The Re­turn of Project Suzuki Stinger

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - WORKSHOP CMM -

No it’s not a mi­rage, it only looks like one... Project Stinger is back and this is prob­a­bly part 78…

Long, long ago in a land far away a mid­dle-aged man once had a dream of restor­ing an old Suzuki mo­tor­cy­cle. Some­time later that decade a much older man tripped over a box of parts, which reawak­ened his de­sire to get the strange de­vice up and run­ning. No folks, it’s not a fairy tale, Project Stinger is back up on The Bench of Butch­ery! Mov­ing house half­way through a resto was not my sharpest move and even though I stored all the parts ready to rock and roll some stuff in­evitably got mis­placed. With­out a work­shop the Stinger sat in madam’s con­ser­va­tory but fi­nally we are back on track and, against the odds I’ve man­aged to find al­most ev­ery­thing I be­lieve I packed away safely. I’ve long been a fan of build­ing sub-as­sem­blies ready to be in­stalled as the op­por­tu­nity presents it­self. This way it’s pos­si­ble to see just how far you’ve pro­gressed and get that all-im­por­tant morale boost. With the reawak­en­ing of Project Stinger the cat­a­lyst was a work­shop tidy up. In a box and un­der wraps were the re­built en­gine and the re­fur­bished en­gine cov­ers. There was a; “it won’t take long to drop that mo­tor in the frame” mo­ment and sud­denly the span­ners were out, var­i­ous parts were lo­cated and we were back on task. So, revved up and tooled up, Project Stinger hope­fully gets back on track.

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