TY175 gets an injection of progress and Mark’s Guzzi lives!

With progress stalled on the TY175, Gez swal­lows his pride and ropes in a mate to get things mov­ing again

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S the TY175 has slowed to a glacial pace. With sum­mer tick­ing away al­ready, some­thing needs to be done to get the project back on track. That some­thing comes in the shape of my mate Keith Al­der­man of Mo­tolink Yamaha Spares (01526 344443). Keith’s helped me out with all man­ner of projects in the past and I’ve man­aged to talk him into do­ing a bit on the TY in be­tween his reg­u­lar work, leav­ing me to source the re­main­ing parts and spe­cial­ist ser­vices needed to get the bike up and run­ning.

Al­ready the en­gine is back in the newly pow­der coated frame, the carb and air­box are back in place and the pol­ished yokes are in­stalled in the frame with new ta­per roller head races. And I’ve also splashed out on an al­loy Majesty style tank from Holt­works (holt­works.co.uk). But while Keith has been bolt­ing up the frame and en­gine, a cou­ple of lit­tle nig­gles have sur­faced.

The first one is that, some­time be­tween get­ting the frame blasted and the pow­der coat be­ing ap­plied, the rear sub­frame has had a bash to the rear and the mud­guard mount­ing bracket has been bent. It’s no big deal to straighten it and re-weld it, but the pow­der coat has gone on over the dam­age. I’ll have to try to touch it in with some black paint.

The sec­ond is­sue will need a bit more in­ge­nu­ity. The beau­ti­ful Holt­works Majesty tank was orig­i­nally sup­plied with no rear fix­ing point. Tony at Holt­works, cor­rectly, told me that the orig­i­nal Majesty tanks were held in place at the rear by the seat. That seemed a bit hit and miss to me (oh why do I over­think things?), so I asked him to fit weld on a tab at the rear of the tank to ac­cept the stan­dard Yamaha mount­ing rub­ber. Tony’s done ex­actly what I asked, but the ex­tra length of the Majesty tank means the mount­ing point in the tab is too far back to mate with the mount­ing pil­lar on the frame – so it’ll have to come off again. More work for the long suf­fer­ing Keith.

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