Project Street 750

Beef­ing up the front- end

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

The Street 750 proved it­self as a bril­liant bud­get cruiser when we had one last year. How­ever, in its trans­for­ma­tion from cost­ef­fec­tive cus­tom to flat­track racer, our project bike needed beef­ing up. So when we saw that Öh­lins had cre­ated a set of retro-styled forks, we knew they’d be bang on.

Öh­lins’ Retro 43 forks (£1785) use the Swedish firm’s NIX tech­nol­ogy which of­fers com­pres­sion damp­ing ad­just­ment in the left leg and re­bound damp­ing in the right to give su­pe­rior sta­bil­ity and con­trol. They’re also avail­able in cus­tom-friendly black as well as the tra­di­tional Öh­lins gold. To say they’re vastly su­pe­rior to the Har­ley’s spindly, non-ad­justable stan­dard items is an un­der­state­ment.

But here lies the prob­lem. While the stan­dard fork stan­chions have a di­am­e­ter of just 37mm, the new Öh­lins Retro 43 mea­sure, per­haps not un­sur­pris­ingly, 43mm across – which means the stan­dard triple tree is com­pletely use­less. We needed help – the help of some en­gi­neer­ing ex­perts with plenty of bike ex­pe­ri­ence.

Step for­ward Fastec Rac­ing – the New­mar­ket-based en­gi­neer­ing spe­cial­ists who de­sign and cre­ate CNC ma­chined parts for ev­ery­one from cus­tom bike builders to BSB and Mo­togp teams – and the guys very much in the know when it comes to solv­ing prob­lems like ours.

Fastec co-own­ers Danny Starmer and John Wil­liams guide us through the fas­ci­nat­ing pro­cesses in­volved with cre­at­ing be­spoke parts for a cus­tom front end…

The first step in­volves plot­ting the di­men­sions of the stan­dard part

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