to get some bits and pieces together for a new project bike. I got my hands on a thick flange A10 cylinder lately, as reported, and also got a set of crankcases with fresh crank and rods in it. So i thought to put a rolling chassis together because i still had some nice hubs on the shelf....8" TLS in the front, and a crincle hub for the rear.
So i found me a swing-arm frame which was heavily butchered and decided to safe it from scrapyard. See some pics:

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just a mock up, to check the lines. Fork is from a 750 Honda, Tank used to be a export A65 model.

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crankcase is just a dummy, for placing the right fittings for the engine/gearbox plates.

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specially the frame, where the center stand had been, was totally destroyed and had to be cut off. Former owner had a plunger engine! in the swing arm frame and welded other mountings in. And that did not look very solid. so it was up to me, to do it the right way.

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here we see the engine i gonna use. The alloy head i was using in the Dark Star twenty fife years ago, when i had it on the road for the first test-rides.
And in the year 2000 i was driving to the International BSA Rally in the Netherlands with the Dark Star and that Weber Carb. It looks absolute cool, but with the performance i was not satisfied. So i changed to an other head later. I guess, i will not use the Weber, but there is still other things to sort out first.

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Style in the end will bee more a scrambler look, but time will tell. Its still a long way and it is growing step by step.
So you see, i have no time to be bored.
Will keep you updated when i make some progress if you like.
hope you out there getting ok with the virus
and keep a stiff upper lip
cheers Dieter
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#809875 May 21st a 10:21 PM
by expresidente
expresidente
Time to update my A 10 project bike.
See some progress:

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rebuild the wheels with new stainless spokes, new powder coated rims and my choice of favorite tires, the Heidenau Scout K60 rubbers. New brackets for the A65 Tank, now fully rubber mounted,

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the shocks are 340mm long and were for A65s

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build the rear fender in solid 1mm steel; the base of the seat is made of alloy
Interesting story of the Alloy i used: When we bought our house 27 years ago, we found several big sheets of alloy in the stable. They came from old railway-wagons, probably made in the fifties. That was the time they was working with old Army stuff, they had no use for after the war. I guess it was for airplanes, very solid and good quality. So now it is completely demilitarized.

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and made a new platform for the seat, cut some foam to get out max comfort by molding the fender. will probably contact some specialists to get a leather cover for the seat. and because the bike should be good for touring, the little rack on the fender will be good.
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still thinking about the headlights. Will go for a 12Volt system. There is some polish guys who developed a new brush less generator that fit straight in the motor. So i can mount a modern light system, maybe LED or something like it.
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The engine is ready to go; took away the Weber carb, cut off the special manifold went back to standard and use a 30mm Concentric.
so this is it for the moment
Still some work to do, but it looks like a bike now. And i am beginning to like it more and more. So much for now.
cheers folks
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#803513 Mar 31st a 10:36 AM
by Kent Shaun
Kent Shaun
Dieter dude, our lips have never been so Stiff, worry not lad... wink

Keep the photos coming, looking great so far my man.... thumbsup
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#810717 May 29th a 11:06 AM
by expresidente
expresidente
Grand Paul; be sure that this bike will eat dust, as we are living at an unpaved gravel road. So i will use it daily in the dirt when it is done.
See the evolution from parts slapped together to another special:
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the rear light is LED; and i have found me some very nice leather for the seat. The Lady who will sew it is quite busy in the moment, so i have to wait a few weeks before she will have time for it. So i will wait; thought about to do it by my own, but i dont want to screw it...

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still just another mock up, but put in the rebuild motor to find out that the new set rear tank mounts dont match with the carb... so i have to find another place for the mounts. Also got the right toolbox from buddy Joerg so i can set the oilfilter bracket and the batterie. Still a lot of things to sort out, but now it is a pleasure to see it developing.

By the way.
Thought about next years International BSA Rally here in Germany.....i guess the bike will be on the road by then. And it would be just fair to offer it to No name man if he wants to come over.? As you know i rode his A65 when we were at the 2014 Rally in California, which was just great. And i am sure Tom would not refuse to ride the `79 XT 500 one more time? And, if Wade take the chance he could eather the Rigid Triumph of Rene, or his "Grey Star" BSA A 65 ?? Well it is still some time, but why not dreaming of a time after the virus..so, think about it, guys.

so much for the moment
Cheers Dieter
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#816977 Jul 21st a 09:09 PM
by expresidente
expresidente
Latest update
Well, it looks like i am coming to an end with my project; bur you never know until you have made the first 1000 miles on the road.
Still throw me back when missing little bits and pieces like the dynamo chain link which i cant find....and of course when the ready to go engine fall down of the workbench!!! some days ago. Broke four cooling fins of the head, oh [***]...but had the tools in the workshop to weld the fins back in place.
But, if you are not bored of new pics, here we go:

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and here we see the leatherworks on the seat. To tell the truth; i am not 100% happy with it, but first of all i want to get the bike on the road. I can fix it later how i really wanted to have it done.

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see the wrapped headers; yeah, to do it the better way, it should get stainless pipes. But it dont look too bad this way.

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a pillion pad for "in case" can be mounted on the rack

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not much clockwork or other instruments needed than this chronometric

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the LED headlamp. I am looking forward to the first ride in the dark.

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The engine got oil, the electric system just a few connections, passenger foot pegs, and the tank some more tlc and then i can start the engine one of the next days.
Will let you know when i start the motor.
cheers
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#813457 Jun 21st a 08:41 PM
by expresidente
expresidente
Latest update:
making progress, step by step.
Took the bike out, to see it in daylight.
Got new silencers, but had to modify the headers. Will probably use heat resistance tape for the moment. Can go for stainless home made later. Got the electric system ready; but, check this out:
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How do you like the LED headlamp? My wife says it looks too much like Mad Max....but who cares. It is the first time that i am working with that type of hightech-light. To be fully roadlegal here in Germany, you must have a parking light, high and low beam. And it must be tested and have a certificate of the German TÜV (MOT). This one has all in one, and it should be brighter than Halogen light.
The next thing to do is the seat cover in leather. I have a date with Martina of Timeless MC Workshop in Hamburg, where she is managing the Leatherworks. To prevent that the seat will soak water, i have found some 3mm Neopren layer that will cover the foam under the Leather.
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oh, yes. in the background you can see our new campervan. It will please Biggi, when we go for the Czeck BSA Rally in August/September. No need for Motels, or sleeping in tents for her or the dogs anymore. And lots of space for our camping gear or the heavy stuff. And, if necessary a bike would fit in also.
The plan is, so far, that Rene and me go by bike, and Biggi and Lena take the comfy ride in the van. Knock on wood, that the rally will happen, and who knows this project bike will run by then.
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Biggi has been in Czeck before and was pleased with the food and the friendly people. Hope to see some of you, if there is no major risk.

Cheers Dieter
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