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So not a rod and I have already received some mild abuse on a bobber ? ? ? ? ? and another modified bike forum, go figure that one out? So some folk may not like this but what the hell, I'm posting for a friends benefit kinda by request so here goes.
Forgive the pics. there all taken in very limited space. but my progress to date for anyone interested.

I decided I wanted a bike maybe 10 years ago but only really started looking for one 5 years ago. There is a tale behind why it took so long but I'll not go into that. Suffice to say I still don't have a license but i have finally found my perfect donor. This is my first bike and my first learning experience working on a bike.
I'm glad it took so long to find my donor as my direction has changed a little. The base bike was always gonna be girder folks and hard tail pref vellocette, triumph or b.s.a. Direction was always gonna be bobber and i always fancied something nice and shiny but the direction that changed was period and patina influenced by many of the bikes at hayride over the last couple of years. I always wanted to keep it simple but now I want to keep it simple and as period correct as possible tho I may have ballsed up a little on the rear tyre and battery. :incheek: Big thanks to Ian and Dan for support and encouragement.

The bike choice happened by mistake I read the word Triumph saw it already had hard tail and girder front and got a little excited making a couple of offers through ebay. The bike was in Germany but even that didn't set off any alarm bells ringing.

So i turned up 2 days after boxing day 2012. Looking like this with a seized engine and 2 flat tyres and a bucket full of patina, wish me luck.



Choice of rear fenders changed several times from a triumph cub item, too modern. . . . . .









To a ribbed ariel item that i decided was the one.



Until I accidently placed the o.e. fender removable back piece on top of the new tyre while cleaning up and it looked just right. This made me happy as it means the only Items I have added to the bike are the headlight and glass knob on the jockey shift.
Everything else has been achieved purely by stripping and modding.

I've kept the original exhaust but raked the back pipes upwards at the rear.











Changed the headlight to a ratty brass lucas item which is much smaller and imo suits the stripped back appearance of the bike.







Even had to modify the glass lenses as they were too big for the unit so i carefully ground them down.



Yellow?



Or clear?



I'm leaning towards the yellow myself.

Mocked up but far from finished.



I'm trying to keep the original number plate and rear light but not sure it will work yet.

 

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Interesting choice of 'bike...

Should be great when it's finished - glad you've gone down the route of using what's there rather than just buying in loads of trick bits. Best of luck with it...
 

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Interesting choice of 'bike...

Should be great when it's finished - glad you've gone down the route of using what's there rather than just buying in loads of trick bits. Best of luck with it...
Thanks for the encouragement, tho starting to think the bike choose me lol. Even if it was only to torment. :D
 

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I think your bike looks spot on :tup: do'nt listen to those who criticise,I'ts yours do what you want with it.
 

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I think your bike looks spot on :tup: do'nt listen to those who criticise,I'ts yours do what you want with it.
Thanks, I'm happy with it to date. Constructive criticism appreciated but I don't really pay attention to the haters. Besides it was Sqweaka who took the abuse on my behalf lol. But like I mentioned before, The worse of it was on a bobber build forum. Think they were just into Customs and chops really and didn't understand the concept of bobbers.
If I was to start over there is only one thing to date I would do different and that is try get a bit more sweep in the exhaust bend to make it flow better but I thought I would have trouble with the kick start so bent it just behind the kick then realized I could of pulled it in behind the kick. But like I said. Its my first ike so there's a bit of a learning curve and no real guidance just trial and error, error, error. lol.

So today I cut down the rear fender and moved a unnecessary piece as I wanted to keep some of the bikes original character.

So i started out with this.



Cut it down to this



And moved/kept this just cos i liked it. It could easily have been lost, it no longer really serves a purpose but i like it.



So yes, today I cut the bike and did a mod that would be mildly difficult to resolve without buying another part yet my dick did not fall off. go figure!!



Rear fender bobbed and assembled Mk1. The first cut I've made the rear fender longer than the mock, don't know if I'll keep this length or cut a little more out yet. In the mock up the rear fender sat higher and made the rear tyre look fatter but it was also impossible close to the tyre as it was only rested on top of the tyre. The reason I have trialed the fender this length is so the luggage rack could be used if it needed to be without looking too stupid. However if I'm not happy with fender length when bike is finished I''ll lop off a bit more.



 

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That looks so cool with the luggage rack fitted; I would leave it on (but then it's not my bike :D)
 

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Leave the rack on - you'll need it to carry all your emergency tool kit... :pmsl:

Seriously, I'd keep the rack - so handy to bungee your lid to on a sunny summer day...
 

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bike looks great. garstang autojumble tomorrow (17/03/2013) usually loads of old bike stuff there. :tup: steve.
Wish i could have spared the time. Had to wait in most of the day for a delivery. :( but got a bit more done.





Hand painted my number plate also but not happy with it, think I'll do it again with slightly smaller bolder characters.

 

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Nice project mate, looking cool, hope its done for hayride, ill text you a pic of my mates bsa later he gave up on the frame i had when i came up to look at the styleline and bought a b31 that was near enough done.
 

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Loving the bike mate. Great to see you making mods to stuff you already have rather than buying stuff off the shelf.

Nevermind the haters, its your bike, you do what you feel with it.

Keep posting pictures too...
 
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