Cool cus­toms

Bavar­ian cruiser re­vealed

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Gary Pinchin

There’s a vin­tage feel to this beemer built by Pete Hod­son at Side Rock Cy­cles, thanks not only to the full mud­guards, sin­gle seat and laid­down shocks, but also the sub­dued blue and grey liv­ery.

“The cus­tomer wanted a mil­i­tary grey theme for this bike but it’s a cou­ple of steps lighter than the kind of liv­ery that would be used on mil­i­tary spec machines,” says Bournemouth­based Pete.

Pete made the han­dle­bars us­ing the H-D ‘beach bar’ style as a tem­plate. All the wires run through the bars to en­sure the cur­va­ceous lines are un­in­ter­rupted. In fact all the wiring is con­cealed on this bike, the main lines run­ning through the frame tubes. Bob at Wool­bridge Mo­tor­cy­cles helped with the wiring. Pete’s opted for his favoured Mo­to­gad­get M-unit and cor­re­spond­ing M but­tons on the bars. Ig­ni­tion is Boyer Brans­den with a dual coil pack.

The en­gine has been fully re­built with new valves, guides, rings and re­fur­bished carbs. The en­gine has also been pow­der-coated satin black with the top cover drilled and grilled. Pete fit­ted a light­weight starter mo­tor that’s also bet­ter geared for ease of stat­ing than the orig­i­nal BMW unit.

A re­furbed Ural head­light, fit­ted with a halo­gen H4 bulb, has a new Koso speedo in­set but Pete re­tained the orig­i­nal chunky Bake­lite ig­ni­tion switch. The bars and head­light were aqua blasted for a matt fin­ish.

The orig­i­nal sub­frame has been dis­pensed with to be re­placed by a small unit of Pete’s de­sign, which acts as a base for the springs for the solo sad­dle. “I tried straight tubes but it didn’t look right so I opted for these neat curves,” he says. The seat was made by Glen Moger, hand-stitched in neu­tral-tanned leather and em­bossed with the SRC logo. Pete also made the new rear mud­guard and stays. The canted for­ward shocks are YSS.

The fish­tails ex­hausts are a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Pete and clas­sic bike ex­haust pipe spe­cial­ists Ar­mours. “They let me rum­mage through their stock un­til I found the pipes of the shape of was look­ing for then I had the fish­tails grafted on,” says Pete.

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