“I’d never touched a span­ner un­til the bike ar­rived”

Tri­umph Day­tona 750 – A build box from Café Racer Kits gave John Jef­frey all the con­fi­dence he needed

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After read­ing an ar­ti­cle in this very paper about the bolt-on, cus­tomis­ing kits that are avail­able now, John Jef­frey felt in­spired to have a go him­self.

“After a few beers on a dark, wet and cold Fe­bru­ary evening I bid on and won a 1992 750 Day­tona on ebay,” says Jef­frey. “The next morn­ing was an, “Oh my God, what have I done?” mo­ment, as I ar­ranged to col­lect the bike from South Wales.”

John has been a life­long biker, start­ing with a Yamaha FS1-E in 1975, but he’d barely touched a span­ner un­til the Day­tona ar­rived.

“I placed an or­der for the kit from Café Racer Kits and it ar­rived in May 2016. Tak­ing my time, I have just com­pleted the build a year later.

“I was pray­ing it was as easy as they said and I kept it sim­ple with the bike rolling at all times. While I would like to im­prove the donor bike’s fin­ish I didn’t want to bite off more than I could chew.”

We think the fin­ished ar­ti­cle looks great and John’s pretty chuffed with his hand­i­work, too: “I’m re­ally pleased with how it turned out. The CRK in­struc­tion man­ual was bril­liant and the odd few words of wis­dom from Ian at CRK over the phone were also a great help.

“I’m very happy to have got to this stage and al­though it’s not got a per­fect fin­ish, the bike has a patina rep­re­sent­ing its age and it is all my own work, which is a good feel­ing.”

It’s great to see that cus­tomis­ing has be­come more ac­ces­si­ble, it opens the door to a big­ger mar­ket and also al­lows builders like John to get in­volved in some­thing they might have oth­er­wise not touched. Maybe it’s even in­spired you.

Donor bike was a 25-yearold Day­tona

Not at all bad for a first at­tempt

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