“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
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