THE IN­SIDE STORY

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1 Tube­way army It all starts with T45 air­craft grade chro­moly steel tub­ing held in stock. Of their 47 frame de­signs, the most pop­u­lar is for Tri­umph 650 unit twins. From or­der to de­liv­ery takes 8-10 weeks.

2 Tube bend­ing Tubes are cut and bent to a spe­cific de­sign. All pro­cesses ex­cept laser cut­ting and chrome plat­ing are done in-house.

3 Mark­ing oil ways The top frame tube oil holes are marked (most of their chas­sis are oil-in-frame).

3 Frame build­ing Bent/cut tubes are ar­ranged on the jig ready for weld­ing. Wasp braze with brass rather than TiG or MiG-weld. It’s one of their trade­marks, has slightly more give and is a nod to their clas­sic her­itage.

5 Nickel plat­ing Af­ter weld­ing, frames are checked for leaks un­der pres­sure in a wa­ter bath be­fore be­ing shipped for plat­ing.

6 Fin­ished bike Nearly all of Wasp’s prod­ucts to­day are so­los. They try to do two a week on av­er­age, or around 90 a year.

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