With his finished vision always in mind, these were some of the key stages of Darren’s reconstruction job. He didn’t rush, so he didn’t make any rash or irreversible decisions that he had to remedy. Lots of measuring though
MAY 2015 On the transplant list
The original stock engine prepared to receive hot internals from a race engine. Trouble was race engine was heavily water-damaged.
JAN 2017 Stacked in his favour
Darren bought the tuned XTZ lump as much for the 37mm Keihin FCR flatslides as anything else. Bespoke oil tank is verging on a work of art too.
SEPT 2017 Underseat adventure
Ex-triumph Daytona Arrow can not making the power it should, mainly down to Darren’s plumbing (he freely admits). Work needed.
MAY 2015 Bluemange on bench
The wobbly mess that is a stock SZR arrives in Darren’s workshop. Just how horrid is that red seat? Not a very nice bike.
SEPT 2015 We have lift off
Get it up on the ramp and see how it all starts to gel. 1991 Honda CBR600F-M six-spoke wheels are the choice.
MAY 2017 Harness the power
The best way to deal with the electrics was to make a new harness. He could have adapted the original: “But it would have looked shit.”
MARCH 2018 Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
Getting hard to keep the excitement in check now. But rush the final steps at your peril. Steady away for the last bits of the jigsaw.
MAY 2015 Stripped to the bone
Within minutes Darren has it down to the bare essentials. All bar the engine, frame and swingarm is soon auctioned off and gone.
SEPT 2015 Turn it down, will you
Sprocket carrier shaved to get chainline spot-on and bearings changed so inner races match spindle diameter.
JUNE 2017 Heads you win
Race engine head had already been flowed by Slipstream, and Darren rebuilt it with new guides to be on the safe side.
OCT 2018 Shake, rattle and...
Just shows what you can do with a few rattle cans and lots of masking tape allied to heaps of patience. Lovely old job.