There is a saying ‘the difference is in the detail’ and looking over Roger’s bike there has certainly been some attention to the finer points of the build. The reason for this became clear when we got a chance to chat to Mick Bennett, who built it and he admitted to being a perfectionist.
Mick sourced a number of smaller parts that make anyone looking at the bike nod in appreciation or, in my case, take pics of these bits so you can nod in appreciation. Do these little touches make the bike go any better? It is an arguable point, as it means the owner feels good about the bike and this has an effect on performance, but the subliminal suggestion is care in one area means care in another, so already the opposition is being psyched out.
A rubber guide such as this from Joe Maxwell Engineering – JME – prevents the frame from being damaged and gives the chain an easier life. Sourcing a 90 degree angled grommet such as this routes the cable closer to the engine and looks tidier. This neat filler grommet came from BSA specialist C and D Autos, it’s a lot nicer-looking than the bit of alloy plate in the CDB editor’s B40 engine at this point. With vibration being the enemy, the weapon is rubber mountings and flexibility – these mudguards don’t split.