‘I did it with a drill, an an­gle-grinder and some hand files’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Retro Special 2017 -

“A drunken univer­sity night out lead to a friend con­vinc­ing me to buy an old bas­ket case for £800,” says Green. “It’s been ‘re­built’ three times but this is the best, and fi­nal, it­er­a­tion.” First job was to sort out the han­dling, so Green stripped the bike to the frame, be­fore seam-weld­ing the whole thing as well as adding some stiff­en­ing braces to the rear end at the same time.

“I only re­ally had ac­cess to a drill, an an­gle grinder and some hand files (poor, I know for an engi­neer­ing stu­dent), so every­thing needed to be able to be done by hand. The engine was re­built (a cou­ple of times) with a clutch cover trans­fer piece mod to in­crease oil flow. It’s also had some mi­nor port­ing and pol­ish­ing plus a 1mm over­bore.” Green says he’s learned a lot over the course of the project but he’s happy with the re­sult as it was ac­cepted into the Bike Shed London show. All in all, it took him five years to com­plete it and it just goes to show how much can be achieved with some ba­sic tools.

And it was all done with hand tools

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