It began as a budget build that spiralled steadily upwards. Barry made a conscious decison to do a good idea justice – and his move has paid off in spades
Hard to believe that this immaculate big inch LC was going to be a Sanctuary-style Z1. “I’d always lusted after a Sanctuary type bike, but it just worked out too expensive on paper,” says semi-retired pipe-fitter and welder Barry. “I’d never had an LC back in the day, all my money went on motocross and road racing. But I built a YPVS hybrid four years ago and decided on a single-seat special instead.”
Engine is a Mad Bikers 421-kitted, with a 4mm stroked crank,v Force 3 reed blocks, Zeeltronic ignition and Martin Dent pipes. This little list equates to 95bhp at the rear wheel. “Around town it’s just like a Power Valve to 4000rpm, mainly because of the long stroke. From four and half to six it goes slightly flat, then at 6200rpm all hell breaks loose,” laughs Barry. “It doubles its horsepower within a 1000 rev band.”
There’s no doubting the fitness of the engine.and the cycle parts do every justice to the motor. “When I was building it, it started looking quite good,” says Barry. “So I thought ‘OK, right, I’d better throw some more money at it’.” Barry’s idea of more money meant £10 for the seat unit and 40 quid for the tank.the tank’s a plastic Acerbis item he saw in Germany, the single seat unit most likely an RG500 racebike unit. “It had the cut-outs for the pipes, so I remade them square and then cut the louvres in with some genuine carbon fibre backing.the whole rear subframe’s new too.” And mounted with all masked fasteners for that ‘flying’ look.
Swingarm’s RGV with ally sheet welded over the dimpled recesses of the original’s sides, forks are ZX-6R, headlight’s CB900. “It’s an inch less in diameter than an LC unit. I like headlights to be tucked right up against the yokes and headstock.” So Barry fabbed his own headlight mounts, tapped under the top yoke and the top of the bottom yoke to get the ‘floating’ headlight look.the instrument pod is all his too in welded ally.
He’s still on a standard LC gearbox which, although reckoned to be marginal for this sort of power output, is still hanging in there with no outward signs of distress. “I’ve got a Nova close ratio ’box in mind,” says Barry. “Then again I’ve got another six LC gearboxes in bits as a back up too.”
“It started off as a budget build,” laughs Barry. He spent out on Rizoma risers and ’bars on the RGV yokes: “They’re expensive, but I really like the bend on them.” And reckons the two and a half years it took have cost him £9000 all in. “Five of that was the motor.the pipes were a grand too.” Those fixed costs are unavoidable, the ingenuity and absolute attention to detail are what makes this a standout stroker. “I just hate anything standard,” says Barry. “You have to make it better, and you have to build it to ride too.” 3000 miles later 125kg with 95bhp is very near as good as it gets.